Do you enjoy taking tests? Most people answer that with a definite no. If you’re on the path to becoming a surgical tech, you may be worried about your certification exam. However, there are ways to make testing a little easier and less intimidating, and we’re here to help with that. Here are a few tips to make your certification test less stressful.
CST Exam through NBSTSA
The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) administers the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam, which assesses the skills that comprise the core body of knowledge for all surgical technologists. Given the fact that the exam covers extensive material, you should heed the organization’s warning that one night of studying will not lead to passing grades.
The NBSTSA offers practical advice about how to maximize study time for the greatest results. In a section of the website devoted to test prep, there is a recommendation to read through the reference list found in the candidate handbook. These references are the primary sources of information for the examination questions. You should use these references to review and refresh your knowledge, particularly in areas where you may be less familiar with the material. The site offers a link to help you determine which areas might need additional study
Tech in Surgery – Certified through the National Center for Competency Testing
The National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) offers the Tech in Surgery – Certified testing. The organization’s website offers a detailed list of topic areas, along with information about how many test questions will cover those particular topic areas. This will allow you to determine which areas are of greatest familiarity to you and which might require additional study.
The website also offers testing materials, including the option for package deals or going à la carte. The site also offers an interactive review option, including a practice exam, practice questions, flashcards, and other study materials. This option allows you to use technology to study over time.
Plan and Be Prepared
As with many types of certification exams, this is not a last-minute thing. It’s important to pay attention to registration requirements and other details to ensure that you register on time and are prepared to meet all of the requirements for testing. For example, it’s important to determine ahead of time what forms of identification you need to gain admission to the test. Do you need to bring anything else with you? If you figure these things out ahead of time, you’ll feel prepared and less nervous about the unexpected when the testing day arrives.
You Can Do This!
At 365 Healthcare Staffing Services, we specialize in the recruitment and placement of healthcare professionals in per diem, travel, and permanent assignments in healthcare facilities across the country. We have confidence in you, and we wish you the very best of luck on your test. After you’re certified and established in the role, give us a call when you’re looking for your next assignment. We’ll be here: 310.436.3650.