2023 Edition

Medical Assistant Certification Test

A Free Medical Assistant Certification Practice Test...

To get certified as a medical assistant, you may have to take a certification exam. 

Generally, there are three organizations that certify medical assistants: 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 300 question Medical Assistant Practice Exam written by Melanie Shearer, MS., MT (ASCP), CMA (AAMA), Instructor of Medical Assisting.

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


Medical Terminology and Anatomy

1. Which of the following organs would be described as being located retroperitoneally?
2. A pathologic condition described as, "Increased intraocular pressure of the eye," is:

Law, Ethics and Professionalism

3. Malpractice that has been ruled because of a physician's failure to act is a form of:
4. Which of the following agency sets the standards for employee safety in the medical office?
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Psychology and Communication

5. A patient who is displaying the defense mechanism of Compensation would:
6. Which of the following would be an inappropriate and potentially unlawful interview question?

Bookkeeping, Credits and Collections

7. A patient sends a check to pay for her last office visit. That check bounces at the bank. Which of the following is the most likely scenario when dealing with this situation?
8. Geographical area is important when:

Billing, Coding and Insurance

9. In the CPT manual, codes in the range of 99201-99600 are:
10. Workman's Compensation claims:

Medical Records and Office Supplies

11. When filing using the terminal digits method, which would be true?
12. Which of the following programs would be best suited for making a patient data base?

Oral and Written Communication, Data Entry, Computers and Mail

13. The postal abbreviation for Idaho is:
14. Which of the following examples is properly written?

Scheduling and Office Management

15. The best way to avoid injuries when using computers is:
16. Which of the following scheduling methods would be best for an Urgent Care setting?

Exam Room Techniques, Patient Preparation and Infection Control

17. Over a patient's lifespan, the pulse rate:
18. To accurately assess a patient's respiration rate, which of the following methods would be BEST?

Office Laboratory Procedures

19. Specific gravity in urinalysis:
20. The smallest of the white blood cells which also can be involved in humoral immunity is the:

Emergency Procedures and First Aid

21. Which of the following symptoms can occur with a heart attack?
22. You witness an automobile accident on the way to work. Which of the following would be an indication that a patient has experienced head trauma?


23. Which of the following formulas would correctly solve a dosage calculation problem?
24. When giving an injection of insulin, which of the following is TRUE?

Pathophysiology and Nutrition

25. A patient with a verruca (Choose the BEST answer.)
26. Testing for preeclampsia is done:

Medical Assistant Practice Test

Quality starts with who wrote the material.
Our practice exam writer
Melanie Shearer,
 MS, MT (ASCP), CMA (AAMA) is an assistant professor in medical assisting at Cuyahoga Community College. She holds a master of science degree in health sciences from Cleveland State University. Professor Shearer is a member of the AAMA Leadership in Education and Practice Task Force.

Dr. David Valte,
 MD, is a professor of medical assisting at Keiser University.  Dr. Valte is also an adjunct instructor at the Arizona College of Nursing. He has taught medical assisting studies at other colleges and is a registered educator with the AAMA.

Christina Cline,
 CMA (AAMA) formerly instructed in medical assisting as an adjunct faculty member 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.