What to expect from the CPC exam if you're taking it for the first time Written by Jim H May (http://howtostudyforcpcexam.com/) Here's a quick rundown on what to expect from the CPC exam. You'll already know the exam consists of 150 questions with multiple choice answers. The questions are different and can be as simple as a true or false statement. Or it could be as long a full page operative note, but usually consists of a few sentences. The CPC exam is timed so you have 5 hours and 40 minutes to answer all 150 questions. On average this gives you a little over 2 minutes for each question to read and answer. Of course not all questions require equal effort and time, so you'll need some good strategies to maximize your chances of passing the exam. The CPC exam is divided into 3 sections. Each section consists of 50 questions, making up 150 questions. The three sections are: Section 1: Medical Concepts. Section 2: Surgery and Modifiers. Section 3: Remaining CPT codes. Each of these sections is then further divided, with each topic having 5 to 10 questions to make up 50 questions as follows: Section 1 (50 questions) - Guidelines - Payment management - Medical terminology - Anatomy - ICD-9-CM codes - HSPCS codes Section 2 (50 questions) - Integumentary - Musculoskeletal - Respiratory - Cardiology - Hemic/Lymphatic systems - Mediastinum/Diaphragham - Digestive - Urinary - Male and female reproductive organs - Maternity/Endocrine system - Nervous system - Eyes/Ears Section 3 (50 questions) - Evaluation and management - Anesthesia - Radiology - Pathology - Medicine As can be seen from the structure of the CPC exam, it is created for diversity with various difficulties to really test the candidate's knowledge and skill. If you're taking the CPC exam the first time, you should already have done some timed; full-scale test runs to ensure you can finish answering. Developing or learning about proven CPC exam-taking strategies such as marking up your CPT book or time management can mean the difference between getting certified or not. If you're feeling overwhelmed, nervous, or unsure about your chances at passing the CPC exam, why not check out Laureen Jandroep's review videos to help you pass the exam on your first or next try! Jim regularly updates his website HowToStudyForCPCExam, about how to prepare and study for medical coding certification, medical coding in general, the certification exam, and related news about the industry. You'll find more great tips and useful resources to help you get certified. Click on this link to visit Jim’s website now!
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