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 (42 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 (40,000 plus unique visitors – 84K 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.

169 Responses to Personal Website of Sohail Ahmed

  1. Valen says:

    I passed! Questions I came across: PSA reference values and free/total ratio and what 7% free PSA means. HepB “anti-core window”. Free fatty acids to grow what fungus. Lots of blood bank ABO discrepancies. Pos DATs, mf reactions. LOTS of blood bank and quite a few urinalysis on the whole. Lewis antibodies in saliva of Group A Le(a-b+). HUS associated with E. coli. A few questions about Bilirubin and urobiliogen in urine/serum/feces. Direct/Indirect Bili. Know pre/post hepatic jaundice. A question about Erchlich’s test for urobilin/porpho test. Factor V Leiden and what it does. Coumarin therapy and how it affects. Theophylline therapy in babies and test for toxicity of what? HepB ANA homogenous/speckled/anti-smooth muscle/or anti-thyrotropine?…. What does plasmin do. Lots of urine strip test questions, like . CSF standing in room temp for 3 hours affects: immunoglob neutralization, glucose, etc. CSF should be stored for later testing how: -20C, -70C, RT, etc. Cushings shows: hyper/hypoglycemia or hypo/hyper calcium. Question about inappropriate ADH syndrome: decreased serum sodium, increased glucose, etc. Mg needs to be monitored in: severe vomitting, head injury, etc. bHCG level for positive control. Salmonella Paratyphi A. Sickle Cell test interference. Low serum erythropoein levels in what disease. Normocytic/Normochromic severe anemia with 0.1% retics; Fanconi’s anemia? One calculation: corrected WBC count. Pheochromocytoma. Catecholamines in urine. What does 5HIAA in urine mean. Given electrolyte panel and blood gases, what to measure: ethyl glycol, lead, salicylate, etc. Given picture of Auer Rods, confimatory testing (Phili Chromosome?) Absolute/Relative lymphocytosis/lymphopenia. A few questions (at least 3) about precision/sensitivity/specificity with true positives, false pos, true negs and false negs. My question was TP/(TP+FN)=? What are blastoconidia. Stain for cryptosporidium. Mycoplasma and arylsulfatase testing. Seminal fluid volume, motility, abnormal %. Distinguishing characteristic of micrococcus (furazolidone resistant). Non-fluorescing bacteria like Pseudomonas. I hope this helps!! Lot’s of random detailed questions…. These are probably the harder questions since I can remember them. Ex. of an “easy” question I got would be: shape of tyrosine crystals in urine, but not too many of those gimmes. It was hard, not gonna lie.

  2. Mylee says:

    OMG, I did not passed my first time and now, I’m kind scary to go take the exam again. I’m really don’t want to fail again. Does anyone feel me on here. Please help me to overcome this fear.

    • Kea says:

      I feel the same way. I’m going to take the exam again in March.

    • Erika says:

      Hi Mylee, I also failed the first time and this was about 4 years ago. I had been reluctant to take it again but I regret not taking it right away because I probably would of passed the second time since everything was fresh. I will be taking it the second time this May, my advice is to do the best you can and take it again right away so you don’t forget everything like me. Good Luck!

    • Veronica says:

      What subject were you most proficient in? I didn’t do well in urinalysis and blood bank. I’m retaking mines in 2 weeks and I’m getting anxious as well. I started restudying those subjects first until I was fully knowledgeable of them. I did really well on chem and heme so I pushed those to the back but now I feel as though I lost all chem knowledge. I did all the questions from heme/homeostasis/blood bank/immunology in the success book. Made note cards off the questions I got wrong. Made note cards from common/uncommon terms. Reviewed those until proficient. I’m also going through each subject on labce until I reach the 75% mark which was suggested on this website. I also am doing computer adaptive exams but I’m not averaging too well only 51% :( So I’m doing individual subjects until I have 75% on all test for a week. Then the week before the exam I’m going to go bk & do computer adaptive hopefully getting the suggested 55%. Good luck! Trust me I’m frkn out & I’m sure everyone retaking is as well.

  3. Pri says:

    Hello , I need the answer of this question.
    Cryoprecipited AHF product was thawed/prepared at 10am, patient has X-Ray at 2pm ( takes about few hours) , what will you do with the product?

    • wordsology says:

      So the question here is – will the cryoprecipitated AHF expire? If the product is pooled, it will expire 4 hours after pooling; otherwise, it will expire after 6 hours. You could keep the product around at room temperature for the aforementioned number of hours. If it gets to be past that time and the product has still not been requested, it has to be discarded because it has expired.

  4. So what is the best book as a final review to pass the MLS (ASCP) exam? And is there any life classes?

    • wordsology says:

      There are a number of very good books listed under survival kit on the Passing Strategy page. Which one you choose depends on how you learn. Numerous colleges in the US offer courses in Medical Laboratory Science. Overseas colleges also offer courses.

  5. wordsology says:

    No live portion to the exam

  6. luz says:

    i failed two times the exam i had Robert Harr 2 edition and polansky card any suggestion please
    help me

  7. Suzy Boo Hoo says:

    Hi. I ordered the ascp practise exam as well as labce. I am doing well on the labce but the ascp practise exam makes me nervous. The questions are not as straight forward as labce and I am getting scared. Do you recommend studyinging with the Ascp practise test. It really is just th same test over and over again with no explaination when you get something wrong. It makes me really nervous. What do I do?

