Whether you are studying for the OT exam which is in 8 weeks’ or 4 weeks’ time, students tend to start with great enthusiasm and dedication. However, this positive attitude tends to be short lived, and most students find themselves struggling to stay motivated and maintain consistency throughout their studying. Even many hardworking and motivated students sometimes become unmotivated to study on certain days.
These are the 7 best tips that can help you to stay motivated when studying
1. Write Down Your Reasons for Studying
Whether you’re feeling unmotivated or not, take a moment to reflect and write down all the reasons for which you are studying. You can ask yourself basic questions to get started, for example “Why did I choose to become an OT/OTA?”, “What type of job do I want once I achieve my goal of becoming licensed?” etc.
Whenever you find yourself feeling uninspired and tired of studying, take some time to look at these reasons, to remember all your goals and objectives behind your studies. This will help motivate you to continue your studies with more hard work and dedication.
2. Set Realistic Study Goals
Students have a tendency to study multiple topics at the same time, for example: pediatrics and splints, which is impractical. Dividing your focus and attention, and having unrealistic goals usually contributes to feelings of being overwhelmed. This subsequently results in the students becoming unmotivated and struggling to study. Although all these subjects are important to study, it is advisable to have a plan on how you are going to study throughout the time you have. It is imperative to have a strategy, to know when you are going to study content, and when you are going to take practice tests. Pass the OT offers each student a customized study plan to help you set up a study schedule that is achievable.
3. Set Up a Positive Study Environment
A positive and calm study environment is conducive to staying motivated during your studying. To stay motivated and focused on your studies, it is advisable to have a dedicated place for studying and to eliminate all the distractions from that place. Try removing everything unrelated to your studying tasks from that particular space. A positive study environment doesn’t only tend to be a well-organized place to study, with all your study-related materials such as books, notes, etc. organized, but it also involves the appropriate management of other resources such as laptops, mobile phones, etc.
4. Follow Your Own Study Approaches
Needless to say, it is only you who knows what works for you. Hence, instead of hastily following another person’s studying or learning approaches, find the approach that works best for you. Determine what type of learner you are, whether you are an auditory, visual, or kinesthetic learner. Using studying about the different types of splints as an example, if you are a visual learner, you might need to write about the splints on a piece of paper whereas if you are an auditory learner, you may need to read about the splints out loud. Moreover, the right study approach will not only make your learning process better, it will also keep you motivated for your studies.
5. Reward Yourself
Yes, you must reward yourself for all the hard work and dedication that you are putting into your studying. It doesn’t have to be something big, but you can reward yourself with several short breaks, your favorite cuisine, a short walk, an extra hour of sleep, etc. This will help keep you motivated and enthusiastic. It is a fact that when you have something interesting to look forward to, you automatically become more motivated to reach that point of being rewarded. It is one of the best strategies to help you maintain consistency and to get your studying done effectively. Moreover, rewarding yourself increases productivity and encourages you to accomplish further tasks or objectives.
6. Stay Connected with Others
It is crucial for you to connect with other students, mentors, family, etc. to stay motivated for your studies. Try to be around people who keep you motivated to study and encourage you to keep on going. Working with a tutor is also extremely helpful, to connect with someone who has the knowledge and who has been in the same situation that you are in right now. Pass the OT offers you access to working with a tutor either one on one or by joining one of their weekly group calls. This not only makes the learning process more fun, but it also offers a sense of accountability. There are also YouTube videos, relevant Social Media platforms, Blogs, etc. to help you stay connected with a learning community.
7. Exercise Regularly
Last but not least, it is extremely beneficial to exercise regularly to keep your mind and body active and healthy, which further helps you to stay motivated and study effectively. Studies have shown that exercise such as swimming, running, etc. boosts your cognitive skills- thinking and concentration abilities. In scientific terms, these activities provide appropriate oxygen and blood to your brain to keep the cells nourished and to help you stay on a productive track. It is recommended to schedule exercise activities when you take a break from studying as this will help you to stay energized when you get back to your studies.
