How To Study For The ACLS Exam

Before going over how to study for the ACLS exam, it might be a good idea to refresh memories on just exactly what ACLS is. ACLS stands for Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support. In ACLS, you not only perform basic CPR (Cardio-pulmonary resusitation) you also continue to monitor the patient for signs of airway obstruction, breathing difficulties, and circulation problems (commonly known as ABC). Health care professionals, paramedics, and other people who may be required to administer emergency care must be initially certified in ACLS, and undergo recertification in subsequent years. Both certification processes require that an ACLS exam be taken and passed before certification privileges are extended. As with any exam, the better your study habits, the better you will do on the exam. So, here are a pointers for how to study for the ACLS exam as well as any other exam you might be facing.


  1. Knowing how to study for the ACLS exam will not help a bit if you wait until the last minute. Instead, review notes at the end of EACH class. If there is something you don’t understand, ask for clarification at the very next class.
  2. Take advantage of online resources, such as online certification and recertification courses, and practice tests.
  3. During your study for the ACLS exam, make sure you leave some time to have reviewed the most recent guidelines for CPR and any other clinical recommendations for any other emergency skills that are required.
  4. For the Clinical Skills portion of exam, review the different types of abnormal heart rhythms and what should be done to correct them.
  5. The night before, do a general review. Take one more practice exam, and review abnormal heart rhythms and treatment for them one more time.
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