Learn More About the CSMLS Online Self-Assessment Test
Why should I take this test?
How do I get started?
How do I register for the test?
Do I have to take the test right away?
Do I have to pay for the test right away?
Should I study for the test?
What is on the test?
Is this online test like the CSMLS certification examination?
How long do I have to complete the test?
Do I have to finish the test all in one sitting?
Am I allowed to get help from textbooks or other people during the test?
What is the pass mark for the online test?
What is the diagnostic report?
What do I do with the diagnostic report?
Will my results be confidential?
Can I take the test more than once?
Q: Why should I take this test?This test will help you to assess your basic level knowledge about medical laboratory practice. It will help you to identify gaps in your knowledge so that you can prepare yourself for your next step (for example, for CSMLS Prior Learning Assessment - PLA).
Q: How do I get started?Please read through these questions before you register for the test. Once you have decided to take the test, go to the Register page to sign up for the test.
Q: How do I register for the test?You can register for the online test by going to the Register page and supplying all the requested information. You will receive a welcome e-mail message that will direct you to the test page.
Q: Do I have to take the test right away?You can register for the test any time. Once you register and pay for the exam, you will have 30 days to complete the test and submit your answers.
Q: Do I have to pay for the test right away?You pay for the test when you are ready to write it.
Q: Should I study for the test?Studying might help, but memorizing facts for the test will not give you a realistic picture of your usual level of knowledge about medical laboratory practice. We recommend that you try the Practice Questions before you take the test to help you understand the multiple choice question format used in the online test.
Q: What is on the test?The test consists of 100 multiple choice questions like the ones provided on the Practice Exam page. The questions are distributed according to this blueprint:
10 % - Safe work practices
10 % - Specimen collection and handling
15 % - each of: clinical microbiology, clinical chemistry, hematology, transfusion science, histology
5 % - Professionalism
Quality control, quality assurance and quality management are integrated into the questions for the subject areas.