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Greetings to all who are prepping for this exam!
Question: The formal exam is 200 questions correct? (With 5 hours allotted). I’m just double-checking as I work on my “test endurance”. Thanks in advance.
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Yes, the NCS exam is 200 questions that are broken down into 50-question blocks. You’ll have 1.5 hours to complete each block – so six hours total. Here are some more test day guidelines that are linked on the NCS Advantage homepage (make sure you are logged in when you follow this link, or you can find it in the third section from the top on the course homepage): https://rehabknowledge.com/ncs-advantage/test-day-guidelines/
Hope this helps!
Another question on the NCS exam itself. The APTA CNS section lists all the medical condition categories on the exam and included is “Amputations in individuals with neurologic disorders“. I didn’t review any information related to this in the course, can you elaborate on what types of things we might need to know for this category?
Hi Maika! I have found that amputation/prosthetics constitutes a very small part of the NCS exam – at the same time, it is a huge topic! If someone dives into studying amputations, it is likely that they’d end up investing way more time than is necessary for the NCS exam and that time is better spent on the bigger topics that will be a larger chunk of the NCS exam. I think the most important topic to be prepared for on the NCS exam are related to gait analysis – possible impairments that could impact gait (i.e., probable tight and weak muscles) and gait deviations related to ill-fitting prostheses.
This website has a nice overview of gait post-ampuation: http://www.oandplibrary.org/alp/chap14-01.asp
You could also review a guide like this to familiarize yourself with some terminology related to prostheses: https://now.aapmr.org/lower-limb-prosthetics/#.-overview-and-description