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  • Writer's pictureMichael Zaladonis

Updated: Feb 26, 2023

With so many choices out there, it can get overwhelming when looking for a great Ultrasound Registry Review Tutor for SPI, Physics, Breast, OB/GYN, Pediatric Sonography, Vascular or Abdomen exams!

Trying to find a great ultrasound registry review tutor can be tricky. You want someone who is knowledgeable and experienced, but you also want someone who is patient and able to adapt to your learning style. At Prepry we have helped thousands of students pass their exams. While our Prepry app offers a variety of features that make it easy to use and convenient for students, some people like to use a 1 on 1 tutor as well. In this blog post, I’ll share some tips on how to find a great ultrasound registry review tutor.

1. Your tutor should NOT make you feel stupid or bad about yourself for not understanding the material. If you do feel that way, you need to move on right away! They should be encouraging, uplifting, and instill a sense of self-assurance in you.

2. You should meet with the tutor face-to-face (either online or in-person). If a tutor requests to only communicate via email, chat, or phone. This is utter nonsense and a SCAM! You want to be able to see the tutor, speak with them, and get feedback from them. Zoom and Skype are very simple to use and do not cost a lot of money. If they say the only way to communicate with them is through email or text chat, then you should MOVE ON.

3. The tutor needs to be a registered sonographer with either the ARDMS or the CCI. Simply inquire as to what they are registered in. Then, to check the status, go to the ardms website and enter their name or email address. Verification or recognition of registry reports can indicate whether a person is active or retired.

  • Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS)

Specialty examinations:

• Abdomen (AB)

• Breast (BR)

• Fetal Echocardiography (FE)

• Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB/GYN)

• Pediatric Sonography (PS)

  • Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS)

Specialty examinations: • Adult Echocardiography (AE) • Fetal Echocardiography (FE) • Pediatric Echocardiography (PE)

  • Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT)

  • Registered in Musculoskeletal® (RMSK®) sonography

  • RCS - Registered Cardiac Sonographer

  • RVS - Registered Vascular Specialist

Do not hire them if they do not have a valid registry or it has been revoked!

4. Paying a large sum of money up front without speaking to the tutor you will be working with is an absolute no-no! As a rule of thumb, you should pay after the first session to ensure that you're getting the best tutoring possible. It is acceptable to pay the tutor in advance if they are very well known in their field or came highly recommended by someone you know. But if you are unsure, ask if you can just pay for one session. Once you are confident the tutor will be available to help you, pay for a package.

5. On the major tutoring websites, such as Varsity Tutors, or Wyzant, anyone can sign up to work as a tutor. The fact that they have a degree in sonography, ultrasound, or echocardiography is in NO WAY a guarantee that they are a qualified and experienced tutor in any of those fields.

6. If you find a tutor on the website of a large tutoring company, your best bet is to look for them on their individual website for their business instead. You will have a clearer picture of how professional they are after doing so. Simply do a search for their name along with "sonography tutor" or "ultrasound tutor" or "echocardiography tutor." Before working with them, I would exercise extreme caution if they did not have a website or a profile on Linkedin.

7. They should only tutor subjects related to sonography, echocardiography, or ultrasound; they shouldn't tutor subjects related to nursing or the MCAT. People who have no idea what a sonographer does often make the mistake of thinking that private tutoring for the subject will be simple. You should not waste your money on non-sonographer educators.

8. The tutor's website is easy to use and doesn't make things more confusing. It is NOT necessary for it to be an elaborate website.

9. The tutor has credible testimonials from previous students. If they have testimonials posted on social media, you can reach out to the person who posted them to find out how their experience was.

10. The tutor is available to speak with you over the phone in order to provide answers to any questions that you might have. It's fine to talk to them on the phone for up to 15 minutes without being charged. As a student, you should NEVER begin tutoring unless you have first spoken with the tutor. And I'm not talking about texting, chatting, or emailing. Make certain that you have actually spoken to them on the phone.

11. Ask the tutor if they can help you create a plan so you know what you'll be working on each week until the test date.

12. If you notice the tutor becoming irritated with you, move on immediately.

13. If you believe that you were the victim of a scam, then you were probably right.

Follow the advice given above to avoid falling victim to a SCAM

Finding a great ultrasound registry review tutor can be a challenge. You want someone who is knowledgeable and experienced, but you also want someone who is patient and able to explain things in a way that makes sense to you. Prepry - has more than 2700 Ultrasound Registry Review questions is a great tool in addition to a great tutor.

