NPTE Exam Preparation and Study Group

Discussion in 'Physical Therapy' started by PTapp, May 2, 2011.

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  1. PTapp

    PTapp DPT 2+ Year Member

    Oct 9, 2007
    Hello everyone,

    I am finishing up my second year in PT school and was just wondering when I should start studying for the NPTE Exam. I am going to go ahead and buy the O'Sullivan's preparation book online, however I just don't know when to start exactly. Any recommendations?

    Moreover, I would like to form a study group where we can discuss the examination process, ask each other questions, etc... I think it would be beneficial to all of us to share ideas and experiences in the field. Would anyone be interested? Any other ideas?
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  3. MinnDasota

    MinnDasota 2+ Year Member

    Apr 10, 2008
    Most PTs I know (including myself) didn't start studying until the end of 3rd year or after graduation. I heard they were changing the exam to a "set date" for the exam which ultimately will affect when you should start studying. Each person is different, but I don't think you would need more than a few months to study as long as your school has done a good job of preparing you.

    Also, many schools offer a prep course, so you might want to inquire about that.
  4. Akiramay

    Akiramay 7+ Year Member

    Nov 18, 2008
    Most grads I've talked to didn't start studying until the last month or so of their last clinical. And yah, there will be set dates now but they haven't released when they'll be.
  5. dizzy88

    dizzy88 5+ Year Member

    Jul 9, 2010
    Yeah, things are changing a little bit with the set dates. However, from what I've heard, students at my program typically start studying during our last semester (for us we spend it doing 2 full time internships). Take a little bit of time after graduation too.

    I've also been quite curious about "how" to study for this. So far, I've been putting together summary tables for each of my classes. They will be a good reference later so I don't have to rummage through a pile of notes. However, I don't really know what types of questions are asked, what to focus on, etc. I've got a while before I have to worry, but would love to hear from 3rd years/practicing PTs.
  6. Momohime

    Momohime Therapy Exam Prep Founder Exhibitor 5+ Year Member

    Jan 14, 2011
    SDN Exhibitor
    Hello dizzy,

    Therapy Exam Prep is an online NPTE webinar program that help with exam analysis, types of questions, study tips, strategies, techniques and all helped by licensed PTs. You can visit the website and see what it's all about. You can start your NPTE journey to success and be guided by actual PTs for 3 months!
  7. MinnDasota

    MinnDasota 2+ Year Member

    Apr 10, 2008
    My suggestion, study one or two of the study guides (O'Sullivan, Giles, etc) as that's all you will need. I only referred to my class notes if something didn't make sense to me.

    Afterwards, I took at least 5 practice tests to get used to the wording of questions and to see where I was deficient in.

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