Unlike the other topics, the study of Hematology really starts with learning the reference ranges for various properties of RBCs and WBCs. You MUST know these values in order to answer the types of questions that will be on your exam. They are absolutely necessary for the exam and for the laboratory.
THE single most important Polansky review card, with respect to questions I had on the exam
It’s important to know the difference between antigen-independent and antigen-dependent lymphopoiesis, and where each occurs
You’ll come across questions that require you to know whether you have a B or T lymphocyte, and whether it’s mature or not. In the proper context, this information can suggest what type of cancerous cell you’re dealing with
A topic I couldn’t grasp until I visualized it as a whole
You’ll definitely have a question on non-malignant granulocytic abnormalities
Answering Hemoglobin Electrophoresis Questions on the ASCP Exam (click to open)
Know what increases Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR):
low RBC count (anemia)
When it comes to Hemoglobin itself, know what it’s made up of. Know the different types of hemoglobin (A, A2, F, S) and what chains make them up. Why do you would see different types of hemoglobin in certain thalassemias? Know what types of hemoglobin the fetus makes, vs the adult. Know the breakdown products of intravascular hemolysis vs extravascular hemolysis, and the lab findings for each. I just remember having questions about some of these but I don’t recall exactly. These types of questions will come up repeatedly while you’re studying.
are these all we need to know for the exam?! i just finished my hematology course, and i think these are basic knowledge. my notes for this class had at least 20 pages long! from your past experience, how deep (in every area, hem, chem, immun…) do we really need to know?
This is absolutely crucial information that you MUST know for the exam. I put it together in a frenzy of activity immediately following my exam, including only information that was necessary to know for multiple questions I had just encountered. By no means is it all that is necessary to know. It’s the foundation and basic layout of a home. Laying in the electricity and putting in floors and windows would be the individuals responsibility.
i have a question pls. ASCP AND ASCPi exam, do these two have same questions or are different pattern of questions for each one of them? thanks
Hi Wordsology, do I also have to know the bone marrow slides? THanks!
So rare to see a question on that. I wouldn’t worry about it for this exam. Questions – yes. Probably not any slides though.
Were there any questions on the exam with pictures? Such as, identify the cell shown?
They wouldn’t ask you something straightforward like identification. It asks questions of that nature tangentially – 2nd order questions. For example, you would get a picture of some cellular pathology and from that picture you would need to deduce the diagnosis or indicate what stain is used to stain the cells.
Has anyone taken the HASCP or does anyone have any tips for passing
I’m studying for the ASCP H exam myself. I was a non-traditional route, and its been a few years since I’ve been in school. I’m kind of freaking out! Any advice on this particular exam would be helpful!
Hi, I am looking to sit the ASCP H, What study guides did you use?
Is there any way you can redo the Miscellaneous its blurry and i cant read and send it to my email?? Also Hem questions on Labce is alot of infro that is not in ur your notes is there anything particular i really need to give close attention to?
None of these resources are anywhere close to ALL you need to know for the exam – only some key information that i’m CERTAIN has a tremendous chance of showing up.
i need questions ASCP SH urgent
How did it go? Any advice on SH?
Hi! do you have any tips for memorizing the indices as well as the equations? i cant seem to maintain those
Just want to say thank you for the great study tips! My entire class referred to this website and we all passed!
I just PASSED the ASCP, H! (1 take)Thanks for the tips, preferred books, and study guides. It HELPED! a looot!
I’m sharing some guides!
1.Polansky Card (read it everyday) Highly recommended!
2.Success & Botomline (VERY helpful, if there are things you don’t understand then ask google. Read again!)
3.LABCe ( There are few same questions from the test)
My test was mostly Coag. All the big points they gave me was all kinds of diseases(Hemostasis) Thanks to polansky cards! Phew!
I thought i need to study more books. But I was wrong! Within 2 months of preparation, i only studied bottomline & success every weekends ( half day). Polansky card in the morning (30 mins)and labce everday (1 hr in 100 questions at night before bed)
Just study study those 3 guides and your ALL set! I PROMISE!
Thanks wordsology! You are a blessing to all! Hugs!
Great news! Congratulations!
Wow this is such a great help! Thanks! My exam will be on this coming monday.