NBSTSA's Certified Surgical Technologist app is a powerful examination simulator that allows you to create customized practice tests with detailed answer explanations for every question. View your results and examination history with just a few taps. Study anywhere at any time without Internet.

The app utilizes the “spacing effect” to enhance your learning capability. You’ll space out your studying into shorter, more productive study sessions, which allow your brain to retain more information. Simply tell the app how many questions you want to take, enable the timer, and filter examination content to create the perfect study experience.

• Two practice modes: simulation and study
• Automatic test saving and retrieval
• Detailed history and results reporting
• Intuitive navigation
• Question of the Day access
• Study reminders
• Exam day countdown

The questions in this examination prep app were created by the NBSTSA and incorporate the same stringent and secure practices used to create the CST examination. Questions were written and reviewed by subject matter experts utilizing the CST Content Outline to ensure that only the highest quality questions are published to best prepare candidates for their CST examination.

√ 10 practice questions and rationales
√ New "Question of the Day" each day
√ CST examination information

+ 335 total practice questions
+ Detailed answer explanations
+ References to source materials
+ Exam creation customization
+ Priority email support

1) Administrative & Personnel
2) Anatomy & Physiology
3) Equip Sterilization Maintenance
4) Intra-Operative Procedures
5) Microbiology
6) Post-Operative Procedures
7) Pre-Operative Preparation
8) Surgical Pharmacology

The NBSTSA recommends using this mobile app in conjunction with other study products available on for a comprehensive examination preparation approach.

What’s New

Version 6.7.9

Pocket Prep has been working hard on a brand new application. This update allows us to more easily transfer you to the new app. If you have upgraded to the Premium Plan, you will still have that access in the new application.

If you have any trouble, we have also updated our in app help center. Please visit Settings -> Feedback & Support -> Help & Message Center and one of our team members will help you directly.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.2K Ratings

2.2K Ratings

JayCC73 ,

Test taking techniques

Love this app. I learned to read questions thoroughly and picked up on key points. Learned to problem solve the answers to get the correct answer. When reviewing my text books I am able to learn more cause I know now the type of questions that are given. You can quiz on a mixture of subjects or focus on a particular one.

katebeggrow ,

Just took the 2019 test, a little helpful.

I thought, because the makers of this app also make the exam, that the questions would be similar. The questions from the app are on the practice exam you pay to take, but not the real exam. The questions on the test are phrased completely different than these practice questions; it seemed like completely different test makers. The app was a little helpful for some of the questions, but I am kind of disappointed that I spent $40 on study material that wasn’t even phrased similarly to the test. The test is much more complicated than these questions.
The app is good for review in general, but don’t expect the questions to match the test.

Yeci J ,

It was just OK...

I memorized all the questions and answers within a couple months. When i took the CST practice exam in our program i passed it with flying colors bc the majority of the questions from the app were on there. When it came time for the CST exam, i believe only like 3-4 questions from the app were on my exam. The questions on the exam were a lot more difficult than the ones from the app. Would i get it again? Yes, only bc it did teach me a lot of things with explanations. Some explanations were good, others just repeated the answer. Do not rely on this app to pass your exam!!


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50.9 MB

Requires iOS 11.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
In-App Purchases
  1. CST Premium $39.99
  2. CST Special $34.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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