I passed my ASCP MT!

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amara in Tallahassee, Florida

64 months ago

I graduated with my CLS degree in March, but I was not comfortable taking my test right away though I had applied for my exam before I even graduated. I was terrified. I studied for about an hour a day if that and somedays not at all. I took 2 days off before the exam and basically studied as much as my brain would let me. The day of the test I was so nervous I was shaking (I could barely get fingerprinted I was shaking so bad). I have heard this test was going to be one of the toughest exams I have ever taken. Once I started taking it was I was getting more and more relieved as I was flying through the questions, I finished the exam in 40 minutes out of the 2.5 hours they give you to take it. Since I had so much time on my hands I went back through the exam a couple times to ensure I did not misread questions and answers, I did end up changing some answers. But for some reason when I was ready to submit my test I was not at all nervous. Low and behold I indeed passed. I just wanted to post this discussion to let everyone know the excitement and refief I feel right now. Good luck to everyone that I about the take the MT!!!

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Henry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

64 months ago

Congrates, you have a ample amount of opp out there and you can work anywhere in America, you are not limited like other certifications.

The fact that you have your MT, skies the limit for you.

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amara in Tallahassee, Florida

64 months ago

Thanks, I have about 10 years left in the military and then I will retire. I hope the job market is better then!

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laura in San Diego, California

64 months ago

amara in Tallahassee, Florida said: I graduated with my CLS degree in March, but I was not comfortable taking my test right away though I had applied for my exam before I even graduated. I was terrified. I studied for about an hour a day if that and somedays not at all. I took 2 days off before the exam and basically studied as much as my brain would let me. The day of the test I was so nervous I was shaking (I could barely get fingerprinted I was shaking so bad). I have heard this test was going to be one of the toughest exams I have ever taken. Once I started taking it was I was getting more and more relieved as I was flying through the questions, I finished the exam in 40 minutes out of the 2.5 hours they give you to take it. Since I had so much time on my hands I went back through the exam a couple times to ensure I did not misread questions and answers, I did end up changing some answers. But for some reason when I was ready to submit my test I was not at all nervous. Low and behold I indeed passed. I just wanted to post this discussion to let everyone know the excitement and refief I feel right now. Good luck to everyone that I about the take the MT!!!

Hi! Congratulations, also I'm preparing to take my exam, but I would like to know if you took some course or you have a good book to study? I apreciate your information, thanks

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amara in Tallahassee, Florida

64 months ago

laura in San Diego, California said: Hi! Congratulations, also I'm preparing to take my exam, but I would like to know if you took some course or you have a good book to study? I apreciate your information, thanks

Hi, I studied the Quick Review flash cards by Valerie Dietz Polansky, the Clinical Lab Science Review by Robert Harr 3rd edition and the NCA Review Book for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 4th Edition by Dr. Susan Beck. The 2 books are very good with explaining the right answers and why the other choices are wrong and they also came with a CD-ROM with a extra questions. I did not study the ASCP green book at all.

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Tina in Beaverton, Oregon

64 months ago

amara in Tallahassee, Florida said: Hi, I studied the Quick Review flash cards by Valerie Dietz Polansky, the Clinical Lab Science Review by Robert Harr 3rd edition and the NCA Review Book for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 4th Edition by Dr. Susan Beck. The 2 books are very good with explaining the right answers and why the other choices are wrong and they also came with a CD-ROM with a extra questions. I did not study the ASCP green book at all.

Congrats on passing! I am going to be scheduling the exam soon. How many questions are given on the exam to be completed in 2 ½ hours? Thanks

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amara in Tallahassee, Florida

64 months ago

Tina in Beaverton, Oregon said: Congrats on passing! I am going to be scheduling the exam soon. How many questions are given on the exam to be completed in 2 ½ hours? Thanks

There are only 100 questions on the exam, good luck!

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CLS-HOPEFUL in Glendale, California

63 months ago

amara in Tallahassee, Florida said: Thanks, I have about 10 years left in the military and then I will retire. I hope the job market is better then!

Hi Amara. I am about to enter a CLS program here in good ole Southern California. I do however plan on going Military once I am done and have passed my boards as well. You mentioned you passed yours..CONGRATS. However, I wanted to ask you if you will finished your military career as a commissioned officer CLS/MT? Military websites dont give much info for this allied health profession other than the basics. any other info would help. thanks.

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amara in Tallahassee, Florida

63 months ago

CLS-HOPEFUL in Glendale, California said: Hi Amara. I am about to enter a CLS program here in good ole Southern California. I do however plan on going Military once I am done and have passed my boards as well. You mentioned you passed yours..CONGRATS. However, I wanted to ask you if you will finished your military career as a commissioned officer CLS/MT? Military websites dont give much info for this allied health profession other than the basics. any other info would help. thanks.

