Some common questions on the medical assistant exam include, "What is the general meaning of 'Corpus?'" and, "What is the term for reconstruction of the eardrum?" The questions are drawn from all of the knowledge that a medical assistant is expected to know. Most questions focus on medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, psychology, communication, professionalism or administration.
The questions about anatomy and physiology require knowledge of how the body works, as well as the medical terms associated with functions and parts. This section contains questions such as, "What term describes the body's ability to maintain its natural state?" and, "What organ is located beneath the diaphragm in the right upper quadrant of the abdominal cavity?"
The medical terminology questions ask about the words for different medical conditions as well as the meanings of several medical prefixes and suffixes. For example, "What is the term for an abnormally low white blood cell count?" and, "What is the meaning of the word 'aphasia?'"
General knowledge questions cover other things a medical assistant should know, such as data entry, emergency response, equipment use and administration. Questions may include, "Name the five stages of grief as described by the Kübler-Ross model" and, "How should electrocardiogram (ECG) chest leads be placed?"
The American Association of Medical Assistants offers a study guide for the state exam on its website, aama-ntl.org, as of 2015. This guide includes a content outline of everything a medical assistant should know and several practice questions similar to those on the test.