Certified Medical Assistant Practice Test

  • In 2017, there was a passing rate of 73% on the CMA certification exam.
  • By 2026, the rate of employment of Medical Assistants is anticipated to grow 29%.
  • No formal education is required to become a certified medical assistant. All that is required is a high school diploma or equivalent.

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Eligibility and required documentation

To be eligible to sit for the CMA exam, the candidate must be in one of the following three categories:

Category 1: Completing student or recent graduate of an accredited medical assisting program.

  • The CMA certification exam can be taken no earlier than 30 days of completing education, or
  • The exam is taken within 12 months of graduation.
  • Your program director is required to verify your program completion.

Category 2: A non-recent (greater than 12 months since graduation) graduate of an accredited medical assisting program.

  • Must submit an official transcript from an accredited medical assisting program.

Category 3: Recertifying candidate.

  • Provide your CMA (AAMA) certificate number and the most recent certification or recertification date on the application.

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CMA Test Design

This exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions administered in four 40-minute segments. The categories questions are pulled from are:

  • General: 50 questions
  • Administrative: 45 questions
  • Clinical: 85 questions

Scheduling permit, registration, and cost

Before you can register for the exam, you must obtain an exam scheduling permit. To obtain your permit, you must submit the required documentation and candidate fee. The fee is payable by money order, credit or debit card, cashier’s/certified check or institution check only.

Five to 10 days after your application, you will receive an email. If you were successful in submitting all required documentation and the candidate fee, your 90-day testing period will be assigned and the availability of your exam Scheduling Permit will be included. Failure to respond to an “incomplete” status could void your application which would require you to reapply and pay the candidate fee again.

Candidate fees are as follows:

  • Category 1: $125.00
  • Category 2: $125.00 for AAMA members and $250.00 for nonmembers
  • Category 3: $125.00 for AAMA members and $250.00 for nonmembers

Delivery method and location

The exam is a computer-based test provided by Prometric. You must schedule your exam directly through their online registration site or by calling the number listed on your scheduling permit. Test dates, times and locations are first come, first served basis so make an effort to schedule your exam as soon as possible so you can obtain your preferred test time and location.

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Test Day

Arrive at the test center at least 30 minutes before your scheduled test time. If you arrive late, you may not be admitted. You will present the required identification, sign the test center log, have your photograph taken and store all personal items, to include jackets, in an assigned locker. It is recommended that you leave all personal items in your car or at home as the lockers are small.

Test center staff will take your scheduling permit and escort you to your assigned station. You’ll be instructed on the use of the computer equipment and provided dry erase markers and an eraser. You are allowed no other supplies. A dry erase marker and eraser are the only supplies you will be given.

Once you enter the testing center and take your seat, you are not allowed to talk to any other test taker. You are allowed breaks only at the designated break time. Failure to follow the test center rules could result in the cancelation of your test and your candidate fee forfeited.


Your score is a result of the number of correct responses on the examination, and you must achieve a minimum score of 430 to pass.

At the conclusion of your exam, you will receive official pass/fail notification. While an official notification, this is not verification of certification. If you completed all application requirements, you will be mailed an official examination score result within three weeks after your exam.

The exam report will include your percentile rank in the three content areas to help you identify your areas of strength and weakness. Candidates who pass and receive official notification are awarded the CMA (AAMA) credential.

Preparing for the CMA Certification Exam

Achieving the Certified Medical Assistant credential is the final step in ensuring a productive and fulfilling career in the medical field. You’ve spent hours in class, intensive study, and practical application, to make sure you meet the standards and all that is standing in your way is the final credentialing examination. Mometrix is the final tool you need to ensure success.

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by Mometrix Test Preparation | Last Updated: November 12, 2019