Which licensing exam should I take?
As of 11/1/2014, the NCBTMB will no longer administer an entry-level licensing exam. This means the MBLEx will be the only licensing exam available in most states. The NCBTMB’s current exam, the BCETM, is not a entry-level licensing exam.
I’ve been out of massage school for so long! Is it possible for me to pass?
You are eligible to take the MBLEx before you finish massage training, or years later.
If you have been out of school for a while, it is easy to be intimidated by the thought of “relearning” everything from massage school. I address this really common concern in detail, here.
It may take you a couple of months to prepare, but do not let this keep you from a career in massage.
I already failed once. What can I do to pass this time?
Check out this post to learn about the things we can do to make sure you pass your exam on this attempt.
Are these practice questions from the MBLEx?
The FSMTB does not release any of the questions from the MBLEx, and at the time of your exam, you must agree not to share the questions with anyone. Therefore, no exam prep service or study guide has the exact questions from the MBLEx.
The practice questions on Massage Exam Academy are written using materials on the former MBLEx Reference List released by FSMTB, and other massage therapy resources.
Is this study material up to date for the current MBLEx?
Yes. As changes are released for the MBLEx, I make necessary updates to the study guide, practice quizzes and exam simulator.
The MBLEx format changed slightly on 7/1/2014, reducing the number of questions and the exam time limit, and also altered the category percentage breakdown. The Massage Exam Academy Exam Simulator and Study Guide were immediately updated to reflect these changes. The course material is current for those taking the exam in 2019 and 2020.
Will I be able to use my mobile phone or tablet with this site?
Yes. Massage Exam Academy is mobile responsive, enabling you to effectively use the practice quizzes and exam simulator on your mobile device.
Is this service/product appropriate for the MBLEx given in my state?
The MBLEx exam process is the same in every state. All questions are pulled from one large database of questions. When you sit down to take your exam, 100 questions will be randomly pulled from this database. No two exams are exactly alike.
Do you have a sample available?
Yes, you can take a 10 question quiz to see how the program works.
Are you associated with the FSTMB or MBLEx?
Not at all. I just enjoy helping massage students and professionals as they prepare for their licensing exam.
Massage Exam Academy is not affiliated with or endorsed by the FSMTB. All other trademarks on this website are the property of their respective owners.
I’ve never taken an online class before/ I’m not “tech saavy.” Can I do this?
You do not need a great deal of computer knowledge to use this service. It is a very simple program. A sample quiz link is available in an earlier question.
The study guides are displayed as web pages, so you would view them just like an online article or blog post.
The Category Quizzes and Exam Simulator are very easy to use.
You will need an internet connection to use this service.
If you have any questions about how this works, or need a little help getting set up, just give me a call at (877) 515-9971. I’d be happy to assist you.
I passed the NCETM or NCETMB, do I still need to take the MBLEx?
It is highly unlikely you need to take the MBLEx after passing the NCETMB or NCETM.
I have talked to many concerned massage therapists who have let their NCBTMB certification expire and are in a situation (moving or jumping back into the massage profession) where they need to show a state massage board proof of passing a board-approved exam.
State boards are not looking for a current NCBTMB certification; they are looking for proof that you passed a board-approved exam.
If you previously passed the NCETM or NCETMB, contact the NCBTMB and have them forward your old exam scores to the state where you are obtaining a license. They will require you to fill out a form and pay a small fee (approximately $25) to forward your scores to the state board where you are seeking a license.
I don’t see my question here.
I’d be happy to answer any questions you may still have about massage exams or state licensing.
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at (319) 560-4143.