Personal Website of Sohail Ahmed

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Welcome! I’ve created this space in order to help folks preparing for the ASCP – MLS/MT/CLS exams. 

To the foreign visitors to my page (108 international locations and counting), thanks for visiting! I took the ASCP exam but the ASCPi is just the international equivalent of the same exam. The competencies tested are the same. 

To all my visitors (400,000 plus hits), i’m humbled. I had no idea so many folks would be referred to my site by word of mouth. I’m embarassed by how inadequate my notes are and I’m making a commitment to transition what i’ve done so far into a more professional format…really!  

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, they are always welcome and appreciated. Your email will not be displayed.

500 Responses to Personal Website of Sohail Ahmed

  1. Ipassed says:

    I just took my MLS exam and I passed! I stared at the screen for a while to make sure it really said “pass”.
    I want to say thank you to all your wonderful note especially the coagulation note. Although I didn’t get any coagulation question, I’m happy that I finally get the pathway down.
    In term of the exam, it was a hard exam for me. I spent all my 150 minutes. My first 40-50 questions were blood bank, micro, and immunology which are my 3 weakest subjects. I was extremely nervous. Break out:
    Blood bank
    – 5-6 questions about Abo discrepancy ( geeez)
    – 2 antibody panels- find the antibody and choose which additional cells are used to rule in and out the antibody.
    – 5-6 general questions about blood bank, technique, Dat
    -2-3 about blood products

    Micro
    – I drew my gpc and gnb chart put before I answered any of my micro question. I got 4-5 question about gpc, gnb
    – 1 question about micrococcus
    – 2 question about plasmodium – which one is not show on the blood smear in troph
    -4-5 mycology question( at this point, I was like:” why am I so not lucky”
    Immunology:
    – Ana positive shows what pattern
    – picture and pick what kind of pattern: rim, speckle, ect
    – chart of 1st and 2nd expose and tell them which a, b, c, d line are first and second response
    – 1-2 hepatitis questions… But not in a traditional form of questions . One question was like : which blood product has a greatest risk transfer hep b( so I guess this is kinda a blood bank questions)
    Chem:
    I got few easy ones: such as amalyse for mumps, tn/ tp
    2-3 blirubin questions
    Urine:
    3-5 questions
    Heme
    They were hard too but I can not remember now.
    Again, thank you for all wonderful
    Note

  2. neels says:

    Hie, I will be giving my IMLS exam soon. What do you think about “Elsevier’s Medical Laboratory Science Examination Review” book?

  3. FRANC says:

    hi i “think” i pass the exam… it says preliminary result – pass. but the test admin didnt give me any paper, they said they will email or mail me the result. is that the same with all of y’all?…

  4. franc says:

    yay…its official! though pearson didnt gave me any paper after the test, i checked my ascp account and i now have an icon for CMP and certification, plus my name already have an MLS(ASCP) on the end. Thanks for this website for helping me pass the exam!

    • magpie says:

      Congrats Franc! Is there any advice you would be kind enough to offer us studying for the exam? Im taking mine in 2 weeks. As the day gets closer Im getting even more nervous
      >.<

      • Leslie says:

        Hello Magpie, Have you taking the test yet, If u did, can you be kind to tell me how was it and what study materials did u use? Thanks!

  5. Bo says:

    After religiously skimming through all the concise notes and helpful comments on this blog, I passed my exam today after studying for little over a month after my college graduation! I originally started with Harr and then bought the Polansky review cards (digital copy for my android was perfect). I studied with those in tandem, reviewed all the cards and did a majority of the questions in Harr (took about a month). I was getting 76-86% on LabCE’s ASCP Board of Certification MLS and 52-61% (Difficulty 5.5-6.5) on the CAT during the final week of my studying. At the end I strung everything together with online resources like this site which was incredibly helpful. The test was difficult even after all the studying, so you really have to know your stuff. However, with that in mind, the pass rate for the ASCP is high so deep breaths will get you through the tough times leading up to the exam.

    From one stranger to another, thank you Sohail for your help :)

  6. RufioSD619 says:

    Hi everyone
    I have to be very honest. I didn’t study for exam only because I thought that when I paid for the fee it was only for review and not to actually take it. I found out by Pearson vue I didn’t sign up for a date to take it and last minute decided to take it today. I passed… Thank god and his blessing upon me. On the screen it said pass. Mind you.. I work as a generalist and have three years under my belt as an MLT ASCP. My mentors are tough and strict. So I owe it to them. Though I didn’t study. I strongly suggest the success yellow book and basic outlines.

