All Fisdap comprehensive and unit exams must be given to students in a secure, proctored environment. Proctor passwords should never be given to students.

Watch a tutorial about how to schedule and administer exams.



Schedule a test

  1. Go to the orange Learning Center tab.
  2. In the Exam Administration box, click on the Schedule a secure exam link.
  3. From the Test Schedule page, click on the New Test button.
  4. Fill out all the information on the New Test page. You will select the test, the date (or a date range of up to 7 days), and the students who are going to take the test. It isn't necessary to choose students, but it will make it easier to view their scores and group learning prescription.
  5. The Test Details page will appear as a confirmation that you scheduled the test.
    • You will also find the Student Instructions which explains how to log in to the test, Proctor Password(s), and other helpful documents about preparing for the exam, such as "How to Succeed on a Fisdap Exam" and "Exam Troubleshooting Tips." 
    • Each unit exam has a study guide that the outlines topics covered on that exam.
    • If you see a student's name in red, that student does not have access to the Fisdap Testing product and you will have to pay to upgrade his/her account.
  6. Click on the Edit This Test link to make any changes or click on the Scheduled Tests link to return to the main Test Schedule page.



Student Results

To see how your students did for a single test event:

  1. Go to the orange Learning Center tab.
  2. In the Exam Administration box, click on the Schedule a secure exam link.
  3. In the Test Schedule history table, click on the blue Scores button to see the results of that specific test event.

To see scores for multiple tests or test events

  1. Go to the orange Learning Center tab.
  2. In the Exam Administration box, click on the Review your students' scores and Learning Prescriptions link.
  3. Select the test, the date range, and the group of students and click the Retrieve Scores button.

A visual key of the icons you'll find in a test score summary:

  • Publish Scores checkbox- choose whether you want students to be able to find their test results in Fisdap.
  • Test Stats link- read an explanation about the recommended cut score.
  • Adobe PDF icon PDF icon- print a copy of the results.
  • Text icon Text icon- export the results into a tab-delimited Excel file.
  • Learning Prescription icon Rx circle- view an individual student's Learning Prescription.
  •  Learning Prescription PDF icon Rx PDF circle- print a copy of each student's Learning Prescription, all at once.
  • Group Learning Prescription iconGroup Rx- view the Group Learning Prescription that shows how the class did on average.
  • Envelope icon Envelope- email the student directly from the page.


Prepare students for success

Taken from the document How to succeed on a Fisdap exam, available on the Scheduled Test Details page, immediately after you schedule an exam, here is the advice we give to students about preparing for Fisdap exams.

Fisdap exams are uniquely designed to assess your knowledge and critical thinking ability. Questions are constructed by instructors across the country and reviewed by subject matter experts as well as a board certified Emergency Physician. After you finish the exam, we hope you will come away with a good sense of what you mastered or areas for improvement. Please take advantage of the instructions below.

Knowing the information in your textbook will build a great foundation for what the Fisdap exams will require you to do: apply the knowledge and think critically to solve real life EMS problems. We want to prepare you for your national or state certification exam.

We recommend completing the workbook that comes with the textbook your class is using. Additionally, we follow current American Heart Association guidelines. We also encourage you to utilize Fisdap’s Study Tools . It allows you to practice your test-taking skills on similar constructed test and quizzes.

There are typically 3 types of questions Fisdap uses when we construct an exam. Understanding the construction will help increase your success.


  1. You should… Questions that end in “You should” are asking you to apply knowledge treat a patient as you would in the field. You should select the best treatment option available from the choices given. If you are having trouble picking the best answer because more than one option seems “right,” imagine that there is a “next,” “first, or “most importantly” at the end of this type of question. Our examples: “You should next,” or “You should most important,” or “You should first.”

  2. You should suspect… Questions that end in “You should suspect” are asking you to suspect underlying problems or conditions that are described in the question. Think of the condition that is the most life. You should suspect the most dangerous condition.

  3. The most likely cause is… Questions that end in “The most likely cause” are asking you to think about the most probable cause or condition based on the symptoms. In this type of question you are NOT being asked about what might be the worst possible problem, but rather the most likely.

You may not be used to seeing these types of critical thinking questions on exams, so here are some key test-taking tips to help you out:

  • Read the question completely and imagine what you should do to take care of the patient. Do this before you look at the possible answers.

  • Read the possible answers completely and consider the BEST answer (since there maybe more than one plausible choice, it is best not to think of the "correct" one.)

  • Once you have read the entire question and all possible answers, pick the one you feel is best. Many times your first guess will be the correct one.

  • During the test, if your instructor allows, we encourage you to write down (on a blank piece of paper) words you do not know and concepts you did not understand so that you can review them afterward.

  • The questions are shuffled, so don’t get discouraged if you hit some hard questions right away.



Unit Exam Study Guides

Click the PDF icons below to download Study Guides that detail the topics that are covered in each of our Unit Exams.

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Entrance Exam Study Guide

Click the PDF to download the Entrance Exam Study Guide: Adobe PDF icon


Use Learning Prescriptions

A Learning Prescription is an evaluation and planning tool that helps a student or class understand how they performed on a test and what to focus on next. You can use Learning Prescriptions to help an individual or group identify topics where they need the most work.

Each time a student completes a Fisdap exam, a Learning Prescription is generated based on the results. Instead of showing exactly which questions were answered correctly or incorrectly, it provides an analysis of their performance and a resulting set of study recommendations. The Learning Prescription enables students to comprehensively address points of weakness instead of simply memorizing the correct answers to a set of practice questions. Studies have shown that this type of feedback is highly effective in preparing for a certification exam.

The Learning Prescription analyzes performance by content area and by learning category (knowledge, application, and problem-solving). It shows the overall percentage of correct answers at the top, followed by a breakdown for each section, with study recommendations based on answers they answered incorrectly.


View Learning Prescriptions

  1. Go to the Learning Center, then click the Retrieve Scores link.
  2. Select the tests and students you want to see results for, then click the Retrieve Scores button.


  1. Go to the Learning Center, then click the Test Schedule link.
  2. In the list of completed tests, click the Scores icon  for the test you want to see.
  3. On the Scores page, click an individual Learning Prescription icon  or a group Learning Prescription icon  for group breakdowns and recommendations.