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Study Tips for the Surgical Tech Certification Exam

Everest's Surgical Technologist career education program prepares you to take the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam sponsored by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

The test consists of 200 questions on a variety of topics. You'll need to get a minimum of 118 questions correct to pass the exam.

You will likely take the entire test via computer at a designated test center. No demonstration of practical skills is required.

When studying for the CST exam, be prepared to answer questions on the following topics:

  • Perioperative Care
    • Preoperative Preparation
    • Intraoperative Procedures
    • Postoperative Procedures
  • Additional Duties
    • Administrative and Personnel
    • Equipment, Sterilization and Maintenance
  • Basic Science
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Microbiology
    • Surgical Pharmacology

Your Everest education can provide excellent preparation for the exam, especially if you've been serious about your studies and have kept good notes. If you've been part of a study group, work with your fellow group members to review your coursework and drill each other on what you've learned. In addition, many study aids are available commercially to reinforce your Everest education. These aids include written study guides, flashcards and practice tests. These are all available via the Internet.

Some other tips to help you pass the CST exam:

  • Don't wait to the last minute to cram for your exam. Studying should be part of your daily routine while you're in school.
  • Be sure to get plenty of sleep the night before the exam.
  • Eat a good, healthy breakfast the morning of the test.
  • Maintain a positive attitude. Fear is paralyzing. Confidence is empowering.

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