If you are a first-time candidate for the IBLCE exam it is preferable that you complete your comprehensive course of study prior to using the Practice Exams. This will give you a clearer idea of where to focus your final studying.
However, if you are sitting the exam for your recertification you may get more benefit from doing the practice exams first, then determining in which areas you need to study further.
Experienced IBCLCs usually only need to 'brush up' on a few subjects.
Each of the first 4 Practice Exams relate to specific sections of the IBLCE Exam Blueprint.
The other two Practice Exams cover topics which students indicated they wanted more practice. The following is a guide to what is covered in each of the first 4 Practice Exams. When you review your Practice Exam results you should be able to tell in which of the IBLCE Blueprint topics you need more review time. The additional Practice Exams cover varying topics covered in the IBLCE blueprint.
The Practice Exams
Exam Practice A
- Maternal and Infant Normal Physiology and Endocrinology
- Breastfeeding Techniques
Exam Practice B
- Maternal and Infant Immunology and Infectious Disease
- Maternal and Infant Pathology
- Public Health
Exam Practice C
- Maternal and Infant Anatomy
- Maternal and Infant Normal Nutrition and Biochemistry
- Maternal and Infant Pharmacology and Toxicology
Exam Practice D
- Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology
- Growth Parameters and Developmental Milestones
- Interpretative Research
- Ethical and Legal Issues
- Breastfeeding Equipment and Technology
Additional questions and Even more questions
- 100 questions on topics students may have more difficulties.
Your Practice Exam is graded automatically as soon as you submit it. You will receive a grade, but of more importance you will be able to look at each question again, reading the comprehensive feedback which may explain why the wrong answers are wrong, or giving you references to online journal articles to read more about the topics.
The question feedback is another great learning tool for you.
The forum is where you will meet exam candidates from all around the World. You can introduce yourself, share your thoughts, cares and concerns with others going through the same emotions IBLCE: Lactation Exam Practice you are.
The forum is where questions are discussed, dissected and examined until understanding of exam techniques makes the chance of losing marks from misunderstanding a near impossibility. The extra weekly pop-up quizzes, encourage students to answer the question and provide reasons for their correct answer. Students learn to problem solve the correct answer. As an added bonus you'll likely gain even more breastfeeding knowledge. Surveys of exam candidates who have completed the Lactation Exam Practice in previous years have told us that one of the best parts of this program is the learning, sharing and caring that happened in the discussion forum.
All of the questions have been developed for Health e-Learning and reviewed by a team of experienced IBCLCs.
Primary authors: Denise Fisher, MMP, BN, IBCLC, Carole Dobrich, RN, IBCLC, ANLC, and Lenore Goldfarb, PhD, CCC, IBCLC, ALC
- Bridget Ingle, RN, RM, IBCLC
- Suzanne Cox, BMid, IBCLC
- Barbara Ash, BA, IBCLC
- Elise Chapin, MEd IBCLC
- Melanie Gingras, BScN, IBCLC
- Odile Lapointe, IBCLC