Hi, yes, I will finish my out my career in the miltary since I am required to complete 10 years once I get commissioned and all I have is 11 years left in the military so its perfect. As far as becoming a comissioned officer I will basically be a lab manager of a lab and there will be little to no bench work. Enlisted military perform the majority of the benchwork and the higher enlisted persons can either perform as a section supervisor or assist the officer in running the lab.

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happybigfeet in Watsonville, California

63 months ago

Hi Amara, congrats you pass the big exam. Was is that hard as you thought? Did the exam covered all fields of laboratories including immunohematology, clinical chemistry, mircobiology,urino and hematology? Cause, some of applicants took 60%-70% of chemistry or hemotology on their exam. Did the exam show up a lot of cases? Which book did you ues? I am preparing the MT exam now, and I am soooo nerves to take the exam. The words you drscribed I feel exactly the same.

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Todd in Brunswick, Ohio

63 months ago

I took the exam last year when I graduated CLS school. All of my class mates that took the ascp said it was different % for their test. I had alot more BB, my classmate had much more immunology, since this test is on a teir system, you need a certain # of hard questions correct for you to pass.

If you get mostly easy question you have most likely failed, I had so many hard questions bc it was getting harder and harder every time you got a correct answer. By the end of the test I thought I failed, but I passed. I mostly used my notes from my university cls program.

So if you get mostly hard questions, most likely you have passed.

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Terry in Mesquite, Texas

63 months ago

The best time to take the exam is after you grad from a naacls acred CLS program
. There is a higher pass rate if you take it right away upon graduation.

If you do it on your own, it will be challenging bc it's a computerized test and they can throw ANYTHING at you, so it's hard to study from books or flashcards. It's been done but it will be difficult.

Most programs in the US are based on passing the ASCP upon graduation.

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amara in Tallahassee, Florida

63 months ago

happybigfeet in Watsonville, California said: Hi Amara, congrats you pass the big exam. Was is that hard as you thought? Did the exam covered all fields of laboratories including immunohematology, clinical chemistry, mircobiology,urino and hematology? Cause, some of applicants took 60%-70% of chemistry or hemotology on their exam. Did the exam show up a lot of cases? Which book did you ues? I am preparing the MT exam now, and I am soooo nerves to take the exam. The words you drscribed I feel exactly the same.

You will do fine. I remember my exam had equal questions from Chemistry, Hematology, Micro, and Blood bank (4 antibody ID panels). There was maybe one mycology question and 2 urinalysis questions. But I hear that the parts of the test are different for everyone. I found the questions were not case study like, but more of 1-2 sentence questions with the answers being very simple. I studied the Quick Review flash cards by Valerie Dietz Polansky, the Clinical Lab Science Review by Robert Harr 3rd edition and the NCA Review Book for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 4th Edition by Dr. Susan Beck. The 2 books are very good with explaining the right answers and why the other choices are wrong and they also came with a CD-ROM with a extra questions. I did not study the ASCP green book at all. Good Luck!

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cmoney in Providence, Rhode Island

63 months ago

I just graduated from a NAACLS accredited program and I am taking the ASCP in 3 days. I studied from class notes and from the Harr 3rd edition review book and from the CD included. Can you give an example of a question they asked? What did you get on the test?

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amara in Tallahassee, Florida

63 months ago

To tell you the truth I can't remember an exact question from the test, I pretty much brain-dumped...I know they were 1-2 questions. I scored a 620

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cmoney in Providence, Rhode Island

63 months ago

I took the NCA today. It was toughest exam i have ever taken. Did not get a pass/fail result, it told me I have wait a "few weeks", which sucks! I'm taking the ASCP tomorrow, hopefully it's not as hard.

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Beth

63 months ago

I have taken both and passed both, the NCA was harder than the ASCP. At least we don't have to worry about which test to take now, they will merge in a couple of months and there will only be one cert student and employers will look for now.

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flowerpower in Euless, Texas

61 months ago

I took the NCA immunohematology exam today also.It was very hard.I feel like I did all of that studying for nothing.At the end, the score report says that you have to wait a few weeks for your score.I feel like that is a bad sign.

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flowerpower in Euless, Texas

61 months ago

cmoney in Providence, Rhode Island said: I took the NCA today. It was toughest exam i have ever taken. Did not get a pass/fail result, it told me I have wait a "few weeks", which sucks! I'm taking the ASCP tomorrow, hopefully it's not as hard.

Did you end up passing the NCA?

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flowerpower in Euless, Texas

61 months ago

cmoney in Providence, Rhode Island said: I took the NCA today. It was toughest exam i have ever taken. Did not get a pass/fail result, it told me I have wait a "few weeks", which sucks! I'm taking the ASCP tomorrow, hopefully it's not as hard.

Did you end up passing the NCA exam?

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Pia Alvarez in Chula Vista, California

59 months ago

I just scheduled my exam. It will take place in less than two weeks. I'm way scared because it's taken me a long time to get where I am and the thought of failing would be unbearable! I'll be back later on this forum with an update. Thanks for the input!

