Personal Website of Sohail Ahmed

Welcome! I’ve created this space in order to help folks preparing for the ASCP – MLS/MT/CLS exams. 

To the foreign visitors to my page (108 international locations and counting), thanks for visiting! I took the ASCP exam but the ASCPi is just the international equivalent of the same exam. The competencies tested are the same. 

To all my visitors (194,000 plus hits), i’m humbled. I had no idea so many folks would be referred to my site by word of mouth. I’m embarassed by how inadequate my notes are and I’m making a commitment to transition what i’ve done so far into a more professional format…really!  

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, they are always welcome and appreciated. Your email will not be displayed.

296 Responses to Personal Website of Sohail Ahmed

  1. LABABY says:


  2. T says:

    I passed after my second time taking the exam. I still feel like this test can throw any old question at you; despite having studied for 3+ months, I still did not feel 100% confident with most questions. I do want to thank you for creating this website. The high yield charts gave me confidence and reading your Passing Strategy was very worthwhile. Thanks again and good luck to everyone taking it out there!

  3. Christina says:

    Question. I paid for the national test (in case if I move), but I failed. I want to retake it again. I live in NY. What do you specifically have to pay again in order to take the test. It’s about to be a year since I took my last test though. Do I have to repay for everything all over again? Thanks.

  4. teenna says:

    Hi everyone! I am planning to take my MLS( ASCPi) in a few months.. What are the best review materials that I can utilize for the exam?.. I have only here Harr and Boc.. Hope you can help me with this.. Thank you…

    • Bessey says:

      Sign up for mediaLab exam stimulator. It is a good practice that gets you ready for your MLS exam. This is in addition to what you are using as materials that you have mentioned in your posting.
      Good luck to you!!!!!

  5. green apple says:

    Thanks God, I passed the exam! Thanks too the High Yields Notes..God bless you more.

  6. Hope says:

    Thanks for the good information it really helped!!! I just passed 2 weeks after my graduation:) Glory to God in the highest!!!

  7. Nika says:

    I passed my ASCP MLT exam today!! I want to tell people that are out there who might be discouraged not to give up. I had taken the exam twice before now and was unsuccessful!

    • donlloyd says:

      Hi Nika congrats. I will take ASCP MLT exam in 2 days. Can you give me some tips about the exam. I am really nervous. Thanks

      • Nika says:

        Thanks donlloyd,
        I will tell you that the most important thing is to try not to get overwhelmed. I let my nerves get the best of me the first two times that I took the exam. I was a lot more calm and relaxed this time around as far as the questions go here are a few things you should know about: Aquired B, what A1 lectin is, TSI slant reactions ( I had two questions about this), Entomoeba histolytica, normal volume of sperm, sickle cell electropheresis, sickle cell anemia photos, AFP, LDL, rbc indicies, corrected wbc count, anion gap…(I have had this all three times), Hep B stages of infection, passive immunity, aquired immunity, urine casts and where they are formed, CSF fluid, staph questions, strep questions, veionella- not sure if I spelled it correctly, mycobacterium, nocardia, I had a few BB questions on Bombay, Download all the data from the high yeild notes and look over them they will definitely help.

    • destiny19133 says:

      Nika. I’m in the same boat. I will be retaking the exam in Dec. How much time did you take to study and what materials do you think were the most helpful in you passing.

  8. Lola says:

    Hi all,
    I want to study MLT “ASCP EXAM”, What are the best review materials/books that I can review for the exam? I have only Boc book. any advice you can give to me, I will appreciated. Thank you!

  9. atasha says:

    Hi everyone…im atasha scheduled to take the exam on october first week…i havent studied religiously for the past two hard to manage my time with work, house hold chores and studying..but i always make sure to it that i am able to read i just realize thats its only a month from now for me to study…i do able to read and study but do you think i can make it with just 1 month hard review??pls give me some tips what to do…thanks a lot

  10. donlloyd says:

    Hi Nika, thanks for the tips although it was late but I really appreciate it. I took the exam on august 25 and I passed. I was nervous at first then when I opened the exam I tried to be calm and understand the questions. Most of them were blood bank and microbiology. We had quite different questions so my advise for future examinees is to know everything.

    • aseil says:

      Hi donlloyd ,
      I am taking the ASCP MT on 23rd of this month , I am so so nervous , I want to know what kind of question did you had on chemistery and micro , as will as parasite , and did you have ANA question ??