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  • Writer's pictureMichael Zaladonis

Updated: Feb 26, 2023

If you're preparing to take the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) exam, you know that it's a challenging test that requires a lot of preparation. The exam covers a range of topics, including anatomy and physiology, patient care, and the principles of ultrasound physics. To succeed on the SPI exam, you need to have a solid understanding of these topics and a study plan to help you prepare effectively.

At Prepry, we understand how challenging it can be to prepare for the SPI exam, which is why we've created a free SPI Ultrasound Physics study plan to help you ace the exam. Our study plan is designed to help you build your knowledge of ultrasound physics and master the concepts that will be tested on the SPI exam. Here's what you can expect from our study plan:

  1. Comprehensive coverage of SPI ultrasound physics: Our study plan covers all the key topics that you need to know for the SPI exam, including the properties of sound waves, ultrasound wave propagation, and transducer technology.

  2. Easy-to-follow weekly study schedule: Our study plan breaks down the material into weekly study sessions, making it easy to stay on track and manage your time effectively.

  3. Interactive study resources: Our study plan includes interactive resources, such as quizzes and flashcards, to help you reinforce your understanding of the material.

  4. Expert guidance from experienced educators: Our study plan was created by experienced sonography educators and practicing sonographers who understand the pressure and struggle of ultrasound students just like you.

  5. Accessible and convenient: Our study plan is accessible online, so you can study from anywhere at any time, making it easy to fit study time into your busy schedule.

With our free SPI Ultrasound Physics study plan, you'll have everything you need to prepare effectively for the SPI exam and build your knowledge of ultrasound physics. Our expert guidance and comprehensive coverage of the material will help you feel confident and well-prepared when it's time to take the exam.

If you're ready to take the next step in your sonography career, sign up for our free SPI Ultrasound Physics study plan today and start your journey towards becoming a registered diagnostic medical sonographer (RDMS) with the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

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Updated: Feb 6

You did it! You've graduated from sonography school and are one step closer to becoming a registered sonographer. Now, there’s just one small hurdle to overcome before you can officially become a registered sonographer with ARDMS credentials (RDMS, RDCS, RVT, and RMSKS) passing the ARDMS SPI Exam. You've studied hard in sonography school and you know your stuff, but that doesn't mean you can't learn some tips and tricks to help pass the ARDMS SPI exam on your first try. We've put together our top seven tips for passing the ARDMS SPI exam for the first time.

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1. Understand the ARDMS SPI Exam Format

The ARDMS SPI examination consists of 110 questions, which must be answered within a time limit of 2 hours. You will be given a score that falls somewhere between 300 and 700. To pass, you must score 555 or greater. 

The ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography) uses a scaled scoring system to ensure fairness in comparing test scores across different versions of the exam. This means that a person's score is based not only on the number of questions they answer correctly, but also on the relative difficulty of the specific version of the exam they take. The ARDMS recognizes that different versions of the exam may vary slightly in difficulty level. To ensure fairness in comparing test scores across these different versions, the ARDMS uses a scaled scoring system that takes into account the relative difficulty of each version of the exam.

For example, if person A took a version of the exam that was more difficult than the version person B took, then person A's score will be adjusted upward accordingly. This means that if person A scored 63% on a more difficult version of the exam in 2017, and person B scored 93% on an easier version of the exam in 2016, person B's scaled score would be higher than person A's. By using a scaled scoring system, the ARDMS ensures that all test takers are judged fairly and equitably, regardless of which version of the exam they take. This system provides a more accurate representation of a test taker's knowledge and skills, and helps maintain the certification process's integrity.

Understanding the SPI Exam's Five Domains: A Guide to the Content Structure

ARDMS aids applicants by providing a structured outline for the SPI exam, known as the SPI content outline. This outline serves as a guide to the exam's structure.

The SPI exam is categorized into five distinct domains, each representing a specific portion of the exam:

  1. Conducting Ultrasound Examinations (23% - about 25 questions): This domain focuses on the practical aspects of performing ultrasound exams, including core physics concepts like parameters and attenuation.

  2. Handling Ultrasound Transducers (7% - about 8 questions): This section delves into the selection and functioning of ultrasound transducers, moving away from outdated technologies and focusing on current practices.

  3. Enhancing Sonographic Images (26% - about 29 questions): Renamed to emphasize the application of physics in improving ultrasound imaging.

  4. Applying Doppler Principles (34% - about 37 questions): A crucial domain requiring an in-depth understanding of Doppler concepts, reflecting its increased question percentage.

