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Can Studying for the NBCOT® Exam be Fun?

Posted on May 23, 2018 Card image cap

If you’re about to begin preparing for the NBCOT® Exam, chances are, you’re dreading the experience, and rightfully so. Can studying for this exam be fun? Not really, but at least it can be more enjoyable than it used to be. (more…)






Reasons Why Students and Recent Graduates Should Attend AOTA’s Annual Conference.

Posted on April 4, 2018 Card image cap

From April 19th through April 22nd, AOTA® will be taking over the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City Utah for their annual conference. Chances are, you have heard of the weekend-long event throughout your education. But if you’re like me, what exactly happens during the event has always been a bit of a mystery. (more…)






7 Ways to Stay Motivated While Studying for the NBCOT® Exam

Posted on March 17, 2018 Card image cap

Studying for the NBCOT® Exam can be a long and arduous process for anyone. Whether it’s your first time going through the motions of reviewing content or your third time taking the exam, the journey is long and, at its worst, grueling. Finding the motivation to stay on task can be incredibly difficult during the lulls of the process, however, with the right tools, getting yourself out of the rabbit hole of negativity can be much easier than you think. Below are seven tips to help you when times get tough. (more…)






Passing the NBCOT® Exam is Much Easier With a Tutor

Posted on March 16, 2018 Card image cap

Studying for the NBCOT® exam can be extremely difficult to do on your own. Often students feel discouraged, lost, afraid, and overwhelmed by the material which causes them to fixate on unnecessary details, over analyze, and second guess themselves. Typically, students in occupational therapy programs are high-achieving and goal-oriented independent learners. But the NBCOT® exam is not a typical final exam or chapter test. It is comprehensive. It requires students to reach out of their comfort zone, to think outside the box, and to use critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills. It also requires students to believe in their knowledge and education, to apply it to clinical situations, and to answer exactly what is being asked in an ethical and professional manner. Will there be more than one correct answer? Probably, but what is the BEST answer? Students must think which response best answers what is being asked–which one applies to the OT practice framework. (more…)






Pass The OT launches their “Reward a Deserving Student” project

Posted on March 13, 2018 Card image cap

By Shannon Corcoran

It’s no secret that taking the NBCOT® Exam is stressful in countless ways. Without a proper plan, studying for the OT and OTA test can be overwhelming and daunting. Between the time commitment required to prepare, the sacrifices that are inevitably made while studying, and the financial stress that comes with buying review materials and high exam fees, it often feels like the NBCOT® Exam journey is a really long dark tunnel, where some fear they may never reach the light.
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5 Ways Friends or Loved Ones can support a student while they study for the NBCOT® Exam

Posted on February 15, 2018 Card image cap

Studying for and taking the NBCO® 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…)






Best time for students to study for the NBCOT® exam – Program Directors

Posted on January 30, 2018 Card image cap
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…)






What I wish I knew about preparing for the NBCOT® Exam

Posted on January 30, 2018 Card image cap
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…)






How Tutoring Sessions Helped Me Prepare for the NBCOT® Exam

Posted on January 30, 2018 Card image cap
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…)






Why Is The NBCOT® Exam Hard to Pass?

Posted on January 30, 2018 Card image cap

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…)






Biggest Pitfalls Program Directors Face

Posted on January 7, 2018 Card image cap
Biggest Pitfalls Program Directors & Faculty Face Preparing Students for the NBCOT® Exam

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…)






Survey Results 2017

Posted on January 5, 2018 Card image cap

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The Biggest Mistakes That Students Make When Studying For the NBCOT® Exam

Posted on December 12, 2017 Card image cap
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…)






I failed the NBCOT® exam, now what?

Posted on June 27, 2017 Card image cap

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.

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Why Online Prep For NBCOT ® Exam Can Be So Effective

Posted on May 24, 2017 Card image cap

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.

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Test Preparation For NBCOT® Exam | OT Exam

Posted on February 8, 2017 Card image cap

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.

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