BLS Practice Test

This practice test includes 20 multiple-choice questions about Basic Life Support. The questions and answers are based on our study guides and coursework that adhere to the most recent guidelines. While the exact questions might not appear on the official certification exam, they can be used as a guide to study for the certification exam.

Sampling of 20 questions found on BLS Certification Exam

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According to the American Heart Association guidelines, what is the recommended chest compression rate during cardiac arrest management?
  • 100-120 compressions per minute
  • 90-100 compressions per minute
  • Less than 80 compressions per minute
  • Less than 60 compressions per minute
If two rescuers are available, which of the following actions is recommended every two minutes during CPR if one rescuer becomes fatigued?
  • Allow pauses for each compression up to 18 seconds
  • Rescuers should switch places
  • Decrease the compression rate to 90 compressions per minute
  • Decrease the compression to ventilation ratio to 10:1
According to the 2020 guidelines, what are the recommended steps when giving CPR to cardiac arrest patients?
  • Airway, Breathing, Chest compressions
  • Chest compressions, Airway, Breathing
  • Airway, Breathing, Check pulse
  • Check pulse, Airway, Breathing
What are the signs of an obstruction of the airway?
  • Continuous high-pitched inspiratory stridor
  • Cough
  • Inspiratory wheeze
  • Stridor that is worse when the person is supine
Which of the following step is NOT a part of the Adult Chain of Survival?
  • Early CPR
  • Advanced airway placement
  • Rapid defibrillation
  • Integrated post-cardiac arrest care
What is the primary cause of cardiac arrest?
  • Arrhythmias
  • Ventricular fibrillation
  • Pulseless ventricular tachycardia
  • The sino-atrial node
What is the primary goal of CPR?
  • To keep oxygenated blood moving to the brain and other vital organs
  • To deliver a fresh supply of oxygen into the person's lungs
  • To deliver a fresh supply of carbon dioxide into the person's lungs
  • To compress the heart between the breastbone and spine
When giving CPR to a child, you should tilt the head to a:
  • Past-neutral position
  • Slightly past-neutral position
  • Neutral position
  • A or C
What is the most likely complication of delivering too much air during rescue breathing?
  • Lung collapse
  • Pneumothorax
  • Brain injury
  • Gastric inflation
How many breaths should be given during a two-rescuer CPR on an adult with an advanced airway in place?
  • 1 breath every 10 compressions
  • 2 breaths every 30 compressions
  • 1 breath every 5 compressions
  • 5 breaths every 30 compressions
How will you know if the 1st rescue breath is effective?
  • The victim will cough
  • The victim will begin breathing on their own
  • The victim's chest will rise and fall
  • The victim's hand will move
Rescue breathing is given to adults at the rate of:
  • 1 breath every 10-12 seconds
  • 1 breath every 5-6 seconds
  • 1 breath every 3-5 seconds
  • 2 breaths every 5-6 seconds
What is the purpose of the head tilt/chin lift maneuver when giving rescue breaths?
  • Prevent choking
  • Open the airway
  • Prevent vomiting
  • Prevent neck injury
Infant CPR is administered to children under the age of?
  • Six months
  • 12 months
  • Two years
  • 18 months
What is the first thing you should do when you did not witness the infant collapse?
  • Perform 2 minutes of CPR
  • Call 911
  • Perform chest compression
  • Provide rescue breathing
What should you do after attaching the AED pads to the victim's chest?
  • Give abdominal thrusts.
  • Allow the device to analyze the victim's heart rhythm.
  • Check if the victim has a pulse
  • Turn on the AED.
Who can use an Automated External Defibrillator?
  • Medical professionals
  • Police officers
  • Nurses
  • Anyone can use an AED
Which of the following is not a barrier device you can use during rescue breathing?
  • Face shield
  • Bag valve mask
  • Oxygen mask
  • Pocket Mask
What is Hypoxia?
  • A bloodborne pathogen
  • A type of PPE worn on the face
  • A medication used to treat HBV exposure
  • A shortage of oxygen in the body
What will you do to assess the pulse of an adult victim?
  • Check the brachial artery pulse for at least 5 seconds
  • Check the carotid pulse for 5 to 10 seconds
  • Check the carotid artery pulse for at least 20 seconds
  • Checking the pulse is not necessary for adult victims