Trying to figure out where you want your career to go and get a job that will take you there? That’s no easy task in a fiercely competitive market, especially in the medical assisting field where vocational training institutions churn out highly qualified graduates that hit the job market to compete with the already existing workforce year, after year, after year.
Credentials Through Certification
Passing a standardized certification exam is an important step to advance in your career. There are different medical assistant certification sponsors in the United States each having their own unique requirements. Their certification exams are a valid means to assess an individual’s specific knowledge and competence in different areas of the medical assistant occupation and count high with employers.
Passing any one of these exams adds credibility and credentials to your #name that are portable to all places you might work. This is important, because in today’s economy you may have to move to a different location to go where the jobs, or BETTER jobs are and remain competitive across state lines and borders.
Preparing for Your Certification Exam
While we cannot provide you the exact questions and answers that will be in a medical assistant certification exam, we can give you an idea what preparing for and passing medical assistant certification exams will be like. There typically will be multiple choice questions, where you must choose the correct answer from a, b, c, d, or e.
Most questions have straight forward answers, others can be a little tricky when they are formulated as “what is false” questions, and the answer is all of the above, except (choose one!).
Some questions are incomplete statements and you have to choose correctly what completes the sentence. An example of the tricky “except” question would be:
Each of the following is a function of the skeletal system except:
a. framework for support
b. blood cell production
c. protection of internal organs
e. site of attachment of muscles
In this example, option d. is the correct answer.
The K-type questions, or multiple true-false questions are equally tricky. Here you are given a choice of four numbered words, or statements with numbers. Whichever combination holds true is the correct answer. For example:
Which of the following represent functions of the skeletal system?
2. framework for support
4. blood cell production
a. 1, 2, and 3 are correct
b. 1 and 3 are correct
c. 2 and 4 are correct
d. only 4 is correct
e. all are correct
In this example, option c. is the correct response.