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ACLS Practice Test Questions

August 24, 2012

The final exam given at the end of an ACLS training course must be passed in order to achieve certification. The exam checks the information learned throughout the coursework and trainees must be able to demonstrate their working knowledge of key ACLS methods and interventions by performing well on the multiple choice test.

The ACLS Certification Institute provides comprehensive practice exams written by physicians trained in the most current AHA material. All questions are based on recent ACLS guidelines, which were last revised in 2010. Our web-based program offers unlimited access to practice exams and supplementary study material which will enhance your final study sessions.

All of the practice questions are similar to the questions asked on the final ACLS exam, so using the practice tests are a good way to review and ensure you know the information expected from you on the exam. Below are some sample questions that you may see on the ACLS final exam, taken from the ACLS Certification Institute’s database of practice exams:

1. What is the term used to describe a healthy normal cardiac rhythm?

            a. Sinus Rhythm

            b. Fibrillation

            c. Tachycardia

            d. Sinoatrial Node

2. 2010 ACLS Guidelines recommend the following method to monitor and confirm ET tube placement:

            a. Cautious clinical assessment

            b. Continuous Waveform Capnography

            c. Oximetry

            d. Monitoring of blood pressure

3.  What are the two initial rhythms that are common during cardiac arrest:

            a. Atrial Flutter and Type I Atrioventricular Block

            b. Sinus Rhythm and Bradycardia

            c. Ventricular Tachycardia and Ventricular Fibrillation

            d. None of the above

4. AED failure is typically caused by:

            a. Low Battery

            b. Human error

            c. Device malfunction

            d. None of the above

5. Regarding PEA, which of the following are classified as an PEA rhythm?

            a. Atrial Flutter

            b. Asystolic Rhythms

            c. Ventricular Fibrillation

            d. Idioventricular Rhythms

How do I know if an online course is legitimate?

Most online courses offer similar practice exams, but it is important to judge how legitimate the website is to determine if their course content and exam truly follows the AHA’s guidelines. If an organization doesn’t offer free practice questions, then it may be a clue that their certification course is not really credible. Be sure to check out the online program’s accreditation, use of current AHA guidelines, and included course materials to decide if their web-based course is right for you.


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