Surgical technologists work as part of the surgical team assisting surgeons in the operating room. There are two certification exams available for trained surgical technologists. One is administered by the National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) and the other by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). Anyone who passes the NBSTSA exams becomes a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) while someone who passes the NCCT exams becomes a Tech in Surgery - Certified (TS-C). Sample tests for preparing for the NBSTSA certification exam are available as web practice tests.
Visit the NBSTA website and download all the resources on preparing for the certification exam including the exam outline.
Secure a good Internet connection and compatible browser for the web practice test. Your browser should be a HTML 4.0 compatible browser such as Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator with cookies enabled.
Make sure your email program is compatible with the web practice test. Your email program should be HTML enabled so that you are able to take full advantage of the instructions delivered by email and for feedback reports.
Have your credit card information ready. The web practice test is available for sale online for $40 per test. There are currently two such tests available, each with 175 questions. You will need to pay for your purchase with a credit card.
Navigate to the web practice test purchase site and buy your practice tests. You will receive an email with instructions on how to access your practice tests once you have made your purchase.
If you plan on taking the NCCT certification test, there is a paper review book to help you prepare. It is available on the NCCT web site for $24.95.