    Have a good one everyone and good luck

  7. M.K says:

    Hi Everyone! So I have 3 years experience of MLS outside of the US, moved here 2 years ago and took my ASCPi MLS in April 2015 but i didn’t pass :(. I wish I had found this site before today!
    Now, I have my 2nd ASCPi MLS exam On July 20th..this Monday!! Super Nervous! I’ve read the Success book and did all the BOC study guide questions and the LabCE courses and questions! Will be doing the LabCE exam stimulater this weekend. I also did the Online practice tests on the ASCP website and got 70% to 85% on all of them. I’m going to study the high yield notes from this site. I didn’t get the Harr book or the Polansky cards, ( It’s too late to get them now anyways). I still feel like I’m not ready! And on top of that I’ve been having really bad sinus headaches :(
    Did anyone take the exam this month? Are they similar?

    • RufioSD619 says:

      Hey Bro!!!
      If you are scoring higher than 70 percent on the LabCe I think you should be fine. As for the questions I received, it was weird because it started off with QA questions and some instrumentation. I even remember them asking questions about how often we need to have CEUs. I had mostly Heme and Bloodbank. Heme was mostly hemagrams with abnormals asking for diagnosis or possible interference and some nrbc/wbc corrections, plt est and rbc inclusions, bloodbank I had tons of RH questions and basic antibody ID from warm and cold. Know your enzymes and effects. DAT IAT screening, donor qualifications. Chem I had some enzyme questions and calculations for GFR, AG, and creat clearance. Coag was basic intrinsic and extrinsic questions, know INR and the discrepancies with the times of pt and ptt. Micro, had about 10 to 15 questions. You should be just fine, stay calm and watch something funny right before to take the stress away prior. Eat some dark chocolate and some black coffee too!!! Thats what I did.

      Good Luck

    • Leslie says:

      Hello! I just read that u took exam yesterday, how did it went! I am taking mine soon, would like your feed backs!

      • MK says:

        I rescheduled it to July 25th because I got the Harr book and I love it so far! It’s really very helpful! The high yield notes posted here are awesome too! My weakness is bacteriology, so the tables are helping a lot!
        I’ll keep you posted after my exam on Saturday! Wish me luck! :)

  8. PassitForward says:

    Thank you so much you have no idea how much this website has helped me (along with other study material that you recommended). I’ve been using this site for about over a year. Still don’t know how I passed though. Basically I had a lot of resources because I was feeling under prepared since I’m working full time as well. I had the BOC (didn’t look at it), the bottom line, concise review, harr, labce, and some of my class notes.Basically I had the concise review for a while now and I used it to study for class or when I needed to know some basic knowledge that my professor wasn’t telling me. At the end though I used my class notes and put it into the bottom line, the points that I thought it was missing or handy little mnemonics. Fun fact: the pictures and all that weird stuff on bottom line was really helpful, especially when I was panicking during the exam.

    Basically passing the knowledge forward.

