MBLEx Practice Test Online
Preparing for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam using our realistic MBLEx Practice Tests is the best way to review for the massage exam and ensure that you are ready on test day. Passing the MBLEx is often the last hurdle before new therapists can get their state massage license and begin a new career as a professional massage therapist.
Unfortunately, only 72% of MBLEx candidates pass the massage exam on their first attempt (according to the FSMTB Annual Report, October 2021). And for those who have to retake the exam, only 40% pass (according to a previous FSMTB Annual Report).
Failing the MBLEx can be discouraging. Plus it means spending another $265 and waiting another 30 days before you can reschedule the exam. This postpones being able to start working as a massage therapist at least a month. You’ve worked hard to get this far. Don’t let passing the massage licensing exam slow you down. Our convenient MBLEx Practice Tests plus our comprehensive MBLEx Prep Course will increase your confidence and help you pass the massage exam the first time!
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Content Area Quizzes
Ideal for focused study on one individual MBLEx topic at a time. (350) of these realistic massage exam practice quizzes are currently available. Check your answers and retake the quizzes as many times as you need.
Our MBLEx Mini-Exams are scaled-down versions of our full-length practice exams, designed for a rapid and comprehensive review session. Each mini-exam covers all 7 content areas. A total of (120) mini exams are available for members.
Assess your progress and test readiness with our full-length MBLEx practice exams. (30) simulated massage exams cover all 7 content areas with the correct category percentages, and are designed to feel like the actual MBLEx.
MBLEx Practice Tests & Quizzes
Full-Length Simulated Exams
100-question practice massage exams cover all 7 content areas of the FSMTB Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx). Unlimited retakes of practice tests. Correct answer rationales to help you understand why the correct answer is correct.
Designed Like the Actual MBLEx
Our mobile-friendly multiple-choice practice exams have a similar structure, difficulty level, and content percentages as the real MBLEx. You can review your practice test and quiz results by content area to find out what subjects you need to work on the most.
Content Area Quizzes
Members receive (350) 10-question content area quizzes to help you focus your study sessions and strengthen the areas that you need the most. These rapid quizzes provide quick performance feedback to guide and encourage you.
Every Practice Test is Unique
Every MBLEx practice test has randomized question and answer position to make retaking an exam more beneficial. Retake the practice exams and quizzes as many times as you need.
MBLEx Content Breakdown
The Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam, or MBLEx, created by the FSMTB is a comprehensive exam that covers the information that massage students and graduates need to know to get a massage license and begin working as a licensed massage therapist (LMT). This is a challenging test for many applicants because of the large and potentially overwhelming amount of information that could be on the exam. It can be difficult to know what information to focus on or even where to begin. The MBLEx practices tests and quizzes, as well as our comprehensive MBLEx Prep Course can guide your massage exam study plan and review sessions. This will save you valuable time, help you find out if you are ready for the exam, increase your likelihood of success on the exam, and reduce any test anxiety that you may have. Think of us as your personal online MBLEx coach or massage exam study buddy.
Anatomy and Physiology
The anatomy & physiology content area of the MBLEx exam tests the massage student’s knowledge of anatomical structures, physiological functions and systems of the body. There are (11) questions from the A&P section on the massage exam. You may be asked questions on any of the main systems of the body: circulatory, digestive, endocrine, integumentary, lymphatic, muscular, nervous, reproductive, skeletal and urinary. This content area also covers the anatomy and physiology of the special senses (sight, hearing, touch, vestibular, and taste), tissue injury and repair, and concepts of energetic anatomy. Even though this content area of the massage exam represents the smallest part of the MBLEx (11%), it covers an enormous volume of information (body of knowledge).
The kinesiology content area of the massage exam assesses the test candidate’s knowledge and understanding of the structures and processes related to body movement. It makes up 12% of the MBLEx (12 questions). Concepts such as muscle contraction, joint structure and function, types of joints, range of motion (ROM), proprioception, and the components and characteristics of muscles, tendons, bone, ligaments and fascia are covered in the kinesiology section. The massage student’s knowledge of muscle locations, shapes, origin, insertion points, and actions are also covered in this section. Our MBLEx practice exams include quiz questions on each of these topics.
