Massage certification—National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB), NCETM or Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx)—continues to become more prevalent nationwide as states choose to regulate their massage licensing more stringently with the utilization of massage exams. Choosing a quality school, as well as a quality practice exam program, becomes imperative to pass the rigorous massage exams offered in your state. The movements of massage may be second nature to you, but what about the facts on which you are tested?
Practice massage exams help you refresh your memory and sift through the repetitive details of anatomy, physiology, ethics and theory. Yet, how do you know which practice exam program is best for you? Here are a few simple guidelines to pave your way to higher achievement and better massage test results.
Format. Will the massage exam be a paper or computer format? It’s best to practice the material in a similar way in which you are to take the test, so you can get used to the layout, atmosphere and timing of the test.
Current Material. There’s nothing worse than purchasing a practice massage exam that was last updated in 1960. Methodologies and theories change, and so do the massage tests. Be sure to check the copyright date(s) of the material to ensure the most up-to-date information is in your fingertips.
Results. Upon completion of your exam, are you able to track your massage exam results or see how well you have done? A quality, massage test preparation tool provides you with results.
Guarantees. Some practice massage exams provide money-back guarantees in case you do not pass the exam.
Costs. A quality, practice massage exam program may cost between $20 to more than $100, so make sure you are getting your money’s worth. Ask yourself the following:
• Does the practice massage exam provide subject matter for all the categories as the exam?
• If you don’t pass, do you receive any type of compensation?
These simple guidelines will help you assess which practice massage exam will get you the results you need to become a licensed massage therapist.
Ben Wieder is vice-President of MassagePrep.com, an e-Learning program which leads the massage industry’s exam preparation with quality and success by allowing users to study 24-7 with more than 2,200 practice questions for the NCETMB, NCETM and MBLEx exams in an online environment that simulates the real testing scenario.