Preparing Students for the MBLEx in 2023

About Massage Exam Guide

Our Mission: To Help Massage Therapy Students Pass the MBLEx

Massage Exam Guide is an online MBLEx test prep resource that is designed to help current massage students, graduates, and practicing therapists study and prepare for the FSMTB Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx). Our comprehensive MBLEx Course and practice tests and quizzes take the stress out of preparing for the massage exam, and increase your chance of success.

What Massage Exam Guide Offers

Massage Exam Guide offers students a complete MBLEx test prep solution. Our structured lessons and realistic practice exams help massage therapy students to master content areas such as kinesiology, anatomy, physiology, pathology and client assessment, as well as the ethics and business side of being a massage therapist. The lessons here will help you to pass your classes in massage school, pass the MBLEx, and find success faster in your first years of practice. Here are a few things that new members can expect to find on Massage Exam Guide:

  • Realistic MBLEx test questions
  • Performance feedback
  • Correct answer rationales
  • Unlimited retakes of tests and quizzes
  • Results and progress tracking
  • Organized MBLEx Course
  • Engaging content
  • Test taking strategies & tips

The Perfect Supplement to Any Massage Training Program

Passing the MBLEx is often the final step in becoming a licensed massage therapist. Preparing for the massage exam however shouldn’t wait until after completing your massage school or training program. That’s why we’ve created this online resource to help students succeed in massage school as well as on the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx).

Our comprehensive MBLEx Course and practice tests are the perfect supplement to support your massage classes and fill in any knowledge or curriculum gaps.

Our MBLEx Prep Course is a structured study program to guide massage students through all of the subjects needed to pass the massage exam and begin working as a massage therapist.

And, if you’ve already graduated from massage school, even if it was years ago, don’t worry. The MBLEx Prep Course on Massage Exam Guide is a comprehensive course that covers all the key elements of the test. And it will be a great refresher course if you haven’t done massage in a while. The MBLEx Course is included for free with the Silver and Gold memberships.

MBLEx Practice Tests

Taking realistic MBLEx practice tests is one of the best ways to assess your understanding of new concepts and increase your confidence for the massage licensing exam. The practice tests and quizzes on Massage Exam Guide are designed to be realistic and challenging. Members that consistently score well on our exams can be confident on test day.

  • 10-Question content area quizzes, to focus your study on a specific topic
  • 25-Question mini exams, for a quick and comprehensive review of all topics
  • 100-Question simulated exams, for realistic practice and review

Practicing tests is not only an effective way to learn new information and reinforce lessons that you learned in school, but it is a great way to practice your test-taking skills. It is also a great way to keep any test anxiety at bay. Taking multiple-choice exams is an art and science in itself. Test-taking strategies such as narrowing your options, eliminating similar answers, pacing, identifying what a question is really looking for, and confirming your selection will improve your likelihood of success on test day.

Practice Makes Perfect

One of the best benefits of practice exams is when there is a clear and concise rationale to why the correct answer is correct. Our MBLEx practice tests give members a test results report after each test and quiz so that you can see what you missed, and also see how to get it right next time. You can save and access your previous test results to track your progress and identify the content areas that you need to spend more time on.

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  • MBLEx practice exams and quizzes
  • Opportunities to ask questions
  • Organized study plan
  • Massage exam tips
  • Current MBLEx information for 2023
  • Complete MBLEx Course
  • Progress tracking
  • Test taking tips

MBLEx Content Areas

If you are just beginning your massage therapy training program and have not yet begun to look into what you will need to know to pass the MBLEx in 2023, here is an introduction.

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Anatomy & Physiology

This massage exam content area is one of the most challenging for many massage students. It only represents 11% of the massage licensing exam, but covers 12 systems of the body, which is a large volume of information to study. Our MBLEx Course and practice tests break down the science stuff and terminology to make this topic understandable and practical for new massage therapists.

Kinesiology concept


The kinesiology section of the massage exam is another topic that can be confusing for people who have not had previous training or experience in the biological sciences. We offer clear explanations of concepts like range of motion, muscle contraction, muscle origins, insertions, innervations and actions, and joint structure and function.

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This section of the MBLEx represents 14% of the massage exam, and also covers concepts like areas of caution, massage contraindications, massage therapy for special populations, and medications that may affect a massage treatment plan. Competency on these topics is critical for client and therapist health and safety.

Benefits and Effects

This MBLEx content area covers the physiological and psychological effects of massage and bodywork techniques on various body systems, tissues and organs. It also assesses the therapist’s competency regarding massage technique, the application of modalities such as heat or cold, specific massage strokes, and the sequence of techniques.

Client Assessment

The client assessment section of the massage exam covers everything from client intake and data collection, visual assessment, and palpation assessment, to clinical reasoning and treatment planning. This content area represents 17% of the MBLEx. The information here is what bridges the gap between just knowing a lot about the body and massage, to being able to create and deliver a massage treatment that helps to solve clients’ problems.

Ethics, Boundaries & Laws

The next MBLEx content area covered on the massage licensing exam assesses the new massage therapist’s competency and understanding of ethical principles, boundaries, laws and regulations related to the massage therapy profession. This section represents 16% of the MBLEx, and also includes therapeutic relationships, massage scope of practice, violations, professional communication and confidentiality.

Guidelines for Professional Practice

The final topic covered on the massage licensing exam represents 15% of the test, and covers client and therapist safety, draping, sanitation and hygiene, body mechanics and self-care, massage business planning, marketing, documentation, and business and healthcare terminology.

Prepare to Pass the Massage Exam in 2023!

Save yourself the stress and frustration by starting your MBLEx test prep early!