Retaking the MBLEx
Individuals who do not pass the MBLEx on their first attempt will be pleased to know that they are able to retake the exam and still earn their massage therapy license. However, there are a few pieces of important information that those considering a retake should keep in mind.
First, after failing the MBLEx, students need to complete the registration process again in order to be approved to take the exam a second time. This entails submitting another application either online or by mail along with the testing fee of $195. Failing the MBLEx does not entitle test takers to a refund of this fee. Students will then need to wait for the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), the organization that facilitates the exam, to approve their application and send an Authorization to Test (ATT) via email, allowing them to sign up for the test again. While students can apply to retake the exam immediately upon finding out about an initial failure, they are required to wait at least 30 days before retaking the test itself.
The FSMTB does not limit the number of times that individuals are allowed to take the MBLEx, though they do encourage students to check with the licensing board of the state in which they live, as states may set their own policies regarding a limit on retakes. For example, the state of Washington requires that individuals who have taken and failed the MBLEx three times prove that they have pursued additional education and training before they are allowed to opportunity to take the exam again.
Studying for the MBLEx
While students may be relieved to know that they are able to retake the MBLEx if necessary, ideally they can pass the test on their first attempt. This scenario is the most efficient, both from a time and financial perspective, considering the $195 testing fee, the time spent preparing for the test, and the potential money that aspiring massage therapists could lose during the time that they remain unlicensed and unable to legally work.
In order to pass the MBLEx on the first attempt, students can prepare for the exam properly by familiarizing themselves with the format and content of the exam and utilizing a variety of study tools. For example, the FSMTB has put together a study guide that students can order online when preparing for the exam. This guide includes a 100-question practice test that is fully endorsed by the FSMTB, so students can be confident that they are of similar difficulty as the real exam.
Another option for students is online MBLEx study resources. There are a number of companies that have created MBLEx test prep materials, including Study.com. Study.com's MBLEx course, provides students with 12 chapters of material all pertinent to the structure and content of the exam, as well as study materials like flashcards. Additionally, students can take advantage of the practice tests that are available within the course and use the site's diagnostic feature to assess their strengths and weaknesses.
Individuals who are interested in learning about what other study options are available to them may also want to check out the comparison guide created by Study.com, found here.