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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1,334 Responses to Personal Website of Sohail Ahmed

  1. Samar elnour says:

    Hello every1 am preparing to have my blood bank specialist exam next week plz any last advices for me 😭😭😭

  2. Itchyboy says:

    Hi to the admin, I think it is also a good way to have our facebook group in order for us to collaborate more on topics or issues, while on the other hand, it is also a good way to promote wordsology blog links especially in detailed and more thorough explanation. Thanks 🙂

    • wordsology says:

      It’s a good idea. I will consider it. It’s just a bit much to manage for me at the moment – thus the hesitation. But thanks for the sugestion. I will consider it…as you may want to consider changing your wordpress handle “itchyboy” lol

  3. Zinnia says:

    I took the MLS exam last week and passed first try!!!! It was very nerve-wracking and so happy to finally get it over with. Thank you Sohail for sharing your knowledge with us and creating these helpful charts.

    Resources I used to study: this site, labCE, Harr, Polansky review cards, sketchymicro, bottom line approach (highly recommended!!!)

  4. Jennifer Permaul says:

    Is the MLS the same as the MLT exam?

    • Sue S says:

      I took both (MLT 2 yrs ago, MLS in mid Oct 2016) and thought that MLT was much harder, probably because I didn’t know what to expect. MLS was easy. I think both tests cover same range of material, MLS will ask the same question a bit differently, like what should MT do next. Basic subject matter was the same

  5. wordsology says:

    Thank you for the contribution Samsam. Take a few weeks off and then get right back into the game. Lots of Harr and LabCE questions. You clearly know your stuff. Just take it again, soon.

  6. Yang says:

    hello, i ‘ m going to take MLT exam , but i’m wonder which textbook and video i should choose or learn, i would like to watch some relevant video . Could u give me some advices?

    • wordsology says:

      Yang, I would suggest a search in the recalls sections for “MLT”. You will find some advice from test takers of the MLT exam, in their own words. Thanks

      • Bernadette says:

        Passed the ASCP MLS exam last week. I would like to thank Sohail website, it helped me a lot to pass the exam especially the micro diagrams Good luck to the future examinees:)

        Sent from my iPhone

  7. DoraDExplorer says:

    I passed my MLS yesterday thank you so much. This site was very informative. It helped me a lot. Thank you Sohail and to the other contributors.

    Study materials: Checkpoint notes, BOC, Polansky and Harr LabCE(free quizzes), Ciulla ( high yield notes), for blood bank

    Study well but pray harder! Prayers can move mountains seas and skies. Be positive. God will grant the desires of your heart . GOOD Luck!

  8. poleentnc says:

    Which is harder? AMT or ASCP?

  9. arianna says:

    hello, does anyone in here knew or took a quiz from my exam is 1 week from now, any additional good reference will do. thanks

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  10. Sue S says:

    Hi, I’ve been on this fine website before. Just got my NYS license, it took just a bit over a month from the exam itself. Now,I’d like some suggestions, advice, input while I apply for MLS positions in the NY metro area. My area of concern is that I’m an older student starting new career as MLS, just finished my Bachelors this past August. How have new MLS handled lab “bullies” (those with grandfathered MLS creds based on yrs of experience, territorial know-it-all types, grouches, etc)? I had job last yr in small private lab while in my final year of MLS classes full time – job was supposed to be part time evenings but lab owner/supervisor wanted me training full time in mornings before & after classes, had me full time for weeks, didn’t supervise me much after a couple of weeks,then the long time MLTs began criticizing me quite a lot. Then I was let go as soon as the general 90 day period was up (when it was over a 90 day period not 90 actual business days) and they poached or found an experienced MLT from another lab to take my place. I dont want this to happen again. I tend to defer to lab policies, practices & experience, but I am actually very good at what I do according to all of my internships, also have been told I am far more knowledgeable about the profession, academics than I actually need to be. I do have a pathologist daughter & trauma nurse daughter, so have been interested in technical science. Thanks. Advice welcome.

    • Teresa says:

      How was the test to get your license? I’m thinking about relocating and I know some states require a license as well as a ASCP Cert.

  11. tanyakarya says:

    I just passed the ASCPi MLS last Nov 20,2016 on my first try, thank you so much for this website. the recalls and high yield notes were very useful. 🙂

  12. Teresa says:

    ???? I am currently in Texas and I plan on relocating to another state, maybe GA,SC, or VA within the next year. Do those states accept certification from Texas or will I have to take it again? Not sure what states take ASCP Certifications from Texas. Thanks.

    • Sam says:

      Hi Terresa, i have question,
      In Texas ,is compalsory to give state license exam too? Or only ok withAscp cert ?

      • Teresa says:

        Hey sorry for the super late reply, here in Houston all you need is your ASCP. I been on PLENTY of job interviews here at the hospitals. THEY NEED TECHS HERE ALSO. The tech field is booming here.

  13. nangatrad86 says:

    Hi.. i would like to ask… i hear people saying they just had their license for new york or california? Does that mean when i pass the mls test ill have to take nother exam for those states??

  14. bet says:

    Hi I just took my MLS exam and I pass, thanks s a lot for this site, for your charts and summaries it was all i needed. All the best and thank you for dedicating your time to help others….

  15. Arianna says:

    I don’t know what went wrong. I failed the exam today. My adoptive exam score in labCE is 68% at difficulty level 6.55 , I got to finish 3 books and I think I did 12k q&a all in all. But still I failed 😞 Anyway, can someone tell me the process in how to apply again? And how long will I have to wait?

    • stryfeno1 says:

      So sorry to hear that. I too failed the first time because I was underprepared. You have to wait until ASCP sent you your score to apply again. After they send you your score, you will have to schedule your test when your 3 months window ends.

      I see you did LabCE. I thought LabCE didn’t help me at all and I barely used it the second time around.

    • Sue S says:

      So sorry to hear you failed. Not sure of when or how to reapply. But perhaps if you post on here the questions that were on your exam, as many as you can recall, some of us who’ve taken it might be able to explain how you got them incorrect. Maybe we can uncover your thought processes and areas of weakness. Were any of the questions from this website’s recalls? Do reply, I am sure people reading this will be able to help you if you put some specifics down

      • Anna says:

        You can take the exam up to 5 times, don’t worry I failed 2X 😦 but you can click re-take exam or just re-apply like you did the first time

      • Arianna says:

        Thank you sue s, tom I’ll try to write down my recall. I’m really shocked of what had happened I really thought I passed. I feel realt sad. Almost 70% of my question came from microbiology 😭 Which is my weakness.

    • Sue S says:

      Do write your own recalls here plus your answers if you can, right or wrong. It’s the only way those of us who’ve taken exam can help without actually being in room with you. Then we might be able to figure out your thought processes and/or specific weaknesses. You took MLS or MLT? There is a small difference in how the questions are set up and worded. The areas of coverage for both I thought were the same as I took both

  16. Arianna says:

    Hi anna, I’m so sorry for you too. Lets do twice or even a lot more next time. I’ll to share something to. Jeremiah 29:11- “for I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future”

  17. cruzsbae says:

    I passed the ASCPi MLS exam three days ago. This website is a blessing. Thank you so much, Sohail! 🙂 I truly appreciate the time and effort you put into all this. And to all the people who posted exam recalls and helpful tips, I thank you as well!
    Best of luck to everyone!

  18. unkown says:

    I am taking the ASCP Hematology test in a couple of months. Do you have any suggestion for a question and answer book?

  19. Mae Elizabeth Solabo says:

    thank you so much guys for all the recalls here and for the very helpful high yield notes Sohail! i took the test today and passed, thanks be to God most of all. 😊

  20. Nataly says:

    Sohail, I cannot thank you enough for the tremendous joy I feel right now because I just took the NY ASCP exam a few hours ago and when I saw the word “PASS” i almost had a seizure! Walking into the exam, I felt prepared enough thanks to your organized notes on all the major subjects!!!!!! And of course my effort in going over the Harr book, LabCe, class notes and YouTube videos for visuals. I had barely any micro questions 😦 barely any hematology questions and a ton of blood bank questions, mainly antibody discrepancies and “what should be done next” following a case. I feel like there were no surprises at all. Maybe I got stuck on 5 or so questions because I had not gone over bizarre stuff like knowing the wavelength of red and orange…. but anyways the recalls are GOLD! I wish I could have reviewed more blood bank but I had absolutely no antibody panels! I had mainly comprehensible questions in blood bank. Towards the end I started noticing that the question difficulty decreased to level 0 lol they asked obvious 1+1 = 2 questions. Sohail thank you wholeheartedly for this website! It means the world to me to earn the title: licensed laboratory technologist!

