Below is the first of our free Medical Assistant practice tests. This online practice exam includes 50 challenging questions. Each question is scored instantly, and detailed explanations are provided. This is designed to be an effective CMA practice test as well as an RMA practice test. Start your medical assistant test prep right now!
Congratulations - you have completed .
You scored %%SCORE%% out of %%TOTAL%%.
Your performance has been rated as %%RATING%%
The medical assistant reads a handwritten clinical order from the physician and, due to the handwriting, cannot distinguish the dose of the medication ordered. The medical assistant should:
make a best guess and take off the order.
ask a coworker what he or she thinks the ordered dose is.
call the physician to verify the order.
dismiss any concern and transcribe the order as best as possible.
The psychologist who described developmental periods based on cognitive ability, such as preoperational and concrete operations, was named:
When communicating with an angry patient, the medical assistant should do all of the following EXCEPT:
listen and let the person tell you his or her story.
apologize and let the person know that you will call the police if needed.
apologize for the circumstances, whether a delay or a rescheduled appointment.
use a lower-volume voice with low tones to reply.
Which bone is found superior to the pelvis and inferior to the cranium?
The abbreviation CSF stands for:
chorionic stimulating factor.
cortical stimulant factor.
cerebral stenosis finding.
The medical assistant is getting coffee with a friend after work. She mentions to the friend that she recently saw the friend’s neighbor in the office and that she is feeling better after having had kidney stones. This is:
not a breach of confidentiality.
close to breaching confidentiality, but not quite because the information will stop with her friend.
an okay situation to have.
a breach of confidentiality.
A medical assistant is proofreading the physician’s letter to another physician. The medical assistant would correct which of the following situations?
The physician wants a carbon copy sent with the letter and writes “bcc: Dr. George Sterner”.
The opening of the letter is “ATTN: Dr. Kramer”.
The date is written “April 10, 2015”.
The address to which the letter is to be sent is included in the opening of the letter.
A physician’s office schedules patients at the top of the hour and brings them to the exam room based on arrival time. This method is known as:
open hours scheduling.
The medical assistant is asked to obtain a sterile urine specimen from a patient. The medical assistant should:
instruct the patient to urinate in the cup until it is three quarters full.
instruct the patient to start the urine stream, stop it, and then catch some in the cup until it is about halfway full.
hand the cup to the patient and ask for a urine sample.
ask the patient to provide a urine sample without using toilet paper afterward.
The medical assistant is seating a patient in the exam room who will be receiving a pelvic examination. The medical assistant should:
lengthen the exam table and ask the patient to lie down on it.
lengthen the exam table and attach or extend the foot supports.
shorten the exam table and have the patient sit on its edge with his or her feet dangling.
shorten the exam table and tell the patient to remove only his or her shirt when changing into a gown.
A patient in end stage renal disease is likely to end up with a surplus of which of the following electrolytes?
The physician orders a medication to be given PO. The medical assistant should:
give the medication by mouth.
give the medication by applying it to the skin.
give the medication by injection.
give the medication by inserting it vaginally.
Mitosis refers to the process of:
cell division that creates cells with the same number of chromosomes as the parent cells.
immunospecificity and memory b cells.
cell division that creates cells with half the number of chromosomes as the parent cells.
digestion and its effect on cells.
Physicians and other healthcare professionals who contract with the insurance carrier to care for patients are known as:
primary care physicians.
assignment of benefits.
managed care organizations.
The SOAP note acronym stands for:
situation, objective, assessment, and plan.
subjective, objective, actions, and plan.
situation, opinion, advice, and problem solved.
subjective, objective, assessment, and plan.
A patient calls the office and describes a contusion over the phone to the medical assistant. Which of the following descriptions represents a contusion?
“An area of my right thigh that is black and blue in color, and very sore.”
“An area of my arm with raised red welts that won’t stop itching.”
“A cut about three quarters of an inch long that is bleeding a lot.”
“An area of my left side that is numb and sometimes tingling to the touch.”
