Personal Website of Sohail Ahmed

Welcome! This space is for folks preparing for the ASCP – MLS/MT/CLS exams.

Thank you to the foreign visitors to my page (108 international locations and counting). I took the ASCP exam but the ASCPi is the international equivalent of the same exam. The competencies tested are the same.

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

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Hemoglobin electrophoresis for the ASCP exam. The last 12 slides are 6 questions (to test your knowledge) and 6 answers (to cement your understanding) for the exam. Take a look and let me know what you think.

A chart of common ABO discrepancies encountered in blood bank. You are now fully covered for absolutely any ABO discrepancy questions thrown your way by ASCP!

How to Solve an Antibody Panel now posted under Blood Bank

Gram Negative Diplococci chart updated

Obligate Anaerobes chart updated

Random Cartoon Questions
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1,310 Responses to Personal Website of Sohail Ahmed

  1. liwa says:

    hello sohail! I pass my MLS ASCPi last aug 16! I waited for my email confirmation first before posting here to be sure since there is a so called palm vein error during the day of my exam which is originally aug 15. We even call Pearsonvue support system UK, which is 4 hours delayed from our local time here in Gulf. I almost waited whole day in the exam center just to fix this matter just to reschedule my exam on the same day. Aside from that, I have to commute 2 hrs to reach the exam center and knowing the lifestyle here in Gulf, engaging taxi which will cost you $100 just to reach your destination. That day Pearsonvue did not agree and advise me to call again the following day to ensure my slot for the exam. The following day I went again to the exam center to calle Pearsonvue. Around 1 pm, Pearsonvue confirmed my slot and they gave me 1:30 pm slot. I was really nervous that time ‘coz like all a sudden after all the pressure, I only have 30 mins before my exam. Since my exam center was very helpful and kind, they gave me 15 mins consideration to eat my lunch, say my prayers, compose myself, and be back at 1:15 pm to start the pre-test protocols. During that remaining 15 mins rush, I just prayed to God and lift all to HIM! I was very happy when I saw the word PASS at the end of my exam. I jumped with joy after I saw my result! Yesterday I got the email from ASCP and I was very amazed how my exam turned out! My score is 742!! So for those who are worried, I tell you, make your very best during review time. Be strict with your agenda to finish whatever reviewers you have. Lessen you sleeping hours! haha! Initially I don’t know how to manage my time for review. I’m currently working here in Gulf, doing tight duties and living alone so its very difficult to find time for review. But I pushed myself to reach my goal! So for those who will take the exam, be strict with your time and pray! Pray and pray and pray! Thank you very much Sohail and to others who are posting their recalls here! This website really helped me a lot! And also thanks for the inspirational message from previous takers! You made me believe that I will pass! May the Lord shower more blessings to Sohail for creating this site! I will be posting my recalls soon. I’m still in this cloud nine feeling so can’t think to formulate the questions properly, haha! Thanks once again and all the best for all takers!
    AIM HIGH! SOAR HIGH! -LIWA, RMT, MLS (ASCPi) now signing off!

    PS: My exam was cancelled twice! july 22- network problem and aug 15- palm vein problem

    • Alemayehu says:

      Hi Liwa, congra. can you tell me in ASCPi) CM ( what CM mean?? please, thank you.

      • wordsology says:

        “…individuals are encouraged to participate in the Certification Maintenance Program voluntarily. Those who successfully complete the program will receive a new certificate and an additional designation “CM” in superscript as part of their certification designation. For example, a cytotechnologist who successfully finishes the program can use the designation CT(ASCP)CM after his or her name. The program was implemented to demonstrate the Board of Registry’s commitment to improving the certification process and ensuring the continued competence of medical laboratory personnel. It is designed to meet the requirements of regulatory agencies…”

  2. Bency Georges says:

    I want to say thank you for your guidance!!! I I I I passed my boards three yrs ago. I never thank you!!! I am spreading the word this site is awesome.

  3. Maui Torres-Bravo says:

    Just took the ascpi exam last friday (Aug 25) and passed. I thank God for guiding me and giving me strength and wisdom. I am so thankful for this site ( wordosology) for providing high yield notes. This help me remember and understand bb, coagulation, and micro.

    Godbless and more power…


  4. Lorie Fermin-Agtang says:

    I am very thankful to you, all the strategies you shared from this website helped me a lot. I took my ASCPi last September 2 and passed the exam. I was very nervous before I took the exam. Since 2010, I am not practicing the profession due to I need to fulfill my role as a mother and just moved here in USA couple of years. Thank you, thank you so much and above all thank you so much to God for guiding me and answering my prayers.

    God bless you each day.

    • wordsology says:

      Congratulations on passing and on motherhood!

