MBLEx Review

Thank you for choosing the Tests.com as part of your study routine to secure a passing score on the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx). By passing the MBLEx, you will be well on your way to securing a future within the exciting field of massage therapy.

This MBLEx Review includes excerpts from The Complete Practice Exam Kit for the MBLEx:

  • An Introductory Review of the: Basic Information, Application Process, What to Expect, MBLEx Testing Tips and more.
  • Sample Practice Exam Questions, Answers and Rationales

IntroductionMBLEx Practice Exam
The MBLEx was developed by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) as a way to standardize the minimum level of competency expected of a new graduate entering the field of massage therapy. The FSMTB operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization first established in 2005. A passing score on the MBLEx is 630 points out of a possible 900 points.

The Application Process
Anyone is eligible to apply for the MBLEx. The licensing boards of individual states determine what is needed for licensure. In many states, a passing score on the MBLEx is one of several requirements for licensure.  
What To Expect
I recommend showing up at least 15 minutes early for your exam. There could be any number of things that could go wrong and you do not want something silly getting in the way of making it to your test on time. You will need to bring two forms of  identification that are current and not expired. At least one ID needs to have a photo and both will need a signature to be accepted. Watches, cell phones, gum or anything else not necessary for testing is required to go into a locker. Unscheduled breaks are allowed.  However, the allotted time for the test is 2.5 hours and  your time will continue to tick away while you are away. 

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Your application expires within 90 days and no refunds will be offered if you miss your appointment. If you forget to schedule your appointment within the 90 days then you will need to reapply by resubmitting all documents and repayment of the testing fee. An NTS (notice to schedule) is sent via email or USPS mail, so be sure to use a valid email address and/or mailing address.   Cancellations are allowed as long as you do not cancel within 24 hours before your test. A recovery fee will be deducted from your application payment if you cancel with more than 24 hours notice. If you have to cancel in less than 24 hours before your test then you will forfeit your application and all fees paid.  Cancellations are allowed as long as you do not cancel within 24 hours before your test. It is important to adhere to the Pearson VUE restrictions while in the testing facility. Any violation can result in the cancellation of your test and forfeiture of all fees paid.

Top Ten Massage Exam Tips
1. Know the material. Use study aides in addition to this practice test. Study wrong answers. Understand the concepts.
2. Get the candidate handbook from the FSMTB. Read through the entire candidate handbook on the fsmtb.com website. This is mandatory.
3. Study every day. A little each day goes a long way. By setting a regular study schedule you will greatly increase your knowledge and understanding.
4. Take breaks. The MBLEx allows testers to take unscheduled breaks during the test. If you feel nervous or distracted then take a breather. Careful you do not take too long. Your time will still run out whether you are present or not.
5. Create flashcards to help memorize terms and concepts. The process of writing down information is a fantastic way to imprint subjects into memory.
6. Be prepared. Think about the traffic on the day of your test. Will you need parking money? Do you have to find a ride? Will you be starving at test time? Plan out your entire testing day so you can be calm and rested for the test.
7. Think positive. Ever heard of the power of positive thinking? Now is an excellent time to employ the concept to passing your exam. You’re going to do great!
...the rest are in the complete version...
When You are Finished
After you are finished with your test you will be escorted out of the testing room and instructed where to go. Your score should be waiting for you at the front desk. If your score is 630  or above, you will be granted a passing score for the MBLEx. Do not forget to grab your belongings if you put anything in the locker.

 The MBLEx is designed to test for the introductory level of knowledge required before becoming a massage professional. This practice test will challenge your comprehension of the subjects within each category and teach the concepts necessary to understand the basics and advanced features of the official MBLEx. Take the time to learn and grow and you will be rewarded greatly.
With warm regard,
Donovan Monroe, LMT

Sample Questions from the Practice Exam for the MBLEx

Anatomy and Physiology Section

1. What nerve is involved when a client experiences pain, numbness or tingling sensations in the medial aspect of the ring finger and pinky finger?

  1. Median
  2. Sciatic
  3. Ulnar
  4. b. Radial

c - The ulnar nerve originates from the C8-T1 nerve roots of the brachial plexus, descends the posteromedial aspect of the humerus, enters the anterior compartment of the forearm through the two heads of the flexor carpi ulnaris and along the ulna into the hand ending at the tips of the ring and pinky finger. The ulnar nerve is the largest unprotected nerve in the body and commonly susceptible to various compression issues including cubital tunnel and Guyon’s canal syndrome.

2.  The lateral malleolus is comprised of which of the following bones?

  1. Fibula
  2. Tibia       
  3. Calcaneus
  4. Femur

a - The lateral malleolus is located on the lower extremity at the distal end of the fibula, also known as the external malleolus. The shape is of a pyramidal form and somewhat flattened from side to side and is the attachment site for the calcaneofibular ligament. The lateral malleolus descends to a lower level than the medial malleolus and the lateral malleolus is often the site of ankle injuries and fractures.

3Piriformis syndrome affects which of the following nerves?

  1. Sciatic
  2. Musculocutaneous
  3. Coccygeal
  4. Thoracic

a - Piriformis syndrome is a neuromuscular disorder that occurs when the sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed by the piriformis muscle causing pain, tingling and numbness in the gluteals and along the path of the sciatic nerve descending down the posterior thigh and into the leg. Common causes of Piriformis syndrome are strenuous sitting exercises that include rowing or bicycling.

4.  Which of the following muscles inserts into the olecranon process?

  1. Gastrocnemeus
  2. Biceps femoris
  3. Brachioradialis
  4. Triceps brachii

d - The triceps brachii is the large muscle on the posterior aspect of the upper limb which is responsible for extension of the elbow joint. There are three origins: the lateral head from the dorsal surface of the humerus, the long head from the infraglenoid tubercle of the scapula and the medial head from the groove of the radial nerve. All three heads insert into the olecranon process of the ulna.

5. Where would you expect to find a facet joint?

  1. Hand
  2. Pelvis
  3. Spine
  4. Foot

c - There are two facet joints on each side of a vertebra between the superior articular process of one vertebra and the inferior articular process on the vertebra directly above. Facet joints are a common injury site along the spine.

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MBLEx is a trademark of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) that did not produce or endorse this material.

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Our practice exam writer
Charles Celeste, LMT
, is an instructor in massage therapy at Brightwood College in California.  He has also taught at Baker College and was the program director at the American Career College.  He earned his BA in exercise science from California State University and holds an MBA.  He is MBLEx certified and has been praticing massage therapy for over ten years.

Michelle MacCubbin, LMT
, is an instructor in massage therapy at Miller-Motte Technical College in South Carolina.  Prior to this position, she was an instructor and program director at the McCann School of Business and Technology in Pennsylvania.  She is MBLEx certified with over ten years of experience in the field.

Sara Rennie, LMT
, is a massage instructor at the American Massage and Bodywork Institute in Virginia.  She also tutors students to help them pass the MBLEx. She has worked in the massage industry for over ten years.

Andrew Dacres, LMT
, is an instructor in massage therapy at the Atlanta School of Massage in Georgia.  He has also taught massage therapy at the Georgia Medical Institute and at Sanford-Brown College, where he introduced an MBLEx review class for graduating students. He is an MBLEx certified massage therapist with over ten years of experience in the field.

Chanel Andrade, LMT
, was the lead massage therapy instructor at Everest College for many eyars and, as part of her program, taught an MBLEx prep module.  She has practiced massage therapy for over ten years in California.
Passing the MBLEx is one of the last steps to attain a license as a professional massage therapist in many states.  The Actual MBLEx is 100 questions with a 1 hour and 50 minute (110 minutes) time limit.  Additionally, 5 minutes is allotted for a security agreement and another 5 minutes for a brief survey for a total of 2 hours (120 minutes). 

Actual MBLEx Content Outline (source: The FSMTB Handbook):

Anatomy & Physiology 
11-13 Questions (12%)

Benefits & Physiological Effects of Techniques that Manipulate Soft Tissue
13-16 Questions (14%)

Client Assessment, Reassessment & Treatment Planning
16-18 Questions (17%)

Ethics, Boundaries, Regulations, Laws
14-17 Questions (15%)

10-12 Questions (11%)

Massage Overview & Bodywork History / Culture / Modalities
4-6 Questions (5%)

Pathology, Contraindications, Special Populations, Areas of Caution
12-15 Questions (13%)

Professional Practice Guidelines
12-15 Questions (13%)