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.

335 Responses to Personal Website of Sohail Ahmed

  1. JB says:

    My ASCP MLS exam is on january 30. didnt really get a chance to study a lot. but this site is motivating me. I am going to sign up with the LabCE and also mostly study from the polasky cards. I will keep you all updated. keeping my fingers crossed.

  2. bitsaif says:

    Sohail why didn’t u reply for my questions ???!!!!!!!

  3. Julia says:

    I passed the ASAP BOC for MLT yesterday morning and I wanted to say that I could not have done it without this site’s study plan and all the great information shared. I look forward to putting together the questions I experienced per subject and posting them here

    I will be taking Molecular Diagnostics this Spring and finishing the MLS portion of this program in the next year and a half – So only one more ASAP BOC Exam to go.

    Again, I want to say Thank You!

  4. SS says:

    Hello, I need some advise. I’m studying for the MLT exam and I have been using the BOC book and their app. A fellow student took the exam and this book didn’t help much, it was the grace of G-d. I know everyone is different in their study habits, but should I really be looking at the Polansky cards and Labce? I have already spend a lot of money on this book and can’t afford both of these. Now it looks like I have to consider paying for more. If you had to choose between the Polansky cards and Labce, what would you do? Consider that I do have this BOC book.

    • wordsology says:

      Some people have mentioned finding the BOC book useful. Most, including myself, didn’t find it so. In the end it comes down to how prepared you already are. If you are prepared then I think the BOC book may work for you b/c it’s hundreds of facts, rapid fire. If you aren’t well prepared, i’d go with labce and Polansky.

      • Jaz says:

        Lab ce questions $35 for one year, and also the funny book- yellow and purple book I have forgot the name. So far 5 people I know have used both and passed. Good luck

  5. Sasa says:

    Hi,i need help,i failed twice,i want to reapply for third time but i heard i have to wait for one year,is it true?

  6. Veronica says:

    After failing the ASCP BOC exam twice I retook the exam and passed! I used the success book for urinalysis, hematology and immunology and serology. I used all the diagrams posted on wordsology and they were all very helpful. I also used labce in different variations using the suggested % (off this site) as the minimum requirement.

    As we know the exam is a CAT so no exam is predictable as to what you should focus on. My 1st time taking exam it seemed like a horrible hematology exam, 2nd time it was filled with microbiology and 3rd and final time it was immunohematology based. Meaning that the questions were centered around that subject. So it can be a heme question but indirectly relating to immunohematology.

    I had about 20 questions that were direct. The others not so much. Don’t try to guess what they’re asking for. Read the questions thoroughly and answer what they’re asking. That might seem obvious but sometimes seeing familiar terms in an answers throws you off and you might lean towards that answer.

    Here’s so concepts that I realized was a major component of the questions.

    IMViC system
    Many GN Bacilli
    Factor deficiencies
    Typical Mycology organisms
    Renal pathology. (Success urinalysis section was the best study material)
    ~5 leukemia questions
    Although rare I had about 6-8 panels that were no as direct as Labce

    *Answer what they’re asking for. Don’t look for a “trick” don’t be paranoid.

    Use anything possible to remember any and everything that you have to think twice about while studying.
    PEE: IM (+) positive you’ll have to PEE
    Proteus Vulgaris
    E. coli
    Are “IM” indole & methyl red positive. Along w/ studying chart off wordsology you will be able to id organisms w/ out a doubt.

    Hopefully that was a little helpful to at least one person. Don’t give up!!!

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