CPR/AED Practice Test and Answers for Healthcare Providers

This practice test includes 20 multiple-choice questions about CPR/AED. 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.

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When performing CPR, what is the recommended rate of chest compressions?
  • 30 to 60 chest compressions per minute
  • 60 to 90 chest compressions per minute
  • 90 to 120 chest compressions per minute
  • 100 to 120 chest compressions per minute
Which of the following depicts the actual differences in CPR for an adult, child, and infant?
  • Give an adult or child 30 chest compressions before the two rescue breaths and an infant 15 chest compressions before the two rescue breaths.
  • The depth of compressions for an adult is 2 to 2.4 inches. For a child above one year is 2 inches, and for infants, 1.5 inches.
  • Start CPR first before calling for help in adults and call for help first before starting CPR in children.
  • None of the above.
What is the first thing rescuers need to do when they arrive at the scene of an emergency before they assess the patient and start CPR?
  • Call 911
  • Wear their PPEs
  • Check the safety of the scene
  • Look for an AED
Which of the following statements best describes how to operate an AED properly?
  • Get an AED, Power on the AED, analyze the rhythm, attach electrode pads, and shock the person.
  • Power on the AED, attach electrode pads, shock the person, and analyze the rhythm.
  • Power on the AED, attach electrode pads, shock the person, and analyze the rhythm.
  • Power on the AED, shock the person, attach electrode pads and analyze the rhythm.
How do you check for responsiveness in an adult or child aged above one year?
  • Pour cold water on the victim's face
  • Shake or tap the person gently and shout
  • Waft strong scents near their nose
  • Tap the bottom of the foot
While performing CPR on a child, interruptions to chest compressions should be limited to:
  • Less than 10 seconds
  • Less than 15 seconds
  • Less than 20 seconds
  • 1 minute
How should you open the airway of an unconscious choking victim?
  • Head tilt and chin lift.
  • Jaw thrust
  • Head tilt and jaw thrust
  • Lift the chin
Where should you place the AED pads if the victim is a small child?
  • One under the left armpit and one high on the right side of the chest
  • One under the right arm and one high on the left side of the chest
  • One under each armpit
  • One in the center of the back and one over the center of the chest.
What is the compressions to ventilation ratio in an infant CPR involving two rescuers?
  • 100:4
  • 15:2
  • 30:2
  • 60:3
What is the appropriate duration when giving rescue breaths
  • Rescue breaths should last 1 second
  • Rescue breaths should last 2 second
  • Rescue breaths should last 3 second
  • Rescue breaths should last 4 second
What should you do if the chest doesn't rise and fall when you give the first rescue breath?
  • Immediately shift to abdominal thrusts and perform thrusts
  • Reposition the victim's head, then use the head tilt chin lift maneuver again to open the airway and give the 2nd rescue breath.
  • Sit the guest upright and administer back blows until the object is dislodged
  • Perform a finger sweep and then attempt to ventilate again
While you are doing a Heimlich maneuver on a choking victim, he suddenly collapses, and the obstruction is still there. What's the next thing you should do?
  • Call 911 for the 2nd time to report what happened
  • Position the choking victim in a stable true lateral position
  • Perform CPR
  • Reach blindly down the throat to remove the object
What would you do next when you try to give an unresponsive adult the 2nd rescue breath, and the chest still does not rise?
  • Wait for the Emergency Medical team
  • Stop CPR and look for a bag valve mask
  • Repeat the head tilt/chin lift maneuver and attempt the breath again until the chest rise
  • Stop giving rescue breaths and perform chest compressions only
Where should you check when looking for a pulse on an unconscious child from one year to puberty?
  • On the inner wrist
  • On the carotid artery
  • Palpating the femoral artery
  • On the foot
After successfully resuscitating, the infant suddenly stops breathing while you are waiting for the EMS. What should you do if the infant still has a pulse but stops breathing?
  • Continue monitoring until the EMS arrives
  • Give rescue breathing
  • Use an AED
  • Perform hands-only CPR
What action to avoid when a spinal injury is suspected?
  • Move the victim
  • Allow the victim to talk
  • Take an oral temperature
  • Call 911
Which step is NOT a part of the five steps in the Adult Chain of Survival?
  • Call 911
  • Give Chest Compressions
  • Perform Rescue Breaths
  • Use an AED
What are the two links in the Chain of Survival that should be taken by professional responders?
  • Rapid defibrillation and advanced life support
  • Advanced life support and integrated post-cardiac arrest care
  • Early CPR and rapid defibrillation
  • Rapid defibrillation and integrated post-cardiac arrest care
What is the action stated in rapid defibrillation?
  • AED should be used as soon as it's available
  • Use the AED when the victim doesn't have a pulse
  • Obtain permission first before using AED
  • Use AED after 10 cycles of CPR
After offering resuscitation in the event of a cardiac arrest and your patient starts breathing, what's the best recovery position to put them in to maintain a clear airway?
  • In a still position
  • In a left lateral position
  • In a stable true lateral position, head-dependent on something and no pressure on the chest
  • In a stable true lateral position, head-dependent on something with pressure on the chest