    • Fena says:

      Hi I am planning to take ASCPi MT exam on 21st Nov any tips. I only have 40days to prepare my self for exam. I am stuyding Polansky cards, Robert harr, ASCP prastice test & now I am buying Labce exam stimulater. I think its too much to study though. Please give me advice.

      • wordsology says:

        You probably won’t be able to take full advantage of all of those resources with only a month of studying. With one month left, your best bet is probably to do AS MANY QUESTIONS AS POSSIBLE. If you already know your material well then one month is enough time. Take labce exams (100 questions every day) and Harr questions (do sections out of the book in areas where you are weak). Good luck.

  11. NKCELL GARL says:

    any tips on tools to to study with

  12. Brittany says:

    So I am taking the exam hopefully in two weeks. I have the LabCE and the Harr book. I have been taking regular tests on the Computer Adaptive Testing mode and have been scoring 60-70% with an average difficulty around 7. Is this good? If not, what can I do to improve? Also can anyone tell me what the Microbiology section is like on the exam. Is it similar to the questions on LabCE or should I focus on the notes that are on this exam? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  13. aseil says:

    Hi , I am going to take MT ASCPi on 25th of this month, any one here took the same type of test recently ?? If so please tell me ur memorable questions , I am kinda freekin out 😢😢😢😢

  14. Variant says:

    I hadn’t posted anything previously on the site but I used it more than a few times to prepare for the MLS exam (and passed! Wooooooo!) But as others have done before me, I wanted to share a few things that really proved helpful to me when preparing:

    LabCE was a lifesaver! I did every question in the testbank in preparation for it and a good portion of the questions I was asked on the actual exam were similarly worded and/or asked the same things so I wholeheartedly recommend. Comparing my scores with two other classmates that had passed before me, we had all scored around an 82-88 on the MLT exam review mode on our last attempt taking it and around 56-58 on the Computer Adaptive Testing mode with an average difficulty level of 6.7-7.1. As more people in my class take the exam I’ll try to gather some more information and update but consistently this is exactly what all three of us scored and we all passed.

    Past LabCE, the only other resource I really used was the Harr book, which was used a LOT in our exams given during the internship portion of the program. I used LabCE’s percentages on each exam to identify my weak spots (for me Chemistry especially) and spent my two or three days going through each question in there making sure I had a better understanding of it.

    Lastly, for anyone prospectively taking the exam soon. Take your time studying! I took about a month prior to my exam doing 200-300 questions a day (mostly because of Game Mode, haha) and doubled up on that during the last week or so but I know that doesn’t work for everyone! Try not to wait too long after your program is complete to take it, as it becomes a lot harder to recall some of that info while studying. The High Yield Notes on this website were fantastic for my final review and the Micro flowcharts for the Enterobacteriaceae and Anaerobes helped me a lot, as well as the Chemistry notes. Please don’t hesitate to use all the resources this site has to offer and good luck to any prospective test takers in the near future!

    Thanks Wordsology for setting up this site. You have no idea how much of a morale booster it was to hear the success stories of those who had taken their exams and passed, and for those who failed but fought harder to ultimately succeed. It’s not only a great resource, but an incredible morale booster for those students terrified of the big, bad, BOC exam. You’ve done one hell of a service for this community.

  15. Noel says:

    I passed my exam this week, and this website was very helpful. My advice would be that you absolutely need to try and learn normal ranges for things, but on the test sometimes the questions will list the reference range, and sometimes they won’t. Write down all those ranges on your notepad as you go, and it might help you with a later question! I personally did not have questions over the “big” topics like the AMLs or respiratory/metabolic acidosis/alkalosis, but I did have several case studies and pics over basically glomerulonephritis vs nephrotic syndrome and the ABO discrepancies. Also a good number of questions over different things that would cause false positives, negatives, or discrepancies in chemistry. Was surprised by how many questions I had over blood bank storage temps/times and the different hemoglobins (like A1C). Almost like it knew where I was weak and kept throwing those at me.
    I couldn’t tell if I was doing very poorly and missing even the easy questions, or if I was already bumped up into the “hard” ones! This test is so hard to prepare for. I had the Success in CLS book, which seems to take the approach of teaching you everything, and I didn’t know the answers to most of the study questions. It went through it once but it is a hard read with long chapters and paragraphs, and I think the Polansky review cards are much better for that. Also very satisfying to toss out the ones you know! Then I had the Bottom Line book, which doesn’t even go into the hard stuff, and is much easier to study and keep your focus. I think if you know it front to back and really understand it you should be OK, but you have to really KNOW it. I think the Harr book was the best representative of how the test questions were actually worded (which can be a little odd and misleading–kind of like what are you really asking here?) and how to reason out the correct answer.

