Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is TCMtests.com?
TCMtests.com is the largest online test preparation site for Oriental Medicine practitioners who wish to pass professional licensing examinations. TCMtests.com is a systematic, comprehensive, professional review of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Oriental Medicine.
2. Why should I subscribe to TCMtests.com?
There are many reasons to subscribe to TCMtests.com, they include:
1.To pass NCCAOM and California Board Examination by being super prepared
2. To identify knowledge gaps
3. To develop computer based test-taking skills
4. To refine/supplement your knowledge base
5. To build confidence
6. It's fun and interactive — you can do it anywhere, 24/7
3. What is the difference between the California and National board subscriptions?
Both subscriptions include five study areas — acupuncture, biomedicine, foundations, herbs, and point location. The CA subscription includes California herbs and formulas only while the National subscription has a greater range of herbs and formulas. The CA subscription includes California style descriptive point location tests while the National subscription focuses on image questions. The CA subscription includes more difficult layered case-studies. Both the CA and National subscriptions include 3 full-length and timed simulated tests.
4. What is the difference between the NCCAOM online tests and TCMtests.com?
The difference is one of scope and purpose. NCCAOM has a total of 750 questions. TCMtests.com has 17,773+ board questions. The purpose of NCCAOM practice tests is to familiarize the student with the experience of the test and test content. The purpose of TCMtests.com is to help teach, reinforce, and augment the students' knowledge base in all aspects of Oriental Medicine, so that the student becomes the best possible Oriental medical practitioner. We go beyond the exam to prepare you for practice.
TCMtests.com has learning modules that are topic specific for review and education. This enables the subscriber to practice and drill themselves, and improve efficiency and knowledge of specific topics.
The TCMtests.com format enables the subscriber to master a specific area, one topic at a time.
|Point Location Questions||0||1,177|
|Improves Test Skills||yes||yes|
|Up to $80 Rebate||no||yes|
|Peer Exam Feedback||no||yes|
|Years Online||8 years||11 years|
4. Why doesn't TCMtests.com have shorter subscriptions?
Our experience has shown that if you are going to take a high value test, to adequately prepare yourself, you need to have a minimum of three months. For those on a budget, a subscriber can also choose a 1-day, 1-week, or a 1-month subscription.
5. Why is TCMtests.com so costly?
Professional licensing organizations have estimated that a single question on a board certification exam maybe easily valued between $1000-$3000. Considering that board examinations have hundreds, if not thousands of test questions, a board with a test bank of 1,000 questions can be easily valued at 1 million dollars. TCMtests.com gives you over 30,000 questions for use. When in compared to the high value cost that you pay for your National Board or California State Board, TCMtests.com is quite a good value.
6. Where do the TCMtests.com questions come from?
The TCMtests.com questions are based on the recommeded source books that the NCCAOM and the California Boards recommend that you study. To learn more please view our Integrity Policy and Item Writing guidelines.
7. Can you stop and start my subscription?
Excluding the 1-day subscription, we allow one stop-restart per subscription. However, it is very important that you develop a daily habit of learning. Since our philosophy is to prepare you beyond the exam, we've developed our content to be studied daily in a systematic, comprehensive approach. That is what TCMtests.com is all about. If you are a new subscriber you can pay for your subscription now and choose to start your subscription at a later date.
8. When the boards change, does TCMtests.com change?
Yes. We continue to upgrade our questions and change our references based on NCCAOM and California State Board recommendations. TCMtests.com is designed as a systematic, comprehensive learning tool so that you will master the knowledge and information to become the best Oriental Medicine practitioner possible. Whether you are taking a test or not, this information will be and is critical for accurate diagnosis and treatment of your patient.
9. Can I share my subscription?
No. Your subscription is only for you. You can use TCMtests.com 24/7 on any computer. You are not allowed to share your subscription. We have security measures in place to monitor simultaneous use. Violaters will have their subscription stopped, without a refund.
10. What do I do when the tests don't work on my computer?
Here are the computer requirements for the TCMtests.com's tests.
For Windows users
You will need Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7. We recommend the Firefox, Chrome or Safari browser.
For Mac users
You will need OS X. You will need the Safari, Firefox or Chrome browser.
If the tests are not working and you only see "Quiz Name" there is software on your computer that is blocking the tests. It is usually internet security software, spam software, or firewalls. Try disabling each one at a time and try the tests again.
If you continue to have difficulties, please call us M-F at 312-327-9131 during normal business hours or email us at and our technician will help you resolve the issue.