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Mastectomy Fitter Exam Prep

 

ABC has numerous resources available for you as you prepare to sit for your ABC mastectomy fitter certification exam. 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. 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 Mastectomy Fitter 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 exam. 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

​​The ABC mastectomy fitter certification exam is a three hour, multiple-choice exam that assesses your knowledge of patient and practice management. Knowledge assessed on the exam includes anatomy, skin integrity, postural abnormalities, pathologies, post-mastectomy item selection, fitting criteria, ethics and professionalism. 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 exam contains 150 questions.

>>Sample Written Exam Questions​
Included in the Fitter Candidate Guide are sample questions for the mastectomy fitter exam. 

Here are two examples of sample written exam questions:

1. Which of the following muscles supports the breast tissue?
a. Pectoralis
b. Deltoid
c. Rhomboid
d. Supraspinatous

2. A patient with limited shoulder range of motion (ROM) should be fit with:
a. Fiberfill form with camisole
b. Bra with integrated breast form
c. An oval shaped form
d. Front closure bra

 Exam Review Courses

​You might consider taking an exam review course, or purchasing exam preparation materials that are available fr​​om multiple sources. ABC neither sponsors nor endorses review/preparatory courses or any exam preparation materials. Your review may include mastectomy fitter 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 mastectomy fitter certification exam is completion of your patient care experience hours. The competency assessments that are a part of the mastectomy fitter 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.