BLS Practice Exam Questions and Answers

This BLS pretest includes a comprehensive set of practice exam questions and answers that will help prepare you for the real thing!

BLS Practice Exam Questions and Answers

There is a lot that goes into studying for your Basic Life Support (BLS) Exam. Aside from the basic knowledge you must be familiar with, there are also specific algorithms to understand, medications to memorize, and terminology to comprehend. Thankfully, there are plenty of resources available to help your study process, not to mention the fact that most BLS providers will supply you with their own specific study material upon signing up for their program.

With all the information at your fingertips, not only how much you study, but how you study is all up to you. We all learn in different ways, and it’s on you to adhere to your personal learning style in order to optimize your ability to absorb and retain the information. However, there is one exercise that will come in handy for virtually everyone studying for his or her BLS exam: practice! You can learn the information however you choose, but taking practice exams can go a long way in regards to preparing yourself and determining your readiness to pass your exam.

Below is a wide-ranging set of BLS practice questions and answers for you to take advantage of. While these exact questions and answers will not show up verbatim on our official BLS Certification or Recertification Exam, they are a direct representation of the types of questions you can expect in regards to the format and style.

Answers are at the bottom of the page.

1. Which of the following describes the proper sequences of BLS?

A. Pulse check, rescue breath, compression.

B. Airway, breathing, compression.

C. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

D. C - A – B

2. The pulse assessed in an adult cardiac arrest victim is called the ______ pulse?

A. Groin

B. Radial

C. Carotid

D. Temporal

3. Choose the proper order of the Adult Chain of Survival:

A. Recognition, Call EMS, Advanced Life Support, Defibrillate, Post-Cardiac Arrest Care

B. Recognition, Early CPR, Defibrillate, Advanced Life Support, Post-Cardiac Arrest Care

C. CPR, Recognition, Call EMS, Defibrillate, Advanced Life Support

D. Recognition, Defibrillation, CPR, Call EMS, Advanced Life Support

4. True/False: Most rescuers describe child cardiac arrest situations as more stressful than adult cases.

A. True

B. False

5. You find an unresponsive victim without a pulse. You do not have a mask. What is the next step for an untrained lay responder?

A. Go call 911

B. Wait until EMS arrives

C. Begin CPR and perform mouth-to-mouth

D. Use your shirt over their mouth as a barrier

6. What is the correct compression-to-ventilation ratio for Two-Rescuer Infant BLS?

A. 30:2

B. 30:1

C. 15:2

D. 15:1

7. You attempt to deliver a breath through a mask but it does not go in. What is the next step?

A. Hyperextend the neck

B. Blow harder

C. Discard mask and use mouth-to-mouth

D. Reposition the airway

8. You are treating an adult choking victim. They initially can cough, but now are grasping their throat and turning blue. What is the next step?

A. Heimlich Maneuver

B. Begin CPR

C. Rescue breathing

D. Check pulse


1. D

2. C

3. B

4. A

5. C

6. C

7. D

8. A

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