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CPC Practice Exam
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- 2015 CPC Exam Questions

- 150 Question CPC Practice Test

- Answer Key, With Full Rationale

- Scan Tron Bubble Sheets

- The Exam Study Guide, including: Common Anatomy Terminology Handouts Common Medical Terminology Prefix, Root Word, and Suffix Handouts

- The Official AAPC Proctor-to-Examinee Instructions (read out loud on the day of the exam)


A good practice exam should fully prepare its examinee for the real exam. Knowing what to expect and not being surprised on exam day are important.

AAPC's CPC exam is 150 questions and must be completed in 5 hours and 40 minutes or less.

There are three main sections to the CPC exam:

- Medical Concepts
- Surgery and Modifiers
- Remaining CPT codes

Each of these three sections are then further divided into the following smaller headings.

Medical Concepts:

**The following sub-divisions are each assigned 5-10 category specific questions**

- Guidelines
- Payment management
- Medical terminology
- Anatomy
- ICD-10-CM codes
- HCPCS codes

Surgery And Modifiers:

**This section is mainly sub-divided to reflect the surgery section of the CPT book and assigns 5-10 category specific questions to each of the following sub-divisions**

- Integumentary
- Musculoskeletal
- Respiratory
- Cardiology
- Hemic/Lymphatic systems
- Mediastinum/Diaphragham
- Digestive
- Urinary
- Male and Female reproductive organs
- Maternity/ Endocrine system
- Nervous system
- Eyes/Ears

Remaining CPT Codes:

**This portion of the exam focuses on the remaining CPT codes and assigns 5-10 category specific questions to each of the following sub-division**

- Evaluation and Management
- Anesthesia
- Radiology
- Pathology
- Medicine

Our 150 question CPC practice exam was created using the structure listed above in order to emulate the actual CPC exam as closely as possible. We felt that by doing this examinees would know exactly what to expect on examination day. By utilizing this structure examinees can better prepare for the exam by focusing on category specific questions and identifying areas of weakness. Knowing what to expect in detail also tend to help calm pre-test anxiety.


AAPC's CPC exam is 150 questions long. Questions range from true and false, to 1-2 sentences, to full page operative notes.

Questions on the CPC exam do not cover just specific medical codes. Questions can be very diverse, testing the examinees knowledge on:

- Coding Guidelines
- Understanding of Conventions
- Correct Modifier Use
- Bundling and Global Packages
- Medical Terminology and Gross Anatomy

We have taken into account the wide spectrum of diversity the CPC exam offers and have constructed the questions on our CPC Practice Exam to reflect those on the actual exam as closely as possible.

In addition to our well constructed questions we are also providing a full rationale for each question.

These rationales provide the correct answer for each question as well as a full explanation as of why this option is correct, why the other three options are incorrect, and where in the medical coding books the answer can be located.

Studying the rationale of an answer may very well be the easiest and most efficient way to learn how to pass the CPC exam.

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