Q: (What Is On The CPC Exam?) – “I’m taking CPC in May; I have only been a radiology (RCC) coder for 25 years” – only? – “Is this test exclusively multiple choice?”

A: Yes. The CPC Exam is multiple choice.

Q: “I have been taking practice tests & a couple have been op reports.”

A: They normally will give you an op report, probably normally a shortened one where
they call a scenario and they’ll give you multiple choice A, B, C, D for you to show them that you know what the correct coding is for that. Oftentimes, on the CPC exam, they can have, like, answer “A” have four codes in it, answer “B” have four codes in it; so it’s not like one code per answer. That’s what makes it challenging.

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Laureen Jandroep
CPC, COC, CPPM, CPC-I.,Sr. Instructor for Resides in southern New Jersey with her husband of over 20 years Anthony and four children. They are active parents and spend most of their time these days just being parents which they love.


  1. DeLisa Smith February 18, 2016 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Remember with all questions, your job is to pick the best answer. Follow Lareen’s tips she uses in her Blitz videos to eliminate wrong codes, then chose the best answer out of the possible four.

  2. Cyndi DeLappe February 19, 2016 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Eliminating the wrong answers can be tricky — you must read the documentation very, very carefully. One word missing or added to what the description truly says can lead you to an incorrect code. Be prepared to cross off specific words as you find them to ensure you are actually seeing them correctly. Our brains have a tendency to read what we expect to see rather than what is actually written at times.

  3. Bp February 19, 2016 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    I passed mine at first trial in 2013 and i used study guide over and over to practice questions

  4. Melissa Caswell February 20, 2016 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    I love the CCO study tips!

  5. Mary March 3, 2016 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Cyndi…thank you for that tip I will keep that in mind as I practice, practice, practice and when I take the exam.

  6. Toni March 16, 2016 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    I love the tip for eliminating the wrong answer. It works!

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      Support March 18, 2016 at 8:26 am - Reply

      Thanks for the feedback Toni!

  7. Nicole Crawford March 30, 2016 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    Greetings! The bubble and highlight technique is something I have used for years thanks to Laureen. I have used this technique to quickly identify the CPT choices during testing and obtaining my coding credentials over the years. I have even incorporated it into ICD10-CM. The CPC exam I took back in 2003 when it was still scan sheets using a No. 2 pencil. At least back then I recall it was multiple choice, and tests you on all sections of the CPT manual, coding guidelines, and conventions. I wish you all the very best and that you pass with flying colors!
    Nicole Crawford, CPC, CCS-P, RCC, CCP, CCP-AS, CMCS

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