Studying for and taking the NBCOT Exam feels like a never-ending process full of emotions that range from helplessness to being overwhelmed. However, after not passing the first, second, or third time, those feelings are heightened tremendously. Days filled with self doubt can often become the norm and, sometimes, students can’t help but wonder if OT is really what they were meant to do. While these times of struggle can drag on, there are ways to make them as short as possible or even end them altogether, especially if you are a friend or loved one of a student going through the NBCOT Exam journey. Here are five tips to help a student going through a rough patch of study time. (more…)
Studying for an exam takes preparation. Preparation for students often comes in different ways. That may mean a quiet environment, managing time, the supplies and resources… whatever it may be to reach success. This, however, is not just any exam. It is the NBCOT® exam: what occupational therapy programs have prepared students through curriculum and fieldwork experiences to pass. The question remains though — (more…)
Preparing for the NBCOT® Exam is a long, intense process. No matter how many people you talk to about study strategies, it seems like there’s always more knowledge to be discovered. It is often very hard to know where to start and when to move on. Here are seven tips I wish I knew before I started preparing for the NBCOT® Exam. (more…)
I don’t think I would have passed the NBCOT® exam without the help from Pass the OT. I had already failed twice. The first time, although I had studied extremely hard with Therapy Ed®, the book my school gave me, I only received a 437. (more…)
The NBCOT® exam strikes fear in the hearts of occupational therapy students everywhere, and for good reason. The exam has developed a well-earned reputation for being extremely hard to pass. Why is it so tough, and what can test takers do to boost their chances for success? Let’s unpack these issues. (more…)
By: Victoria Guggenbiller
As a former faculty member I had a lot of difficulty preparing my students for the NBCOT® exam. Therefore, I decided to reach out to many program directors at a variety of colleges and universities to better understand the challenges they face when helping students prepare for the NBCOT® exam. Here are some of their major complaints. (more…)
Studying for the #NBCOT® exam can be daunting, overwhelming, and often quite stressful. The questions on the test are designed to get students to second guess themselves. Therefore, it is more than common for students to have to take this exam multiple times before passing. To get a 450 score requires focused study, efficient use of a student’s time, commitment, and an in depth understanding of what the questions are asking, and not making the following mistakes: (more…)
Finding out you failed the NBCOT® exam can be disheartening. All your hard work and money you contributed towards preparing and taking this exam seems to be meaningless at this point. You may first feel shocked followed by anger or sadness. You may be feeling discouraged at this point. However, it is important to take a deep breath and take action towards your next steps. Failing the NBCOT® exam will not define you as an occupational therapist. Remember, at this point you have successfully completed all coursework, research projects, and fieldwork, thus earning your Master’s degree in occupational therapy.
While preparing for the NBCOT® exam, you may find there are infinite resources to choose from. However, not all test prep is created equal or reliable. Purchasing test prep materials can also be expensive. Therefore, it is important to decide which test prep will best accommodate your learning style in the most cost-effective way. While some learners may prefer paperback books to highlight key concepts and mark pages, online test prep has shown to help NBCOT® candidates pass the certification exam at a higher rate. There are many reasons why online prep is the right choice for preparing for the COTA NBCOT® exam.
Want to Improve Your Test Score? Tutoring May Help
By Janet Meydam
Are you one of those individuals who can complete a 200 question test in 30 minutes? Do you get at least a 90% score every time? No? Most of us can’t do that. The majority of test takers study for long periods of time beforehand and take as much examination time as they need to ensure that they have answered questions correctly. Being prepared for an exam is really important, especially when your career relies on it. The NBCOT® Exam might be the most vital exam you will ever take. It might feel like there is such a great amount of information to cram into your head before the exam that you don’t know how you will learn it all! Initially, be assured that you have already learned the vast majority of it through your college courses. Some pre-examination tutoring, however, can facilitate you to sort out what you know and apply that information to the examination questions. Here are a few points about pre-examination tutoring that you might need to consider.