Studying for a CPR test involves taking a CPR course, taking first aid courses, learning the science behind resuscitation and practicing the skills. Online study guides and tests are also useful resources for studying for a CPR test.
Study should start with a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course. CPR courses are available both locally and online. The CPR Test Center offers an online course for students to learn the basics of CPR. The training module takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete and is followed by an online test for certification.
Learning the science behind resuscitation is another useful step. This helps students revise their techniques related to CPR. General first aid courses also help increase students' knowledge base.
The American Heart Association offers a CPR study guide through the University of California at Berkeley. The study guide outlines all the steps for performing CPR on adults, children and infants. The instructions are accompanied by illustrations and videos.
Several websites, including CPR&FirstAid.net, offer online practice tests for CPR certification. Taking practice tests helps students get a sense for the wording of the questions as well as the type of knowledge expected for a passing grade.
Whenever possible, students should practice their skills on CPR dummies, as this is an essential part of the test and the practice. Likewise, students should brush up on basic test-taking strategies such as answering all the questions, learning pertinent vocabulary and choosing the answer that seems best when they're not sure.