an exerpt from The Practice Exam Kit for the MBLEx
by Donovan Monroe, LMT
...Passing the MBLEx exam is one of the final steps to attain a license as a professional massage therapist in many states. The massage profession has been on a steady course of expansion over the last several decades in alternative healthcare and wellness programs. Massage is steadily gaining acceptance as a valid and beneficial therapy within the medical field as well. There are many exciting directions you can go once you become a licensed or certified massage therapist. By passing the MBLEx, you will be well on your way to securing a future within the exciting field of massage therapy.
The MBLEx was developed by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) as a way to standardize the minimum level of competency expected of a new graduate entering the field of massage therapy. The FSMTB operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization first established in 2005. Over 7,000 massage professionals and testing experts contributed to the research and development of the MBLEx. After 18 months of testing analysis research and experimentation the first official MBLEx test was given in July of 2007. A passing score on the MBLEx is 630 points out of a possible 900 points.
The Application Process
Anyone is eligible to apply for the MBLEx. The licensing boards of individual states determine what is needed for licensure. In many states, a passing score on the MBLEx is one of several requirements for licensure. There is a registration fee to take the test. The FSMTB offers the MBLEx in only two languages at this time: English and Spanish. Testing and scoring is handled at Pearson VUE locations throughout the country.
MBLEx vs. NCETM
The benefits of the MBLEx over the National Certification Exam (NCE) are great. First, the MBLEx was created using the input from 7,646 working and experienced massage and bodywork professionals to decide what the base level of knowledge should be for entry into the field. This level of peer review ensures that only real world questions applicable to the field of massage therapy are included in the official exam. Secondly, the MBLEx has no requirements for renewal as the NCE requires. This allows great freedom to choose continuing education based on your interests and eliminates the need to take classes that are only qualified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Third, the MBLEx is 125 questions instead of 160 which requires less of a time commitment at testing. And fourth, the MBLEx is less expensive as well...
...to read the whole introduction and get 375 peer-reviewed massage exam questions covering the same main topics as the actual MBLEx check out our MBLEx Practice Exam Kit.