    -I had a lot of mycology question (5) I believe, I’m pretty sure I got all of them wrong. They told me description and showed me a picture and I still got it wrong. I never really studied mycology and the ones I did never showed up.
    -Had a picture of a pinworm and needed to know its real name and I didn’t get any more parasite questions after that.
    -Chemistry: Effect of hemolysis on chemistry analytes, effect of IV line on chemistry analytes, Diabetes, non-ketoacidosis coma, enzymes for liver, enzymes to help ID muscle problems, cardiac enzymes, what creatinine clearance was (not the formula but what it actually tests–the physiology of it), a weird LDL + HDL methodology that came up twice (how can you separate them–I thought it was ultracentrifugation but that wasn’t even a choice, so if anyone knows please help enlighten me), given a bunch of analytes and their result (without the reference range) and was expected to know which one should be repeated (on it was BUN, osmo, Cl-, Na+, K+, and yeah… wasn’t sure of the answer on this one either). How to tell hepatic from an obstruction and what the test would show
    -Urinalysis: what it means if someone has a normal serum glucose but a positive glucose urine test,picture of a cast with refractile circles and they asked you what other tests will help confirm it(?, choices were Sudan black, oil red O, picked oil Red O for some reason)–the almost exact picture can be found on labce
    -Immunology: i had a question where it showed a picture of serum IFE and a gamma band and a light chain, and told you that the urine light chain had that light chain as well. Then asked what your next action could be: potential multiple myeloma, redo it again because ULC and S-IFE were not the same.
    -Had some trouble shooting question and what would you do if the control you reconstituted were all whacky on all of your analyzers. Check the H2O you used, used new lots, or used fresh control.
    -BB: panels are usually straightforward (I mean they do give some choices so that helps), but the tricky ones were the What would you do next if your forward had a positive Anti-B but your serum all came negative (reincubate at 37, report it out, redraw,) or for antibody screen if you wanted to rule out certain things what would you do (requires your knowledge about enzyme and its effect on on the different antigens)–what helped me to remember some were Duffy= gets Destroyed by enzyme
    -Micro: the charts given on this site honestly are really helpful. they nitpick, I had one where I had to differentiate between Morganella and Providencia but it gives you a list of three different tests, and if you knew the answer it’s pretty simple because usually there’s one really wrong answer in all the other choices. Some mnemoics: MINOP )mirabilis Indole neg, o(something) positive—sorry my brain is getting fried at the moment, or K-PIN (klebsiella pneumoniae indole neg, E-COP (entero cloceae orthine positive), recommend making sure you memorize the chart on this site.
    -what organisms would you look for in a patient with Cystic fibrosis
    -Anaerobes Gram negative cocci that causes a disease involving the jaw
    -know how to read a TSI slant and ID the organism from it
    -know the differences between the Gram negative bacilli (like Enterobactericeae are all oxidase – (except plesimonas) vs the Oxidase+ GNB (like Aeromonas and the others), know the HACEK (the disease associated with them I got a question that told me symptoms and what it looked like and the biochemical and was expected to know it)
    -Had two antibiotics question what other antibiotic would used to help ID a mecA gene (or something like that)–choices were vanco, ampicillin, penicillin, methicillin.
    -What would you need to know in order to see the effect of a Therapeutic drug
    Hematology
    -Had two questions where I was told whether serum Iron, ferritin, and TIBC was and had to ID the disease, had two questions on the same picture about what the disease could be and what I would expect the lab values to be
    -There’s a labce question where it shows you four different pictures of an abnormal RBC morphology: know those (basically what target cells mean, sphereocytes, teardrops, schitocytes)
    -What kind of drug would cause a hypochromic RBC–i answered malarial drug, but who knows..

    -the virulence factor of N. gonorrheae,
    -which mycobacterium is associated with contaminated H2o.
    -glycerol effect on RBC (when will it expire–basically 10 years after the glycerol was added)

    -summary: the purple yellow book is god, Do as much practice questions you can with Harr read over the explanation some things are a bit harder in the book though, but definitely read the explanation. DO labce I took 4 CAT and scored around the 50% mark (49-56%) and around a 5.5 hardness level. I did most of the Harr questions minus the end of chemistry and micro (ran out of time). Also look at the question wordsology and other people have put up, it helped me a lot in my preparations.
    -The questions on the exam aren’t all that straightforward and that’s the one you know will probably be worth more points because it’s a higher level question.

    • PassitForward says:

      know your Indicies and some of the formula
      Klein-betke, and corrected WBC, nRBC, and all that other good stuff

      • PassitForward says:

        the thing with the mecA gene the answer i believe had to do with oxacillin, my bad.

    • wordsology says:

      This is golden – i’m certain this will help many people. Thank you.

    • MK says:

      I just took the ASCP MLS exam and passed!! Probably 20 or more of the questions you got…I got the exact same ones!!! I also did the Labce, finished the Harr book, the success book, the BOC Study guide, and the high yield notes on this website! And from what I can say is that Labce and Harr plus the notes on this website (especially bacteriology) are more than enough for the exam!!! Thank you for this post and thank you wordsology!!!

      • Leslie says:

        Congratulations!!! Hope the rest of us expecting to take it Do great!

      • Tiffany says:

        Thank you so much for the heads up!!! I will be taking mine soon. I have everything you suggested, minus the Harr book but I have the BOC book. Is the BOC good or should I just stick to LABce for questions?? Is it worth buying the Harr book if I only have Labce for questions. Thanks so much!!! Sorry if my questions might seem trivial, just trying to make sure I get the best study plan down, I suck at guessing, so I have to make sure I KNOW IT!!!