    • wordsology says:

      I’m not familiar with the ascp practice exam but if it doesn’t have explanations what’s the point? You can do it once to see what it’s like but the real purpose in doing questions is figuring out what youd don’t know and why. Explanations are the most important part of doing questions.

  8. Ana says:

    Hi there!

    I’m glad that i came across this website. I’m from Pakistan and planning to take my ASCPi MLT exam in coming months. Though i haven’t register myself yet. I was wondering if you could help me with the free preparatory links for this exam? Like, books that you have mentioned in your passing strategy sections.. are they available online for free download? Can you share the link here. I really appreciate your help in this regard. Moreover, I will be needing your help as soon as I get my self register for the exam, lol. So Thank you in advance!

    • wordsology says:

      Hey there,
      To be honest with you I can’t really help in that regard. There are free resources available online. The best resource is probably the ascp site which allows you to do thousands of questions and see the explanations. It’s inexpensive for what you get so i’d recommend that. Good luck and i’m sorry I can’t help more.

  9. KAnderson says:

    I passed today!! Thank you so much for the suggestions on your site!! I used the Polansky cards, The Bottom Line Approach, and the labce practice tests. I’m also currently working in the lab where I did my internship in chemistry and hematology. Good luck to everyone taking their exam, the scariest part is definitely pushing the submit button!!

  10. kim says:

    If you fail the mlt ascp the first time how soon can you retake the exam?

  11. kim says:

    Also I keep hearing you have to answer enough hard questions to pass. Do you know how that works? I’m taking the mlt ascp test soon and I don’t feel confident. There’s just so much stuff to know that I really don’t even know where to begin.

    • wordsology says:

      The exam is based on adaptive testing. Thus there are a range of easy to hard questions worth few to many points. You’ll start out with easy or moderate level questions and if the computer sees that you are getting them correct it will give you more difficult questions. In other words, the computer will try to give you the types of questions that will help you pass the exam with the fewest numbers of questions. After you’ve passed that “point threshold” for passing, you’ll get easier questions until you’re finished with the exam. On the other hand, if you are NOT getting questions correct at the outset, the computer will give you easier questions in the hopes you will get them right. If you answer several correctly, you’ll see moderate and then hard questions. If you keep getting the difficult questions wrong, it will bring you down to the easier questions level again. Eventually, if you don’t have enough points to pass and you are getting close to the point of no return, the computer will just give you difficult questions (worth more points) whether you get them right or not b/c it wants to give you a chance to pass if at all possible – even if you have to guess.

  12. RC says:

    Hi, I just wanted to thank you for setting up this website. I took my exam and passed! Your Microbiology charts helped immensely! My questions consisted mostly of microbiology. Some chemistry and some blood bank. There was probably one Fungal, and one parasitology. Thank you so much for taking the time to set this website up.

  13. Jack says:

    I took the exam and passed! I want to thank you very much for this website. This site shows that you are a great person with you willing to share your notes ideas and just overall making this stressful preparation easier to deal with.

  14. Marry says:

    How many time are u Legible to take the ASCP exam for MT.. If you failed four times already?

  15. Jennifer says:

    Do we need to know formulas and solve equations on the equations?

  16. Jennifer says:


    I’m going to be taking the NYS MLS exam towards the end of April. I’ve been doing a lot of practice questions on LABCE. So far my Chem and Heme is sitting around 70-80%. However, I purchase the ASCP practice tests products where you pay $35 and you get 50 multiple choice questions in each subject area and 2 comprehensives. I did the Chem and heme since that’s all I’ve been reviewing the most the past 2-3 weeks and I score 50%. Is this a bad sign?

    Also is the NYS MLS license exam anything different than the ASCP license exam? I’m confused as to what’s the difference.

    • wordsology says:

      If you take the NYS exam you can only be licensed to work in NYS. Passing the ASCP exam allows you to work anywhere. I don’t know what the difference is with reference to difficulty or content however…

  17. Jefferson says:

    I recently took the ASCPi MT exam. This is a valid exam to gain CA Licensure as a CLS, correct? Also, aside from CA, where is this Certificate useful? I have been doing a lot of research but I yet to find another state that would honor this Certificate in lieu of the MLS Exam administered by the ASCP. Any information would be highly appreciated. Thanks

    • wordsology says:

      I believe the ASCPi is equivalent to the ASCP which is why it should be accepted in lieu of the ASCP. Did you speak to the licensing office of these states?

  18. jord says:

    hi,I am a new student for ASCPexam,I am so thankful to you for this site.this is really great.I’ve purchased Q&V review book by Polansky.So should I buy quick review cards too?Are they different?others I wish to buy are LABCE online practice test n book by Harr.Are they sufficient for my studies?

    • wordsology says:

      I believe the book by Harr (questions) and one review source (like Polansky), as well as LabCE (to force yourself to do thousands of questions) are sufficient resources if you really use them. Good luck jord

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