      • Alemayehu says:

        Hi wordsology, thank you very much for your professional support. my question is do you know /have you take AMT exam?? are labce, success, bottom line, cuila… and other material support for the exam?? or what materials I must read o pass AMT (america medical technologist ) exam ? thank you again

    • Igbokwe Christopher says:

      I thank God for all my co-professional that pass. am preparing to take mine, just new to ASCP and will appreciate any help and advice from anyone. thank.

  5. Leslie says:

    hey.. I took the MLS test in march.. failed it by less than 20 points.. I was tore up..My test was over 35 or better percent Parasitology..and I did not think I needed to study that much for that subject!
    I concentrated on the core subjects.. but I was floored when I saw my questions,, and this was early on In the test..
    I am dreading retaking it now.. I do have the Polaskiny cards.. and just discovered this website..
    Im in NC.. and I have to pass to keep my raise, I graduated in 2016 with a degree in Cell Biology, I have been an MLT since 2007.
    I am going to start studying your charts.. etc…any other suggestions?

  6. Andrea says:

    Has anyone used the practice exams from ASCP? If so do you think they were helpful?

    • Chance Maxine says:

      I have used them but don’t think it’s enough practice. Know everything from this site, ASCP boc book and do as many case studies as possible.

      • Andrea says:

        Thanks! I will be taking my exam for the 3rd time in December. I have read bottom line approach, memorized all the charts from this website, I do 50-100 practice questions from Labce, I have printed off all the recall exam questions from this site and will start reading ASCP Boc book on Monday. If I don’t pass this time I don’t know what else I can do!

  7. Godswill Azuka Davidson says:

    Hey Andrea,
    i think you are good to go if you are doing well on Labce and you already studied the high-yield notes here as well as the Recalls. I also passed my ASCP not that long ago but if I knew better I would have paid more attention to the high yield notes here and especially the exam recalls as they usually repeat questions with a 50plus percentage chance of repeating questions from the recalls. Best of lucks

  8. Tom says:

    First I would like to thank God . Also I have no words to say thank you for Mr. Sahail and your website as well. I had few attempts on another study resources without success passing the exam . Once I found out about Wordsology website , I did pass the exam without no issues . The Micro charts saved my life. I will post some recalls soon. Thanks again Mr. Sahial and God bless you.

  9. Igbokwe Christopher says:


  10. Jen says:

    I am currently using free quiz game. What score is good enough to say if I’m ready to take the ascpi exam?thank youuu

    • Jen says:

      Free labce quiz game I mean, 🙂

    • Godswill Azuka Davidson says:

      Hi Jen,
      The Labce free quiz game is good but its a bit superficial compared to the core Labce with the subscription. I also did the free quiz game and still do it once in a while just to play around although I have already passed the ASCP exams. The resourcefulness of the High yield notes and recalls in this site cannot be overemphasized. I don’t mince words by saying I could not have made it if not for this site. Devote more time to the Recalls here as the questions here are more likely to be repeated in the real exams. Everyone has already accepted this fact (it’s between 40-60% repetition). If you are scoring up to 600 at least in the Labce, then you are good to go but all that’s left is the recalls and of course the high yield notes. Review all the answers in the recalls as about 3-5% may be wrong.
      Best of lucks

  11. Nina says:

    I didn’t pass the exam. I studied really hard, Read the Bottom line book, did 50-100 questions and studied the high yield notes and memorized everything. I then realized that the questions were coming from the BOC Book. I didn’t even look at the book at all because people advised me not to. Make sure you don’t make the same mistake I did. The BOC Study guide questions guide you on how the ASCP words each question. I saw a lot of similar questions, after the fact. I don’t know if I just got a really hard exam, or what happened? It was tough! Study hard but don’t give up!!!

    • wordsology says:

      I am sorry to hear. Some folks find the BOC book useful while many others don’t. Good advice for everyone on studying hard and not giving up!

    • Godswill Azuka Davidson says:

      So sorry to hear this Nina and you are right about the BOC Book as some of my questions where exactly from the BOC book. There was this guy who posted some pages and questions from BOC book on recalls of this site and l looked into it. You wouldn’t believe that those questions also popped up. Nothwithstanding, i have this assurance that you will definitely make it next time from the vast experience that you have gathered.
      Just as you said “don’t give up”

    • leslie says:

      dont feel bad, I failed mine several months back.. I had a lot of paraite questions.. Def., not what I was expecting..

  12. Desperate lady says:

    Hi. I first wanted to say I think it’s so kind of you to start this site. I graduated an MLS program 3 years ago. I haven’t passed my exam after a couple of tries. I didn’t learn the material properly while I was in school bc of circumstances I was going through at the time. I just wondered if you had any suggestions on what I should do. I can’t get a job without this certification. Thank you!

    • wordsology says:

      I would suggest going through the website and taking a look at the high yield notes and exam advice. My single most important piece of advice would be to try to do 100 questions every day (or as many as you can) from labce and the Harr book in order to attack your weak areas. You will get many/most of these questions wrong but this will allow you to move out of your comfort zone and REALLY learn new things.

  13. Fidelis says:

    Hi, I will be taking the NY State CLS exam in 2 weeks but I feel like I dont remember anything. I skim through the success book but the information is overwhelming and make me nervous. At this rate, I think I will fail this exam. What should I do?

    • wordsology says:

      At this point you should really relax. Have you studied properly? If you have, you have no need to be nervous. If not, then just have confidence in knowing that if you don’t pass, you know what you need to do for next time.

  14. Gayathri says:

    I like to follow this site.

  15. Shinshin says:

    Hi do u advice cjanging answers at the end of the exam? Or should i just choose a definite answer ryt away number per number and never go back? Pplllssss help so nervous that i cannot sleep at nyt bcos of this exam prep. I only have 2 weeks to prepare and ill be taking it on monday 😭😭😭

    • wordsology says:

      It’s possible you learn something new by the end of the exam. It’s generally advised not to do so, though.

    • Godswill Azuka Davidson says:

      Here’s what i did during my own exams, i took my time (1-2mins max) to make a good attempt in each question if i think i know it or forgot the answers but there are these questions that i didn’t even stand a chance so i just tagged them for a recheck at the end before submitting. The ASCP is also scored based on the level of difficulty you are able to scale through. I will recommend you spend more time with the Recalls now and do justice to them if possible all of them since you are already not sleeping well you can spend the night with it lols. It happened to all of us even when you finally pass the exams it will take a while to adjust. You should be a lord over the Sohali chats and high yield notes by now that you can reproduce all of it in a timely manner. Please your Recalls again and again.
      Best of luck Shinshin, i will see you on the other side you’re good to go.

  16. Syd says:

    Hi! I just took the ASCP international mls exam, my preliminary result said “pass”. I have to wait for my verified and final result but is there any chance that preliminary result could be changed?

    • Godswill Azuka Davidson says:

      I really doubt it can change as I have never heard of such. When i saw a “pass” in my preliminary result i was almost pretty sure there was a mix-up somewhere cause i thought i failed until i saw that i made 846. You’ve already made it dear and this exam is behind you now.

  17. Andrea says:

    I have been taking LabCE MLS Computer Adaptive exams once a week for the last 3 months and have been scoring between 49%-51% with a difficulty level between 3.7-4.5. I also try to do 50 questions everyday either between selected subjects, random, most missed ect. What else can I do to get this score higher. What do you recommend for a difficulty level to be in order to pass? I will be taking me exam in December. I have memorized every single table on this website, read Bottom Line Approach, I have done all the questions in BOC. I have started reading through the exam recalls also. I feel like I have done everything I can but I am not seeing the results.

  18. Lillete says:

    Hi. I am scheduled to take my exam on the 3rd. Am going through Harr and Polansky quick review cards and Bottom line Approach. I actually subscribed with Ace ASCP but am wondering if I should still subscribe with LabCe. I still have the Ciulla book to go through as well and the recalls. Any thoughts?
    Where can I find the recall questions in this site? Thanks for all your kind support.

  19. Thank you so much for this info! This is by far some of the best advice I have ever seen on the subject of testing for the MLS certification. I truly appreciate all the work and diligence you have put in. I have read every page and almost every comment.
    My question: is this info relevant to the AMT exam as well? I would imagine it is and regardless find it to be a valuable asset. I am taking the AMT MT exam in a few months. Do you know the parameters for passing the AMT exam? Is it similar to the ASCP passing guidelines? Will having an AMT certification make me less of a candidate for jobs? I would have preferred ASCP but didn’t quite work out that way.
    I have been studying a little bit every day and will continue to do so. I have a BS in biology and six years a lab tech in an infectious disease testing lab but need to get my MT certification to move to a professional level. I figure if I study hard for three to four months I will have a good chance of passing first try. Is that too much time to prepare?
    I love medical lab work and want to make it my career. Passing this exam is everything to me. Any and all advice is very helpful!

    Thank you

  20. tazeen5 says:

    Hello Everyone first i want to congratulate those who have passed the Ascp exam! and best of luck to those who are going to take the exam. I passed my ASCPi exam in July 2017 and am in the process of Visa Screening with CGFNS. They are giving me a very hard time by not accepting my transcript and the reason CGFNS is giving me is that I am NOT a Medical Technologist. I know it’s a totally different question I am asking here but If someone knows anything about how to deal with CGFNS please reply me especially Sohail.

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