MBLEx Review

Thank you for choosing the Tests.com as part of your study routine to secure a passing score on the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx). By passing the MBLEx, you will be well on your way to securing a future within the exciting field of massage therapy.

This MBLEx Review includes excerpts from the MBLEx Practice Exam Kit authored by instructors in massage therapy to help  you prepare for your exam:

IntroductionMBLEx Practice Exam

The MBLEx is administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB).  The FSMTB began in 2005 as a coalition of massage therapy boards from seven regulated states, with the stated purpose of uniting the regulatory bodies in their mission of protection of the public.  The primary goals were to establish a valid and reliable licensing exam, and to cultivate commonality in licensing requirements to help massage therapists with professional mobility.  Currently there are 45 massage therapy boards from regulated states and territories that are members of the FSMTB. 
The MBLEx was developed by the FSMTB with the help of some of the leading massage and bodywork professionals in the United States.  Its stated purpose is to provide unified, nationally-verified, entry-level standards for safe and competent practice of massage and bodywork.  The first MBLEx was given in 2007 as part of the Pilot Testing stage of development.  The development of the test was done using nationally-recognized guideline to make the test fair, valid, and reliable.

The Application Process

An MBLEx application can be found online.  From the web page, applicants may either fill out the application electronically, or download and print a paper copy to send in through the mail.  Application forms are available in both English and Spanish.
When filling out the application, the name and address of the school attended is required.  Applicants must ask their schools to send educational information directly to the FSMTB to verify that they have completed the necessary subjects before testing.  Applicants must choose whether they want to take the test in English or Spanish, and can indicate if they need any ADA test accommodations.  There is an additional form to fill out to request accommodations. 
The MBLEx Test
The MBLEx test is a 100 question test, taken on a computer.  Candidates must answer all questions for a score to be calculated.  There is a two-hour limit on the test.  Up to 10 minutes of that may be dedicated to the security agreement and a survey, leaving 110 minutes to answer the 100 questions.
The MBLEx requires candidates to answer questions in the following massage and bodywork related areas:

  • Anatomy and Physiology;
  • Kinesiology;
  • Pathology;
  • Benefits and Physiological Effects of Massage and Bodywork;
  • Client Assessment, Reassessment and Treatment Planning;
  • Massage and Bodywork Modalities;
  • Ethics, Boundaries, Laws and Regulations; and
  • Guidelines for Professional Practice (safety, hygiene, business, etc.).

There are no breaks scheduled during the examination.  Candidates who take a break will lose the time they spend out of the room, and will have to go through security protocols to leave and reenter the room.
The MBLEx is a computer-adaptive test.  Candidates must answer questions in the order they are given, and cannot go back and change any answers.  If a question is answered correctly, the next question will be of a slightly higher difficulty.  The difficulty of the questions increases until the test taker gives an incorrect answer.  At that point, a slightly easier question is provided.  This customizes the test to the candidate's ability level.

To pass the first time with a higher score, check out the complete 1,000 question Practice Exam Kit for the MBLEx with eFlashCards, Instant Scoring and more.

MBLEx is a trademark of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) that did not produce or endorse this material.

Quality starts with who wrote the material.
Our practice exam writer
Charles Celeste, LMT
, is an instructor in massage therapy at Brightwood College in California.  He has also taught at Baker College and was the program director at the American Career College.  He earned his BA in exercise science from California State University and holds an MBA.  He is MBLEx certified and has been praticing massage therapy for over ten years.

Michelle MacCubbin, LMT
, is an instructor in massage therapy at Miller-Motte Technical College in South Carolina.  Prior to this position, she was an instructor and program director at the McCann School of Business and Technology in Pennsylvania.  She is MBLEx certified with over ten years of experience in the field.

Sara Rennie, LMT
, is a massage instructor at the American Massage and Bodywork Institute in Virginia.  She also tutors students to help them pass the MBLEx. She has worked in the massage industry for over ten years.

Andrew Dacres, LMT
, is an instructor in massage therapy at the Atlanta School of Massage in Georgia.  He has also taught massage therapy at the Georgia Medical Institute and at Sanford-Brown College, where he introduced an MBLEx review class for graduating students. He is an MBLEx certified massage therapist with over ten years of experience in the field.

Chanel Andrade, LMT
, was the lead massage therapy instructor at Everest College for many eyars and, as part of her program, taught an MBLEx prep module.  She has practiced massage therapy for over ten years in California.
Passing the MBLEx is one of the last steps to attain a license as a professional massage therapist in many states.  The Actual MBLEx is 100 questions with a 1 hour and 50 minute (110 minutes) time limit.  Additionally, 5 minutes is allotted for a security agreement and another 5 minutes for a brief survey for a total of 2 hours (120 minutes). 

Actual MBLEx Content Outline (source: The FSMTB Handbook):

Anatomy & Physiology 
11-13 Questions (12%)

Benefits & Physiological Effects of Techniques that Manipulate Soft Tissue
13-16 Questions (14%)

Client Assessment, Reassessment & Treatment Planning
16-18 Questions (17%)

Ethics, Boundaries, Regulations, Laws
14-17 Questions (15%)

10-12 Questions (11%)

Massage Overview & Bodywork History / Culture / Modalities
4-6 Questions (5%)

Pathology, Contraindications, Special Populations, Areas of Caution
12-15 Questions (13%)

Professional Practice Guidelines
12-15 Questions (13%)