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RHIT exam tips

5 tips to ace the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Exam

By DeVry University


Registered health information technicians ensure the quality and accuracy of records, understand the complex computer systems that house them online and analyze patient data to improve care and help organizations control costs.

For those planning to take the exam, here are five tips from Maggie Lewis, a student who just passed the exam:
 

1. UNDERSTAND THE FORMAT

You are given 3.5 hours to complete the exam, which has 150 multiple-choice questions. The questions cover seven topics of study, but they are not grouped by category. The question order is random. Here are the seven areas of focus:
    • Data analysis and management
    • Coding
    • Compliance
    • Information technology
    • Quality
    • Legal
    • Revenue cycle

“It’s a long test, you don’t get any breaks and the exam covers a lot of topics,” Lewis says. “It’s important to understand the format of the exam and be ready for anything.”

 

2. FORMULAS WILL BE PROVIDED

Throughout the exam, you’ll deal with questions that have statistics and require formulas. 

“Many students wonder if they need to memorize the formulas, but they are supplied for you,” Lewis says. “They don’t want you to regurgitate formulas, they want you to be able to apply a formula to a real situation.” 

You’re given a sheet of paper or dry erase board to do math as needed. 

 

3. SPECIFIC CASES, LAWS, AND DATES ARE REFERENCED 

Students wonder often if there are certain cases, laws or dates that tend to show up more often than others on the exam. Lewis says it’s best to study it all. 

“Every test is different. Just because my exam had questions about the specific dates of the Affordable Care Act and HIPPA, doesn’t mean your test will,” she says. “I’ve talked with a lot of people who took the exam over the years, and I followed their advice to study everything.”

 

4. USE ADDITIONAL PREP MATERIALS

Lewis relied on her course materials from college to study for the exam, but she also purchased additional prep guides. She says there are two commonly used guides: the Registered Health Technician Exam Preparation by AHIMA Press and the Professional Review Guide for RHIT Examinations.

 

5. UNDERSTAND THE SCORING

While the exam has 150 questions, only 130 of them are graded. Exam makers add 20 “pretest questions” throughout the exam to see if those questions are viable options for future tests. You don’t know which questions fall into this category, so you’ll have to work through the entire test as if each one is graded. 

You’ll receive your score immediately after taking the exam. Your “scoring report” will indicate whether you’ve passed or failed. The current passing scale for the RHIT exam is 300 out of 400. 

Passing the RHIT exam can help students like Lewis enter the job field with confidence. If you’re interested in health information technology, DeVry University has a course for you.

DeVry University offers a range of career-focused degree programs including Health Information Technology taught by supportive faculty with real-world experience. At DeVry, you can build your schedule to fit your life with classes offered in eight-week academic sessions year round on campus, online or in one of our innovative extended classrooms*. 

DeVry University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org. To learn more, visit devry.edu.

*Program, course and connected classroom availability varies by location.