Will I be able to practice the new Technology Enhanced Items (TEIs)?

Yes, you will be able to practice all the Technology Enhanced Items that the national registry will begin to use as of July 1st, 2024. This includes the Clinical Judgment Scenarios for ALS providers and all of the Technology Enhanced Items for all provider levels (EMR, EMT, AEMT, Paramedic). The TEIs are the Multiple Response, Drag and Drop, Check Box, Build List, and Graphical items.

How do I sign up for the free training session?

You can sign up for the free training session through the link below. How To NREMT hosts one free training session every 1-3 months. You can sign up using the link below:

https://calendly.com/howtonremt/nremt-exam-prep-information-session?month=2023-07

What is Group Tutoring/Coaching/Training?

With certain HOW TO NREMT memberships or add on products you will be able to sign up for an unlimited number of group tutoring/ training sessions. You and the other trainees will be live on Zoom with an instructor who will help you understand everything you need to know about how to pass the NREMT exam. Your instructor will go over NREMT exam practice questions with you during the training session and you will have plenty of time to ask questions!

You can sign up for any session at least 24 hours before the start time through the Tutoring Calendar tab. Keep in mind you must be a member to access the calendar and sign up for the sessions. You can also cancel and reschedule your sessions as many times as you want without penalty. Just make sure you are on time, so you don't miss any of the valuable information covered in each session!

What if I do not show? Don't worry, there are no penalties for no-shows.

Will I get hundreds of practice questions that mirror the NREMT exam questions?

Yes! You will get access to a training app that you can access anywhere, anytime from your phone or other device. All the questions were written, and peer-reviewed by EMS professionals to ensure accuracy and relevance to the NREMT exam.

How do I know if I am ready to take the NREMT Exam?

Use the "Am I ready to test checklist" provided to you and use the NREMT Exam Simulator.

Does HOW TO NREMT update their content to reflect current standards?

Yes! ALL of our content is updated frequently to reflect current National Standards. This includes new questions and tools for you to use and practice with.

What CE do I take if I failed the NREMT exam 3 times and want to be able to attempt it up to 3 more times?

EMR- For those who have failed the NREMT EMR exam 3 times, you must repeat a full EMR program to be able to attempt the EMR cognitive exam again.

EMT- A 20 Hour (F3) NCCP National Component EMT Refresher course meets the requirement for those persons who failed the NREMT EMT Exam 3 times and must take an EMT Refresher Course to retest, or those who have an expired NREMT EMT certification and need to take an EMT Refresher Course to retest.

AEMT-  A 25 Hour F3 NCCP National Component AEMT Refresher course meets the requirement for those persons who failed the NREMT AEMT Exam 3 times and must take an AEMT Refresher Course to retest, or those who have an expired NREMT AEMT certification and need to take an AEMT Refresher Course to retest.

Paramedic- A 30 Hour F3 NCCP National Component NRP (Paramedic) Refresher course meets the requirement for those persons who failed the NREMT NRP (Paramedic) Exam 3 times and must take an NRP (Paramedic) Refresher Course to retest, or those who have an expired NREMT NRP (Paramedic) certification and need to take an NRP (Paramedic) Refresher Course to retest.

Do you offer Continuing Education (CE) for NREMT Certification renewal?

Yes, below is a list of the CE required by the NREMT for recertification of your National Registry certification. You must recertify every 2 years.

We have also provided links to the exact CAPCE-accredited courses that you need to take to satisfy the NREMT recertification requirements.  

EMR: The EMR National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) requires a total of 16 hours of continuing education to recertify. The model requires continuing education in three components: (1) a national component (8 hours required), (2) a local/state component (4 hours required), and (3) an individual component (4 hours required).
To get the exact course needed for recertification (EMR) click HERE

EMT: The EMT National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) requires a total of 40 hours of continuing education to recertify. The model requires continuing education in three components: (1) a national component (20 hours required), (2) a local/state component (10 hours required), and (3) an individual component (10 hours required).
To get the exact course needed for recertification (EMT) click HERE

AEMT: The AEMT National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) requires a total of 50 hours of continuing education to recertify. The model requires continuing education in three components: (1) a national component (25 hours required), (2) a local/state component (12.5 hours required), and (3) an individual component (12.5 hours required).
To get the exact course needed for recertification (AEMT) click HERE

Paramedic: The Paramedic National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) requires a total of 60 hours of continuing education to recertify. The model requires continuing education in three components: (1) a national component (30 hours required), (2) a local/state component (15 hours required), and (3) an individual component (15 hours required).
To get the exact course needed for recertification (Paramedic) click HERE

How do I get 3 more attempts at the NREMT Cognitive exam?

