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Board Preparation

Published August 5, 2013 6:02 PM by Lauren Rosso

It's time to start prepping for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE), which is scheduled for January 29, 2014. I decided that because I'll be taking and studying for the exam while I'm working full-time, I need to give myself some additional time to assure that I can cover everything and feel as prepared as possible.

There has been a lot of discussion among my classmates regarding which preparatory resources are the best. I've heard from friends and clinical instructors that the O'Sullivan book is best, and I went ahead and ordered it because my classmate organized a "group discount." But in all honesty, I didn't look into anything. I don't know the differences between any of the books, I don't know what learning styles they cater to, and I don't know which books cover the material in the most efficient and complete manner.

I'm interested to hear from anyone who has recently taken the exam about what review materials have been helpful, or any other approaches to conquering the seemingly insurmountable mountain that is the NPTE. Flashcards? Group studying? Cramming? What worked for you? I know we all learn differently, but for any DPT students approaching the end of their academic road, I'm sure we would all love some advice!

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3 comments

There is a NPTE facebook page which allows you to study and find group partners

Leo August 6, 2013 12:01 PM

The O'Sullivan book is a great start...I didn't study enough of it but it has practically everything you'll need. I'm about to re-read it. Take the 3 practice tests. One thing I should've taken advantage of is the PEAT which is 2 practice tests online which the FBSPT actually developed and is the closest thing to the NPTE. Also, I found this guy's blog to be helpful as he developed a practice test which I felt was close to the real thing as well which is only $10 (well worth spent). physicaltherapyexamprep.com.

There are tips on there as well. The test is definitely different that your other academic tests as the questions have to be appropriate for the nation and not your specific school. You need a 600 out of 800 and I was 18 points shy on my first attempt (5 questions correct from passing) so I'm going to kill it this time around (Oct 30th) and not let anything stand in my way of getting my permanent license! If you have any questions, let me know!

Jon Yarbrough, Rehab - Physical Therapist, Avante August 5, 2013 8:19 PM
Ormond Beach FL

I always recommend the physical therapy content masters app by score builders. The tests are random questions and its a good indicator of which subject to study that day. Since the test is random questions thats how you should study I believe.

Belisa , Physical therapist - DPT August 5, 2013 6:45 PM
Lancaster PA

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