1. Listen to music: While some experts argue that the ability to concentrate during silence or while listening to music, is left up to personal preference, many agree that playing certain types of music, such as “obscure 18th century composers,” can help students engage those parts of their brain that help them pay attention. In addition, listening to music may also improve your mood and change your whole outlook about studying in general.
2. Exercise first: The benefits of exercise on the brain have been well established in the fields of health, fitness, and psychology. Studies show our brainpower gets a boost following even a short workout, as our bodies are pumping oxygen and nutrients to the brain. According to Dr. Douglas B. McKeag, breaking a sweat shortly before “cracking the books” can significantly improve your performance during your post-workout study session. Exercise automatically makes you more alert, open and able to learn new information.
3. Practice meditation: Stress hinders learning. Results from a study conducted by UC Irvine researchers proved that stress lasting as briefly as a couple of hours, could stimulate corticotropin-releasing hormones which are known to disrupt the process of creating and storing memories.
Spending even a few minutes in meditation can restore your calm and inner peace. Anyone can practice meditation. It’s simple and inexpensive, and it doesn’t require any special equipment. One technique that is very beneficial, is relaxed breathing which involves deep, even-paced breathing using the diaphragm to expand your lungs. The purpose is to slow your breathing, take in more oxygen, and reduce the use of shoulder, neck and upper chest muscles while breathing so that you breathe more efficiently.
4. When to study: While you might think late-night study sessions are disadvantageous to your academic success, research suggests they are not necessarily a bad idea. Neuroscientists have known for decades that sleep plays an integral role in learning and memory. Sleep is important for hitting the “save button” on new memories according Scott Cairney, a psychologist at England’s University of York. Reviewing the most difficult topics before sleeping might be advantageous to help your brain learn, even in your sleep.
5. A change of scenery: A change of scenery has a positive impact on learning and concentration. Psychologist Robert Bjork suggests that simply moving to a different room to study (or going a step further and learning outdoors) could increase both your concentration and retention levels.
6. Integrate interval studying: The first time you study something new, you retain up to 80% of what you’ve just learned, that is if you review the material within 24 hours. Fortunately, this effect is cumulative so, after a week, you may retain 100% of the same information after only five minutes of review. Generally, psychologists agree this type of interval studying, as opposed to “cramming”, is best.
7. Use Active Recall: This controversial method of studying was a hot topic in 2009, when a psychology professor published an article advising students against reading and rereading textbooks, which he argued merely leads students to thinking they know the material better than they do since it is right in front of them. He suggested to rather use active recall. Active recall is an efficient way of moving information from short-term to long-term memory so that you can easily draw on it again when you need it most, such as for an exam. The theory is that if you want to remember a fact, don’t just read it, don’t reread it, don’t just underline or highlight it, close your eyes and try to recall it without looking it up in your notes or online. If you can successfully do so, you have used active recall. If not, look it up, learn it and then try again.
Many students think about how to best spend their time while studying. However, what comes before your study session can be just as important, especially if you want to improve your memory for what you are about to learn.
In today’s Education Tips, we will explore different ways of how you can boost your memory and improve your learning experience. We will explore some useful, no-cost and effective ways of what you can do before you sit down to study.
3 of the most valuable ideas to think about before studying include:
ii. Study location
iii. Pre-study tests
Let’s look at each of these in turn.
Just as sleep is important for both your physical and mental health, so is exercise. Our brains rely on oxygen to function properly and exercise has been proven to improve oxygen-rich blood flow to the brain. Before you study, doing cardiovascular exercise may help you better remember what you learn. High-intensity exercise may be especially beneficial. In a 2018 study, published in the journal Physiology and Behavior, researchers found that a group of young people who performed 15 minutes of high-intensity training on a treadmill, were able to recall more words from a list than the control group. Other studies suggest the importance of different kinds of exercise. It seems that both long, slow cardiovascular exercise and high-intensity exercise have different effects on memory. Researchers have suggested combining the two to get the best effects for your memory.
