AAPC Medical Coding Practice Exam
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2015 CPC Exam Questions
  • 150 Question CPC Practice Test
  • Answer Key, With Full Rationale
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  • The Exam Study Guide, including:
    Common Anatomy Terminology Handouts
    Common Medical Terminology Prefix, Root Word, and Suffix Handouts
  • The Official AAPC Proctor-to-Examinee Instructions (read out loud on the day of the exam)
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A good practice exam should fully prepare its examinee for the real exam. Knowing what to expect and not being surprised on exam day are important.

AAPC's CPC exam is 150 questions and must be completed in 5 hours and 40 minutes or less.

There are three main sections to the CPC exam:

Each of these three sections are then further divided into the following smaller headings.

Medical Concepts:

**The following sub-divisions are each assigned 5-10 category specific questions**

  • Guidelines
  • Payment management
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy
  • ICD-10-CM codes
  • HCPCS codes

Surgery and Modifiers:

**This section is mainly sub-divided to reflect the surgery section of the CPT book and assigns 5-10 category specific questions to each of the following sub-divisions**

  • Integumentary
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Respiratory
  • Cardiology
  • Hemic/Lymphatic systems
  • Mediastinum/Diaphragham
  • Digestive
  • Urinary
  • Male and Female reproductive organs
  • Maternity/ Endocrine system
  • Nervous system
  • Eyes/Ears

Remaining CPT Codes:

**This portion of the exam focuses on the remaining CPT codes and assigns 5-10 category specific questions to each of the following sub-division**

  • Evaluation and Management
  • Anesthesia
  • Radiology
  • Pathology
  • Medicine
Our 150 question CPC practice exam was created using the structure listed above in order to emulate the actual CPC exam as closely as possible. We felt that by doing this examinees would know exactly what to expect on examination day. By utilizing this structure examinees can better prepare for the exam by focusing on category specific questions and identifying areas of weakness. Knowing what to expect in detail also tend to help calm pre-test anxiety.

CPC Practice Exam Questions

CPC Practice Exam Questions

AAPC's CPC exam is 150 questions long. Questions range from true and false, to 1-2 sentences, to full page operative notes.

Questions on the CPC exam do not cover just specific medical codes. Questions can be very diverse, testing the examinees knowledge on:

  • Coding Guidelines
  • Understanding of Conventions
  • Correct Modifier Use
  • Bundling and Global Packages
  • Medical Terminology and Gross Anatomy

We have taken into account the wide spectrum of diversity the CPC exam offers and have constructed the questions on our CPC Practice Exam to reflect those on the actual exam as closely as possible.

CPC Practice Exam Rationale

In addition to our well constructed questions we are also providing a full rationale for each question.

These rationales provide the correct answer for each question as well as a full explanation as of why this option is correct, why the other three options are incorrect, and where in the medical coding books the answer can be located.

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CPC Practice Exam Sample Questions
Example 1: Medical Terminology

The term "Salping-Oophorectomy" refers to

a. The removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries
b. The surgical sampling or removal of a fertilized egg
c. Cutting into the fallopian tubes and ovaries for surgical purposes
d. Cutting into a fertilized egg for surgical purposes


Answer: A

The term "salp" means tube, the term "ooph" refers to the ovary, and the suffix "ectomy" means to surgically remove. Some CPT books (like the professional edition put out by the AMA) contains pages with common medical terms like these in the beginning of the book (prior to the coding guidelines)

Example 2: ICD-10-CM

Jim was at a bonfire when he tripped and fell into the flames. Jim sustained multiple burns. He came to the emergency room via an ambulance and was treated for second and third degree burns of his face, second degree burn on his shoulders and forearms, and third degree burns on the fronts of his thighs.

a. T20.20XA, T20.30XA, T22.259A, T22.219A, T24.319A, T31.42, X03.0XXA
b. T20.30XA, T24.319A, T22.299A, T31.42, X03.0XXA
c. T20.09XA, T22.099A, T24.099A, T31.64, X03.0XXA
d. T20.30XA, T22.299A, T24.319A, T31.64, X03.0XXA


Answer: B

Burn codes always have at least three codes: A burn code, a total body surface area code, or T31 category code, and an external cause code. Burn codes have the following rules, which can be found at the beginning of the ICD-10-CM manual under Guideline I.C.19.d Coding of burns and corrosions. Always code one location to the highest degree. For example, for first and second degree burns on the arm, you would only code second degree. When sequencing burn codes, always list the highest degree burn code first and end with the lowest degree burn code. For example, regarding first degree burns to the face and third degree burns to the arm, you would list the arm burn first and then the face burn. For question 33, answer B is correct because its codes describe the highest degree burn to each location and the burn codes are also arranged the in the correct order of highest to lowest degree of burn. To find the codes for the actual burns, we start with the areas with the third degree burns, in this case the face and thigh burns. Look up Burn/ face, and you will find Burn/ head. Burn, head, third degree is T20.30-. Search for Burn, thigh, third degree and you will find T24.319-9-. The second degree burns are for the upper and forearms. In the index, Burn, arm points to Burn, upper, limb. Looking up Burn, upper limb, multiple sites to code for both the upper arm and forearm, you will find that second degree is T22.299-. All of these need seven characters, with the seventh character being A, for initial encounter. The T31.42 (TBSA code) has the correct calculation when using the rule of nine (fourth digit burned to any degree; 9 x 5 = 45; five areas burned are head, arm1, arm2, leg1, leg 2; 5th digit describes only 3rd degree burns which are head (9), leg1 (9), and leg2 (9). 9x3=27). To find the code using the index, look up Burn, extent 40-49 percent with 20-29 percent third degree burns which points to T31.42. The external cause code correctly describes the bonfire incident. In the External Causes Index, look up Exposure, fire, not in building or structure which designates code X03.0. This also requires a seventh character of A, making the code X03.0XXA. Verify all codes in the Tabular.

Example 3: Anesthesia

When does anesthesia time begin?

a. After the induction of anesthesia is complete
b. During the pre-operative exam prior to entering the OR
c. When the anesthesiologist begins preparing the patient for the induction of anesthesia
d. Once the supervising physician signs over the patient's care to the anesthesiologist


Answer: C

The answer to this question can be located in the anesthesia coding guidelines under the title "Time Reporting"

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  • The Exam Study Guide, including:
    Common Anatomy Terminology Handouts
    Common Medical Terminology Prefix, Root Word, and Suffix Handouts
  • The Official AAPC Proctor-to-Examinee Instructions (read out loud on the day of the CPC exam)

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