      • wordsology says:

        It depends on how many questions you are doing every day. If you’re doing a 100+ you may run out of questions at some point on labce. Harr is the best resource for questions, in my opinion. Some people like the BOC book but I really disliked it myself…

      • AJ says:

        Good Stuff bro!!! I knew you were going to pass!!! Cheers and good luck to the rest of your endeavors to come

        RufioSD619

    • Tiffany says:

      THANK YOU!!!! I will be taking my MLS test soon, and I am kinda freaking out, but you just explained everything that I have been wanting to know about this test. Thank you so much. I am trying to prepare myself as much as I can so that I can make the best guesses when needed and do the best I can if my stress and anxiety gets the best of me during the exam. Thanks again, and congrats!!! I know it must feel great!!!

  9. franc says:

    i only studied polansky cards, labce and this website. so i am not sure about the other references. ASCP exam is a very hard exam. I didnt know how exactly i passed it. most of the questions i answered were all educated guesses. i say about 95 % educated guesses and 5 % i know i was right. The most important i think is review and review a lot of questions, the more you encounter questions and know the logic behind it, the more chance of passing the exam.

  10. Kahren says:

    How many questions in all for the exam

  11. Tiffany says:

    Hey,
    Thank you already for making this website. Your study plan layout helps me make mine a little less hectic. I think I was wanting exactly how you have explained to study, just needed a good outline. I think I have the older version of the Polansky review cards. I actually have the kindle version, but they are called:
    “Quick Review Cards for Clinical Laboratory Science Examinations” and the copyright is 2002.

    Would you say these are still “okay” or comparable to the newer set of cards they have released:

    “Quick Review Cards for Medical Laboratory Science” and the copyright is 2014.

    If they (the newer ones) were definitely worth it, and better than the older ones, let me know. I just didn’t want to buy and add another source of study material if it was either a) very close to the same thing I already have or b) possibly just be another source of materials to overwhelm me. lol. SO I guess the question I am asking is, do I need to chunk the first set I have on my kindle and buy the newer ones?? Is there enough new information on the newer set to make a difference…. is the information in the older set outdated, etc.

    Yes, I love the version I have on kindle and with your method, instead of highlighting the physical cards (since it’s on my kindle and my phone), I’m going through the areas that I need improvement and then rewriting them either on index cards or 8×10 posters to have something in my hands I can review as well. I have actually found I’m a visual learner and writing the information down actually helps the studying a little more effective than just reading the information, as well as making charts that help.

    My test is very soon, so thank you for all of your help on this website so far!!! It is definitely appreciated!

  12. Tiffany says:

    One last question, is there a big difference from the Harr third to the fourth edition??

  13. george says:

    When writing the ASCP General exam , and if i get wrong on a Blood Bank question , will the next question be related to Blood bank ? Because I heard that the next question will be from a different section. Is this true ?
    And if I answer a Correct Microbiology Question , will my next question be related to a HARDER Microbiology question ? Please let me know . Thankyou Sir

    • wordsology says:

      I am not certain as to the answer to the first part of your question. I do know that the way computer adaptive testing works is that it gives you harder questions if you get questions correct. The test is attempting to get you to 400 points as soon as possible.

  14. sam says:

    Hi ,i will planning for my Ascp exam
    ,anyone want to sell their book BOC,polansky
    Or any books let me know ,my email is samirap684@gmail.com

  15. Nan says:

    Hi I have 1 month left to study. I am very nervous about exam because I fail exam before. I’ve been studied 2 months. Do you have any advice? Thank you

    • wordsology says:

      I’m just a regular person and I can only offer common sense advice based on what you’ve told me of your situation. Do lots of questions.

    • RufioSD619 says:

      I agree with wordsology,
      more you do, the more you find out you don’t know. Go back to those areas you are weak and proceed the system all over again. You’ll be fine with labce, harr and polansky cards

  16. Nan says:

    Thank you for write back to me. So far I’ve been do lots of question on LabCE, Harr review book , BOC and review in Polanski card and your note. I hope it enough. I just nervous and overwhelming with materials . I think your note is help me in microbiology area. Thank you

    • RufioSD619 says:

      Word of advice, just before the exam don’t cram, the day before don’t study and try to relax and enjoy yourself. Although I did not do that, I did however watch some comedy right before my exam to get a good laugh. To be honest, I think you will do just fine with what you have said you’ve done so far.

