When I graduated there was no choice for examinations. You took the NCETMB. So, that is what I did. I wrote out my check to the NCBTMB, took my exam, and complained about CAM and Asian theory being on the exam like everyone else.
As an added bonus, the NCETMB exam was not given in entire state of Iowa at all the year I graduated. I had to drive 150 miles to Illinois to take it. Obviously I am not over it yet.
On April 7th, 2001, My parents and boyfriend (my husband) dropped me off Knox college in Galesburg and told me “good luck”, “they would be thinking about me”, and that they would be back in about 3 hours. I was there 30 minutes early with 2 IDs. I made my way to room A-107 (I still have my directions) and joined a few of my classmates that had also made the journey to take the test that day. I sat there for the next two hours and tried to recall every detail I had learned in the past six months and punch it into a computer(oid). The only thing I recall is that I had 3 questions on wry neck/torticollis. That seems excessive, right?
It did not kill me, but remember being glad I never, ever have to do that again…
So, now we have the MBLEx.
- The cheaper exam.
- The shorter exam.
- The one without Asian theory.
- The “easier” exam.
Each week I assist colleagues who are transfering their massage licenses to Florida. For some of these colleagues, taking the MBLEx, NCETMB, or the NESL is mandatory because they never had to take an exam to get their current license in the state they are currently residing (usually due to grandfathering). Because of this, I am frequently asked:
Which exam would you take?
Which exam do you recommend?
I have not heard anything bad about the MBLEx*, and typically that is what I recommend. It seems to be the preferred exam right now.
So, I am not confident at all in the foreshadowing attempt earlier, but some of you may have guessed I am taking the MBLEx.
Actually, I already did.
Today. About an hour ago.
I will write more about my experience, results, and how I may need to find better things to do with my time on another day.
What do you think about the NCETMB? I want someone to give me a reason why someone should still take the NCETMB (other than your state requires it). Coincidentally, Laura Allen wrote a great blog a few weeks ago suggesting that is time for the NCBTMB to step away from the entry level exam. It is a good read, and there are great comments and insights by other colleagues.
And I leave you with this – the best part about this blog post: My NCETMB score sheet and photo. I wish someone told me they would be taking my picture that day.
*Actually one school administrator told me she hated the MBLEx because students would go to school and leave before the program was complete, take the MBLEx to get licensed in their state, and not pay her the remaining tuition.