  16. jhane jhane says:

    hello guys,, thanks for this site..few days left when i saw this site.. so sad because i was not able to browse and read everything here,, but still got the chance to drop and quickly glance. i took the exam yesterday and I PASSED.. thanks GOD

  17. Laarni Tuason-Estrada says:

    Hi wordsology! Thank you so much fir this wonderful website. I took the ascpi exam yesterday and I passed.. This website really helped to get me started in studying for the ascpi. The high yield notes were really helpful and also the books that you recommended. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  18. Tata says:

    Hi wordsology! Thank you so much for this wonderful website. I took the ascpi exam yesterday and I passed.. This website really helped to get me started in studying for the ascpi. The high yield notes were really helpful and also the books that you recommended. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  19. Kena says:

    I told the MLT exam today and I passed. I used my notes from 4years ago, the BOC book and mediaLab. I have the 3rd edition Harr book but I did not use it. The BOC book is a good source if you just want to answer questions but mediaLab gives you detailed feedback for every question and it has several different arrangements of questions and categories. My notes also helped because I needed to learn the basics all over again. I was very nervous but the test was not as hard and frustrating as other people say. I studied for 3-4 months while on maternity leave and I passed.

  20. Martin says:

    I am preparing to take M-ASCP exam….please I need some advice. Reference books or anything helpful…Thanks!!!!!!!!

  21. Martin says:

    Hi everyone I am preparing to take M-ASCP exam. I am looking for the best reference book and wanna know how difficult the questions are. I appreciate your advice.

  22. john says:

    pls help me. I applied for IMT program then the admission letter is sent to me. Then I scheduled my exam on jan 2015. but the exam type that pearson had is Medical laboratory science instead of IMT? is it the same or not? I need an international certification.

    • wordsology says:

      MLS by ASCP is the medical laboratory scientist test. It’s the same as medical technologist. If you are an international student you would get an MLS ASCPi certification. I’ve not ever heard of IMT.

  23. konjo says:

    can you please help me by suggesting coments. I am doing labce and my score is about 42-48%. do you guys think I will pass ASCP exam?

    • wordsology says:

      Try to raise that score. 42-48 just isn’t so great. Try to do questions and read and understand explanations. Don’t rush yourself for this test. Take your time and study right.

  24. Maggie says:

    Hi Ahmed! I am very thankful for your website! I had no idea where to start studying for my MT exam. I had bought all the subject textbooks, lots of money, but later i came across your pages. I returned all the texts for a refund and rented all the materials you have suggested. Long story short i did my exam on Saturday and passed.

    I owe you a huge thank you!!!!!!!

  25. Jennifer says:

    Taken the exam twice now and been missing by 9 points on both times. I have encountered more Immunology, Laboratory operations, and blood banking tables than i expected. I have the Harr, Polansky cards, and Labce. I don’t know how else to study and how to get myself back on track with this exam. HELP!!!!

    • wordsology says:

      This is a very difficult situation. I am sorry it didn’t go well the first two times. My knowledge is limited and I haven’t any really unique advice other than to study hard for understanding and know WHY you get questions wrong when you do questions for practice. Know WHY you get questions right and WHY the wrong answers are wrong. Blood banking tables are essential to know – how to rule out antibodies is straightforward. Those are “gimme” points so please learn them once and know them because they will always be on the exam. Study well and good luck.

  26. Bessey says:

    Jennefer, I think you did better than me. I have practice a lot of Labce exam stimulator exams
    and I was able to get better score of at least 72% on more than 200 CAT. But unfortunately I failed my MLS exam twice. First attempt I scored 381
    second attempt 386

  27. Larry says:

    Took the MLT exam yesterday and PASSED!! I have to tell you that I feel there is absolutely no way I would have passed were it not for your “high yield notes” section…The Coag diagram, Hep B diagram, TSI slants diagram, and the micro flow charts were all nothing short of fabulous and were very helpful resources to use as study material…I really wish they would have taught that Coag diagram in class as that REALLY made sense and was both easy to remember and apply…

  28. Kena says:

    I took the MLT exam 9/30 and passed on My first attempt. I studied My school notés from four yrs ago, the ENTIRE BOC book and Labce. Labce gives more feedback with the questions. BOC book doesnt give alot of feedback but it has some Good questions. the key to passing the exam is knowing how to eliminate wrong answers, basically you have to understand the concept if each subject. In order to pick the correct answer.

