Cost of the MBLEx Exam
The MBLEx is an examination designed for individuals seeking licensure in massage therapy. The registration fee for the test increased to $265 on October 1, 2020. This fee is non-refundable, even if students are unable to make their test date.
Fee Payment and Registration Steps
It is important that students who plan to take this exam realize that paying the test fee alone does not guarantee that they will be approved to officially register for the examination. They must complete a step-by-step process in order to be approved to take the test.
The first step of this process requires test takers to fill out an application form and submit proof of their education in massage therapy from an accredited school. Individuals must then wait for their application to be processed and approved, after which they will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) via email. The ATT allows students to set up a test date within 90 days.
Students who pass the exam will receive a PASS result, while those who fail will be required to take the exam again if they wish to achieve licensure. Regardless of whether a student passes or fails the exam, the student's results are sent on to the state in which students are seeking licensure.
Other Possible Costs
Test Prep Resources: While the exam itself has a one-time fee, individuals who are preparing for the exam may be interested in enrolling in a prep course, which may lead to additional costs. There are a number of different prep course options available to students, some of which are offered online while others are offered in a physical format. For example, the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards has created a print study guide that students can order online for a fee. It includes practice tests and review of the major content areas that are tested on the exam.
Study.com offers MBLEx prep resources that provide students with access to lessons, flashcards, and other study aides, in addition to an MBLEx practice test.
Rescheduling and Retake Fees: Students who need to reschedule their testing appointment can do so up to three business days before their exam date for a fee of $20. Additionally, if individuals do not pass the MBLEx the first time, they will be required to re-register for the exam, which entails paying the $265 fee again.
The decision to enroll in massage therapy school and subsequently prepare for and take the MBLEx can be costly, which may prevent some individuals from pursuing their interest in massage therapy. Fortunately, Study.com provides three scholarship awards annually to help cover these costs and make the process more affordable.
The scholarships are awarded in the amounts of $500, $300, and $200, and winners are selected based on the application they submit. In this application, students must answer a question related to their motivations and future career goals. Additionally, in order to be eligible for one of the scholarships, students have to be at least 18 and planning on taking the MBLEx within a specified time frame. Students can learn more about these scholarships here: