Additional MBLEx information referenced in the Teaching Tips section of the June 2015 Teacher’s Aide Newsletter
In states that just switched to the mblex: Some schools may need to send a transcript to fsmtb with the first applicant’s application, if fsmtb is unfamiliar with the school. In general, transcripts go to the state board (which is responsible for issuing licenses), and not to the fsmtb (which is responsible for administering the test).
- An official fsmtb Study Guide for the mblex is currently being developed. There is no date of release as of this writing.
- The test uses the word “practitioner” instead of “massage therapist.”
- The test uses the word “client” instead of “patient.” “Patient” is only used when referring to a physician or medical condition.
Sample: A practitioner must make special considerations for transplant patients because of the long-term compromise to which system?
- The test uses the word “physician” instead of “doctor.”
The following were other questions that teachers asked during the conference, but we ran out of time to answer. We have sent them on to Mary O’Reilly, Exam Director for the fsmtb, for further comment and we are waiting to hear back.
- In the future will there be a way for schools to mass register a group of students and pay online?
- Can we get a definitive availability date on the hardcopy study guide? Will the study guide include case scenarios to help with preparation? Will there ever be an online study guide?
- Does fsmtb recommend any particular website for test simulation/practice?
- Does the fsmtb plan to prepare a detailed core competency preparation guide for educators, similar to other healthcare professions such as Nursing?
- Are you saying that the test adapts harder or easier based on the answer to a previous question? If a student answers wrong as to what the cardiovascular system does, for example, what would the computer adapt to do? Ask another one about the cardio?
- How does the item-writer team deal with questions that have different answers in different textbooks (i.e. questions such as origins and insertions that may be inverted)?
- Compared to the older test has this one increased in difficulty? We are seeing lower test scores across our schools. Is the Federation seeing lower test scores as well?
- I would like to know when information is updated. As research changes how and when we treat, do the board questions reflect these changes?