If you failed the NREMT exam 3 times you can do the following to get 3 more attempts.

EMR- For those who have failed the NREMT EMR exam 3 times, you must repeat a full EMR program to be able to attempt the EMR cognitive exam again.

EMT- A 20 Hour (F3) NCCP National Component EMT Refresher course meets the requirement for those persons who failed the NREMT EMT Exam 3 times and must take an EMT Refresher Course to retest, or those who have an expired NREMT EMT certification and need to take an EMT Refresher Course to retest.

AEMT-  A 25 Hour F3 NCCP National Component AEMT Refresher course meets the requirement for those persons who failed the NREMT AEMT Exam 3 times and must take an AEMT Refresher Course to retest, or those who have an expired NREMT AEMT certification and need to take an AEMT Refresher Course to retest.

Paramedic- A 30 Hour F3 NCCP National Component NRP (Paramedic) Refresher course meets the requirement for those persons who failed the NREMT NRP (Paramedic) Exam 3 times and must take an NRP (Paramedic) Refresher Course to retest, or those who have an expired NREMT NRP (Paramedic) certification and need to take an NRP (Paramedic) Refresher Course to retest.

I want to recertify my National Registry certification. How do I do that?

Below is a list of the CE required by the NREMT for recertification of your National Registry certification. You must recertify every 2 years.

We have also provided links to the exact CAPCE-accredited courses that you need to take to satisfy the NREMT recertification requirements.  

EMR: The EMR National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) requires a total of 16 hours of continuing education to recertify. The model requires continuing education in three components: (1) a national component (8 hours required), (2) a local/state component (4 hours required), and (3) an individual component (4 hours required).
To get the exact course needed for recertification (EMR) click HERE

EMT: The EMT National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) requires a total of 40 hours of continuing education to recertify. The model requires continuing education in three components: (1) a national component (20 hours required), (2) a local/state component (10 hours required), and (3) an individual component (10 hours required).
To get the exact course needed for recertification (EMT) click HERE

AEMT: The AEMT National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) requires a total of 50 hours of continuing education to recertify. The model requires continuing education in three components: (1) a national component (25 hours required), (2) a local/state component (12.5 hours required), and (3) an individual component (12.5 hours required).
To get the exact course needed for recertification (AEMT) click HERE

Paramedic: The Paramedic National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) requires a total of 60 hours of continuing education to recertify. The model requires continuing education in three components: (1) a national component (30 hours required), (2) a local/state component (15 hours required), and (3) an individual component (15 hours required).
To get the exact course needed for recertification (Paramedic) click HERE

How long do I have to pass the NREMT exam?

Initial courses are valid for 24 months from the date of completion. This means you have 24 months to pass your NREMT Cognitive exam.

Can I reschedule my NREMT exam if I am not ready?

Yes, you can reschedule your NREMT exam as long as you do it 24 hours prior to the scheduled start time. You may be charged a small fee to reschedule depending on the test center.

This is highly recommended if you do not feel ready. It is better to reschedule your exam, take longer to study and prepare, and pass on your first attempt.

How many attempts at the test do I get?

For EMRs you get 3 attempts and then must retake the EMR program to retest.

For EMTs, AEMTs, and Paramedics You get 3 attempts and then must take a refresher course to get 3 more attempts. If you fail 6 times then you will need to retake the entire EMS state-approved education program again.

To see what CE you need to take to get 3 more attempts please see the "How do I get 3 more attempts?" FAQ.

Does the testing site charge to reschedule the NREMT exam?

Yes, many test sites will charge you a rescheduling fee. It is usually $30 to $50.

What subjects will I be tested on within the NREMT cognitive exam?

The current National EMS Certification Examinations cover five content areas:

  • Airway, Respiration & Ventilation
  • Cardiology & Resuscitation
  • Trauma
  • Medical/Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • EMS Operations

This will change in 2025 for BLS provider exams. More will be posted when the NREMT releases additional information.

What sources of information should I use to study for the exam?

According to the NREMT:

Here are a few simple suggestions that will help you to perform to the best of your ability on the examination:

  • Study your textbook thoroughly and consider using the accompanying workbooks to help you master the material.
  • Thoroughly review the current American Heart Association’s Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. You will be tested on this material at the level of the exam you are taking.
  • The National Registry does not recommend a particular study guide but recognizes that they can be useful. Study guides may help you identify your weaknesses, but should be used carefully. Some study guides have many easy questions leading some candidates to believe that they are prepared for the exam when more study is warranted. If you choose to use a study guide, we suggest that you do so a few weeks before your actual exam. You can obtain these from your local bookstore or library. Use the score to identify your areas of strength and weakness. Re-read and study your notes and materials for the areas you did not do well in.
  • The National Registry is not able to provide candidates with information about their specific deficiencies.