Pathology, Contraindications, Areas of Caution, Special Populations
The pathology content area of the MBLEx accounts for 14% of the massage exam. It includes questions on common pathologies that a massage therapist may encounter when working as a licensed massage therapist. This section also tests the future LMT’s knowledge of massage contraindications to make sure that they know when it is necessary to modify a treatment plan, withhold massage completely, or seek medical clearance prior to providing massage therapy services. The pathology section also covers concepts regarding massage areas of caution, which must be understood in order to reduce the risk of causing client injury. MBLEx candidates may also see questions that test their knowledge of working with special populations, as well as classes of medications that may effect massage therapy.
Benefits, Effects and Techniques of Massage
This MBLEx content area represents 15% of the massage exam, and tests future massage therapists’ understanding of the benefits and effects of the soft tissue techniques used in massage therapy and other forms of bodywork. The focus of this section is on how massage creates physiological effects on the body, but also covers the psychological effects and aspects of touch and manual therapies. This content area includes not only effects on healthy adults, but the benefits and effects of massage for special populations (e.g. geriatric, pediatric, athletes, clients with certain impairments or comorbidities). Techniques, strokes, types of massage & bodywork, and the sequence of application are also covered here. The effects (immediate and delayed) of heat and cold applications are also covered in this section.
Client Assessment and Treatment Planning
The massage client assessment and treatment planning content area of the FSMTB MBLEx is the largest section of the massage exam (17 questions). This section covers a broad scope of topics, from the organization of a therapeutic massage or bodywork session, to clinical reasoning and developing a treatment plan. The client consultation and evaluation, and all of the related elements (verbal intake, visual assessment, palpation assessment, and range of motion assessment) are covered here too. You should also expect to see questions on different types of data collection and massage intake forms here such as the health history form.
Ethics, Boundaries, Laws and Regulations for Massage
The massage ethics and laws content area of the MBLEx is the second largest section, with 16 questions on topics from ethical behavior and principles, to professional boundaries and therapeutic relationships for massage therapists. This section also tests the massage exam candidate’s understanding of code of ethics violations, dual relationships, professional communication, confidentiality, and massage therapy scope of practice. Laws and regulations related to the practice of therapeutic massage or bodywork are also found in this content area.
Guidelines for Professional Massage Practice
The professional practice guidelines MBLEx content area is another diverse section of the massage licensing exam. It covers everything from sanitation and safety to body mechanics and business planning. Concepts such as therapist hygiene, office and treatment area cleanliness, client and therapist safety, PPE, injury prevention, and draping are included in this section of the massage exam. Non-clinical concepts such as job interviewing, business records, different types of massage business structures (e.g. sole proprietor, LLC), financial and tax documentation, and marketing of a massage practice are in this section. MBLEx applicants also need to have a solid understanding of business and healthcare terminology for this section.
Understanding the MBLEx: Practice Exam vs. Real Exam
When it comes to preparing for the MBLEx, nothing can be quite as invaluable as taking practice tests that mirror the real thing. So, how do our MBLEx practice tests compare to the actual exam? For starters, they’re designed to mimic the format, content areas, level of difficulty, and style of questions you’ll encounter on the actual MBLEx exam.
This ensures that every massage therapy student gets a realistic taste of the exam’s structure and knows what to expect. The beauty of such close simulation is twofold: it will increase your preparedness and significantly boost your confidence. Familiarity and preparedness will dramatically reduce test anxiety.
So, dive in and use these practice tests as your study buddy. Remember, the more you simulate the real test environment, the more prepared you’ll be on test day.
Making the Most of Practice Tests: Tips & Techniques
Have you ever taken an MBLEx practice test and wondered what your results actually mean? Correctly interpreting your scores and determining how to use these results to guide your upcoming study sessions is the key. It’s not just the number of correct answers, but identifying content areas that need extra attention. Here’s how to maximize your benefit from using practice tests:
- Deciphering Results: After each MBLEx practice test, review both your correct and incorrect answers. Notice any patterns? Perhaps massage techniques or anatomy physiology topics, or skeletal muscle questions consistently stump you. By recognizing these patterns, you can tailor your study sessions more effectively. Also pay attention to questions that you happened to answer correctly only by guessing, especially if you don’t fully understand why the answer is correct.