  5. Ensuring Clinical Safety and Quality Assurance (10% - about 11 questions): Focuses on maintaining safety and quality standards in clinical settings.

2. Tailor Your Approach to Match Your Learning Style.

We all have slightly different learning styles, and understanding yours is crucial for effective studying. At Prepry, we recognize that one size does not fit all when it comes to learning. Here are some tailored study approaches based on different learning styles:

  1. Active Learner: If you consider yourself an active learner, you thrive on hands-on engagement. Prepry offers a great solution for active learners through our multiple-choice question format. This interactive approach allows you to actively engage with the material, test your knowledge, and reinforce your understanding.

  2. Audiovisual Learner: For those who learn best through audio and visual cues, our video-on-demand courses are designed with you in mind. These courses provide a dynamic and immersive learning experience, combining visual elements with expert explanations. Dive into our video content to absorb information effectively.

  3. Social Learner: If you find that you learn better by discussing concepts and ideas, consider finding a tutor or forming a study group. Interaction and discussion can be powerful tools for reinforcing your understanding. Collaborate with peers to talk through complex topics and gain insights from different perspectives.

  4. Traditional Learner: Traditional learners often prefer more conventional study methods, such as studying from class notes and textbooks. At Prepry, we recommend a multifaceted approach that includes studying from your textbooks. Combine this with our video review courses for a comprehensive understanding. Additionally, our practice questions are invaluable for traditional learners, as repetition and practice are key to mastery.

Embrace a Multifaceted Approach

While recognizing your primary learning style is essential, we encourage all learners to adopt a multifaceted study approach. To excel in your studies, consider combining various methods:

  • Textbook Study: Dive deep into your textbooks to build a solid foundation.

  • Video Review Courses: Enrich your understanding with our video courses.

  • Interactive Practice: Challenge yourself with our extensive question bank. To truly excel, practice is essential. Answering a variety of questions helps reinforce your knowledge and boost your confidence.

Remember, there's no one-size-fits-all approach to learning. By tailoring your study strategy to your learning style and embracing multiple methods, you can maximize your learning potential and achieve your academic goals.

At Prepry, we're here to support your unique learning journey. Explore our resources, engage with our materials, and tailor your study approach to what works best for you. Success is within reach when you study smart and adapt to your individual strengths.

3. Use Prepry ARDMS SPI Exam Study Plans

Commit to the preparation that the test deserves. Go into studying with a plan, here is an example:

  • Plan days to study. Set a schedule including which days of the week you will study, which days you will take off, and which you will use to take practice exams.

  • Make a goal before each study session. Maybe it’s to do x amount of practice questions, or master x specific content topic, but be intentional.

Studying without a plan is a waste of your time and won’t ultimately help you pass the ARDMS SPI Exam. It’s not about the hours you put in, it’s about how you use them.

This is one exam you can absolutely not cram for – the ARDMS SPI Exam is a holistic test model that aims to test knowledge gained over the course of years, not days.

3. Prepry's ARDMS SPI Registry Review Course

Your study plan should include Prepry’s SPI Exam Review Course, meticulously crafted and presented by Jenna N. Laquerre, BS, R.T. (R), RDMS (AB, OB/GYN, PS, BR), RVT, offers an extensive review series tailored for candidates preparing for the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) exam, as well as Physics for CCI Exams. This course thoroughly covers vital ultrasound physics and instrumentation topics, emphasizing clarity and in-depth understanding. \n\nDesigned to enhance memory retention for the SPI exam and practical application in clinical environments, the course features detailed explanations and concise key summaries. It is an exceptional tool for beginners and those seeking a comprehensive refresher. As an indispensable resource, it empowers aspiring ultrasound professionals to excel in certification exams.

7. SPI Practice Test

Excelling in exams requires a grasp of the subject matter and a strategic approach to studying. Prepry's innovative application offers a robust solution, incorporating a vast question bank and cutting-edge spaced repetition technology tailored for effective learning and exam success.

  • The Power of Practice: 800+ Diverse Questions

    • Quantity and Quality: Prepry's app hosts over 810 questions, ensuring comprehensive coverage of exam topics.

    • Diverse Content: The questions are a mix of actual exam-style queries and crucial facts, catering to a range of learning needs.

    • Tailored Learning: This diversity enables users to encounter different types of questions, simulating the varied formats they might face in actual exams.

  • Spaced Repetition: A Scientific Approach to Learning

    • Memory Retention: Spaced repetition is scientifically proven to enhance long-term memory retention.

    • Adaptive Learning: The app's algorithm adjusts the frequency of question repetition based on user performance, ensuring learners focus more on challenging areas.

