Assistant Exam Prep


​ABC has numerous resources available for you as you prepare to sit for your ABC orthotic and/or prosthetic assistant certification exam(s). These include the Practice Analysis, sample exam questions and the information outlined below, all created exclusively for your use. As you prepare for your exam, we encourage you to review the following:​​

 Practice Analysis

​A Practice Analysis, or role delineation, is a study of the profession that provides a foundation for the exam content. The Practice Analysis, which gives you an in-depth look at the profession, is used by the exam development committees to create ABC’s comprehensive, contemporary and relevant exams.​

 Test Content Outline

​​One helpful study resource is the Assistant Test Content Outline. The outline is broken down by domain; each domain section indicates the percentage of emphasis the elements of practice in that domain receives on the exams. For each Practice Domain listed on the Test Content Outline, you should plan on familiarizing yourself with clinical, technical or general practice information related to that domain.

You may want to do a self-assessment of the practice areas that are represented by the percentage of time reported by certified professionals, checking the topics that you know you need to review, including any practice areas that you have not seen often in your practice.​

 Exam References and Recommended Reading List

​Another source of information to help you prepare is the exam reference and recommended reading list. This list is used by the exam writers to validate the correct answers to the exam questions. You may also want to refer to published journal articles, reference lists and the textbooks from your educational program.​

Some candidates find it helpful to review basic test taking principals while preparing for the exams. Numerous references for exam preparation, reducing exam anxiety and study tips are available from a wide array of publishers and are commonly available in bookstores and online.

 The Exam

Both the ABC orthotic and prosthetic assistant certification exams are three-hour, multiple-choice exams that measure the candidate’s basic principles of orthotic and/or prosthetic patient management and understanding of professional practice issues. Knowledge assessed on the exam includes anatomy, kinesiology, componentry, materials and practice management. Also included are general practice questions that you should be familiar with based on the practical experience you gained from your clinical experience. 

The written exams contain 165 questions each.

>>Sample Written Exam Que​​stions
Included in the Assistant Candidate Guide are sample questions for the assistant exams. 

Here are two examples of sample written exam questions:

Orthotic Assistant:
1. Weakness of which muscle is commonly referred to as foot drop?

a. Tibialis anterior
b. Tibialis posterior
c. Gastrocnemius
d. Peroneus longus

2. The main functional purpose of a knee orthosis in the treatment of an injured            anterior cruciate ligament is:

a. Prevention of full knee extension
b. Prevention of full knee flexion
c. Prevention of all transverse plane motion
d. Prevention of all coronal plane motion

Prosthetic Assistant:
1. Another name for an ankle disarticulation amputation is:

a. Symes amputation
b. Chopart amputation
c. Transmetatarsal amputation
d. Lisfranc amputation

2. What is the best course of action when an existing patient asks to be referred to 
     another prosthetic facility?

a. Offer your services without charging them
b. Provide the patient with a list of certified practitioners
c. Contact the patient’s physical therapist to discuss the patient’s wishes
d. Offer to make the patient a new prosthesis

 Exam Review Courses

​You might consider taking an exam review course, or purchasing exam preparation materials that are available from multiple sources. ABC neither sponsors nor endorses review/preparatory courses or any exam preparation materials. Your review may include orthotic and/or prosthetic specific material, or might be in the general area of test taking techniques.​

 Study Groups

Consider forming a small exam study group. Candidates who pool their resources and study together may be more confident in their knowledge and more likely to pass the exam.

Your study group might consider scheduling to take the exam at the same time, traveling to the exam site together and supporting one another every step of the way.

 Patient Care Experience

​One of the most important parts of your preparation for the ABC assistant certification exam(s) is completion of your patient care experience hours. The competency assessments that are a part of each assistant self-assessment checklist are a good gauge of your knowledge and skills in a particular practice area. This is critical to your learning and progression from student to independent care provider.​

 ABC Certified Colleagues

​Talk with ABC certified colleagues to find out what resources they suggest to help you prepare for your exam and what study advice they might offer. While they are not allowed to share exam content with you, they can help with focusing your studying activities to the most critical areas.​

 Exam Results

​If you are retaking your exam, review your Notice of Test Results and identify the domain areas where you have the most opportunity to improve.