- Review the Answer Rationales: After completing your MBLEx practice test, don’t just note your scores and move on. Take a moment to explore the correct answer rationales provided on the results page, especially for questions you got wrong. These explanations are designed to offer deeper insight into each topic, whether it’s massage techniques, body systems, or client assessment. By understanding the ‘why’ behind each correct answer, you reinforce your knowledge, ensuring that the same mistake won’t occur on your actual exam. Think of these answer rationales as mini-lessons, each one sharpening your expertise a bit more.
- Simulate Real Test Conditions: Turn off your phone, set a timer, and find a quiet space. By mimicking the actual test day environment, you’ll increase your mental focus and reduce anxiety. It can also help you fine tune your pacing for the real MBLEx exam.
- Focus on Weak Points: Don’t just focus on your strengths. If you’re acing the muscle origin, insertion and action questions but faltering on client assessment, allocate more study time to the latter. Diversifying your knowledge ensures comprehensive preparation. Our short content area quizzes allow you to laser-focus your study sessions to fill in any knowledge gaps.
- Repeat & Reassess: After a few weeks of targeted studying, circle back to a MBLEx practice test you’ve previously taken. By retaking the same MBLEx practice exam, you can directly measure your improvement. Did the kinesiology or pathology section that once troubled you now seem more manageable? This can boost your confidence and help you visualize your progress.
- Use Errors as Study Points: Each mistake on a practice test is a golden opportunity. Instead of glossing over wrong answers, dive headfirst into them. Understand why you chose the incorrect answer and solidify your understanding of the correct one. This approach transforms each error into a targeted study guide entry, ensuring you’re less likely to repeat it on the actual MBLEx exam.
Practice tests are a mirror to your preparedness. By leveraging these MBLEx study tools strategically, you not only prepare for the massage license examination but also cement your foundational knowledge, ensuring you’re well-equipped for a fulfilling career in massage therapy.
Track Your MBLEx Timing with Practice Tests
You’ve got the knowledge, mastered the massage techniques, and feel ready to tackle every body system question that comes your way. But how’s your exam pacing? Time management during the MBLEx exam is an aspect that often gets overlooked. Remember that you have just under 2 hours to complete the 100-question exam. You don’t want to find out on test day that you are spending too long on each question.
The results reports for our practice tests will give you a clearer picture of how you are allocating your test-taking time. Are you rushing through skeletal muscles questions but lingering on ethics or client assessment questions? Being aware of how quickly you can complete a simulated exam ensures that when test day arrives, you’re not just answering correctly but efficiently.
MBLEx Practice Test
Take this free MBLEx practice test to check your knowledge of the subjects covered on the FSMTB massage licensing exam. After completing all questions and clicking Finish Quiz, the results page will show your total score and your score breakdown in each MBLEx content area. You can then click on View Questions to see the correct answers as well as the answer rationales.