    • Consistent Review: This technique ensures regular revisiting of material, which is crucial for consolidating knowledge and understanding.

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  • Comprehensive Exam Preparation

    • End-to-End Coverage: By engaging with all 810 questions, users are exposed to the breadth and depth of the subject matter.

    • Confidence Building: Regular practice builds familiarity and confidence, key components of exam success.

    • Knowledge Application: The app's approach encourages deep understanding and application of concepts, which is vital for higher-order thinking skills required in exams.

  • The Advantage of Prepry's Approach

    • Efficient Learning: Combining a large question bank and spaced repetition makes for an efficient learning experience.

    • Personalized Study: The app adapts to individual learning styles, making it a personalized tool for exam preparation.

    • Results-Oriented: The focus on retention and understanding aims to translate into better exam performance.

9. Don't Self-Evaluate During the ARDMS SPI Exam

You shouldn't self-evaluate during tests; instead, concentrate on the questions at hand. You should answer every question. With 110 questions in 2 hours, this exam is all about endurance. Don't Focus on "What If" Questions. Many students who don't pass the SPI exam focus on "what if" questions, such as "if I don't pass, what am I going to do?" Concentrate on studying, and stop worrying about what you will do if you fail. You will pass the exam if you put in the time. You will feel confident that you are prepared and that you have grasped crucial ideas with the help of Prepry. Don't Give Up. If you don't pass the exam on your first try, don't give up. This exam is about endurance and confidence, and if you don't pass the first time, you can always pass the second time. Just study a little harder the second time, and don't give up.

10. Find Ways to Manage Your Test Stress

Although it's perfectly normal to feel nervous before a test, some students suffer from debilitating test anxiety. Symptoms such as a fast heartbeat, headache, or nausea may accompany racing thoughts, inability to concentrate, or feelings of dread. No matter if it's the ARDMS SPI Exam or the abdomen exam, test anxiety can derail weeks and months of hard work. Test anxiety is a real thing, but you made it through ultrasound school, Prepry can help you feel confident that you are prepared, and have mastered key concepts. Even if you don’t typically have test anxiety, there is a chance that you will be nervous just from the pressure of such an important test.

There are a couple of key ways to keep stress at a minimum.

  • Be prepared. If you feel confident that you’ve prepped thoroughly, you’ll feel more confident walking into the test. Need help reviewing tough concepts or question types? Prepry can provide that extra boost you need to feel cool and collected.

  • First, prepare for the exam seriously, but don’t make studying your life. It’s important to still keep a balance in the weeks and months leading up to the exam.

  • Allot time in your days for exercise, proper sleep, and whatever you do for fun! By keeping a balance, your mind won’t build up the test moment to anything bigger than it actually is.

  • Get a good night’s sleep. It's never a good idea to cram. Pulling an all-nighter can only make your nerves worse. A good night's sleep (8 hours) is more useful than cramming until dawn.

  • Focus on calm breathing and positive thoughts. This method can slow down your heart and racing mind, so it's a good idea to practice it at home. By concentrating on breathing and thinking, one can biometrically alter one's anxious feelings.

11. Prepare for Exam Day

  • Be sure to sleep well the week before the exam.

  • Arrive early to the testing center, prepared with necessary documents for testing.

  • Put gas in your car the night before.

  • Don't study or cram the day before you take the SPI.

  • Take the morning before the test to calm your mind. Focus on something that helps you stay grounded – cooking a nice breakfast, listening to music, going on a run, whatever works for you.

  • Set multiple reliable alarms.

  • If you tend to get cold, bring layers of clothing. In order to feel comfortable and prepared for the exam, you should control your environment as much as possible.

  • Consider your usual preference for testing time when scheduling your exam. Those who prefer the morning should take the test early in the day. Schedule your exam for the afternoon if you like lazy mornings and sleeping in.

12. Believe in Yourself

Most importantly, believe in yourself. You deserve to pass, and you have already proven your potential as a sonographer by graduating from sonography school. You are on your exciting and new journey to being a Registered Sonographer – so congratulations!



How many questions are on the SPI exam?

There are 110 multiple-choice questions on the exam.

How long is the SPI exam?

The exam is timed at 2 hours.

What is a passing score on the SPI exam?

To pass the SPI exam, you must achieve a scaled score of 555.

What is the SPI exam pass rate?

The pass rate for the SPI exam is 60%, according to ARDMS data from a 2021 report.

How much does the SPI exam cost?

The cost of the exam is $225.

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