American Society for Clinical Pathology phlebotomy practice tests are tools to use in preparation for the official ASCP phlebotomist certification examination. Practice exams are available from the ASCP directly for a fee. ASCP markets five 50-question practice tests that have questions in the same format as the official certification exam. The practice test questions are based on topics found in ASCP's Phlebotomy Technician certification guidelines. The actual two-hour certification exam includes 80 multiple-choice questions.
Study guides and other resources are also available through the ASCP. A number of phlebotomy practice tests are also available at no cost through various online resources. Most free practice tests have between 10 and 25 questions, and at least one vendor, PhlebotomyCoach.com, offers three unique 25-question practice tests at no charge as of August 2015.
Certification is not usually required to work as a phlebotomist, and those pursuing ASCP phlebotomy certification must meet certain eligibility requirements, including having a high school diploma or its equivalent as well as additional training or work experience. Formal training must include 40 hours of classroom training through a phlebotomy training program and documentation of 100 hours of clinical training in an accredited laboratory.
Eligibility also requires the performance of at least 100 successful blood collections. Work experience in lieu of specialized training must equal one year of full-time work in an accredited laboratory doing blood collection as well as both venipunctures and skin punctures. Individuals holding certain other ASCP certifications and registered and licensed practical nurses are also eligible to pursue ASCP certification as a phlebotomy technicians.