How Long Does It Take To Get NREMT Results?

If you want to become an emergency medical responder (EMR), emergency medical technician (EMT), advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT), or paramedic, you’ll need to pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam. The NREMT exams aren’t easy, so you want to invest into tools that can help you understand them better. 

After you’ve taken your NREMT prep course, certification class, and the test itself, you’ll feel ready to see your results. But, how long does that usually take? Today, we’ll explore that and other burning questions you may have about the NREMT exam.

What to Expect From the Exam

The cognitive test is on a computer. Each question is written by educators, medical directors, and providers in the EMS community. The questions get harder as the test goes on, but the requirements to pass remain the same for all test takers. 

Questions and Scoring

You may be wondering how many NREMT questions you should expect. You may see anywhere between seventy to 120 questions on your test, but ten of those questions won’t count towards your overall score. 

Why wouldn’t ten of your questions count? Essentially, you’ll be the guinea pig for NREMT test writers to see if they’re fair questions to put in future exams. 

How Long Is the Test?

Not everyone can answer seventy to 120 questions at a fast pace. So, how long is the NREMT exam? You’ll be given two hours to complete the cognitive portion of the test. Most people are able to complete the test in this time, so you shouldn’t worry about feeling rushed.

What Does the Test Cover?

This test doesn’t cover all aspects of being an emergency medical service provider equally. 85% of the test will focus on adult care, whereas 15% focuses on working with children. 

You’ll spend 18% to 22% of your time answering questions about airways, ventilation (the movement of air), and respiration (breathing in air and breathing out carbon dioxide). 20% to 24% of the test covers cardiology and resuscitation (reviving someone from unconsciousness or apparent death).

Approximately 14% to 18% of the test covers physical trauma (serious bodily injury), and 27% to 31% of the exam talks about other medical emergencies and obstetrics and gynecology (women’s health, labor, and delivery). The test is thorough and will ensure that you have an entry-level knowledge of the situations you’re most likely to encounter in the field.

So, When Will I Get My Results?

After taking your test, anxiety can creep in. Thankfully, you’ll only have to wait two to three business days for your exam results to be posted to your National Registry account. 

This means if you take your test on a Friday, the weekends don’t count in those two to three days–you’ll likely get your results back the following Tuesday or Wednesday.

How Can I Prepare for the Test?

Before taking your NREMT exam, you should take a course that covers the basic knowledge in the exam. You’ll also need to pass that course before sitting for the test. This class is accelerated, and you may not catch all of the info you need. 

To help you prepare for the class and subsequent test, we’ve created an online study tool called ‘The Video Vault’ that walks you through preparing for class, reviewing your material, and each of the five sections of the National Registry exams. 

You’ll get lifetime access to this tool with a one-time payment, and it includes every certification level, so you won’t need to buy it again when you decide to advance. Try this tool today to get a leg up on your NREMT exam!

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