  17. Angel says:

    Hello Wordsology…
    I am Angel, I am trying to take my ASCP exam, and I need a good way and plan to study, I almost forgot whatever I studied. I need to take this exam out of my way.
    please help in anyway, even if i have to have a tutor.

    please reply as soon as you can

    • wordsology says:

      Hi Angel,
      You DO NOT need a tutor! The best advice I can offer you is to take a look through the website and read other peoples questions as many have asked questions like yours. I’ve laid out a strategy which I believe will work for the majority of people. Follow that strategy and trust that as long as you are honest with yourself (am I actively learning by doing questions; am I rewriting and memorizing the micro charts and coagulation pathway, etc) and not just staring at class notes and hoping to learn through absorption, then you will pass!

  18. Kayla says:

    I am studying for the MLT boards that I take in about ONE week and I am freaking out about how much information there is to know about micro. In the bottom line approach book there are SO many charts and reactions, I feel like I’m not going to be able to remember everything. Are there any tips for studying for this section? It is so overwhelming!! What are people’s thoughts of how much micro studying is sufficient and what is too much? I guess this is my “FREAKING OUT” post..

    • Kayla says:

      Also, in labce there are quite a few matching questions and then 3-4 questions I need to match answers with. Are there questions like that in the actual exam? Or is this probably just a way for lace to give you more exposure to possible questions?

  19. mary says:

    Hello! I am planning to take CA CLS soon. I submitted all the requirements needed ACCRAO emailed my evaluation to California dept. of Health last July 31st and they got it. This is my first time taking the test and I don’t know if how long should I wait to get a qualification letter. I emailed the contact person in LFS and they never respond to me. I tried to call them and they never pick. It is so hard to deal with them. Does anybody know or has an idea how long should I wait after they received my complete documents? Thank you.

    • Kayla says:

      I’m from Minnesota and it took mine 2 weeksto hear back from ASCP.

      • mary says:

        Thanks for the reply kayla! I finished my BSMT outside US but I’ve been living here in California for 5 years. When you received the qualification letter do you have to schedule an exam right away? My transcript evaluation was emailed July 31st to LFS/CDPH but I haven’t Heard anything from them. They just said they got it. Should I just wait for the qualification letter? I am just worried. Thanks.

  20. Kayla says:

    Mary- When you get the qualification letter, you have a 3 month window to choose a date. You don’t have to choose a date right away. But it will have to be chosen for that window. ASCP told me they received my application and then they have to contact the school (or something) to make sure you are actually qualified to take the exam. That’s the part that takes the longest I think. But again mine is ASCP and I’m from Minnesota. There was a thing online that I was able to see the “status” of my application. I’m not sure if you have something like that. I was anxious to get my letter too.

    • Mary says:

      I checked the status of my application in LFS it says awaiting information it’s been saying that forever. I hope i get my qualification letter within this month. I’m into a lot of stress i watch our 2 yr old baby during the day and i work at night. I’m having a hard time studying but I’ll do my best and I’ll stay positive. Thank you Kayla. Good luck on your exam!

  21. george says:

    I thank Sohail Ahmed and this Honorable website for helping me Pass this MLS ASCP exam.
    Im allergic to books, and Im not a Bookworm person.
    Here’s what I did to prepare for this Diseased Exam :
    Two months Off from work , LabCE , Avoid Contact from Human Species, Youtube Lecture videos, 7 hours Sleep and the Life Changer High Yield Notes. I once had a Dream when I graduated colllege- to pass this exam. I NEVER ever Thought I would pass this ASCP exam 5 years later.
    First thing you will notice on the screen is that THEY will TWIST the question so you will not understand thir ENGLISH wordings. The questions is just the same as Labce , but they Use so much UNFAMILIAR professional words to confuse you . I had to read many questions 3 Times to Understand. Drink Milk, Iron tablets, Vitamin C and chocoloate to ease your Mind while you study. Sleep as much as you can because if you are sleep deprived-you will have headache. make sure you sit comfortable with extra pilows for you butt, Feet and cusion your Elbows during extended hours of studying. But Make sure you sleep fully. This is important. I have many friends who has taken 4 exams for the Past 5 Years and they still did not pass. Thats Because they been working and did not follow rules of taking off from work and NOT strictly Studying . Memorize the High Yield Notes as much as you can especially Microbiology.The idea behind the whole study strategy is to enjoy your time reviewing the Labce OR HARR cards. I understood that whatever questions you see in any reading Material , just read it . Dont miss any questions from any material. If you need to understand any spcific topic, go to Youtube and type Thyroidism lecture, they will show many Thyroid lectures from best teachers to explain it well for you. people who failed must have thought they thy can Work and study together Simultaneously. It may work for Bookworm people. But they STRICTLY have to take a Minimum of 2 months to prepare the exam. IF you keep failing the exam, you have to IMMEDIATELY take off for 3 Months. I GUARANTEE you will be prepared.
    I Thank Wordsology once again for fulfillling my dream.
    and Im still Allergic to books.