The important “takeaway” message from these studies is this: Exercise is good for your memory. Even if you can’t exercise right before a study session, it is still advisable to lead an active lifestyle with regular workouts included in your daily routine.
Location is also an important factor to consider for improving your learning. While it is good to have a desk or a special study area, some research suggests that changing locations, could help you remember more of what you study. Our memories are sometimes triggered by objects in our environment. For example, coming across a book which you have read, might remind you of something interesting or strange you learned while reading it.
“Environmental Context and Human Memory,” a famous study on memory, dealt with the question of memory and environmental context. Researchers Smith, Glenberg and Bjork found that environmental context played a big part in how well people remembered a list of words. The researchers noted that subjects who learned a list of words while remaining in the same environment remembered an average of 15.9 words, whereas subjects who learned in two different environments remembered an average of 24.4 words.
Be sure to plan your location before you start to study. You might want to try studying in different places. Perhaps one day you could study in your room, and then the next day you could study in the kitchen, or outside. You do not have to change locations every day, but try to at least sometimes.
We have talked about exercise and location. Now let’s talk about the third way you can improve your study session: Taking a pre-study test.
Students often study with a test in mind. They consider the test the final step to show how much they have learned. But, students need to test themselves often. Testing is one of the best ways to help you remember new information. In 2018, researchers found that students who took a test before learning new material did much better after studying the material. The research was published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. Although the students failed on the tests, they were better able to remember the material than students who were only asked to read the information. According to the researchers, “The testing effect appears to be attributable, in part, to the role, unsuccessful tests play in enhancing future learning”.
So, try to take a pre-study test. If you are using an online test prep such as Pass the OT, you might want to take a few practice questions in the topic test before you read the worksheets. You could look at some important highlighted terms at the end of each worksheet. For example, you could ask yourself what each topic means or how they are used before moving on. While you might not know the answer, you will probably be better able to learn and remember the answer when you study it!
In closing, we have explored three proven strategies you can use to improve your learning. Try them out and let us know if these tips helped you with your learning.
COVID-19 has been described as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Characterizing COVID-19 as a pandemic is not an indication that the virus has become deadlier. Rather, it’s an acknowledgement of the disease’s geographical spread. The uncertainty about this new virus can lead to stress and anxiety, and a sense of helplessness.
Things may feel out-of-control right now. You are probably facing a lot of unknowns and disruptions. With classes being moved online, there are many changes that you will have to adapt to, from potentially being isolated to the way you approach studying. Try to be patient. Making a plan and adjusting your studying will help you feel more in control.
We want to reach out to our students to offer you a sense of calm. During this pandemic, it’s important to take care of yourself, to keep anxiety from overwhelming you, and to stay positive.
At Pass the OT, we are here to support you and we will offer anyone a free 15 min call, if you are interested and need the extra guidance.
Here are some tips to help you through this time:
FOCUS ON WHAT YOU DO HAVE CONTROL OVER
Try to shift your focus away from thinking about COVID-19. This is a great time to be even more prepared. You can really focus on your studies.
· Set aside dedicated study time.
· When you take a break from studying, spend time doing things you enjoy, that help you feel calm and balanced. Meditation and yoga are great ways to alleviate and control stress and anxiety
· If you’re confined to your home, don’t be afraid to do things that are low-contact, enjoyable, and healthy – go for a walk outdoors.
STAY CONNECTED TO OTHER PEOPLE
Connecting with family and friends might be more important than ever. Stay in touch with instructors and classmates.
Whether on the phone or via Skype, talking to people has been proven to reduce depression and feelings of anxiousness. But try not to talk all about the coronavirus!
Remote collaboration is definitely possible. Use group chats and video calls to stay in touch with or to work with fellow students.
CREATE A NEW ROUTINE
Even though your venue for learning has changed, you still need to continue with your studies. Setting a schedule for yourself can help provide structure and keep you motivated. Following your schedule will help you have a feeling of normalcy and prevent you from falling behind in your work.
· Try not to procrastinate.
· Make time that is dedicated to studying.
