Frequently Asked Questions


What is ACLS?

ACLS stands for Advanced Cardiac Life Support. The American Heart Association defines it as "a set of medical interventions for the urgent treatment of cardiac arrest and other life threatening medical emergencies, as well as the knowledge and skills to deploy those interventions."


Do I need a current certification to sign up for this course?

No. As long as you've had an ACLS certification in the past and you are able to pass the online course and skills evaluation, you may sign up for this course.


I have never taken ACLS. May I still take the exam?

No. Exams are for the use of medical professionals who are renewing or recertifying their ACLS credentials.


Do exam credits expire?

No, exam credits will remain in your account indefinitely, until you pass the recertification exam.


What is the passing score and format of the final written exam?

The final written exam is comprised of 75 multiple choice questions. (We highly suggest taking a practice exam) Once the exam is completed, it is graded instantly. Users must score at least 84% to pass the course. If a user fails the first attempt they will be given the opportunity to pass a completely different exam.


If my ACLS certification has lapsed (expired) may I still take the online examination?

Absolutely. Please keep in mind that the exams are meant to test your knowledge of Advanced Cardiac Life Support. The longer the lapse the more difficult it will be to pass.


Should I buy study guides and/or practice tests?

At we provide skill videos and practice exams which we believe to be the best study aides for our tests. You may buy additional study aides but it is completely optional.


If I fail the exam what happens?

If on your first attempt you fail the exam you will be given one additional attempt. In your account menu you will have a second attempt available. When you are ready to take the exam again simply click on "2nd Attempt" and the exam will begin. You will not be given a third (free) attempt if you fail a second time so study hard.