Practice Questions and Answers for the BLS Exam


CPR, AED, First Aid, BBP and BLS

Posted by National CPR Association | Medical Education Dec 06, 2017

Need to get in some impromptu practice for the BLS? Wondering how prepared you are, or skeptical of your knowledge? These practice BLS questions can test your knowledge and give you an idea of what to expect.

Studying for the Basic Life Support (BLS) exam is not one of those things you do in a one-night cram session. Beyond having a grasp of basic knowledge, you will have to memorize quite a bit of information including medications and specific algorithms.


Beyond that, you may also have to learn some new terminology along the way as well. There is no shortage of courses available to help you study should you seek extra help. Also, most BLS providers will supply you with study material as well which is specific to their exam.

With as much information as you could possibly want readily available to you, the main questions you face preparing for the BLS exam are how you will study and how much you will study. We all take in and process information differently, so it is up to you to identify the best methods for you to absorb the course material.


With that said, regardless of how you study, one method everyone should be making use of is taking practice exams. Learning the information is one thing, but practice exams help you get comfortable taking the test and determining how well prepared you are.


To help you get started, we have included a small set of BLS practice exam questions and answers below we urge you to make use of. While you will not see these questions asked in exactly the same way on an exam, they do directly reflect the types of questions you will be asked on a BLS examination.


Answers are at the bottom of the page. Good luck!


1.) Which of the following describes the proper sequences of BLS?

A.) Pulse check, rescue breath, compression

B.) Airway, breathing, compression

C.) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

D.) C – A – B


2.) The pulse assessed in an adult cardiac arrest victim is called the ______ pulse?

A.) Groin

B.) Radial

C.) Carotid

D.) Temporal


3.) Choose the proper order of the Adult Chain of Survival:

A.) Recognition, Call EMS, Advanced Life Support, Defibrillate, Post-Cardiac Arrest Care

B.) Recognition, Early CPR, Defibrillate, Advanced Life Support, Post-Cardiac Arrest Care

C.) CPR, Recognition, Call EMS, Defibrillate, Advanced Life Support

D.) Recognition, Defibrillation, CPR, Call EMS, Advanced Life Support


4.) True/False: Most rescuers describe child cardiac arrest situations as more stressful than adult cases.




5.) You find an unresponsive victim without a pulse. You do not have a mask. What is the next step for an untrained lay responder?

A.) Go call 911

B.) Wait until EMS arrives

C.) Begin CPR and perform mouth-to-mouth

D.) Use your shirt over their mouth as a barrier


6.) What is the correct compression-to-ventilation ratio for Two-Rescuer Infant BLS?

A.) 30:2

B.) 30:1

C.) 15:2

D.) 15:1


7.) You attempt to deliver a breath through a mask but it does not go in. What is the next step?

A.) Hyperextend the neck

B.) Blow harder

C.) Discard mask and use mouth-to-mouth

D.) Reposition the airway


8.) You are treating an adult choking victim. They initially can cough, but now are grasping their throat and turning blue. What is the next step?

A.) Heimlich Maneuver

B.) Begin CPR

C.) Rescue breathing

D.) Check pulse



1.) D

2.) C

3.) B

4.) A

5.) C

6.) C

7.) D

8.) A


How did you score? Need more practice? Or ready to ace the final?

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