· Draw-up a study schedule that includes time to complete assignments, time for exercise and self-care, and time to relax and de-stress.
MANAGE YOUR FEARS
A good way to manage any kind of fear is to arm yourself with the facts. Accurate information is an effective way to allay unrealistic fears. Monitor your exposure to the news. It’s important to get the facts, but it may not be helpful to hear reports over and over. Stay away from social media and up-to-the-minute news. Focusing on “horror” stories fuels anxiety and fear.
PUT THIS DISEASE IN CONTEXT
Knowing how to minimize your risk can reduce your anxiety. We’re exposed to health risks every day. With good hygiene habits, such as frequently washing your hands, you can reduce the risk of communicable diseases.
PUT YOUR RISK INTO PERSPECTIVE
Keep yourself informed, check for factual updates on the virus from trusted sources like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Refrain from obsessively “Googling” about the virus. Try to make sure your level of fear does not exceed your risk factors.
Life may be overwhelming and scary at the moment but you have the opportunity to make the most of your current situation. You have time on your side, to focus on becoming even more prepared to achieve your goal of passing the OT Exam. Avoid becoming consumed with fear and anxiety. Don’t procrastinate, use your time wisely. At Pass the OT, we’ve got you covered. We’re here to support you and to help you get the most out of our web course.
Please keep in mind, this too shall pass. This current situation is temporary. You’ll get back on track and things will get back to normal. We don’t know when, but it will happen.
Many Occupational Therapy students are about to take the OT exam.
Here are some helpful tips to help you fully prepare, have success, and be a bit less stressed out.
⟶ START STUDYING EARLY ⟵
You may be trying to avoid studying for the OT exam for as long as possible but if you can give yourself 6 to 8 weeks, you will set yourself up for success. It is best to set aside 4-8 hours a day of study time, if possible.
⟶ CHOOSE THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT ⟵
Choosing an environment that matches your learning style can be very important.
To be the most productive, it is helpful to be in an environment where you can make every minute count. If you can’t seem to focus at home, it may be helpful to go to a coffee shop, or a library.
⟶ GATHER YOUR MATERIALS ⟵
Before settling down to study, really make sure you have everything you need – your notes, books and other resources. You want to avoid having to skip over something just because you forgot to have all your study material at hand.
Gather all the information you can about the topic you are planning to study on that day.
⟶WORK WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE ⟵
Some people work better studying on their own while some people work best studying with a tutor.
Having a tutor is actually a great way to learn because if you don’t know something or don’t understand, then you can ask for help immediately. A tutor can make a tremendous difference and make difficult material more fun to learn.
⟶ REMOVE ALL DISTRACTIONS ⟵
It is important to be focused while you study.
If possible, try to put away all your distractions. This means, putting your phone on silent, switching off your TV or music, and not going on social media.
⟶ GET ENOUGH REST THE NIGHT BEFORE ⟵
To do as well as you can on your OT exam, try to be fully rested before your exam.
Getting a good night’s sleep allows your brain to think clearly and with focus.
⟶ TRY TO BE LESS STRESSED ⟵
I know it can get very stressful during exam time but try to believe that everything is going to be okay.
Remember that your health and well being is more important than anything else.
Whoever told you that you can perform multiple activities all at the same time must have either had a lot of time on their hands or had a really low standard of what needed to be accomplished and the time to get it done. I am going to talk about the myth of multitasking and how it is really better to study one thing at a time, like studying for the OT exam.
I have heard some students say they can study while working, scrolling through social media, taking a walk, or they can study in any location at any time. I think it is a great thing to have occupational balance, however for this test, it is important to “close certain doors” because we can really only do one thing at a time, really great.
We aren’t really meant to do multiple things at the same time and for myself I really recognize the most I can do, is only one thing at a time. If I am writing a blog article, I need to turn off my phone and email so I can really focus on the task I am trying to accomplish. If I am trying to give a student 100% attention during a tutoring session, there is no way I am going to scroll through Facebook feeds or take a nap. Why? Because when I am trying to do something well, I want to be great at it and I want to crush it. I can only achieve this by focusing my attention on that one thing. I guess what I am saying is, some students think they can study and do other things at the same time. Here’s the thing though, to multitask, your brain has to shift thought processes from one thing to the next, constantly being interrupted. By shifting your mindset continuously onto other things, it isn’t easy to complete multiple tasks well.
