The MLT exam is a certification examination created by American Medical Technologies (AMT) and administered by Pearson VUE that is used to determine if an individual has the knowledge necessary to be a competent entry-level medical laboratory technician.
This exam is required in order to receive a medical laboratory technician certification, which is usually all that is required in order for an individual to work as a laboratory technician. However, some states may require an individual to become licensed or registered with the local licensing authority, which may have other requirements in addition to or instead of the MLT exam.
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The exam consists of 200 – 210 multiple-choice questions that are related to six main areas, which includes:
- Chemistry (19%)
- Hematology (23%)
- Immunology and Immunohematology (14%)
- Microbiology focusing on Bacteriology and Parisitology (13%)
- General Laboratory Knowledge and Procedures (15%)
- Urinalysis (17%)
The exam-taker will have three hours to complete the exam with no scheduled breaks during that period. The exam is scored based on a scale of 0 – 100 with 70 considered as the minimum score necessary to pass the exam.
This score is not an exact percentage score as each question is assigned a weight based on the difficulty of the question and the final score is determined using these weights.
To register for the exam, you must have an associate’s degree from an accredited medical technology program or have attended school for 2 years with at least 60 semester hours at an accredited university and at least 25 of those hours must have been devoted to medical technology related courses.
Instead of fitting one of the above requirements, you may also be eligible if you are a graduate of an accredited medical laboratory program or have completed a 50-week military training program for laboratory procedure as long as you have received credit for that program with an accredited university. If you meet these requirements, you can register for the exam by mailing a completed application to AMT.
After you register, you will receive a confirmation letter with instructions on how to schedule a testing date with Pearson VUE. The exam is administered in both a written and computerized format and the registration fee for the exam is $125.
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by Enoch Morrison | Last Updated: January 9, 2019