Can someone tell me how is the medical coding exam.I heard it is open book.I want to know how many hours the exam is,and how many sections in it.
How is the exam,I am planning to take in September.
Please guide me.
The following is from my friend, Kenny Engle who is a proctor for the test:
" Go with your gut feeling and&
1. Answer those you know first, then&
2. Answer those questions that are questionable, then&
3. Guess at those remaining but answer all the questions.
" Use CPT guidelines and ignore payer rules.
" Be careful of questions containing the words: always, never or must.
" Know your CPT sections for greater speed.
" Tabs may be used but only to name a section of the book.
" 150 questions (Need 66% or 2/3 correct to pass.)
" 3 sections
1. Medical Concepts (Need 27 correct answers to pass.)
§ Medical Terminology
§ Coding Concepts
2. Surgery and Modifiers (Need 44 correct answers to pass.)
§ 10000 series
§ 20000 series
§ 30000 series
§ 40000 series
§ 50000 series
§ 60000 series
3. Other CPT Sections
§ Evaluation and Management
§ Laboratory and Pathology
" Materials needed:
1. CPT Manual
2. ICD-9-CM Manual
3. HCPCS Manual
" If you fail the first attempt, then you may take the test a second time at no additional charge but it must be taken within one year of your original exam date
Thank you so much for your reply.
Ria....I am also a proctor for AAPC and agree with Kenny. I might add that should anyone have to retake the test because they ran out of time, they might consider taking the last portion first while their head is clear and they are fresher. That seem to have helped a few people that I know who had to retake the test. I have taken both the CMC through PMI and the CPC from AAPC. Toni