It takes focus, mindfulness, and a distraction-free environment to be a rock star and knock this test out of the ballpark.
For example, this morning I took a morning walk and I came up with an idea for the passtheot website. I tried the whole myth of multitasking and tried typing an idea on my phone. As I was doing this, I noticed I was starting to veer to the left and I walked into some bushes. Luckily, I was ok but it reinforced the idea that multitasking just doesn’t work.
In closing, try to focus on one module, one topic, one test really well. When you take the time to focus on your studying, try to crush it and absolutely give it your all. Do everything you need to get it done with focus. Stop telling yourself the myth that you can do multiple things at once because in actuality we can only do one thing really great, at a time.
Give yourself this gift of mindfulness because it will increase your productivity and you are going to get a hell of a lot more done when you focus on that one thing. Stop worrying about trying to multitask and instead focus on that one question or worksheet that you’re doing right now. The benefits that you will see will amaze you.
We’ve all been there. You’ve just set up your books and laptop, perhaps you have a nice cup of tea or a glass of cold water next to you. You feel ready to conquer the next couple of hours of work ahead. The NBCOT® Exam is yours! You have this and you’re going to do great!
Then, “WHAM!”, without a warning, a tornado of thoughts hits your brain.You start thinking about your plans for later; what you’ll eat for dinner tonight, tomorrow, next week? Who said you’ll even be home for dinner next week? What about what you’ll feed the cat? Do you even have a cat? If you did, what’s its name? Charlie? Gideon? Bob? What are you doing this weekend? Why didn’t “so and so” text you back? Did they forget about you because you’ve been studying so much?
Except, you really haven’t. At least today. Before you know it, you’ve spent an hour staring at material, attempting to calm your mind and slow down. You don’t remember any of the content you just looked at because your brain was elsewhere. You’re annoyed with yourself. Now you have to put another hour of work in, instead of actually feeding the cat, buying a cat or hanging out with whoever you think forgot to text you back.
You may be frustrated beyond words, but what you just experienced is normal and you aren’t alone. Here are some ways to make your mind go from running a million miles an hour, to cruising in the slow lane, to passing the NBCOT® Exam.
1: Download Headspace, or the meditation app of your choice.
Now here’s the real challenge, actually using it. If you’ve made it this far in OT school, chances are you’ve already heard of all the great benefits of meditation for your mind, so you think there’s no need for me to go over it. However, from my experience and it’s also scientifically proven, medication is a brilliant tool to calm and focus your mind, and help you cope with stress and anxiety. So, make time for meditation, even a 3 minute session as part of your daily routine, even if it’s while you’re laying in bed waiting for your 5th snooze alarm to go off.
2: Apps aren’t your thing? Here are some Youtube videos that’ll also do the trick.
3: Another strategy is to listen to music or other calming noises while you review your work, preferably something that helps the mind slow down a bit. You know yourself way better than some random person on the internet, so I won’t tell you what exactly will do the trick. But try it.
4: Do some yoga poses, on your own or to a video, whatever works best for you. Who doesn’t need and enjoy a quick stretch before sitting down for a couple of hours, or even midway through. It’s practically the reason why rest stops were invented on highways.
Quick yoga video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nnd5Slo02us
5: Read this blurb below if you’re a more visual person:
Quiet your mind while studying.
Slowing your breathing rhythm can be a calm way to ease test anxiety and quiet your mind. You can then be freer to have more mindful and focused thoughts so that you can pick the right answer when you are down to two answer choices.
Inhale to the count of four (one thousand one, one thousand two, etc.) and then exhale to the same count of four. Feel your rib cage and belly gently expand as you inhale and soften as you exhale.
Repeat four times.
