Tips for Passing the Registered Medical Transcription Exam
Certification is voluntary in the medical transcription industry. However, if you want to enhance your
qualifications as a medical transcriptionist, passing the Association for Healthcare Documentation and Integrity
Registered (AHDI) Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT) Exams are important. Having an RMT credential
is a mark of your professionalism and an evidence of your readiness to tackle the work at hand. In fact, many
employers will make require entry-level transcriptionists to hold an RMT credential even if they won't let you
know about it.
The 130-question exam to become a registered medical transcriptionist consists of multiple choice questions
and audio transcription. If you want to pass the RMT exam, you need to study medical records types and
formats, editing rules and standards, grammar, correct usage, punctuation, abbreviation, plural and possessive
forms, numbers, percents, proportions, ranges and ratios as well as units of measure. In clinical medicine, you
will have to review medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, disease processes, diagnostics and treatment.
Pay particular attention to the following clinical specialties: Alternative Medicine, Cardiovascular, Chiropractic,
Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, General Surgery, Hematology/Oncology,
Infectious Disease, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedics, Otorhinolaryngology, Pediatrics,
Physical/ Rehab Medicine, Psychiatry/Psychology, Pulmonary Medicine, Urology and Opthalmology. Topics on
health information technology should also be reviewed.
In the transcription test, keep in mind that you will be assessed for your ability to transcribe information and
put this in a grammatically correct transcription format. In the transcription test, you will be asked to fill in the
blanks. It is important that you include only the words that are missing and not those that are already included
in the audio. There is also no need to punctuate your transcription as commas, semicolons and periods have
already been provided. However, you should still include hyphens, percent signs and other symbols if these are
warranted. You should also still observe proper capitalization.
If you want to pass the RMT exam, you need to prepare for it. You might have had good training in your
medical transcription course but if you don't prepare for your exam, you might not get that sought after
credential. After you have familiarized yourself with the content domains and exam blueprint for the RMT test,
make sure that you get the necessary resources that will help you review for the RMT certification test. There
are study manuals available online and in bookstores that you can purchase complete with sample tests and
other highly-insightful test-taking strategies to help you pass the exam with flying colors.
Decide what study style will work with you. If you prefer studying on your own, you should set specific review
times each day. Whether you want to do it at home, in a park, with music or without, that is entirely up to you.
What's important is that you seriously take the time to study for your RMT test. If you feel that you will be able
to learn more in a group setting, you can join an existing RMT study group or even form one in your area or
start one online.
With sufficient preparation, you should be able to pass your exam and get your RMT credential in no time.
If you believe that you have what it takes to be a Medical Transcriptionist, then the first step is the Certified Medical Transcriptionist Exam Study Guide that walks you through the entire Medical Transcriptionist hiring process.
For more information, go to our page for the Certified Medical Transcriptionist Exam Study Guide.