Studying for the exam to become a surgical technologist isn’t easy. As you probably know if you are a surgical technology student, most states require certification in order to hold a job as a surgical technician or technologist, and you’re not getting in until you pass the exam.
But you’re a busy, on-the-go type, as most of are these days, right? You don’t have the time to sit around for hours upon hours putting in the time to study. As with most things these days, the solution to this particular problem can be found simply by reaching into your pocket.
The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) administers the exam, and among the benefits they offer is test prep. Of course, you have the standard test preparation methods through
One prep method is by downloading the official CST Examination Prep app. The app is a free download and features two practice modes: simulation, and study. The exam simulation that allows you to essentially take a practice exam for the CST exam, with questions created by the NBSTSA, and uses the same practices used in the CST exam itself.
The exam questions are written and reviewed by subject matter experts using the CST Content Outline designed to ensure that only the best questions are published in order to best prepare candidates for the CST exam.
The study materials utilize the “spacing effect” that is designed to enhance learning. The spacing effect spreads out study information into smaller, more digestible pieces, offering shorter and ultimately more productive study sessions that allow you to retain more information.
The CST Examination Prep app offers study in 8 different areas of surgical technology exam preparation, including:
- Administrative & Personnel
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Equip Sterilization Maintenance
- Intra-Operative Procedures
- Post-Operative Procedures
- Pre-Operative Preparation
- Surgical Pharmacology
The full paid version of the app offers more than 300 practice questions with detailed answer explanations and references to source materials, and also allows for exam creation customization and email support.
The app of course widens the possibilities when it comes to studying for the exam. The shorter study sessions are tailor-made for studying in line at restaurants, while you wait for appointments, and during lunch breaks at work, and allows you to generally study on the run as your time allows.
This obviously increases your chances of passing the exam, and allows you to absorb the information more easily and readily than having to simply learn it all at the same time.
That’s not to say the app is an acceptable substitute for traditional study methods. Indeed, the NBSTSA recommends using the app as a substitute for other study methods, not as a replacement for them.
It’s becoming more and more user-friendly to study for exams like this one. Using the resources at your disposal gives you the opportunity to find that success, then ultimately find that job in surgical technology.