Now let go of counting and allow yourself to breathe in the pace that feels good to you in this moment. As you are breathing, you might try saying to yourself: “My breath is free, my mind is free, now i can focus on this work. Notice the pace in which you move into the next moment and the rest of your day while studying.
Achieving goals on your own is a huge accomplishment. However, sometimes it requires motivation from others in order to succeed. Sharing your progress and being held accountable has shown to be an effective strategy towards accomplishing goals. This is especially true when it comes to passing a test. In order to pass a test, it is clear you must prepare by dedicating time to study. The NBCOT® exam is comprehensive. It requires the ability to apply your knowledge and clinical decision making across several practice areas. This exam requires weeks or even months of preparation in order to pass, and to be eligible to become a licensed and registered occupational therapist.
Due to the complexity of the NBCOT® exam, many graduates seek out other individuals to help them understand the material more clearly. Studying with a partner or in a group has many benefits. A partner can help you stay accountable for studying and prevent procrastination. Studying for the NBCOT® exam involves extended time, commitment and concentration. With an accountability partner, you can work together to set daily or weekly goals and check up on one another. If one of you begins to lose motivation, the other can help push you to stay committed. One of the keys to passing this exam is to maintain focus. Therefore, using accountability as a study strategy creates motivation and helps you to stay on track.
While some people may prefer to study with a group or partner who is studying for the same exam, some prefer to use a tutor. Studies have shown that working with a tutor has proven to increase test results. Tutors hold you accountable for keeping up with your readings while guiding and supporting you throughout the study process. They are available to teach you study skills and help you understand concepts you may have difficulty learning on your own. Tutors specifically for the NBCOT ® have the knowledge and experience to help you pass this exam. They will work one-on-one with you to ensure you understand the material and can apply it to practice.
You may be wondering how hiring a tutor for the NBCOT ® exam could be so effective. If this is the case, let me explain. Tutors are unlike your professors in college who teach several students at once. Although teachers may be wonderful resources, they do not always have the time to work with you as much as you need. Tutors, on the other hand, work 1:1 with you and make learning personalized. Studying on your own can be challenging. Tutors are skilled to acknowledge your problem areas and come up with effective solutions so you can better comprehend key information. Successful tutors have relevant experience and have the ability to apply real-life scenarios. This often helps the student to engage more fully and therefore achieve greater outcomes.
Applicants for the NBCOT® exam who hire a tutor have higher success rates. PASSTHEOT.com (https://passtheot.com/) offers 1:1 tutoring sessions along with group tutoring sessions if you prefer studying with a partner. On a tutoring call, you will have the opportunity to speak with one of our professionally trained tutors to help meet your individual needs. Our tutoring calls are client-centered based. We will address areas in occupational therapy you may be having difficulty understanding and provide you with the proper tools you need to successfully pass the NBCOT® exam.
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 NBCOT® exam.
Using online test prep for the NBCOT® exam is accessible and convenient. As long as you have internet access, you can log onto your online test prep service at any time and location. If you are deciding between in-classroom course vs an online course, you must factor in your own personal time. With an in-classroom course, you must attend each class for the full duration and it is most likely you will be unable to make a class up if you are absent for any reason. With an online course, you can log in at any time and create your own schedule. Online test prep is also an effective way to stay organized and on top of your studies. Unlike in-classroom courses or review books, online test prep can be personalized for your individual learning style. You do not have to worry about going through material too fast or too slow since the course material is accessible whenever you need it. In a world where we now spend most of our time online, choosing online test prep is one of the easiest ways to prepare for the NBCOT® exam.
Online test prep is also very cost effective. Online prep courses often include various study tools needed to learn all that the NBCOT® exam will cover. It is no secret the NBCOT® exam covers a wide scope of practice and subject areas. Simply reviewing textbooks or old notes is not the best way to prepare for the exam. A review book itself can be a few hundred dollars. Then add on an in-classroom course, tutoring session, and study outlines, and your study prep can add up to be even more hundreds of dollars. However, online test prep can provide all of these resources all within one place for a reasonable value. This will not only save you money, but also time and unnecessary stress. If you want to keep your test prep simple, online test prep is the best option for you.