  21. Ahmed Khalil says:

    I really want to thank Sohail Ahmed for his Microbilogy notes, it is approximately 75% of what I need to be prepared for my exam. His microbilogy notes are gold. He desrves the best. Thanks Sohail, Good Blessings.

  22. RJ Baclagan says:

    I passed MLS (ASCPi) just recently (December 27, 2016) I found it hard because most of it covered Blood Banking and Microbiology. The charts in this site for Microbiology is the only reference that I’ve read and it’s really helpful. I didn’t sleep before the day of the exams (because damn I can’t! I really want to sleep but my mind is still awake) that’s why I’m so sleepy during the exams but thanks to this site and my prayers I’ve passed! I just read BOC book and ELSEVIER’S, the recalls, a little bit of HARR and POLANSKY and LabCe free.


  23. Tazeen says:

    I live in Copenhagen Denmark and going to take the MLS exam in 2 months. I don’t know how to do the preparation? so stressed! And congrats to all who passed the Exam 🙂

  24. Raquel says:

    Hi Wordsology, I’m planning to take the CLS exam and some people told me that this is a good website.
    Thanks for sharing 😊.

    Raquel G.

  25. Terri says:

    I just passed my MLS exam, and I just want to drop a huge huge THANK YOU to you and this website. I used this for my MLT, AMT, and MLS and managed to passed all. I don’t know how I can express my gratitude to you. Thank you so much again. I probably wouldn’t be able to focus on the important stuffs without your high yield notes and exam recalls. Wouldn’t be able to motivate myself without the passing strategy and all the positive comments. Thank you again.

    • wordsology says:

      I must thank YOU for providing me with such an effusively positive response. It is hearing of successes such as yours, that keeps me wanting to improve things. I am working on some things now, actually, and you gave me the impetus to speed it up. Thanks again and congratulations!

    • Vicki says:

      Hi, you took the AMT? How was that? I’m scheduled in 35 days to take it. Please help

      • Terri says:

        I think the questions were pretty simple if you study (the worst part about it is you need a 70% to pass). Unlike the ASCP, the questions don’t really change that much (I failed so I have to take it again). You have 100 questions with just general knowledge, and 20 (I think) questions about reasoning, they have a hemogram or urine results and you have several questions asking if it’s normal or if it’s not, what’s wrong with the patients, what’s should it have been, etc… I just did a lot of labce questions, and this website, and I think it works for me. Good luck.

  26. annu says:

    Does any one know of a good source like this website to prepare for the SBB (ASCP) exam?

  27. Lele says:

    To Sohail and all the wonderful people who took the time to share their experiences and recalls..thank you so much! I passed my MLS exam recently. No words can describe how grateful I am for this website. My advice for the future test takers: the day of the exam you should relax and watch a movie or have a dance party instead of reviewing. Also don’t forget to eat a proper meal and sugar up before the test! Best of luck to you all. You can do this!

  28. Queen says:

    Hi sohail, I am happy to come across this website,the testimonies of the people who have been on the site are so great. I am a graduate of MLS from outside of the United States. I graduated like 5years ago. I have not worked in the lab since then. Please I need your help if it is possible for you to give me guidelines starting from getting my transcript and where to send it and where to obtain the letter of authenticity(one of the ascp requirements), the materials, tutorials,website to use to study. Your advice will be highly appreciated.

    • wordsology says:

      See “Licensing” tab for transcript info and where to send. See the “Passing strategy” tab for study materials. The rest of this website is one massive tutorial. Browsing through my questions and high yield notes is a good start. I also highly recommend LabCE. Good luck.

      • Queen says:

        Saw the ‘passing strategy’ tab but didn’t see the ‘Licensing’ tab. Please any extra advice about the Licensing and how to obtain the letter of authenticity will be very great.

