PALS Practice Exam Questions and Answers

A wide-ranging set of questions and answers that represent a perfect study tool for your PALS exam.

Studying for your Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification exam should be a relatively stress-free task these days thanks to an abundance of readily available materials at your fingertips. Not only are there dozens of handbooks and study guides available through Amazon, but also with the influx of wholly online certification courses, more often than not you can download a PALS study guide right to your laptop. With the click of a button, you can access all the algorithms, medications/doses, and case studies you need to pass the exam.

The only thing left to do is practice.

PALS Practice Exam Questions and Answers

Let’s face it – you can spend hours reading the material, but one of the best ways to adequately prepare yourself is by taking a PALS practice test. We’ve all had that horrible experience where you were up all night studying and felt confident with your knowledge of the subject… only to be blindsided by a bizarre test format that threw you off and resulted in a significantly lower score than you had hoped for.

Thankfully, that doesn’t have to be the case here. We cannot speak for every PALS certification exam out there, but at eMedCert, we strive to be as transparent as possible when it comes to the nature of our exams. With the purchase of our PALS certification course, you will receive a PALS study guide along with a number of practice questions for you to utilize for exam preparation. However, we wanted to take it a step further and provide a few PALS practice test questions to our blog audience.

Do note that these particular questions will not show up on our actual PALS certification exam verbatim, but they are a direct portrayal of the format and style of questions you can expect to see should you take the course.

Good luck!

Answers are at the bottom of the page.

1. What is the proper way to deliver a breath?

A. Blow as hard and as fast as possible

B. Give over one second

C. Apply cricoid pressure first

D. Deliver during compressions

2. You are having difficulty using a bag-mask device. Which are the potential causes of your difficulties?

A. The mask is too large

B. Pushing the mask onto the victim’s face

C. Improper seal

D. All the above

3. You are using an AED and the device indicates that a SHOCK is advised. What is the very last step before pressing the SHOCK button?

A. Give two breaths

B. Check connections

C. Clear the victim

D. Check pulse

4. What therapy is considered critical for treating anaphylactic shock?

A. Benadryl or antihistamine

B. Epinephrine

C. Atropine

D. Oxygen

5. What is the most common cause of cardiac arrest in children?

A. Respiratory difficulties

B. Drug use

C. Congenital heart disease

D. Sepsis

6. True/False: Child CPR may be given using a one or two-handed technique?

A. True

B. False

7. A seven-year-old accidentally ingests grandma’s pain medication. What drug can you use to reverse the sedation?

A. Atropine

B. Naloxone

C. Epinephrine

D. Glucose

8. You are treating hypoglycemia in a three-week-old. What concentration of IV fluids is recommended?

A. D5

B. D10

C. D25

D. D50

9. Which of the following are potential causes of respiratory arrest?

A. Ingestion

B. Head trauma

C. Choking

D. All of the above

10. You are performing High-Quality CPR in a cardiac arrest case. The AED indicates a shock is advised. After delivering the shock, what is the next immediate step?


B. Check pulse

C. Administer epinephrine

D. Pacing


1. B

2. D

3. C

4. B

5. A

6. True

7. B

8. B

9. D

10. A

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