PasstheOT.com offers all of these study tools and more for one affordable price. They offer 1:1 tutoring sessions, practice exams with both multiple choice and clinical simulation questions, and much more. Our tutors are experts on the NBCOT® exam and understand exactly how to prepare for the exam. If you want to succeed and pass the NBCOT® exam, go to passtheot.com. With over a 90% passing rate, the offer the most effective, affordable, and efficient test prep for the NBCOT® exam.
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.
If you fail the NBCOT® exam you may schedule to retake the exam 30 days after your last examination date. You will need to reapply and obtain a new Authorization to test (ATT) letter. Once you receive a new ATT letter, you should proceed to schedule your examination directly with Prometric as you had the first time. If you received testing accommodations for the first NBCOT® exam you took, remember to reapply. All of this information can be in the Testing Accommodations Handbook on the NBCOT® official website.
You may be discouraged and cannot possibly imagine sitting through the 4-hour NBCOT® exam again. However, you must find resilience and put your failure behind you. Once you receive your scores, you will be provided with a report analyzing your overall score, along with information determining your overall performance within each domain. Take the time to look this over and understand which domains you may have struggled with. Also acknowledge your score and determine how many points you were off from a passing score. Whether you are 50 points away from passing or off by only 5 points, you must look back on your preparation for the exam and determine what you can do better for the next time.
There are various reasons why you may have failed the NBCOT® exam. Whether you failed on account of poor test taking skills or study skills, you will need to determine the next step needed to pass the NBCOT® exam. Although it is important to acknowledge why you failed the NBCOT® exam, try not to dwell on your shortcomings. Instead, take your weaknesses and develop a new strategy. Maybe you need to review more on musculoskeletal disorders or ethical decision making. On the other hand, perhaps you second guessed yourself and changed your answers during the exam. Either way, there is most likely a better way you could have prepared for the occupational therapy certification exam. Allow yourself to take a day or two to reflect on your study strategies and initial preparation and then decide how to proceed.
The NBCOT® exam requires you to invest in the right study tools. Perhaps, it is time you sign up for an online course. PasstheOT.com has a 90% pass rate, offering the most effective, efficient and affordable test prep for the NBCOT® exam. PasstheOT.com offers 1:1 tutoring session, practice tests, study guides, and much more. These are all resources needed to successfully pass the NBCOT® exam and become a registered occupational therapist. Do not stress about passing the NBCOT® exam and sign up now at passtheOT.com.
Congratulations! You have completed your graduate course work and fieldwork and are now eligible to take the National Board Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®) Exam. Before you begin studying, there are a few steps you need to take first in preparing for this exam. The first step is applying for the NBCOT® exam. You can either apply online or via mail. Applicants are required to submit an official transcript stating that all academic requirements have been fulfilled. You may also be required to submit fieldwork verification by your academic fieldwork coordination. Upon approval of eligibility to take the exam, you will then receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) Letter by e-mail or mail within 10-15 business days after all documentation is submitted and received. The ATT letter will include contact information for Prometric and instructions to schedule your exam at various test locations.
If you have a disability and require special testing accommodations, there are specific steps you need to take prior to scheduling your exam. Review NBCOT® testing accommodation page at
http://www.nbcot.org/testing-accommodations for specific details on how to receive these accommodations. Here you can find the TA handbook which outlines the necessary documents you need, how to schedule your exam through a TA advocate, and any additional information you may need to know.
Setting the date to take your exam is especially important in preparing for the NBCOT®. It is recommended that you schedule your exam soon after you receive your approval letter. Your ATT letter is valid for only three months. Test locations may fill up fast depending on your location, so you do not want to wait until the last minute. The exam may take up to four hours to complete. Therefore you may want to factor this in while scheduling, in order to determine what time of day is best for you.