  29. Cheryl joy madrid says:

    Sohail can i ask help preparing for my ascpi Mls exam . Can you give methe best review materials? Thank you

  30. tazeen5 says:

    Hi Sohail I’ve just finished the chemistry and have started on Microbiology. I find Microbiology very difficult and the worst part is that I’ve forgotten most of it! Should I memorise all of it? I am using your technique for study (cards & Harr) and your notes. Is the MLS exam essential for the MLS License by Florida Health? I am taking this test just in case. As I told you I am from Copenhagen Denmark and it’s quite hard for me to study specially when I reach Microbiology 😓 I have also done my Credential Evaluation by WES and my degree is equal to a Bachelor’s degree is US. Can you please give me some tips on how to study Microbiology the right way. Without your help I feel like I am not going to pass the exam😨

    • wordsology says:

      You will certainly pass. It’s just a matter of studying with the correct strategy. Study micro by learning the micro charts I’ve posted. How? Get a stack of scrap paper. Draw out one chart when you wake up in the morning. Draw it out from your memory (no cheating!). When you’ve drawn as much as you can from memory, look up the chart on my website and see what you’re missing. Now learn those missing pieces. Draw it out again. Repeat this 4 times or until you feel hungry for breakfast. Try doing it again in the evening. You might have forgotten MOST of it but you will remember some of it. Repeat this process the next morning. In a few days, you’ll have it memorized. Now try learning another chart using the same technique. BUT KEEP DRAWING THE OTHERS CHARTS YOU’VE ALREADY MEMORIZED PREVIOUSLY. Like anything else, practice makes perfect so don’t STOP learning the charts you’ve already memorized. Teach the chart to a friend of yours, to your family member, or to your cat or dog. I’m a huge proponent of “learn one; do one; teach one”. Good luck. You’re really going to learn micro very rapidly but remember – make moves – every morning and evening do what you need to do.

      • Joy says:

        Thank you po. GODBLESS

      • tazeen5 says:

        Thank you so much Sohail 🙂 I am feeling much better now. I’ll draw your chart everyday until I’ve very memorised it! But there is a little problem! I work in day times and I have only evening to study 😨 I hope I’ll manage it. Do you really think if I’ll memorise the charts I am done in Micro?

  31. HM Corpsman says:

    Hello Sohali,
    Thanks for the website. I am taking the board in feb 2017. Got some studying done. I recently discovered ciulla comprehensive study book and now trying to match comprehensive exercises and i am doing poorly but doing good in labce. I have 3 weeks. Any words od advice?

    • wordsology says:

      Keep doing those questions in labce. Keep refereshing your memory with regard to the micro charts. February is approaching fast so you want to try doing 100 questions every day. Go over the right/wrong answers and learn from every mistake.

  32. Kacey says:

    Hi sohail. I had a question before about how to interpret western blot HIV. And a follow up question if it is positive,what would you do next? Any discussion about HIV? Thanks.

  33. Dennis Franton Camins says:

    THANKYOU SO MUCH SOHAIL AHMED FOR THIS SITE! Just recenttly passed the ascp exam!! I highly commend this site guys!! Kudos!! 👍🏻

  34. Kong It! says:

    Hi Sohail,

    Took the ASCPi MLS exam today and I passed. I want to use the opportunity to say thankyou for ur page. With recalls posted here I was able to formulate a plan of what areas to study and resources to use. Ill be posting recalls that i could remember so that I could help future takers.

  35. Mr. IT says:

    Passed the MLS ASCPi exam! I can say hat it was hard but with good studyin material and prayers, In shaa allah you will pass. I used the Polansky cards then the Betty theriot Book for refresher as it was 8 years ago since i took the national board exam for RMT in my country – Philippines. I highly advice you to avail of Labce and do at least 100 exam daily. Both the computer adaptive and the Review mode. Read the explanation at the end and take note of them. Identify subjects you are weak and concentrate more on them..for subjects you are good at, give a lesser time to them. Also, take notes of the recalls in this wordsology site.. try to memorize them, they might appear in your exam just like mine. They are worth of points! These could save you. Coagulations, Blood disorders, Leukemia and Mycology and Biochemicals identification are things that appeared in my exam.. The subjects im very weak at. They come on a situational format; like what will you do? What do you expect.. and so on..

    I can say I have around 75% situational. I was shaking, I thought I wouldnt make it. Just relax.. If you arent sure chose B according to Robert Harr. If youre done, do not change answer. Some collegue of mine told me, changing answer makes a penalty like a point would be deducted to you.. Can anyone confirm this? Thanks.. Good luck to future takers!
    Thanks Sohail Ahmed for this page.. Asalamu alaykum!

