2020 was so strange. Right? And the thing is, January 1st, 2021 is a new year, but we should expect our new 2020 lifestyle to follow us into the new year. The good news is a world pandemic and shelter-in-place order do not mean you need to give up on your goals in the massage field, or plans to take the MBLEx. You may just need to adjust them a little.
If you are graduating from massage school, moving to a state that requires you to take a licensing exam, or jumping back into the massage profession after a hiatus- you might find yourself in the position of taking the MBLEx in 2021 (Remember, the NCETMB is no longer an option).
If passing the MBLEx and getting licensed are part of your goals for the year, I want to help you get there – pandemic or no pandemic. To do that, I think you need to know a little more about the newest changes to exam content, pass rates, and fee changes.
Why it is important to know about exam changes.
Massage Exam Academy opened its virtual doors in 2011 to help students pass the MBLEx. Since then, I have witnessed many changes to the MBLEx. Back in 2014, the FSMTB implemented a few changes to the MBLEx. The FSMTB annual report showed that pass rates dropped. Many test takers were not prepared for these changes. Massage schools were also not prepared to help students adjust to the new format and changes. It is hard to believe that years later, I still see students that are not provided with the updated information about the MBLEx.
What is the current MBLEx pass rate?
Pass rates from July 2018 through June 2019 are based on 22,148 MBLEx attempts according to the latest FSMTB report. Here is a breakdown of the numbers (which are nearly identical to the previous report).
- First-time test-taker pass rate is 73.4%
- Repeat attempt pass rate is 40.0%
- Overall pass rate is slightly lower at 67.0%
This means almost 33% of test-takers fail their MBLEx.
So far, for 2021, there are no new changes announced from the FSMTB for the MBLEx. But there were some in 2020. Now, let’s look at the recent changes to the MBLEx so you can prepare and PASS your exam.