Passing the National Physical Therapy Exam NPTAE has nothing to do with how much you memorized during physical therapy school. Many PTA grads have top grades and never failed anything in their life until they failed the NPTAE. How can this happen? It happens every day to really smart students because the NPTAE is a test of your ability to apply your knowledge and not a test of your knowledge. That is why attending a course (hyperlink "course" to www.therapyteam.com) or workshop (hyperlink "workshop" to www.therapyteam.com) taught by experienced physical therapistsis key to identifying the issues that lead to the first failure so you pass the next time.
The National Physical Therapy Assistants Examination (NPTAE) developed by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), is designed to test your ability to answer best answer multiple choice questions. The five hours you have is plenty of time to answer the 250 questions, the trick is to be prepared to apply evidence based practice and critical thinking skills with solid test taking tactics to each of the test questions.
Buying books or flashcards that reinforce your knowledge and concepts can be a valuable part of your preparation, but the repetition of chapters and flashcards often breeds a false confidence that tricks many smart hardworking PTA's to thinking they are ready to pass the NPTAE. Our average US educated physical therapy attendee has failed the NPTAE two times. The FSBPT only lets you take your Boards three times in a 12 month period and many state physical therapy boards have lifetime limits on how many times you can take the NPTAE, some states as low as three. Most of our students wasted their second attempt at the NPTAE by thinking they just needed to study harder. Unfortunately many call us crying that they cannot believe they went from a 595 to a 520 despite buying every book or practice question they could and spending hours a day in the library. That is because they forgot that the NPTAE was a test of their ability to apply knowledge, not merely of their knowledge.
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