There are three main question sections on the Certified Medical Assistant, or CMA, exam: General, Administrative and Clinical, as shown on the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) website. These three sections are divided into a total of 22 question topic categories, and each topic is further divided into a range of two to 18 subjects. As of 2015, the largest number of subjects covered in a topic category is 18, which is found within the "Medical Law/Regulatory Guidelines" category in the General section of the exam.
The General section of the CMA exam contains seven question subjects related mainly to interacting with patients. This section includes questions concerning psychology, communication, medical terminology, medical law and regulatory guidelines. The Administrative section contains six question subjects and focuses on topics related to the skills required for the day-to-day operations of a medical practice or department, such as reception, scheduling, business practices, records maintenance and finances. The Clinical section of the exam contains nine question subjects, which reflect a wide range of patient-care clinical skills, such as anatomy and physiology, specimen collection, nutrition, pharmacology, infection control and emergency procedures.
As of 2015, the computerized and proctored CMA exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions. A total of 160 minutes are allotted to complete the test, but candidates can take a short break in between the exam's four testing increments as long as the total testing period does not exceed 195 minutes, as noted by the Tests website.