Since many of my colleagues have been asking about my experience on applying for the MLS ASCPi Exam, I think it’s best for me to write it on my blog once and for all. This post is a step-by-step process on filing a request, and the requirements needed for taking the exam. It’s been months since I took the examination, so I might not be able to write everything that have happened. But hopefully, this will be a guide on your application.
American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) is an association for medical laboratory professionals just like PAMET, but on a larger scale. People who want to become part of the said association must first take a digital examination, and must attain the cut-off score or higher. As for people who want to take the Medical Laboratory Scientist (or Medical Technology) Exam, the cut-off score is 400 points. Also, you may take this exam even if you didn’t pass or take the local board exam.
Applying for the examination takes patience. Below is a quick guide for the application process:
Step 1: Identify Your Examination
There are many examinations offered, but if you are applying for MLS, you may want to check your eligibility, then the documents needed under International Medical Laboratory Scientist, MLS(ASCPi) section on their website. There are five routes they consider to become eligible in taking the exam, but as long as you finished your undergrad course (B.S. Medical Technology) in your local college or university, it’s fine.
Step 2: Gather Your Requirements or Documents
For those who have studied in the Philippines, here are the list of requirements:
In my case, I didn’t have a PRC License Number at that time because I was underage when I passed the Philippine board exam. What I did was ask the university where I attended my undergraduate course for an original and sealed transcript, and e-mailed it to firstname.lastname@example.org . The next day, they confirmed my eligibility to take the exam.*
For those who want to take the MLS exam, but are from a different country, click here for the list of requirements.
Step 3: Applying for the Examination
While waiting or once you received a reply on your e-mail about your eligibility status, log in here, and create an account.
Once you verified your ASCP account, click here. You will be asked to enter your primary e-mail address, and they will send you an e-mail congratulating you on your decision to apply for an exam. On the same e-mail, you’ll be asked to click on a link to verify your e-mail address.
In order to prevent confusion, make sure that the account you created on ascpi.org, and the primary e-mail address you indicated are the same. Also, it is wise to review the booklet for International Procedure and Examination once more, and check again if all your requirements have been assessed and authenticated by the ASCP since the examination fee is non-refundable.
You will be asked to fill up your personal data, education history, and the type of test you want to take (BOC International Medical Laboratory Scientist) . Please take note that included on the list of categories for the type of exam is the International Medical Technician, but that is a different licensure exam. Your summary should be something like this:
Next, you will be asked to pay for the examination fee ($ 200). I’m not sure if there are other ways to pay aside from credit card and check, but in my case, I asked someone if I can use their credit card, and then pay the money I owe thru bank deposit.
After your payment details, you will be able to see something like this:
You will receive an e-mail that verifies your exam purchase. Click on the Print Application, and a barcoded pdf will appear. Save it on your device. This will serve as your receipt. Wait for 45 business days before you receive a verification e-mail.
Step 4: Scheduling Your Examination
After 45 business days, you will receive an e-mail from Pearson Vue that verifies your purchased examination. The e-mail also states that you may now be able to schedule your examination on your preferred date and location. Afterwards, you will be able to receive another e-mail from Pearson Vue indicating your examination schedule, and important policies you ought to read.
When I took the exam, there were no available slots on Wednesdays because it’s already full, and so I chose Friday (December 4, 2015) at 9:00 in the morning in Trident Tower, Makati.
For more information you can always e-mail them or visit their website. It’s important to read what they post on the website since everything I wrote is already there.
- We have different time zone in the States, so I suggest you e-mail them during the night (Philippines), so they can receive your message (USA) in the morning.
- All photos in this post are not mine. All rights are reserved to the respectful owners.