  22. Rahul kumar mishr says:

    Deat sir, Actually I am from India. I want to give MLS exam. If any type of book, notes and other material u have so please inform me or sujest me
    Thanks

  23. Kayla says:

    I take my MLT exam in 2 days. I have been doing Labce with the MLS CAT exam and have been getting between 50-58% on them. Just curious if you think these scores are good foundation to take the exam?

    • Job George ASCP MLS , ASCP H says:

      and Study and MEMORIZE the HIGH YIELD notes in the Sections .

      • Kayla says:

        Thank you! Yes, I am working on memorizing the micro notes now! I have 3 flow charts done. Just a few to go. It’s so stressful not knowing what my individual test will focus on most!

      • Job George ASCP MLS , ASCP H says:

        i passed this exam last week… i did not study for 5 years . this is the comment i posted last week for this website:
        I thank Sohail Ahmed and this Honorable website for helping me Pass this MLS ASCP exam.
        Im allergic to books, and Im not a Bookworm person.
        Here’s what I did to prepare for this Diseased Exam :
        Two months Off from work , LabCE , Avoid Contact from Human Species, Youtube Lecture videos, 7 hours Sleep and the Life Changer High Yield Notes. I once had a Dream when I graduated colllege- to pass this exam. I NEVER ever Thought I would pass this ASCP exam 5 years later.
        First thing you will notice on the screen is that THEY will TWIST the question so you will not understand thir ENGLISH wordings. The questions is just the same as Labce , but they Use so much UNFAMILIAR professional words to confuse you . I had to read many questions 3 Times to Understand. Drink Milk, Iron tablets, Vitamin C and chocoloate to ease your Mind while you study. Sleep as much as you can because if you are sleep deprived-you will have headache. make sure you sit comfortable with extra pilows for you butt, Feet and cusion your Elbows during extended hours of studying. But Make sure you sleep fully. This is important. I have many friends who has taken 4 exams for the Past 5 Years and they still did not pass. Thats Because they been working and did not follow rules of taking off from work and NOT strictly Studying . Memorize the High Yield Notes as much as you can especially Microbiology.The idea behind the whole study strategy is to enjoy your time reviewing the Labce OR HARR cards. I understood that whatever questions you see in any reading Material , just read it . Dont miss any questions from any material. If you need to understand any spcific topic, go to Youtube and type Thyroidism lecture, they will show many Thyroid lectures from best teachers to explain it well for you. people who failed must have thought they thy can Work and study together Simultaneously. It may work for Bookworm people. But they STRICTLY have to take a Minimum of 2 months to prepare the exam. IF you keep failing the exam, you have to IMMEDIATELY take off for 3 Months. I GUARANTEE you will be prepared.
        I Thank Wordsology once again for fulfillling my dream.
        and Im still Allergic to books.

  24. LM says:

    Hi! I just wanted to thank you so much for your great work on this website. I just took the ASCP MLS exam this morning and I PASSED!! It was by far the most difficult exam I’ve ever taken, and I doubted every single answer and pretty much everything I knew about my life haha. Your website helped immensely, especially the microbiology section! I also used the Bottom Line Approach and the BOC book. I got a lot of pictures on my exam for some reason…picture of burr cells, what else would you expect to see in lab results? ANA pattern…HgbC, what would you do next. Picture of stomatocytes, related to what disorder. Super red slide, whats wrong with staining? Definitely understand sensitivity/specificity, I had like 4 questions about that. Also bilirubin, at least 5 questions on that too! No acid/base, no parasitology, a few simple mycology questions (hair perforation, cigar bodies), only one TSI. I had lots of Blood Bank discrepancies, Rh, baby DAT+. Every single questions makes you think over everything that you’ve learned, very few were straightforward. I swear there were some answer choices that could have both been correct. Choose the BEST answer. There were nearly always 2 choices that could be immediately ruled out. I reviewed half of my questions at the end, changed one answer, then decided to just submit. I still had 70 minutes leftover. My advice is to not let this test freak you out!! Take a deep breath, you will get through it!!