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suze in Nashville, Tennessee

59 months ago

Does anyone know of review courses for MT ASCP type exams? I was told there used to be one at Stony Brook in NY a few years ago, but can not find any information about it now.

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Kavitha in Wheeling, Illinois

41 months ago

Iam going to take ASCP in microbiology. Can someone suggest good review book?

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lsajja in Atlanta, Georgia

40 months ago

Hi kavitha , I did my in masters in microbiology in India, could u please tell me what is the route u took for applying ascp in microbiology .

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Evie in Valrico, Florida

40 months ago

I am taking my ASCP for the first time June 24. I have studied from the Valerie Dietz book but not the cards. I graduated in 1990 but in the state of Florida the only license required was the state of Florida licensure. I am very nervous. I have not studied in 20 years. Any advise?

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rj in Woodhaven, New York

39 months ago

Evie in Valrico, Florida said: I am taking my ASCP for the first time June 24. I have studied from the Valerie Dietz book but not the cards. I graduated in 1990 but in the state of Florida the only license required was the state of Florida licensure. I am very nervous. I have not studied in 20 years. Any advise?

good luck!!

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Nancy in Whittier, California

35 months ago

"old" MT....need to take Ca. Immunohem. Exam. Any study guides or online simulators you can recommend? Is test mostly theory, or case studies/panels?

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Nick in Montvale, New Jersey

32 months ago

Hi lsajja,

Could you please share your knowledge as to how to persue ASCP with Masters degree in microbiology from India.

Your help will be highly appreciated!

Thanks

lsajja in Atlanta, Georgia said: Hi kavitha , I did my in masters in microbiology in India, could u please tell me what is the route u took for applying ascp in microbiology .

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Nick in Montvale, New Jersey

32 months ago

Hi Kavitha,

Please share your knowledge as to how to persue ASCP with Masters degree in microbiology from India.

Your help will be highly appreciated!

Thanks

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Angelin in Singapore, Singapore

32 months ago

Kavitha in Wheeling, Illinois said: Iam going to take ASCP in microbiology. Can someone suggest good review book?

I have passed my ASCP in microbiology
Angelin

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Nancy in Los Angeles, California

32 months ago

Could I add to this discussion?
I am an MT who needs a CLS license in BBank in Ca.
Any insight on which exam I need to take(I got MT many years ago), and review/study guides...
Thanks....
Eager to be able to practice here like I can in 48 of the other states!

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Clinmicrosci in Carson, California

24 months ago

Angelin in Singapore, Singapore said: I have passed my ASCP in microbiology
Angelin

Hi and hello,

I will be taking the same test soon.Any suggestions on what review book to use?

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Clinmicrosci in Carson, California

24 months ago

Kavitha in Wheeling, Illinois said: Iam going to take ASCP in microbiology. Can someone suggest good review book?

I will be taking the same test.Any recommendation which review book to use or what to focus on?Thanks!

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biotekagr in Westbury, New York

23 months ago

I just passed my ASCP MLT exam!. I spend an entire month and a half going out to bars and drinking beer, and studying a little bit here and there after the programs end. While in clinical rotations i also studied a little here and there. A couple of days before the exam i started studying my brain off for about 8 hours a day, for about 3 days. The night before the exam i went out drinking at a bar with a friend and almost got into a bar fight!...upon taking the exam i was a little nervous, but i thought i might have failed but then realized that all the questions i review at the end were the best choice and i didnt want to change them. I used the review/study guide from the ASCP...works well, really doesent prepare you for the comprehesive nature of the exam but it does help you to figure out what may be the simpelest answer..hope this helps, going to get a beer now!

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Dunn Purnsley in Brooklyn, New York

22 months ago

I was i was as cool as you

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Dunn Purnsley in Brooklyn, New York

22 months ago

I *wish* I was as cool as you.

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RTN in Buffalo, New York

22 months ago

Hi,
please, I plan to take the NYS Medical technician licensure soon,after one year out of school.
could someone advice me which book use for it?
NB: I am a foreign student and already got a Bachelor Degree in medical biology from Belgium.
Please help me.
thank you.

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RTN in Buffalo, New York

22 months ago

Hi Guys,
please is there a difference between the quick review cards by valerie polansky?
because I have seen on line that some covers are green, others are black.
does this book has many editions? if yes, what edition is the best?
thank you.

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Wordsology in Brooklyn, New York

21 months ago

I took the medical technologist exam a few weeks ago. I put together my highest yield notes, some really important Polansky cards, and about 30 questions that I could recall after I had taken my own exam. I hope someone finds it useful because now my eyes hurt .
wordsology.wordpress.com/

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bliss120 in Dallas, Texas

13 months ago

Could anyone help in what must I do to qualify for ASCP exam> MS in biotech.Must I go back to school again for BS in MLT?
Kindly help.

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GeraldineO in Sacramento, California

13 months ago

Hi. Anyone know whether an international graduate with internship training of 6months (which is the new curriculum) allowed to take the ascpi? Any information about this? pls let me know...
Your reply would be greatly appreciated

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