MBLEx Exam Certification Content Weight Changes

As of July 1, 2014, the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) has placed more emphasis on the MBLEx exam by focusing on professional ethics and guidelines, anatomy and physiology, followed by assessment and application. There have been slight changes in the increases and decreases in the composition and weight breakdown of the content of the MBLEx. The percentages and questions are as follows:

  • MBLEx Exam Content:
  • 16 to 18 questions on client evaluation, reevaluation, and treatment plans. This will consist of 17% of the exam.
  • 13 to 16 questions on Benefits and Physiological Effects of the Techniques. This will consist of 14% of the exam.
  • 12 to 15 questions on Pathology with Contraindications, Caution areas and Special Population. This will consist of 13% of the exam.
  • 4 to 6 questions on Massage Modalities and Bodywork/Culture and History. This will consist of 5% of the exam.
  • 14 to 17 questions on Ethics, Limits, Laws and Regulations. This will consist of 15% of the exam.
  • 12 to 15 questions on Guidelines for Professional Practice. This will consist of 13% of the exam.
  • 10 to 12 questions about Kinesiology. This will consist of 11% of the exam
  • .1 to 13 Anatomy and Physiology questions. This will consist of 12% of the exam.

While the MBLEx content of Anatomy and Physiology, Benefits and Physiological Effects of Techniques that manipulate soft tissues is reduced to approximately 3%, Ethics, Limits, Laws, Regulations, Professional Practice Guidelines to approximately 3%. As you prepare to become MBLEx certified, we encourage you to prepare and study accordingly.

With a set of one hundred questions, the MBLEx exam has a time limit of two hours. Those who prepare for the exam rarely have problems on the day of the exam. Get a good night’s sleep the night before and rest better on test day. Implementing an online study guide or taking practice tests can also be a big plus. Knowing what to study ahead of time gives you a huge advantage in knowing the answer along with the added confidence that really helps. Being prepared always feels good and gives you the best possible chance for the best possible outcome. You want to feel after you have answered the last question that you have passed your certification. Studying beforehand using the right tools will allow you to accomplish just that. The last thing you want is to fail your exam and waste all that money that you will have to pay again when you retake it.