Level 2 A & P Exam Revision: Axial and Appendicular Skeleton

In today’s blog you’ll learn how to remember the Axial and Appendicular Skeleton for your Level 2 A &P exam?

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

At first I thought learners found this hard to remember because its weird to think we have two skeletons

Then I realised…

It’s not about how weird or abstract the revision content is – it shouldn’t stop us from learning it!

What matters is understanding the rules…

The Laws…

You see, if you look hard enough into anything you can find a law or a rule that describes it.

It is just a case of seeing the trends.

You know you have 2 legs, 2 hands, 2 collar bones, 2 shoulder girdles, and you also know you have one spine, one skull. 

But the magic in learning comes from understanding the trends, or the law behind the classification.

How to Remember The Axial and Appendicular Skeletons?

In the video below I explain to you all about the Law of the 1’s and 2’s

Once you get this law – you will never forget the difference between the Appendicular and Axial Skeletons …

4 facts you’ll learn about the Axial and Appendicular Skeleton, in this video

# What bones make up the Axial skeleton
# What bones make up the Appendicular skeleton
# Understand where the bones are located
# How to easily remember the above for your Anatomy and Physiology exam

How to remember the Axial and Appendicular Skeleton: Exam Revision

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


Q1: D
Q2: C
Q3: C

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