    Magsukul! Terimah kasi!

  36. Nevo says:

    Hello every1, this is a great website thank you so much Sohail for all your efforts, Does anyone know how i can watch sketchymicro videos for free . Thank you in advance

  37. DM says:

    I’m taking the exam next month by the way.

  38. sree says:

    hi worsology, i am planning to take ascpi CHEMISTRY ONLY
    can you please suggest me with book/site will be best other than wordsology
    because in all sites, all subjects are together

    thank u

  39. CONFUZZLED says:

    I have a question about interpreting graphs. Do you have any tips or perhaps a quick review of how to interpret graphs? For example, a graph with different absorbance for wavelengths and there are about 2 or 3 lines and it asks which value would you report out to avoid interference between the two lines?
    It shows different data points on the line graph.

  40. Clueless says:

    So, I failed my MLS BOC and had lots of questions over interpreting data and questions such as what test would you use for confirmation for a particular disease or viruses.
    What reference material would be best to use to study over information over that?

  41. Dominique says:

    Hello, Is this site good for MLT exams? I saw MLS, MT but not MLT

  42. wordsology says:

    I’m sorry. I don’t. I did not know what that was until I looked up the acronym.

  43. Alex says:

    I failed the MLS exam twice. I was closer to passing the second time but it still wasn’t enough and I got let go from my job because of it. Reading the comments on here gives me hope. I am taking the exam again in a month. I have been studying a lot of the Polanski cards, lab CE, and this website. This website is a great resource and I appreciate all of its useful information.

  44. Hey Sohail , thank you for your amazing website.
    I wanna know if I pass the ASCPi can I apply for NY or California license or not ?
    I’m under route 4 “5 years experience ”
    Thank you

    • wordsology says:

      Well I believe that would work for the NY State licence. I understand the California license is a whole different story but perhaps someone else has more to say about this?

  45. Terri James says:

    Hi, Sohail! I just passed my MLS/ASCP this past weekend, and some people have asked me for advice. After telling them that Wordsology was one of my most helpful sources, including the high-yield notes and study strategy, it occurred to me that I needed to give credit where credit was due. Thank you for this site! I’m not sure how you did it. When I walked out of the testing center, I could not have told you a single question I remembered from the exam, and I was sure I was failing the whole time I was taking it, so I don’t even know what I answered correctly. I did take your advice and put away my notes the day before, and would not look at them again no matter how tempted I was. I also did something that brings me peace before the exam, i.e., sitting by a river and watching the birds. Thank you again for taking the time to set up this site, and for the care in sharing it.

    • wordsology says:

      Congratulations Terri! That’s quite the idyllic, pastoral picture. Thank you for the kind words. It is each individual who does all the hard work in studying for the exam. Thank you for studying; passing and providing inspiration to others!

  46. Carolyn A. says:

    I am so happy that I was told about this website. I read the high yield notes and tips people offered for taking the exam…I PASSED my MLT exam today! I am so happy. The one tip that I read from this site that stuck to me and applied it was not go go back and change my answers. I did flag a lot of questions but after changing a couple of them I decided to leave them how I first answered them. Thank you, Sohail for providing this awesome website with great information!!

  47. enlightenme says:

    how to interpret western blot based on images of results?

  48. Zil says:

    Hello。Good evening Sohail. I cannot open.the newly apploaded abo discrepancies.😭😭

  49. Joel says:

    I just want to say thanks for taking your time to provide a wealth of information for aspiring MLS like myself. I just took the CA MLS ASCP exam last 14Feb2017 and passed thanks to you. Joel T.

    • wordsology says:

      Hey absolutely, Joel. Thank you for the kind words and congratulations.

      • mahmud says:

        Hi i just want say thank you for spending your precious time to help others, May God bless you with guidance ,
        i have a general question if anyone can help, how long can you stay before you take the board, in other word if i graduated 2 years a go but have not taken the board yet can i still take the exam is there a limitation of time to take the board?
        thanks a lot

      • nancy says:

        Do you have information on the Molecular Specialty exam?

      • Vanessa says:

        I want to thank Sohail for his generosity with this website. I didn’t have much time to study and just mainly relied on this website and I passed. Sohail is our hero. Sohail deserves some type of award or tribute or honor………. THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH SOHAIL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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