Radiography Practice Test

If you need help studying for the ARRT® Radiography exam or just want some more information about what the exam is like, you’ve come to the right place.

Click below to take a free Radiography practice test!

Exam Eligibility

Before you can register to take the Radiography exam, you’ll need to make sure you meet the necessary eligibility requirements:

  • You must have an associate’s degree (or higher)
  • You must have completed an approved educational program for radiography

What’s on the Exam?

Questions: 230
Time limit: 3 hours and 50 minutes

First, let’s talk about the questions on the exam. There are 230 questions total, but only 200 question will count toward your score. Why is that?

Unscored Questions
The unscored questions on the Radiography exam are called “pilot” questions. These are added to the exam to determine if they’re good enough questions to add to future versions of the test.

The trick is that you won’t have any way of knowing which questions are scored and which ones are pilot. They will appear just like the scored questions throughout the test.

The time limit for the exam is 3 hours and 50 minutes. You can take a break any time you want, but the timer will not be stopped.

Let’s take a closer look at the different sections of the Radiography exam.

33 scored questions

  • Ethical and legal considerations
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Ergonomics
  • Monitoring
  • Medical emergencies
  • Infection control
  • Handling and disposal of toxic/hazardous material
  • Pharmacology

50 scored questions

  • Principles of radiation physics
  • Biological effects of radiation
  • Minimizing patient exposure
  • Personnel protection (ALARA)

51 scored questions

  • Factors affecting radiographic quality
  • Technique charts
  • Automatic exposure control (AEC)
  • Digital imaging characteristics
  • Image identification
  • Criteria for image evaluation
  • Imaging equipment
  • Image processing and delay
  • Quality control of imaging equipment and accessories

66 scored questions

  • Head, spine, and pelvis procedures
  • Thorax and abdomen procedures
  • Extremity procedures

How to Register

To get started with the registration process, you’ll need to apply for the exam via your state licensing entity. Once they approve your application, you’ll be given information on how to register with ARRT, which includes sending a fee of $225.

Radiography Study Guide and Flashcards

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Study Guide

Radiography Exam Scores

The Radiography exam is scored using a scaled scoring method. Here’s how it works:

For every question you answer correctly, you get one point added to your raw score. At the end of the test, your final raw score will be converted to a scaled score. This scaled score will range somewhere between 1 and 99. You will need a score of at least 75 to pass the test.

The reason your raw score is converted to a scaled score is because everyone who takes the test is given a slightly different set of questions. Since everyone has a different arrangement of questions, and because some questions are harder than others, converting your raw score to a scaled score ensures a more even playing field.

Retaking the Exam

If you don’t get a passing score on the first try, that’s okay! You can take the exam up to two more times within three years.



How many questions are on the Radiography exam?


The exam contains 230 questions, but only 200 questions are scored.


What is the time limit for the Radiography exam?


The exam is timed at 3 hours and 50 minutes.


How much does the Radiography exam cost?


The fee for the exam is $225.


What is a passing score for the Radiography exam?


A passing score for this exam is 75.

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