    • wordsology says:

      Thanks for the excellent review of the exam! I think I had very similar questions on my own exam. The bilirubin questions, specificity/sensitivity, stained slide…ah memories.

  25. Kayla says:

    Thank you so much for your website!!! I always had your site up and Labce up in my browser. Took my MLT test today and PASSED!!! I worked full time the entire time through school and for practically every test through school I crammed and dumped information to make room for the next test and so on. Feeling incredibly overwhelmed (like a lot of you I’m sure) it was hard to get started to study for such a huge test. I used this site for suggestion and advice from others, and used the high yield notes. Mostly for microbiology as that was the hardest for me to grasp and memorize. I continued to rewrite the flowcharts over and over. When I got into my exam today I wrote them down almost immediately when I started. Some reason it took some of the edge off to get it out of my brain right away and know its there if I need it.

    I did many tests on labce. Everything from the CAT MLS portion to specific subjects. ALWAYS read the explanations at the end of the test. This is where you learn and retain information. I also used the bottom line approach book. Learning by silly phrases or mnemonics is right up my ally.

    I can’t remember a lot of the questions on my test. The beginning was about coag and heme. Asking about iron deficiency, a photo asking what condition it looked like, options CML AML sideoblastic anemia. There was a question about when a patient is on heparin what it does to the other factors. I had a lot of blood bank questions. HDN, know the difference between antibody and antigen. An antibody panel. Something about using a 10% solution of cells if that means they would have to be incubated longer, incubation timeshorter, show prozone… There were a few chemistry questions about hemolysis. I mainly knew that it affects potassium the most, but in some questions potassium wasn’t an option. There was one question that asked what test hemolysis would effect the least! Sodium, phosphorus, potassium or LD. A Weight/volume calculation, corrected WBC.. A question about ADH being suppressed, would it cause a lower specific gravity, more concentrated urine, and 2 other options.

    Around question 85 I was expecting to get some easier questions if I was doing well enough. I was so nervous to even know what questions were easy or if they were question that were easy but just hard for me. Haha. I flagged a few questions to go back and look at. Only changed one answer as I believe you should go with your gut feeling unless you know for sure it’s wrong. I finished a half hour early.

    People, if I can pass, you can too!! Good luck! and Thank you so much Wordsology!! This site helped me through anxiety, enlightened me of to expect, gave me hope, and great advice. You are such a wonderful person!

    • Kevin says:

      “There was one question that asked what test hemolysis would effect the least! Sodium, phosphorus, potassium or LD.”

      I’m actually having a moment and can’t think this one through?? Least amount…. I’m thinking maybe phosphorus or LD?? But not sure if I’m on the right track there, lol. Any one know??

  26. Leslie says:

    Heyy Kevin! I beleive the answer is Sodium. If u check the polavsky card analaytes affected by hemolysis, it mentions all of those except Sodium. I had the same exact question and I choose Sodium. Thanks to this website and high yield notes I pass😀.

  27. Leslie says:

    Hello Everyone I just want to pass by and say Thank you Wordsology for this amazing website, I took the test last monday and I was jumping of joy when I left the testing room and saw the word pass in the screen. I agree with most of the people who has commented here I would not have done it with you. The strategy you post and omg your high yield notes are what you need to pass. Seriously, I had more than 20 questions just related to your high yield notes. I use polavsky card (I learned more blood bank with them than at school). The Harr book is also good I had a couple of questions that came from it. My exam was base on hematology, chemistry, blood bank and I had uranalysis questions too. I study for more than 2 months. My suggestion is memorize all the high yield notes, polavsky cards, labce and the Harr book and don’t change your answer unless u r absolutely sure is right. I change only 2 and one of them I had it right the first time hahah. Thank u so much wordsology for your help, thanks to this website I have a job waiting for me. Work hard and u will pass!

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