The PALS certification requires answers to questions regarding medication, techniques, CPR case studies, proper shock usage and aystole procedures, according to HealthEd Solutions. Any of a variety of additional questions involving pediatric life support and first aid can be included on the standardized PALS certification test.
The PALS (pediatric advanced life support) certification test is rewritten on an annual basis, according to HealthEd Solutions, but the types of questions are similar. PALS certification must be updated every two years, but some previously certified professionals are grandfathered into the most current cycle.
All of the questions are multiple choice, including a case study question and four potential answers. A potential question involves what to do once aystole has been confirmed, with choices such as "defibrillate" or "obtain a medical history" as potential responses. A second question found on previous PALS tests discusses which types of medications are not appropriate in cases of bradycardia, according to HealthEd Solutions.
In addition to general questions, a deep medical knowledge of infants, children and teenagers is required to pass the pediatric advanced life support certification test. Additional test questions focus on the different procedures used on each age group. For further study, HealthEd Solutions offers an entire sample PALS certification test.