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With regard to homeostasis, what is the primary difference in positive feedback and negative feedback mechanisms?CorrectIncorrect
What is the smallest and simplest level of organization in the body?CorrectIncorrect
Which of the following is NOT in the abdominal cavity?CorrectIncorrect
What is the two-layer membrane that covers organs and lines body cavities, and secretes a clear, watery, lubricating fluid?CorrectIncorrect
Which of the following is one of the 4 main types of tissues in the body, that binds cells and organs together, and provides protection, support and integration of body parts?CorrectIncorrect
Which of the following has the greatest influence on blood pressure?CorrectIncorrect
What muscle is shown in the image above?CorrectIncorrect
The bones of the upper and lower extremities make up the __________.CorrectIncorrect
What is the function of cartilage at synovial joints?CorrectIncorrect
What bones does the clavicle articulate with?CorrectIncorrect
Which long bone can be palpated on the thumb side of the forearm?CorrectIncorrect
A muscle always lengthens during what type of muscle contraction?CorrectIncorrect
Which muscle does NOT originate at the common flexor tendon of the forearm?CorrectIncorrect
Which of the following skin conditions presents as a dry, red, itchy rash, which is most commonly located behind the knees and at the crease of the elbows?CorrectIncorrect
Which of the following is most likely to result in an injury to the glenohumeral labrum?CorrectIncorrect
A new client informs the massage practitioner that she is also being treated for psoriasis. What is the best action for the practitioner to take at this point?CorrectIncorrect
Inflammation of the sheath that surrounds a tendon is called ________.CorrectIncorrect
What class of drugs is used to thin the blood and increase clotting time?CorrectIncorrect
Which of the following structures is vulnerable at the anterior triangle of the neck?CorrectIncorrect
What extra precautions should a massage therapist be prepared to provide to elderly clients?CorrectIncorrect
Which of the following is an immediate effect of heat when applied to the skin?CorrectIncorrect
What is the therapeutic application of water to deliver mechanical and thermal changes to the body called?CorrectIncorrect
Which of the following is a potential mechanical effect of a light effleurage stroke?CorrectIncorrect
A reflexive effect of massage therapy is a(n) ________.CorrectIncorrect
What is the correct direction of an effleurage stroke when working on the extremities?CorrectIncorrect
Which technique modification can help to overcome tissue resistance?CorrectIncorrect
Massage therapy can be a beneficial component of a comprehensive treatment plan for people with depression because massage ________.CorrectIncorrect
A client complained of left shoulder weakness and arm pain since falling last month. The massage therapist observes muscle atrophy around the left shoulder. This atrophy is a ________.CorrectIncorrect
Light tapping over the median nerve at the anterior wrist that produces a tingling sensation in the thumb side of the hand is a positive ________, and can indicate ________.CorrectIncorrect
A massage therapist assessing a client’s standing posture notices a decreased space between the client’s knees. This posture abnormality is commonly called “knock knees”, or ________.CorrectIncorrect
In which section of a SOAP note should clinical reasoning from visual observations or palpation be documented?CorrectIncorrect
What action is most likely to be painful for a person with bicipital tendonitis?CorrectIncorrect
A patient is referred to you from a physician for a subacute muscle strain. What is the best choice of treatments for the massage therapist to apply?CorrectIncorrect
What is the normal ROM of the elbow, from full extension to full flexion?CorrectIncorrect
Active range of motion (ROM) of a joint is assessed by having the client demonstrate their full or available ROM at the joint ________.CorrectIncorrect
What situation occurs when multiple roles exist between the massage therapist and a client?CorrectIncorrect
What term refers to the authority that a client gives the massage therapist, which is based on the assumption that the therapist is skilled and knowledgeable?CorrectIncorrect
Which of the following are examples of professionalism for a massage therapist?CorrectIncorrect
What is the defense mechanism that involves a person saying or doing something in order to avoid receiving blame or criticism for their own mistake, by redirecting this blame onto someone or something else?CorrectIncorrect
Which of the following is a communication technique that uses verbal and nonverbal “attending cues” letting the person who is speaking know that he or she is being heard and understood?CorrectIncorrect
What is the state agency that is responsible for granting specific health providers the permission and privilege of working in a particular occupation within that state?CorrectIncorrect
What term refers to the client’s right to determine what happens to his or her own body?CorrectIncorrect
It is unethical for a massage practitioner to act outside of the limitations of their profession, also called their ________.CorrectIncorrect
It is important for massage therapists to keep their fingernails short and clean in order to ________.CorrectIncorrect
A chemical that is applied to living tissue such as skin to eliminate most microorganisms and prevent infection is a(n) ________.CorrectIncorrect
Why is it better for a massage therapist to use an elbow or a massage tool rather than thumbs or fingertips when applying trigger point therapy to large muscle groups?CorrectIncorrect
What is the broad set of activities that a business uses to identify and attract potential customers, convert them into paying customers, and build lasting relationships with these customers?CorrectIncorrect
Which of the following is NOT a reason to use correct draping techniques?CorrectIncorrect
The prefix “supra-” as in the terms supraspinatus, suprasternal, suprarenal or suprapubic means ________.CorrectIncorrect
What popular type of business entity or structure may be formed and operated by one or more people, and provides the business owner the advantage of personal asset protection and pass-through taxation?CorrectIncorrect
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