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.


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