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Varsity Tutors has private CST classes for those who are considering an entry-level career as a surgical technician. With the guidance offered in your CST test prep, you can demonstrate your true abilities. The CST assesses skills that make up the entire body of knowledge for surgical first assistants and surgical technologists. It is a comprehensive exam, and you will not be able to prepare in one night.

With the help you can receive from a Varsity Tutors CST course, you can hone your study and test-taking skills now and use them in the future as well. The one-on-one CST test prep options include CST tutoring. Your personal tutor is familiar with the contents of the exam, and they can work with you during each CST class on the skills or concepts you find the most difficult. Overall, the CST assesses your abilities in many areas in the surgical tech field.

There are numerous benefits of taking CST courses provided by Varsity Tutors. For example, your tutor can create custom CST prep lessons based on your unique needs. The syllabus for CST test prep is not set in stone, so your tutor can change it to meet your needs. If you are strong in advanced principles of microbiology, but you need more work in anatomy and physiology, your tutor can focus more of your valuable CST prep time an effort there. If you get nervous before a big test or you need to work on your time management skills, a tutor can help you develop strategies to address those specific issues as well.

CST tutors can use many techniques to figure out where you are at with understanding the content on the test. A tutor can also follow along and figure out where you are, adjusting the CST test preparation session as you get a handle on the material to make sure you are always moving forward. This flexibility is one of the biggest benefits of working with a private CST prep tutor.

There are many different subjects covered on the exam and during your CST test prep, below is a list of those topics:

Topics Covered

  • Pre-Operative Preparation
  • Intra-Operative Procedures
  • Post-Operative Procedures
  • Administrative and Personnel
  • Equipment Sterilization and Maintenance
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Advanced Principles of Microbiology
  • Surgical Pharmacology and Anesthesia

Your instructor can help you become familiar with the format and timing of the CST. They can use their knowledge of the exam to help you get a feel for the contents and how long you can spend on each section. Practice exams can be used to simulate the real thing.

Below are a couple of practice questions that you may see on the real exam:

Practice Questions

  • Which of the following refers to the process of isolating the surgical site from the rest of the body?
    • Surgical draping
    • Skin preparation
    • Patient positioning
    • Aseptic technique
  • Which of the following is a type of drape that contains a specific opening to accommodate the surgical incision?
    • Non-fenestrated drape
    • Fenestrated drape
    • Plastic adhesive drape
    • Adhesive drape

As you probably already know, the more time that you spend on your CST prep, the more prepared you can be going into test day. A tutor can work with you to help you get the most out of your study time. These skilled professionals want to see you improve, so they can help you figure out where your best chances are to improve your score and help you focus your studies there. If you are ready to get started preparing for the CST, contact Varsity Tutors today. We can answer your questions and get you set up with CST preparation assistance from an expert.

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