Certified Medical Assistant Exam Preparation

What You'll Get

  • Three full-length Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) practice tests
  • General, administrative, and clinical CMA test questions
  • Comprehensive and detailed explanations
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Only those who have either graduated or are nearing competition of their studies, from an accredited CAAHEP or ABHES institution, are eligible to take the exam. The certified medical assistant exam is conducted every January, June, and October by the AAMA (American Association of Medical Assistants), and contains 200 questions to be answered in a total of 160 minutes.

The certified medical assistant test is divided into four parts, and each part has a 40-minute time limit, including a total break time of 20 minutes between segments. Apart from that, there will be an optional tutorial of 15 minutes, making the total test time 195 minutes.

Three of the CMA Exam Sections


General: This category section will entail approximately 55-56 questions equaling 28% of the CMA test.

Our PrepPack™ will prepare you to answer questions in Communication; Professionalism; Psychology; Medical ethics, law and terminology; Risk Management, Quality Assurance, and Safety; and Psychology.


Administrative: The next category section will include approximately 50 questions equaling 25% of the test.

We will make sure you come ready to answer questions on Establishing Patient Medical Record, Medical Reception; Patient Navigator/Advocate; Practice Finances; Scheduling Appointments;  and Medical Business Practices.


Clinical: This last segment of the CMA test will present approximately 94-95 questions equaling 47% of the test.  

You will be fully equipped to answer any question the segments 9 subcategories. These subcategories include, Anatomy and Physiology; Collecting and Processing Specimens; Diagnostic Testing; Emergency Management/Basic First Aid Number; Infection Control; Nutrition; Patient Intake and Documentation of Care;  Patient Preparation and Assisting the Provider; and Pharmacology.

While the test encompasses 200 questions, only 180 questions will be graded, while the remaining 20 are unidentifiable pilot questions.

CMA Exam Questions

Sample Clinical Question

A 58-year-old male patient with a long-standing history of alcoholism and obesity presents at the clinic with right upper abdominal tenderness. You suspect Hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) and want to check for Jaundice. Which of the following describes the best initial method of looking for Jaundice in a physical examination?

  1. Inspecting between the fingers.
  2. Pulling the upper eyelid to inspect the sclera of the eyes.
  3. Asking the patient to open their mouth and stick their tongue out.
  4. Inspecting the soles of the feet.
  5. Pressing gently on the nose or forehead.

The correct answer is 2.

Explanation: Jaundice is described as the yellow discoloration of the skin due to the accumulation of bile pigments in the blood and tissues. It is a finding of liver dysfunction. Jaundice is initially best observed in the sclera of the eyes.

1: Jaundice may be spread all over the body and visible on hands and fingers but only in very advanced stages.

3: Jaundice can be observed on mucous membranes in advances stages of liver disease. However, it is not the best initial clinical method of checking for jaundice.

4: Jaundice is not observed on the soles of the feet in physical examination.

5: This method best described checking for jaundice in a newborn baby. The patient is an adult male in whom sclera would be the most appropriate location to check for jaundice.



Sample General Question

Which of the following is observed in Vitamin A deficiency?

  1. Night Blindness
  2. Rickets in Children
  3. Hemolytic Anemia
  4. Dermatitis, Dementia, and Diarrhea
  5. Scurvy

The correct answer is 2.


Vitamin A is a component of the visual pigments of the eyes. Night blindness is one of the first clinical signs of vitamin deficiency.

2: Rickets is a bone disease of children suffering from Vitamin D deficiency.

3: Hemolytic anemia is seen in Vitamin E deficiency and blood disorders.

4: Dermatitis, Dementia, and Diarrhea are symptoms of Pellagra which is seen in Vitamin B3 deficiency.

5: Scurvy presents with easy bleeding, bruises, and hemorrhages and seen in Vitamin C deficiency.


Sample Administrative Question

 Which of the following organizations is responsible for maintaining a high standard of safe and healthful work conditions at hospitals? 

  1. DEA
  2. FDA
  3. OSHA
  4. IRS
  5. EPA

The correct answer is 3.


OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, was created in the year 1970 to enforce high standards of safe and healthy work conditions for employees. OSHA implements rules and health management systems in healthcare facilities to ensure safety of patients and healthcare workers. 

1: DEA, Drug Enforcement Administration combats illegal drug smuggling and distribution in the United states.

2: FDA, Food and Drugs Administration, is a federal agency of the United States that promotes public health by overlooking food and drug safety.

4: IRS, Internal Revenue Service, works for the United States government for collecting tax.

5: EPA, Environment Protection Agency, works to protect human and environmental health.

How to Become a Certified Medical Assistant

Aside from passing the CMA exam, there are a few hoops you must jump through before receiving certification. You have several options, so here is the low down:

Route 1: Perhaps the fastest way to enter the field is to do on-the-job training. Of course, you will first have to find a doctor who will be willing to provide you with the training, and second, you must hold either a GED or high school diploma.

Route 2: You can also sign up for an accredited program, which generally is held on college campuses, and includes classes and laboratory sessions. These courses usually take 9-12 months or via an 18-24 month associate degree.

While each route has advantages and disadvantages, you can also consider doing online courses and hybrid programs.

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