CPC Exam Layout and CPC Exam Tips Here is an answer to a question I answered on the AAPC discusion forum that I though would be helpful to the readers of this blog:


Hi, can somebody who has taken the cpc exam  tell me how many sections are in the exam with number of questions asked in each section ? I read in ‘tips’ given by Laureen that there are 5 columns of 30 questions on answer grid? and all i know is there are 3 sections pertaining to surgery, E/M and radio-patho , ICD HCPCS medical terminology just want to know how the question booklet and answer grid will be?


They don’t go by three sections any more. It is 150 questions overall and you need to get a 70% to pass. The AAPC doesn’t provide the exact number of questions per category but it is estimated to be approximately 10 questions per general category. These are the categories for the CPC Exam per the AAPC page describing the exam with my comments in parentheses:

General CPC Exam Sections

1) Medical Terminology & Anatomy and Physiology
2) Coding Guidelines
3) ICD-10-CM (but you can find ICD codes in the answers for surgery questions too)
4) HCPCS Level II
5) Evaluation and Management
6) Anesthesia
7) Radiology
8) Pathology & Laboratory
9) Medicine
10) (10k Series) Integumentary
11) (20k Series) Musculoskeletal
12) (30k Series) Respiratory & (Cardiovascular – they don’t list it but I know it’s included) & Mediastinum & Diaphragm
13) (40k Series) Digestive
14 ) (50k Series) Urinary & Male/Female Genital & Maternity & Delivery
15) (60k Series) Endocrine & Nervous & Eye & Ocular Adnexa
16) Compliance and Regulatory

3 Main CPC Exam Tips

1) 80 Hour Coding Course or equivalent experience

2) Coding Certification Review Class (or videos)

3) Practice Exams – as many as your time and money budget will allow
   Free CCO Exam
CCO Mini Mock Exams
AAPC practice exams

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