To become a certified Emergency Medical Technician, you first need to complete the EMT cognitive exam. This is a knowledge-based test that measures your understanding of the fundamental principles and practices of working as an EMT.
How do I register for the EMT exam?
There are a few requirements you need to meet in order to register to take the EMT test:
- You must be at least 18 years old
- You must have fully finished an approved EMT training course that has been approved by the National EMS Education Standards
- You must have a valid and current CPR-BLS “Healthcare Provider” credential
How much does it cost to take the EMT exam?
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The exam fee for the EMT test is $80, which you must pay when you register. If the fee is not paid at that time, you will not receive the Authorization To Test (ATT), and you will not be able to schedule an exam. Once you have paid the fee and received the ATT, you will be asked to schedule your exam for a date within the next 90 days.
What does the EMT exam cover?
The EMT test is a computer-adaptive test, which means the difficulty of each question will depend on how you answered the previous questions, and there is no predetermined number of questions to answer (there will be between 70-120). You will be given 2 hours to finish the exam.
There are five different content categories on the EMT exam, each comprising a different percentage of questions on the exam:
- Airway, Respiration, and Ventilation (18%-22%)
- Cardiology and Resuscitation (20%-24%)
- Trauma (14%-18%)
- Medical, Obstetrics, and Gynecology (27%-31%)
- EMS Operations (10%-14%)
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