How to Remember The Axial and Appendicular Skeleton

This blog will show you how you can remember The Axial and Appendicular Skeleton with one simple law, making it easier to recall on your Level 2 anatomy exam

You’ll discover:

  • What to expect in your Level 2 Anatomy and Physiology exam
  • What is the Axial and Appendicular Skeletal System?
  • The Axial and Appendicular Law in a one-minute video tutorial
  • How to remember the Axial and Appendicular Skeletal System?
  • The Law of the 1s and 2s
  • Three Mock Questions and Answers to test your knowledge
  • How to simplify and structure your revision to pass with confidence

What to expect in your Level 2 Anatomy and Physiology exam

The Level 2 Anatomy exam will usually have 50 questions, of which you can expect 3-8 questions relating to the skeletal system.

This means that there are usually 2-3 questions that will directly test you knowledge on the axial and appendicular skeleton.

You can also expect a couple of questions to draw on this knowledge as you move onto the level 3 anatomy and physiology exam.

What is the Axial and Appendicular Skeletal System?

Our Skeletal system is divided into TWO skeletal systems

The first is the Axial skeleton, which runs through the center of the body, kinda like an axis through the body.

In fact, the Definition of the word “axial” means “of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an axis” – which means it’s running through the center of the body.

The second is the Appendicular, which consists of all of the other bones in the body. These are the “extras”, the appendages or limbs. This word derives from the Latin “Appendix” meaning additions.

The Axial and Appendicular Law in a one-minute video tutorial

How to remember the Axial and Appendicular Skeletal System?

The law of the 1s and 2s is a quick tip for being able to remember the Axial and appendicular Skeleton on Exam Day

The Law of the 1s and 2s states that:

If you have ONE of them then it is part of the AXIAL skeleton:

  • The cranium,
  • The spine,
  • The ribcage,
  • The sternum

If you have TWO of them (usually left and right of each) then it is part of the APPENDICULAR skeleton:

  • Hands
  • Arms
  • Feet
  • Legs
  • Shoulder Girdle: Scapula, Clavicle (left and right of each)
  • Pelvic bones: Ilium, Ischium, Pubis (left and right of each)

Test your knowledge with these three mock questions, and check your answers below

Level 2 Anatomy Skeletal System Mock Questions:

Q1. Which of the following is part of the Axial Skeleton?
A. Femur
B. Pubis
C. Metacarpals
D. Sternum

Q2. The humerus is part of which skeletal system?
A. Axis
B. Axial
C. Appendicular
D. Peripheral

Q3. How many pelvic bones are there?
A. Two
B. One
C. 3 on the left and 3 on the right
D. 2 on the left and 2 on the right

ANSWERS:

Q1: D
Q2: C
Q3: C

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