How do you practice for a medical coding test?


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Recommended practice for medical coding exams includes a daily review of course materials and notes, using a study guide specific to the exam and self-testing using one of many online practice exams. Working with a study partner and using flash cards to practice medical terminology and anatomy are also recommended.

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Exam practice for those just beginning in the field of medical coding relies on basics like memorization and spelling. When memorizing terminology focus on a few terms for a few minutes before shifting to new terms, then return to the first set of terms. Make this part of a daily study routine, referring back to the past day's words each day while expanding the total number of terms memorized. Similarly, keep track of misspelled words and practice writing them correctly at each study session.

Another practice option is coding practice scenarios that can be found online at no cost. These scenarios provide an opportunity to assess one's working knowledge of medical terminology and anatomy, and the components that must be documented to assign specific codes to diagnoses or procedures. Working from a sample medical chart one codes a real patient scenario and can check their work against the correct answers.

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