When it comes to preparing their students for the NBCOT® exam, program directors have reported the following issues:
1. Lack of Accountability: Students are not held accountable for their study habits and practice scores.
2. Lack of Structure: Students are overwhelmed with large volumes of study material and feel disorganization.
3. Studying the Wrong Material: Many study prep courses have been around for a long time, reusing the same material for years on end. Students use their valuable time focusing on outdated and unnecessary topics, and also end up wasting time studying material they already know and feel comfortable with instead of focusing on the material they are struggling to understand.
4. Special circumstances: Students with accommodations, learning disabilities, or those who speak English as a second language have difficulty passing the NBCOT® exam on their first try.
5. Cramming too much into a short period of time: This approach also doesn’t help reduce test anxiety.
How Pass the OT Addresses These Issues
Knowing these concerns we aimed to make Pass the OT different from the rest of the study preps for the NBCOT® exam.
Pass the OT is an expert in taking the NBCOT(R) exam
We know this test backwards and forwards and have spent many years developing a program that accommodates all learning styles and abilities. Because our program is web based, we can add information right away without waiting for editing or printing. This also allows us to be on top of material and add information once it is completed. We are always striving to make our program the most effective and efficient program for both OT and OTA students.
Pass the OT focuses on providing students with a study plan to eliminate guesswork of what to study and we simplify complex material through audio recordings, charts, videos, and online timed/untimed tests and accommodation tests. We also give students the proper tools to assess their strengths and weaknesses so that they can focus their study efforts. With other test preparation services that provide books and pdfs, the material simply gives too much information, only a definition without providing a clinical application example, or has test questions on all topics. Competitor programs don’t provide enough focus on interventions and this is tremendously important since 50% of the test is intervention based. Our web course is quite different. We believe in making test preparation as easy as possible for the student by providing visual, auditory, verbal, and kinesthetic reinforcement of the information.
Unlike a competitor program that offers a 2 day course, we have experienced tutors available to assist students throughout their entire study process and assist students as questions arise. This enables us to hold students accountable, act as a coach and motivate, reduce test anxiety, test critical thinking, simplify material, and discuss real-life application of material while they are studying it. Pass the OT tutors provide students easy ways to learn material and how to decipher between information that is important or irrelevant. Our tutors eliminate frustration and help with creating a customized study plan so the student does not have to take the exam multiple times.
Pass the OT provides program directors and faculty with tools, such as the student activity logs, student score tracking for practice quizzes, initial assessment tests, and accommodation tests. We also break down our practice tests into 25 key categories which allows the students and faculty to know which areas the student has weaknesses in and requires additional focus.
Too many times students that are having difficulties slip through the cracks and are not given the proper assistance they need before they take the exam. Students have a tendency to focus on topics that they know, are good at, or had fieldwork in. We believe that students should not continue to go over these areas, but to focus on areas that are more challenging and difficult. With our sophisticated score tracking, we can quickly identify these types of students and reach out to them to make sure that they receive the proper guidance and tutoring before taking the actual exam, possibly advising them to postpone until we know they are ready. This saves students from failing the exam, which costs them another registration fee and likely a couple months potential salary as a certified OT or OTA. This approach helps us increase our university partners’ passing rates.
Through our sophisticated chat platform, we can interact with students in real time. This allows us to troubleshoot issues, explain things further, or handle any other concerns that they might have.
The NBCOT® exam is one of the most intimidating challenges that students face. Colleges and Universities focus on teaching students everything they need to become capable occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. Our school partners let Pass the OT focus on preparing their students for the exam, while they prepare them for everything life as an OT and OTA may throw at them.