The Basic Life Support pretest is a free trial test that health care professionals can use to gauge their preparedness to take the official BLS exam. The pretest evaluates individuals on their knowledge of such topics as automated external defibrillator usage, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and choking relief.
According to the American Heart Association, the BLS course is a certification program meant to sharpen health care providers’ skills so they can correctly recognize and deal with life-threatening emergencies. The BLS pretest, therefore, provides a preview of the certification exam and includes some of the common questions included in the actual exam. BLS pretests are available online and are automatically graded so that learners can identify areas in the course that they need to work on.