ACLS Certification Pretest

Think you have what it takes to pass your ACLS exam? Take this online ACLS pretest and find out!

Taking an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) pretest is one of the most precise methods of measuring your current knowledge on the subject. Not only will this give you a better idea of whether you will be able to pass your ACLS exam, but it can also help you discover which aspects of the ACLS course material you need to spend more time studying.

Whether you are a first-timer looking to obtain your initial ACLS Certification, or only needing an ACLS Recertification course, the material you need to know will be the same. At eMedCert, we offer both ACLS certification and recertification to ensure that your credentials are always up-to-date. In this blog, we will cover the material that you should know in order to successfully pass your final exam after your ACLS certification or recertification course.

What Material Do I Need to Know for My ACLS Exam?

First and foremost, it’s important to know the ACLS drugs and ACLS algorithms like the back of your hand. Having these memorized will help answer a good chunk of the questions you’ll likely see on the exam.

Additionally, in order to pass your ACLS exam, you’ll want to make sure you have a grasp of basic ECGs and are familiar with the H’s and T’s of ACLS. Furthermore, you should have reviewed all possible ACLS case scenarios.

How Can an ACLS Pretest Help Me Pass My Exam?

Once you’re comfortable with your ACLS knowledge, it can be very helpful to take an ACLS pretest. This practice will allow you to move forward into your final exam with confidence and can reduce the time you spend with exam retakes.

ACLS Certification Pretest

First, looking through the ACLS practice questions and answers should give you an idea of how questions will be written on that particular exam. Note that it’s always a good idea to take an ACLS pretest from the same place that will administer your ACLS exam. This way, you will know the format that the questions will come in and what to expect from the organization administering the exam. Knowing what to expect from the question format can go a long way in ensuring that you are prepared for your final exam.

Below is a copy of our ACLS pretest. Note that if you struggle with the pretest, you may want to spend more time studying the material before beginning your ACLS exam. On the other hand, if you breeze through an ACLS practice exam, you should feel confident moving forward with your ACLS course and your ACLS exam. Continue reading to take the practice exam and see exactly where your knowledge is and if you’re ready to take your ACLS final exam.

ACLS Pretest

The following questions will serve as a pretest for your ACLS exam. Take your time going through and answering them to the best of your knowledge. When you’re ready, the answers are located below:

1. Why is rapid evaluation and transport to the hospital important when caring for a possible stroke victim?

A. Cardiac arrest often occurs

B. Most require IV glucose therapy

C. Decreases survival

D. The narrow window for thrombolytic administration

2. You are evaluating an unconscious person and are unsure if you can feel a pulse. What is the next step?

A. Check a different location

B. Reposition the neck and check for a pulse

C. Begin CPR

D. Give two rescue breaths

3. After successively resuscitating a cardiac arrest case, the hospital team begins to cool the patient. What is the term for this procedure?


B. Therapeutic hypothermia

C. Systemic cooling therapy

D. Ice Bath

4. True/False: Post-Arrest patients should be maintained on 100% oxygen.

A. True

B. False

5. You respond to find an unresponsive patient who has needle marks on his arm. His pulse is 110 and he is breathing 4 times a minute. What is the next step?

A. Endotracheal intubation

B. Cricoid pressure to prevent aspiration

C. Open his airway

D. Suction the airway

6. In Post-Arrest Care, the MAP should be maintained at _______ mm Hg?

A. 85

B. 65

C. 55

D. 45

7. Which of the following is correct regarding VF and Pulseless VT?

A. Epinephrine is not used in treating VT

B. An AED should not be used in either case

C. The dose of amiodarone is lower in VT

D. They are treated the same

8. True/False: You are called to help with a cardiac arrest victim. You expose the chest and are about to apply the AED pads when a family member yells, "Stop – she has an implanted defibrillator and you can't use the AED!" As a result, you can no longer use the AED.

A. True

B. False

9. Why should an AED not be used in a patient with a pulse?

A. An AED cannot detect a pulse

B. The energy delivered is too low

C. The patient will not tolerate the AED shock

D. Only use an AED if the pulse is < 80

10. You successfully resuscitate a cardiac arrest patient. Which of the following are important after ROSC?

A. Ensuring adequate oxygenation

B. Therapeutic hypothermia

C. Keeping BP > 90 mm Hg systolic

D. All of the above


1. D

2. C

3. B

4. False

5. C

6. B

7. D

8. False

9. A

10. D

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If you struggled with this particular ACLS pretest, we suggest looking into additional ACLS practice exam questions and answers and reviewing your ACLS study material thoroughly before taking your ACLS exam. However, if you found this pretest to be successful, you can feel confident moving forward with your final exam and obtaining your ACLS certification. The links below will take you to our signup page where you can complete your ACLS certification within hours. Good luck!

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