A very low white blood cell count would be indicated with the medical term:
A patient calls the office twice in a week and is told both times he will be called back. The call is never returned. This situation could be legally termed:
invasion of privacy.
Which of the following methods is the most common way to achieve sterilization?
Soap and water
Blood flows from the right atrium through the:
Eye contact is an example of which of the following types of communication?
According to Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, all human needs must be met before being able to achieve:
love and belonging.
safety and security.
The antibody type responsible for creating body-wide reactions to allergens is:
Which mailing option from the United States Postal Service offers a next-day delivery guarantee?
Priority Mail Express
Normal sinus rhythm has a rate of:
Between 60 and 90.
Between 60 and 100.
A patient suspected to have a concussion begins to have a seizure in the waiting room. The medical assistant should:
put a blanket over the patient.
insert a tongue blade into the patient’s mouth.
ask for help as needed to move the patient from the chair to the floor.
The hypothalamus controls body temperature through the use of a:
positive feedback loop.
negative feedback loop.
neutral feedback loop.
The physician asks the medical assistant to develop a lecture for teaching patients in the practice about diabetes and wants it to be available via computer. The medical assistant should primarily use:
word processing software.
Which of the following is a situation where the legal term “Respondeat Superior” would apply?
The medical assistant is late to work three days in a row.
The medical assistant answers the office phone politely.
The medical assistant forgets to take the tourniquet off the arm of a patient.
The medical assistant takes the temperature of a child.
The medical assistant obtains a rectal temperature on a child of 103.2 degrees Fahrenheit. The medical assistant should:
inform the child he or she has a fever.
inform the doctor.
inform the office manager.
inform the pharmacy.
Which of the following foods is considered a good source of potassium?
Which of the following signs and symptoms would most likely be found in a patient with asthma exacerbation?
The process of using the number of members enrolled in a plan to determine the salary of the physician is called:
It would be appropriate to perform all of the following actions as a medical assistant when helping a blind patient, EXCEPT:
telling the patient to please leave their cane in the waiting room.
providing detailed instructions when necessary.
letting the patient know when you are leaving the exam room to retrieve equipment.
asking if the patient needs assistance moving to the exam room or changing.
Which of the following patient populations are more likely to experience side effects from medication?
Elderly and Pediatric
The initial reaction by a medical assistant to stop bleeding in a patient is to:
go to find a Band-Aid.
hold a cold-pack against the wound.
ask the patient what happened.
Which of the following is crucial in manufacturing red blood cells?
It is considered good office etiquette to answer a telephone by:
the second ring.
the third ring.
the first ring.
the fourth ring.
In DNA, adenine pairs with:
When a payment schedule is arranged for a patient, the office should:
determine whether the patient could be seen at an emergency room.
determine whether the patient requires payment schedules for other offices.
decide whether interest will be charged.
bill the patient at a different time in the month than all other accounts with a monthly billing schedule.
The final stage in the Kübler-Ross Model is:
Which of the following medical abbreviations would be considered inappropriate by the American Medical Association?
To assure social and emotional growth, love and security are most essential during:
An office policy and procedures manual is written primarily by:
the medical assistants.
the physician and staff.
The pancreas produces the important substance known as:
The medical assistant cares for a patient with Alzheimer’s disease and knows she should:
assess the patient’s level of functioning for safety.
encourage the use of memory games to support cognitive function.
encourage proper nutrition despite poor appetite.
assess the patient’s gait for safety.
The established primary care practitioner of a patient calls the specialist’s office where the medical assistant works and asks what procedure was performed at the patient’s last office visit. The medical assistant should:
check the encounter form.
ask the patient’s permission before releasing any information.
check the receipt form.
check the ledger form.
The fee schedule of an office should be reviewed at least:
once a year.
once every five years.
once a month.
The medical assistant supervises care for a patient with diabetes. The patient asks how he is doing in managing the disease. The best way to assess management of diabetes is to:
check the patient’s blood sugar.
check the INR.
check the patient’s HbA1C.
check how the patient is feeling.
The medical prefix 'supra' means: