CMA Medical Assistant Practice Tests

Use our free CMA practice tests (updated for 2021) to prepare for your upcoming American Association of Medical Assistants certification (AAMA) exam. Studying with actual CMA questions and answers will help you pass the exam.

The CMA medical assistant exam is used to certify that candidates have the knowledge and skills to perform the duties required of a medical assistant. The CMA exam has 180 question on various Medical Assistant job functions. 

Listed below are our free CMA practice tests. Our sample tests offer full answers and explanations to help you master the material. 

Summary: Take a free practice test below and see how you do. 

CMA Practice Tests

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CMA Practice Test 5's CMA sample questions are an excellent way to study for your upcoming certification exam.  Our sample tests require no registration (or payment!).  The questions are categorized based on the CMA test outline (see below) and are immediately scored at the end of the quiz.  

Once you are finished with the quiz, you will be presented with a score report which includes a complete rationale (explanation) for every question you got wrong.  We will be adding more sample test questions in the near future, so please come back often.

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Other CMA Resources

In preparing for your CMA/AAMA certification exam, you may find these resources helpful:

 Resource Notes  Provider 
 CMA Candidate Handbook  Review additional information about the exam with this official handbook from the AAMA.  AAMA
 Detailed CMA Content Outline  If the information below is not enough, review this detailed content outline from the AAMA.  AAMA
 CMA Medical Terminology Practice Test  Free practice test offered by the AAMA.  AAMA
 CMA Anatomy and Physiology Practice Test  Free anatomy and physiology practice test offered by the AAMA.   AAMA

CMA Practice Test Benefits

Preparing for your CMA exam by taking practice tests has many benefits. Using sample questions to study for your test is the most effective study practice you can use.  The advantages of using sample CMA tests include:

  • Understanding the Test Format - Every standardized test has its own unique format.  As you take practice CMA tests you will become comfortable with the format of the actual test.  Once the test day arrives you will have no surprises!
  • Improving Your Speed - The CMA exam is broken down into 4 40 minute segments.  Although most students who take the CMA feel that there is sufficient time, taking the practice tests with self-imposed timers help you budget your time effectively. You should budget approximately 1 minute for each question.
  • Focusing Your Study - As you take more and more sample quizzes you begin to get a feel for the topics that you know well and the areas that you are weak on.  Many students waste a lot of valuable study time by reviewing material that they are good at (often because it is easier or makes them feel better).  The most effective way to study is to concentrate on the areas that you need help on.

CMA Exam Overview

The CMA/AAMA certification exam consists of 180 questions that count towards your score and 20 unscored pretest questions. All of the questions will be multiple choice questions with four answer options. 

Candidates are given a total of 160 minutes (four 40 minute segments) to complete the test. The test topics are based on a national job analysis study that determined the key job components of a medical assistant. The detailed outline is below:

Content Category: General

Number of Questions: 50 

  • Psychology
  • Communication
  • Professionalism
  • Medical Law/Regulatory Guidelines
  • Medical Ethics
  • Risk Management, Quality Assurance and Safety
  • Medical Terminology

Content Category: Administrative

Number of Questions: 45

  • Medical Reception
  • Patient Navigator/Advocate
  • Medical Business Practices
  • Establishing Patient Medical Record
  • Scheduling Appointments
  • Practice Finances

Content Category: Clinical

Number of Questions: 85

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Infection Control
  • Patient Intake and Documentation of Care
  • Patient Preparation and Assisting the Provider
  • Nutrition
  • Collecting and Processing Specimens
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Pharmacology
  • Emergency Management/Basic First Aid

CMA Test Administration

There are currently three categories of eligibility for the CMA (AAMA) Medical Assistant Exam:

Category 1 : You are a current student or recent graduate of a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited Medical Assistant program. Current students can take the exam no more than 30 days prior to graduation.  Graduates must take the exam within 12 months of graduation.

Category 2: You have graduated more than 12 months ago from a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited program. 

Category 3: You have previously passed the CMA certification exam and are applying for recertification.

Note: The CMA credential must be recertified every 60 months by either continuing education or taking the exam again.

CMA Exam Scheduling and Cancellations

Candidates for the CMA exam will be assigned a 90-day period in which to take the exam.  If you apply from the 1st to the 14th of the month, your 90-day period will start on the 1st of the next month. If you apply from the 15th to the end of the month, your 90-day test period will begin on the 15th of the next month.

After you apply you will be given a test center Scheduling Permit. Once you receive your Scheduling Permit, you can schedule your exam by going to or calling the number listed on the permit.

The Prometric test appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis - so the earlier you schedule your test, the better chance you have of getting your desired time and/or test location.

If you do not take your test within the 90-day test period, you forfeit your entire exam registration fee. Candidates may request to transfer the 90-day test period to the next immediately available test period for a $65 fee.

CMA Exam Fees

There are two possible fees for the CMA exam:

$125 (for Category 1 candidates or Category 2/3 candidates who are AAMA members).

$250 (for Category 2/3 candidates who are not AAMA members).

CMA Test Scores

The CMA/AAMA exam is scored on a pass/fail basis. The passing score for the exam is based on a variety of factors including established difficulty ratings for each test question. If a candidate passes the exam they have demonstrated an acceptable level of knowledge regarding the skills and abilities required of a Medical Assistant. Receiving a higher score than the passing score is not an indicator of more advanced knowledge or a predictor of better job performance.

You will receive a notification of pass/fail immediately after finishing the exam. This notification is not an official verification of CMA certification. Your official score report will arrive within four weeks of your test date. This score report will include your rank (percentile) in the three major categories (General, Administrative, and Clinical) which will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses if you need to retest.


How many questions are on the medical assistant test?

The Certified Medical Assistant exam is made up of 180 questions, all of which will count towards your score. There are an additional 20 questions that are not counted towards your score that are a part of the pretest.

What kinds of questions are on the medical assistant test?

The Medical Assistant test has 3 categories. The general category consists of questions about psychology, communication, professionalism, medical ethics, and medical terminology. The administrative category consists of medical reception, scheduling appointments, practice finances, and medical business practices. The clinical category consists of anatomy and physiology, infection control, nutrition, and various other topics.

How do I pass CMA in first attempt?

If you want to pass the CMA in your first attempt, you will need to put a lot of time in and study. One of the best ways to study is by taking free practice tests. Our free practice tests will help you learn the material in an efficient way.

Last Updated: 1/21/2021


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