What types of questions will be on the test?

There are a few main types of questions you will see on your test, they include:

  • Scenario Based (multiple choice) - You will be given a scenario with details that are pertinent to you getting the question right. These require you to use critical thinking.
  • Knowledge Based (multiple choice) - You will be given a question that requires very little or NO critical thinking but instead tests your knowledge. For example, what is paradoxical motion?
  • Multiple Response - The test will require you to choose two or more answers. The test question will specify how many correct answers you are expected to choose. *
  • Clinical Judgment Scenario Based - you will be given en route info, on-scene info, and post-scene info separately. You will be asked 1 or more questions on each of those 3 categories. *
  • The new Technology Enhanced Items (TEIs)

* Starting July 1st, 2024 the Clinical Judgment Scenarios and the TEIs will be on the ALS exams and will be scored. Currently, all of the TEIs are pilot questions only on the BLS cognitive exam, but the NREMT could change that at any time.

There can also be a combination of these different types of questions. For example, you could be given a scenario but then asked a knowledge-based question at the end making the scenario irrelevant.

With the ALS redesign, there are drag and drop, build list, and option/check box questions. These are only for AEMT and Paramedic candidates and will only be PILOT questions until July 2024. (Pilot means, they do not count toward your exam score).

Are all the questions multiple choice on the exam?

No, there are a few different types of questions, and they are not all multiple-choice. 

We cover all the different types of questions you will face and how to best break them down in the training videos that come with your membership.

There can also be a combination of these different types of questions. For example, you could be given a scenario but then asked a knowledge-based question at the end making the scenario irrelevant.

What are pilot questions and how many will be on my test?

During National Registry exams, every candidate receives pilot questions that are indistinguishable from scored items. Examinations do not factor pilot questions into a candidate’s performance. You will answer the exact number of pilot questions allotted for each level of the exam regardless of how many questions you answer in total on the exam. For example, if you are taking the EMT level test and your test ends at 90 questions you will have answered 10 pilot questions and if it ended at 100 questions you will have still answered 10 pilot questions, no more, no less. The number of pilot items included in each exam is detailed below:

  • EMR: 30 items
  • EMT: 10 items
  • AEMT: 35 items
  • Paramedic: 20 items

How many questions will I get in each subject I will be tested on?

EMR: 90-110 items

EMT: 70-120 items

Advanced EMT: 35 items

Paramedic: 80-150 items before July 1, 2024, and 110-150 as of July 1, 2024

All sections, except EMS Operations, have a content distribution of 85% adult patients and 15% pediatric patients.

Will I be taking a Computer Adaptive Test or Linear Test?

  • The EMR, EMT, and Paramedic cognitive exams are Computer Adaptive Tests (CAT).
  • The NRAEMT and Intermediate/99 cognitive exams are Linear Computer-Based Tests (CBT).

What is a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT)?

Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) examinations are delivered in a different manner than fixed-length exams such as computer-based linear tests and pencil-paper exams and may feel more difficult.

Read more about CAT Exams

What is a Linear Computer-Based Test (CBT)?

Linear examinations are fixed-length examinations. The Advanced-EMT examination is currently a Linear examination.

Candidates cannot skip questions or go back and change their responses. There is no penalty for guessing. An examination attempt is considered unsuccessful if a candidate does not complete the examination in the allotted time. 

How should I prepare for the exam?

The Night Before the Exam

  • Do not wait until the night before the exam to begin studying. There will not be enough time to review if you encounter a topic, you do not think you know well. This process will only create a stressful situation.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.

The Day Of the Exam

According to the NREMT:

  • Eat a well-balanced meal.
  • Arrive at the test center at least 30 minutes before the scheduled testing time, the identification and examination preparation process takes time. A candidate may need this time to review the tutorial on taking a computer-based test. Arriving early will reduce stress.
  • Be sure to have the proper identification as outlined in the confirmation materials before heading to the test center.
  • A candidate will not be able to take the exam if they do not have the proper form of identification.
  • Relax. Thorough preparation and confidence are the best ways to reduce test anxiety.

How much time do I get to take my test?

According to the NREMT, you will have the following amount of time to take each cognitive exam (about 1 minute per maximum number of questions allotted):

EMR: 1 hour 45 minutes

EMT: 2 hours

AEMT: 2 hours and 15 minutes (3 hours after July 1st, 2024)

Paramedic: 2 hours and 30 minutes (3.5 hours after July 1st, 2024)

Do I need to worry about running out of time on the test?

If you run out of time you will automatically fail regardless of how well you were doing when your time limit expires. However:

Take time to read each question carefully. The National Registry constructed its examinations to allow plenty of time to finish. Most successful candidates spend about 30 – 60 seconds per item reading each question carefully and thinking it through.