  29. Brittany says:

    I wanted to thank you for your website. I took the MT exam on 10/2 for the first time and I passed!! I studied with the Harr book, LabCE and your website. The high yield notes, especially the microbiology notes, were super helpful.

  30. Kay says:

    Passed my MLT exam on first try! The BOC was a waste of time, do not study from that. Too much information, more than you really need to know. Questions that were on my test were mainly on blood bank. I had a few math questions, micro ( mainly on gram neg rods but nothing on gram pos), some pictures on urine crystals. On chemistry I had questions on spectrophotometer, potentimetry, chromatography, fluorometry, and what test goes in what tube. Heme, case studies and blood pictures. My advice is to just study from your notes, review questions and practice tests from your course and you should be good.

  31. Jord says:

    ascp online practice test or lab ce exam simulator ….which one is best for preparation.i wish to buy anyone of this for my last 2 months study…thank you…

    • Shane says:

      I purchased the ASCP online practice tests from website (is this what you are referring to?), and the test questions DO NOT repeat, the questions are extremely difficult, and if you get a question wrong there is no explanation as to what the right answer is. The LabCE exam simulator is definitely worth more for the money. I used LabCE, wordsology, polansky, and The Bottom Line Approach by Jarreau and I just recently passed. The LabCE exam simulator pulls test questions from a HUGE bank, which is great and the questions come with an explanation. That is just my opinion. Good luck!

  32. Lynn says:

    Just passed my mlt ascp exam! Thank you for this website!!

  33. Shane says:

    I passed the MLS (ASCP) exam yesterday!!!!! Thank you for the incredible amount of effort you put into this website. It helped me out immensely! Your microbiology notes were a lifesaver. The only thing that was really missing from them was the TSI reactions. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. maz says:

    Hi ,can any one suggest me about MLT or MT using labce preparation as iam gonna write mlt exam next month , will MT questions helps to clear this exam ? and also plz give some refrence books names, thanks i really appreciate for this !

  35. Jord says:

    Hello Shane… 1st A BIG CONGRATS for your success….next A BIG TANX for your detailed reply..Above what I`ve mentioned is the same ASCPpractice test you had
    discussed about….Then I wish to buy labCE test…thank you v.much for the advice…

  36. Julie says:

    I just wanted to say THANK YOU!! Your website helped me immensely! I failed on my first try, and was determined to pass the second time. I came across your website, which helped me study. I took my ASCP today….and PASSED!!! Yahooooo! Thank you!

  37. Amy says:

    Thank You for Your help!!! I passed the ASCP MLS exam and your notes were very helpful

  38. pearl nguyen says:

    I took my exam last week and I fail unfortunately. It was so frustrated while taking that test. It seems like I know very little when I took it even though I used Labce and this resource for studying. Please give me any suggestion as I prepare for my next try!

  39. Danny Lyons says:

    Hello all. I just passed my ASCP MLS and wanted to share a few things. First, I would like to say thank you to wordsology for this website, as it proved to be very helpful. As far as studying went, here’s how I did it. I took six days of PTO, and studied about 12 hours a day, five days in a row, and took my exam on day six, which was today. First day I studied blood bank, second chemistry and ua, third hematology, fourth micro, fifth coag and immunology. I didn’t study parasitology, mycology, virology, or lab ops at all. My sources were CLS: A Bottom Line Approach (50%), this website (25%), and the Polansky cards (25%). I did not use LabCe or Harr’s book. I don’t remember most of the questions on my exam, but I will say this – I had 3 questions with ANA florescent slides, and none of my study sources were adequate for those. Know your pre/post hepatic dysfunctions, as I had about 3 or 4 of those. I also had 3 questions about ABO discrepancies, and a couple of DAT questions. Knowing your TSI reactions is also advised. I, like many others, was certain that I had failed the exam, but I didn’t. Hope this helps someone!

  40. Fena says:

    I passed ASCPi MT exam yesterday. feeling awesome.

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