Free ACLS Test Questions

August 14, 2012

All ACLS training courses feature a final exam that must be passed in order to obtain certification. The exam questions are all relevant to the information learned during training, and test your working knowledge of the techniques and scenarios practiced throughout the course.

At the ACLS Certification Institute, we offer in-depth practice exams that each feature unique content written by AHA trained physicians. These practice questions are all based on the most recent ACLS guidelines, last updated in 2010, and through our web-based program you have unlimited access to these exams so you can practice for the final test at any time.

The questions on the practice exams reflect the content on the final ACLS training exam, and it’s worthwhile to take a few of these in preparation for certification. Here are some example questions that you might encounter on the final ACLS exam:

1. What is the name of the thick wall that separates the chambers of the heart?

                a. the valve

                b. the septum

                c. the aorta

                d. the vena cava

2. The first three steps taken in response to cases of cardiac or respiratory arrest in order to stabilize the patient are: check patient responsiveness, ___________________, and activate EMS.

                a. find an AED

                b. start CPR

                c. initiate IV access

                d. perform intubation

3.  In cases of ventricular fibrillation where CPR and an AED are used, do NOT use the AED’s child pads if the patient is:

                a. 3 years of age or older

                b. 5 years of age or younger

                c. 12 years of age or older

                d. 12 years of age or younger

4. ____ allows the injection of fluids or drugs into the bone marrow.

                a. ET

                b. IO

                c. TV

                d. IV

5. In regards to asystole, which of the following statements is true?

                a. vital organs can be permanently damaged during extended asystole

                b. asystolic rhythms often turn into severe myocardial ischemia

                c. heart tissue immediately dies if a patient enters asystole

                d. vital organs can be permanently damaged AND asystolic rhythms lead to severe myocardial ischemia during extended asystole

Are the course materials and test questions and answers from before 2010 less accurate?

Not necessarily. The changes made in 2010 were mostly minor, but it is better to study with materials written based on the current guidelines to increase your score on the final exam.

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