  • Fewer than 1% of candidates are unable to finish the exam. Thus, the risk of misreading a question is far greater than your risk of running out of time.
  • Do not get frustrated. Everyone will think the examination is difficult because of the adaptive nature of the CAT examination. The CAT algorithm adjusts the examination candidate’s maximum ability level, so a candidate may feel that all items are difficult. Instead, focus on one question at a time, do your best on that question, and move on.

Can I write down things during the test?

Yes, during the test you will be given an erasable note board and a marker. You will not be able to write on the noteboard until after your test has started. You will also not be allowed to erase anything on the note board yourself. If you fill up the note board, you can raise your hand and have an administrator bring you another one. There is no limit on how many note boards fill-up you can use. You can use the note board to help you organize your thoughts and help with math if needed.

Do I get a calculator on the test?

Yes, an on-screen calculator was placed on cognitive examinations in 2018 and is available throughout each examination for every level.

Does the NREMT make accommodations for disabilities?

Yes, all information about the Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations can be found here:

https://www.nremt.org/Policies/Examination-Policies/ADA-Accommodations

How do I get my results?

  • Examination results are not released at the test center or over the telephone.
  • Examination results will be posted to a candidate’s National Registry account within two business days following the completion of the examination, provided the candidate has met all other registration requirements.
  • Candidates should log into their account and click on “Dashboard” or “My Application > Application Status” to view examination results.

I failed the NREMT Exam, What Now?

Why did I fail the exam?

To pass the national registry cognitive exam you must have the following three things:

  • Knowledge, you must have a certain amount of knowledge for you to be able to answer the questions on the test correctly.
  • Critical thinking skills, you must understand how to break down the questions properly so that you can understand what the question is truly asking. If you misinterpret the question, then you will choose the wrong answer.
  • Psychological strength, you could have all the knowledge in the world and understand how to break questions down, however, if you cannot keep yourself calm and confident during the test you will likely fail. Test takers who second guess themselves or get anxious during the test can fail because they cannot keep themselves focused and calm.

If you have taken the National Registry cognitive exam and failed it, you are lacking in one of these three areas. If you are unsure which area you are lacking in reach out to your instructor during your group training session and they will help you figure out exactly what area you need to focus on.

If I fail the NREMT cognitive exam, will I be told how I did?

Yes, If you fail the exam, the NREMT will, as of June 1st, 2023, give you a report outlining how you scored in comparison to the passing standard. Instead of a report on five individual sections (as they did in the past), students will now receive a numerical score for their performance with a reference for minimum, passing standard, and highest possible score.

Can I challenge the NREMT cognitive exam results?

Yes, According to the NREMT:

The National Registry is committed to a fair and unbiased testing process and follows industry best practices to ensure that all examinations are accurately scored. As a service to the community, the National Registry offers candidates the option to have their examinations rescored by a qualified staff member. Although it is extremely unlikely an examination was incorrectly scored, the rescoring process allows verification of a score.

If a candidate suspects that their score may have been negatively affected by a specific item, or items, delivered on their written examination, they may ask for a review of such item(s) as part of their rescoring request. Only items identified in the request will be reviewed. For example, if a candidate suspects that an item asking to interpret a 12-lead ECG was outside the scope of practice for the certification level at which they tested, they must indicate that in their rescoring request. If such items were present on their examination, they will be reviewed to ensure (1) their accuracy, (2) whether they were within the scope of practice for the relevant certification level, and (3) whether they had any impact on the test score.

The rescoring process is not:

  • A review of the content of all items administered during the examination
  • A reconsideration of the passing standard or the acceptability of the testing conditions
  • An opportunity for the candidate to review examination items

Requesting a Review of the Scoring Report?

To request a review of the scoring report, please complete the Rescoring Request Form detailing the specific reason for the request. Requests must be submitted within 30 days of the official release of the cognitive examination score reports.

A $150.00 fee is due before the rescoring process. Once a rescore request is received, The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians will e-mail a payment request to the candidate that will include a link to make a payment via credit card.

Once payment is submitted and confirmed, the National Registry will rescore the examination and, if requested, conduct a review of items identified in the rescoring request. The review will take place within 30 days of receipt of payment.

Upon completion of the rescoring process, candidates will be provided with a Rescoring Report. If an irregularity is discovered during the review process, the review fee will be refunded, and we will work with the candidate on further accommodations and resolutions.

When will the ALS redesign take effect?

Acording to the NREMT, The ALS Redesign will go into effect July 1, 2024. click the link to find out more.

https://nremt.org/Document/ALS-Redesign