Scheduling your exam ahead of time allows you to determine a time frame, which will help prevent procrastination. Once your exam is scheduled, it is now time to buckle down and begin studying.Before you have a nervous breakdown and start digging through all your old textbooks, you may want research study materials available. There are several resources accessible to best prepare you for passing the OT exam. It is beneficial to invest in NBCOT® study materials such as a practice review book and enroll in a preparatory exam course. There are multiple components the NBCOT® exam covers.
Therefore it is essential you purchase materials in which cover all of these areas. Web courses and tutoring services are highly recommended in order to achieve a passing score. Web courses often include practice exams which most closely reflect the official NBCOT® exam. All these tools are created to help you pass and are worth the money.
Once you obtain all your study materials, it is time to develop a study schedule. A 7-8 week study schedule is recommended to allocate enough time for preparing for the exam. Determining a study schedule involves dividing sections from your exam review book and determining how long each section will take to review. As you review each chapter, it is important to identify your strengths and weaknesses. For instance, you may feel confident in your knowledge regarding musculoskeletal disorders but are struggling with neurological disorders. Therefore, you may want to create flashcards or contact colleagues to help you have a better understanding of this practice area. Lastly, take practice tests! Taking practice tests are one of the best ways to prepare you for the NBCOT®. Practice tests consist of clinical stimulations and multiple choice questions in all categories covered by the NBCOT®.
Results from practice tests can help to determine your strengths and weaknesses. By following these steps, you are on your way to passing the NBCOT ®exam. By the end of your 7-8 week study plan, you will be ready to take the exam. Take the day off before and try to relax. It is not wise to cram or keep studying up until the day before. Remember to stay healthy both physically and mentally so you feel confident before, during and after the exam. Preparation is vital to passing your exam, so do not procrastinate. You have worked so hard to obtain your degree in Occupational Therapy and are now well on your way to passing your NBCOT® exam. If you have not passed the NBCOT® exam, go to passtheot.com. With over a 90% passing rate, they offer the most effective, efficient, and affordable test prep for the NBCOT® exam
Occupational Therapist Salary
Occupational therapy is a tough but rewarding profession, and few people choose this field for the money. Most occupational therapists are passionate about helping people lead better lives, and are intrinsically motivated by their work and their patients. Still, your education was not cheap, and it is only fair for you be to adequately compensated for your skills and hard work. As of 2018, the median salary for occupational therapists is around $83,000, but this can vary widely. Here are some of the variables that go into determining the salary of an occupational therapist.
Like most careers, occupational therapy pays more for those with a great deal of experience. In fact, your starting salary may be less than $70,000, while those at the top of the field could make more than $100,000. Experience matters more than education, with masters-level occupational therapists not seeing a significant salary increase over bachelors degree holders.
Supply and Demand
The reality is that occupational therapists provide a service, and the greater the demand for that service, the more it costs. If you live in an area with a sizeable elderly population but few occupational therapists, your salary will likely be higher than if you live somewhere with lots of OTs but a relatively small population of people who need your services.
Of course, average salaries also vary according to cost of living and insurance reimbursement rates. If you are considering a relocation, be sure to check average salaries for occupational therapists in the locations you are thinking about.
Where you practice will also affect your salary. Home health and skilled nursing facilities are typically among the highest paying, while schools often pay the least. Don’t let your paycheck be the sole driver for the setting you choose, though. Most OTs have a passion for a specific client population, and you will likely be happier working with those clients who touch your heart rather than working somewhere solely for the money.
Travel Occupational Therapy
If you are interested in seeing the country, either in the long term or just to try out different settings after graduation, travel occupational therapy can be lucrative as well as rewarding. Your compensation will likely be higher than in a permanent setting, and you may get extra perks such as a non-taxable stipend, paid housing, and even bonuses for completing assignments. Just be sure to read the fine print in your contract, especially in regard to health insurance, vacation time, and the ability to relocate from a position that isn’t the right fit for you.
As an occupational therapist, you will have the ability to choose from a wide range of positions and client populations. Pay scales vary, but most OTs are able to find a position that pays a salary they are comfortable with while also allowing them to work with the clients that most personally resonate with them.
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“442,” the score box read.
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