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Medical Terminology Suffix Practice Exam

medical terminology suffix practice exam

On this page you will find our latest version of the medical terminology suffix practice exam. This practice exam is to help you get a stronger ability to learn and remember medical terminology by knowing what the suffixes may mean. Having an idea on what both the prefix and suffix may mean, you will have a much easier time with the meaning of the whole word. The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) recommends that you spend the proper amount of time studying before you taking your exam.

You will find that there are tons of free resources and study aids on the internet to help you prepare your exam, including a lot of information here at Medical Billing and Coding Connection. You will also find a number of practice quizzes to help you get ready for the layout and format of the actual test. You can even find some review classes, seminars or study groups to help you along the way. No matter what you do, you must prepare for your certification exam so you can pass it and start you way to success.

Medical Terminology Suffix Practice Exam

The term “suffix” means “to affix at the end of word or stem” for example adding -ness to the word soft to get softness. By placing the suffix on to a word, you are modifying the meaning which can help form a noun, verb or adjective.

As far as medical terms go, when looking at the total word it is best to look at the suffix first followed by the meaning of the root or the prefix and root. By looking at words in this fashion, you should quickly recognize the meaning and “decode” it faster than any other way outside of memorization. Below is an example of how to decode a word.

medical terms suffix practice test

Test Tips

In our previous practice exam entries, we’ve discussed how to prepare for your certification exam. When it comes to your preparation for medical terminology there are some simple and proven methods that will help you the best. Let’s take a look at a few of these.

Study Sessions

This is perhaps the most basic but fundamental to preparing for your certification exam. You need to schedule a specific time each day in which you can study without distractions. Treat this as a class and make sure that you not only study each day at this specified time but also you are properly prepared. You should be a place where you are comfortable and it is quiet. Study until the end of your arranged time but do not dilly dally or clock watch. If you are serious about passing your certification exam, then you need to make this a time you do not miss or mess around during.


Probably the last time you used flashcards was in grade school and you might think they are kids stuff now, but you would be wrong. Separate sets of flashcards for topics such as medical terms, reimbursement methods, reporting guidelines, and HIPAA can be extremely helpful. The best part about flashcards is the different ways that you can use them such as:

  • Read them in a spare moment
  • Go through them right before bed
  • Have a friend or loved one quiz you with them
  • Play a game where you get rewarded for getting so many right
  • Go through them while eating your lunch

Online Practice Tests

At least once a week you should plan on taking a practice quiz. You can find some of these online and as a plug for ourselves, you can try our quizzes just like the medical terminology suffix practice exam on this page. No matter where you go for your practice tests, you need to take them religiously.

Medical Terminology Suffixes Practice Exam

The following practice exam will cover suffixes commonly used in medical terminology. Knowing both your suffixes and prefixes will greatly enable you to learn medical terms a lot easier. Some questions may have more than one right answer, if this is the case you will need to check all the correct answers for full credit. Good luck!
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