How to Study for the EKG Test

If you want to pass the EKG exam on the first try, you should develop a study plan based on the content areas of the exam, get hands-on training, take and pass an EKG certification course, and use your prep materials.

One of the best ways to prepare for your test is to take practice EKG exams for your certification. These practice exams can prepare you for the exam’s format, familiarize yourself with the exam’s content, and highlight content areas you need to study up on. By taking the Paramedic Coach EKG Masterclass, you can learn how to pass an EKG exam and feel confident in the next steps in your career.

What to Expect From the EKG Exam

The EKG certification exam consists of one hundred multiple-choice questions. Each examinee is given two hours to complete the exam. You need a high school diploma or GED and documented proof of the performance of at least ten EKG tests through a training program or work experience.

Your EKG exam will cover these core content areas:

  • The cardiovascular system
  • Medical terminology
  • EKG interpretation
  • EKG equipment
  • Patient rights and professionalism

After completing the exam and earning certification, you must recertify every two years. When your certification expires, you must show proof of a minimum of ten continuing education credits.

Studying for the Test

You need to score a minimum of 80% on the EKG exam to pass. Test-takers who pass on the first try generally develop study plans tailored to the test and take extra measures to prepare for it. They’re not just going through the motions in their course or on-the-job work experience‒they’re investing in their skills to become the best EKG technicians they can be.

Here’s how you can improve your chances of passing the EKG exam on the first try:

Develop a Study Plan

Your first step should be to develop a study plan. Review the core content areas of the test and revisit those topics in your notes or textbooks. Are there any sections or terms that you still need to work on? Highlight those areas for your study plan.

Once you’ve compiled a list of content to revisit and study, you can take practice exams to see if your study plan is on track. Our EKG Masterclass offers multiple quizzes and practice tests to truly test your knowledge and ensure your study plan is on track.

Pay Attention During Your Course

You need to complete an accredited EKG training program before taking the exam and earning your certification. Not all accredited programs double as training programs, so we recommend that you choose one that can do both. In this course, you will learn the basics of reading an EKG, understanding EKG readings, and how they work.

During your course, take careful notes. We recommend underlining or circling any content areas or terms that confuse you during the class so they are easier to find and study again later. Write down your questions during your class and ask your instructor during or after class.

Get Hands-On Training

One of the requirements for EKG certification is documented proof of hands-on experience using an EKG. This is why we recommend finding an accredited training program that also offers training. Otherwise, you need to find employment as an EKG technician. Keep in mind that just because you are now trained and can receive employment as an EKG technician does not mean you are officially certified.

With this hands-on training, you can better understand the responsibilities of an EKG tech and what they need to know, contextualizing everything you learned in a real-world setting.

Use Your Prep Materials

Before the exam, review all of your materials again and keep taking those practice tests! These tests and quizzes can reinforce your knowledge and expand your understanding while preparing for your certification exam.

Our EKG Masterclass is an all-in-one study tool for your EKG exam. This class is multiple hours long and includes slides, presentation breakdowns, and quizzes to reinforce what you already know and simplify what you don’t. We don’t use complicated medical jargon that leaves you scratching your head‒we explain things in a way that’s easy to understand so you can get the job done right.

If you’re ready to start your career as a certified EKG tech, don’t wait‒sign up for our EKG Masterclass now to make a difference in your community today!

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