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Frequently Asked Questions

Question:  Is the examination written or computerized?
Answer: The examination is a paper and pencil test, but it is scored by computer.
   
Question: How long is the application process?
Answer: The length of time varies depending how long it takes for the AAB Board of  Registry office to receive your documents (transcripts, verifications of employment, etc.)  If there are no unexpected delays in receiving these documents, the process usually takes six to eight weeks.
   
Question: What fees must be paid when an application is submitted?
Answer: The appropriate application fee is due at the time the application is completed online.  The examination fee is not due until you are approved to take the examination, although you may pay earlier if you wish.  Application fees are nonrefundable; examination fees are refundable if the examination is cancelled sufficiently in advance.
   
Question: Where is the examination given?
Answer: The examination is offered in California and Florida three to four times a year, usually at a community college or hospital.  The California and Florida examination dates and sites are posted on the AAB website.

In other states the examination is given at approved college or university testing centers.  A list of approved testing centers will be forwarded to you after you are approved to sit for the examination.
   
Question: Are there any study materials available?
Answer:

After the Board determines that you are eligible to sit for the examination(s), you will receive a Content Outline for the AAB Board of Registry examination(s) that you are eligible to take.  The Content Outline lists the topics covered by the examination(s) and the approximate percentage of questions in each of those topics.  

At that time a reference book list will also be forwarded to help you prepare for the examination(s). 

AAB publishes the PER Handbook and the PER Questions and Answers Book for the traditional disciplines of chemistry, hematology, immunohematology, immunology, and microbiology. For basic knowledge AAB publishes the PER Basic Knowledge Manual.

For andrology and embryology AAB publishes the Andrology And Embryology Review Course Manual.  Beware that some andrology is found on the embryology exam.  If you are taking the embryology exam, you should understand those sections of the andrology chapter that can impact fertilization, embryo development, and pregnancy.  MTs should be familiar with material found in the MT/MLT General Knowledge, Basic Blood Collection and Handling, and Mathematics section in addition to the material found in the General Lab Management Employment Law, CLIA '88, and OSHA section.      

AAB’s study materials can be purchased online through the Bookstore.  If you do not want to order online, call 800-457-3332 (in St. Louis, MO, call 314-241-9808) to purchase study materials by telephone.  Telephone orders must be paid by credit card.  You can also print a copy of the AAB Publications' Order Form and fax the form with credit card information to 314-241-1449 or mail the form with applicable payment to AAB, 906 Olive Street, Suite 1200, Saint Louis, MO 63101-1448.
   
Question: Can I send a copy of my transcript?

Answer:

No.  Transcripts must be forwarded by the issuing college/university/school.  You must authorize the institution to release your transcript to the AAB Board of Registry.  A form to authorize an educational institution to release your transcript can be downloaded from the AAB website or you may call AAB at (314)241-1445 and request a copy of the Transcript Release Form.
   
Question: What happens if I fail the examination?
Answer: If you fail the examination, you must wait three months from your initial examination date to retake the examination.  In the event of a second failure, you must wait six months from the second examination date to retake the examination. Applicants for California licensure must wait twelve months from the second examination date to retake the examination. After three failures, your application will be closed and you will be required to wait a period of two years before you can reapply for certification.
   
Question: Will my money be refunded if I am not approved to take the examination?
Answer: Application fees are nonrefundable. However, any examination fees that you forwarded are refundable.
   
Question: Should I take the generalist examination or the individual discipline examination(s)?
Answer: There is a two-fold scoring requirement to pass the Generalist MT and MLT examinations. To pass the Generalist MT/MLT examinations, you must answer at least 50% correct within each of the five disciplines and answer at least 60% correct on both the basic knowledge discipline and on your overall (all five disciplines plus basic knowledge) score.

If you fail one discipline on the Generalist examination, you fail the entire examination.  Therefore, if there are disciplines that you are weak in, you may want to take the individual discipline(s) examinations.  However, if you recently completed an MT or MLT training program, you may want to challenge the Generalist examination so that you can be certified in the five major disciplines.

Individual discipline examinations are scored by discipline.  If you correctly answer the minimum number needed to pass (60% of 70 questions), you pass in that discipline.  If you fail a discipline(s), you only need to retake the discipline(s) you failed.  However, you must pass the Basic Knowledge examination before you can be certified in any discipline.

Example of scores for Generalist MT/MLT examination: 

Subject

No. of Questions

Minimum Correct Answers Required

 Your Score

Pass/Fail

Basic Knowledge          40                      24 (60%)       26     Pass
Chemistry          40                      20 (50%)       26     Pass
Microbiology          40                      20 (50%)       16     Fail
Immunology          40                      20 (50%)       23     Pass
Hematology          40                      20 (50%)       25     Pass
Immunohematology          40                      20 (50%)       20     Pass

 

 

 

Number Needed
to Pass

 

 

Overall Score
for Exam
          240                              144 (60%)         36       Fail

This individual needed to score at least 60% in Basic Knowledge, and did.  The individual also needed to score at least 50% in each of the five disciplines, which he/she did except for the discipline of Microbiology.  This alone caused the individual to fail the entire Generalist examination.  In addition, the individual needed to score at least 60% overall, which he/she did not do.  This, by itself, would also cause the individual to fail the entire examination.

   
Question: Will I be allowed to use a calculator during the examination?
Answer: No.
   
Question: How do I have the “Provisional Status” removed from my certification?
Answer:

Once you have completed three (3) months of full-time laboratory training in each specialty in which are certified, forward a letter to the AAB Board of Registry requesting that your “Provisional Status” be removed from your certification.  Include the name(s) and complete mailing address(es) of your employer(s) so that we can verify your work experience. 

The AAB Board of Registry will forward a verification of employment form to your employer(s) listed on your letter.  Once the completed employment verification of employment form(s) is received in the AAB Board of Registry office, your request will be submitted along with the verification of work experience form(s) to the AAB Board of Registry for review.  You will be notified of the Board’s decision once it is received in the AAB Board of Registry office. 
   
Question: Which states recognize my AAB Board of Registry certification?
Answer: Most states (38) do not license MTs and MLTs.  In these states, the federal CLIA rules apply.  Under CLIA, you must have at least an associate degree (or the equivalent) with a major in a laboratory science to perform high complexity testing.  In these states, recognition of your certification is determined by the laboratory.

Of the twelve states that require MTs and MLTs to pass a certifying or licensure examination, eleven recognize the AAB Board of Registry examinations:  California, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, Hawaii, Montana, Louisiana, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and West Virginia. [NOTE:  The State of Florida is now recognizing the AAB Board of Registry’s Medical Technologist (MT) examinations in andrology, embryology and molecular diagnostics, in addition to the disciplines of Chemistry, Hematology, Immunology, Immunohematology, and Microbiology.]
Question: What documents are required to submit a name change?
Answer: A copy of the legal document(s) changing your name (e.g., marriage license or divorce decree) must be forwarded to the AAB Board of Registry office.
   
Question: How soon will I receive my examination results?
Answer: You should receive your examination results 4-6 weeks from the date of your examination.
   
Question: How will I receive my examination results?
Answer: Examination results are forwarded via email.  Be sure AAB Board of Registry's email address, abor@aab.org, is in your email address book.

 
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