CPR Practice Test

This practice test includes 20 multiple-choice questions about CPR/AED. The questions and answers are based on our study guides and coursework that adhere to the most recent guidelines. While the exact questions might not appear on the official certification exam, they can be used as a guide to study for the certification exam.

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What should you do first if you are alone and find an unconscious adult victim with no obvious cause?
  • Administer an AED
  • Call 911
  • Deliver one minute of CPR
  • Deliver two minutes of CPR
If someone suffers cardiac arrest, how long should you take before starting CPR?
  • 20 seconds
  • 10 seconds
  • 1 minute
  • 30 seconds
While walking in the park, you saw an unconscious adult. The adult is breathing but doesn't have a pulse. What's the best thing you should do?
  • Perform CPR with chest compression and rescue breathing
  • Provide rescue breathing only
  • Perform chest compressions only
  • Call 911 and wait for the EMS to arrive
You try to give an unresponsive adult a rescue breath, and the chest does not appear to rise when you give the 1st breath. What would you do next?
  • Perform abdominal thrusts
  • Do chest compressions only
  • Stop CPR and wait for EMS
  • Repeat the head tilt/chin lift maneuver and attempt the breath again
After offering resuscitation in the event of a cardiac arrest and your patient starts breathing, what's the best recovery position to put them in to maintain a clear airway?
  • In a still position
  • In a left lateral position
  • In a stable true lateral position, head-dependent on something and no pressure on the chest
  • In a stable true lateral position, head-dependent on something with pressure on the chest
You are walking along the sidewalk and see an unconscious child. What is the first thing you should do if you did not witness the collapse?
  • Perform 2 minutes of CPR
  • Call 911
  • Perform chest compression
  • Provide rescue breathing
While performing CPR on a child, interruptions to chest compressions should be limited to:
  • Less than 10 seconds
  • Less than 15 seconds
  • Less than 20 seconds
  • 1 minute
While you are performing CPR on a child, another rescuer appears on the scene. What do you do next?
  • Transport the child immediately
  • Wait until you feel exhausted, then ask the 2nd rescuer to replace you
  • Ask the second rescuer to help with CPR to minimize fatigue
  • Ask the second rescuer to give rescue breaths at a ratio of 30:2
What is the latest recommendation for CPR compression depth in an adult patient?
  • 1-2 inches
  • 2 inches
  • 2-2.4 inches
  • 2-2.6 inches
According to the American Heart Association guidelines, what is the recommended chest compression rate during cardiac arrest management?
  • 100-120 compressions per minute
  • 90-100 compressions per minute
  • Less than 80 compressions per minute
  • Less than 60 compressions per minute
Chest compressions on an infant are delivered with the?
  • Entire hand
  • Fingers
  • The heel of the palm
  • Knuckles
How many breaths should be given during a two-rescuer CPR on an adult with an advanced airway in place?
  • 1 breath every 10 compressions
  • 2 breaths every 30 compressions
  • 1 breath every 5 compressions
  • 5 breaths every 30 compressions
What is the appropriate duration when giving rescue breaths
  • Rescue breaths should last 1 second
  • Rescue breaths should last 2 seconds
  • Rescue breaths should last 3 seconds
  • Rescue breaths should last 4 seconds
What are the correct steps when operating an AED?
  • Open the AED case, remove the AED pads, apply the AED pads to the patient's chest, and then turn on the AED
  • Open the AED case, remove the AED pads, turn on the AED, and then apply the AED pads to the patient's chest
  • Apply the AED pads to the patient's chest, open the AED case, remove the AED pads, and then turn on the AED
  • Apply the AED pads to the patient's chest, turn on the AED, open the AED case, and then remove the AED pads
Which of the following is not a shockable rhythm?
  • Asystole
  • Ventricular fibrillation
  • Pulseless electrical activity
  • Ventricular tachycardia
What should you do after attaching the AED pads to the victim's chest?
  • Give abdominal thrusts.
  • Allow the device to analyze the victim's heart rhythm.
  • Check if the victim has a pulse
  • Turn on the AED.
Why is it necessary for the rescuer to experience recoil between each compression?
  • To prevent injury to the patient's organ
  • To allow the heart to fill with oxygenated blood
  • To allow blood delivery to the brain
  • To give rest to the rescuer
What is the correct compression depth for infant CPR?
  • 2 inches
  • 3 inches
  • 1/3 of the infant's chest diameter
  • 1/2 of the infant's chest diameter
While you are trying to relieve choking on an infant, the infant loses consciousness. What should you do?
  • Perform the Heimlich Maneuver
  • Perform CPR
  • Do continuous back blows
  • Transport the infant to the nearest hospital
What's the first thing you should check when entering an emergency situation?
  • The number of victims
  • The seriousness of injuries
  • Imminent dangers in the environment
  • The location of a first aid kit