I just took the test Sept. 18, 2011 and I passed.
I also took a coding boot camp in May of this year and I think that played a huge part in me passing the test as well as coding on a daily basis.
WRITE IN YOUR BOOKS!!! I tabbed the pictures in the CPT and ICD-9 books so if I didn't know where something was I could look at the pic. I wrote notes in my books! Make sure you read the question, watch for medicare ones. There are not trick questions but you must read the questions.
A hint we were given at our camp was to work on the first section for 1 hour, the third section for 1 hour and then go back tot he middle and do the surgery section. I got confused on that part b/c my test wasn't set up that way. But I did jump around. You are given 2 minutes and 15 seconds per question. I read each one, looked at the four answers that were given and did process of elimination. If I got down to 2 answers and wasn't totally sure on one, then I highlighted it in my test booklet and moved on. After I finished the test I went back and looked at the 2 remaning answers...then made a decision. I did not second quess any of my answers and left the first answer I marked on the bubble sheet.
If I came across a section I wasn't familar with since I work in a family practice and don't see any surgeries, cardiology, or other extensive areas...those are the ones I skipped.
I also took snacks and water, extra pencils and a highlighter. If youa re concerned on time..2 of the ladies that took that test the same time I did...had a clock or a timer that they used...I think that would haver helped me. I finished with 10 minutes to spare.
Oh yeah, if your proctor doesn't mention that they will let you know when an hour or half hour is left, ask them to announce it.
Go potty before the test starts...I was afraid to leave b/c there are no breaks!
I wish you good luck!!! Stay positive!! I hope this helps...feel free to contact me if you have more questions!
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