Preparing to Take the EMT Exam

Part of the EMT Exam For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Don't take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam lightly. Prepare for the cognitive (computerized) portion of the emergency medical technician (EMT) exam by taking the following actions:

  • Create a study schedule and follow it.

  • Study in a place that promotes learning and retention.

  • Have all of your study materials at your side.

  • Use tools like flashcards and study with friends to enhance your studying.

  • Along with your knowledge, build your testing skills by taking practice tests. This in turn will build your confidence — another essential part of successful test-taking.

The practical portion of the EMT exam is the hands-on part. You'll be tested on your ability to demonstrate various EMT skills, such as airway management, spinal immobilization, and splinting. The exam varies by state and is usually conducted at the end of the EMT course. Prepare for it by doing the following:

  • Practice, practice, practice. Skills like splinting and spinal immobilization require repetitious practice to become second nature.

  • Follow your skill sheets closely, especially when you're first learning a new skill. You want to learn it right the first time rather than have to unlearn mistakes later on in the course.

  • Practice with classmates. You'll need help with many of the skills. More importantly, other people can tell you what you're doing right — or wrong — while you go through the steps.

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