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Medical Assistant Practice Exam

Take this free practice test to see what types of questions appear on a medical assistant certification exam.

The three most prevalent certifications for Medical Assistant are offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), the American Medical Technologists (AMT) and the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). In most cases, certification by any of these organizations will be accepted nationally. Subject matter for these exams falls into the following three subject areas: General Knowledge, Administrative Knowledge and Clinical Knowledge.

To prepare for the actual exam, we provide a 750 question Medical Assistant Practice Exam written by expert instructors in medical assisting.


Medical Terminology and Anatomy

1. The term, "Afferent Nerve," means:
2. The medical term, "basophilia," refers to:

Law, Ethics and Professionalism

3. The Common Law source of laws is:
4. A woman is being accused of failure to pay her medical bills. Which of the following classifications of law is she violating?

Psychology and Communication

5. Elizabeth Kubler Ross is known for developing the Stages of Grief. Which of the following is true of these stages?
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6. Who proposed the Hierarchy of Needs?

Bookkeeping, Credits and Collections

7. Which of the following pieces of information would be considered patient demographics?
8. The "Write it Once" system is used in some offices as an alternative to:

Billing, Coding and Insurance

9. Coding systems are:
10. Volume II of the ICD-10 coding book:

Medical Records and Office Supplies

11. Who owns a patient's medical record?
12. Who owns a patient's x-rays?

Oral and Written Communication

13. Your doctor has given you a patient memo that he has written. You notice that his grammar and punctuation need corrected. Which of the following proofreader's marks signifies that a period is to be introduced into a sentence?
14. As a rule of social acceptance, what is the maximum number of times a telephone should be allowed to ring in most cases?

Scheduling and Office Management

15. Of the following choices, which should NOT be considered when performing payroll functions?
16. Which of the following tasks is NOT the responsibility of the office manager?

Exam Room Techniques, Patient Preparation and Infection Control

17. Which of the following vital signs can be expected in a child that is afebrile?
18. Intermittent fevers are:

Office Laboratory Procedures

19. Which of the following anticoagulants would be found in a light blue vacutainer tube?
20. A medical assistant is asked to draw blood in the antecubital (AC) space. Which of the following veins are found in the AC?

Emergency Procedures and First Aid

21. A patient is describing a contusion of his arm over the telephone to you. What description would closely describe a contusion?
22. The elderly and very young:


23. Category A drugs include those that: (Choose the BEST answer.)
24. How many drug schedules are there under the Controlled Substances Act?


25. Patients with irritable bowel syndrome will experience which of the following symptoms?
26. Diabetic patients are monitored by using which of the following tests?

Medical Assistant Practice Test

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Our practice exam writer
Melanie Shearer, MS, MT (ASCP), CMA (AAMA) is an Assistant Professor at Cuyahoga Community College, where she teaches medical assisting. Ms. Shearer volunteers her time to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board of the AAMA, serving as a member of the Leadership in Education and Practice Task Force and a program surveyor.

Dr. David Valte, MD, is a professor in medical assisting at Keiser University.  He is also an adjunct instructor at the Arizona College of Nursing. Dr. Valte has taught medical assisting at numerous schools and has held department head and chairman positions in medical assisting education departments. He is a registered educator with the AAMA.

Christine Cline, CMA (AAMA) formerly instructed in medical assisting for five years as adjunct faculty at Everett Community College.

Our Practice Tests follow the actual CMA (AAMA)  Certification Exam Outline:

Medical Terminology
Anatomy & Physiology
Medicolegal Guidelines

Data Entry
Records Mgmt.
Processing Mail
Scheduling Appointments
Resource Info.
Maintaining Office
Office Policies, Procedures
Practice Finances

Infection Control 
Treatment Area
Patient Preparation...
Patient History, Interview
Specimen, Diagnostics...
Preparing, Admin. Medications...
First Aid

The three most popular medical assistant certifications are CMA by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), RMA by the American Medical Technologists (AMT) and the NCMA by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). In most cases, certification by any of these organizations will be accepted nationally.