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NPTE Candidate Handbook
FOR THE NATIONAL PHYSICAL THERAPY EXAMINATIONS: PT, PTA
SETTING THE GOLD STANDARD FOR SERVICE AND PROTECTION
For a directory of licensing authorities; go to www.fsbpt.org and click on "Licensing Authorities." ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THE NPTE AND JURISPRUDENCE EXAMS Visit www.fsbpt.org then click on the Shortcut for “Exam Registration.” Online registration allows you to register and pay online with one simple form. FIXED-DATE TESTING FOR PT and PTA EXAMS Visit www.fsbpt.org/FixedDateTesting for the latest information on fixed-date testing for the NPTE. STATUS OF YOUR NPTE REGISTRATION - FSBPT EXAMINATION SERVICES Online • Check the status of your registration online at pt.fsbpt.net. Go to "Check the Status of My Request." Voice • 703-739-9420 Fax • 703-739-9421 E-mail • firstname.lastname@example.org ONLINE PEAT To learn more about and order Online PEAT, the FSBPT's Practice Exam and Assessment Tool, visit our website, www.fsbpt.org. Click on “For Candidates/Licensees” and then “PEAT.” FSBPT SCORE TRANSFER APPLICATIONS Online • Go to www.fsbpt.org then click on the Shortcut for “Transfer a Score.” E-mail • email@example.com PROMETRIC Online • Schedule your appointment or find a test center online at www.prometric.com/fsbpt Voice • Prometric Registration Center, 1-800-796-9857 • Special Accommodations, 1-800-9671139 • Candidate Cares, 1-800-853-6769 FSBPT OFFICES: OPEN MONDAY-FRIDAY, 9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM ET 124 S. West Street, 3rd Floor, Alexandria, VA 22314 Exam Services • Telephone 703-739-9420 • Fax 703-739-9421 Administrative Services • Telephone 703-299-3100 • Fax 703-299-3110 Web Site • www.fsbpt.org
TABLE OF CONTENTS
General Information ........................................................................................................... 4 The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) ........................................... 4 Purpose of the Examination Program ............................................................................... 4 Examination Development............................................................................................... 4 Eligibility ......................................................................................................................... 5 Examination Administration ............................................................................................ 5 Examination Security ............................................................................................................ 6 Protect Your Reputation and Career................................................................................. 6 Exam Security During Testing .......................................................................................... 6 Additional Security Information....................................................................................... 7 Frequently Asked Questions .................................................................................................. 8 Preparing for the Examination ......................................................................................... 8 Arranging To Take the NPTE........................................................................................... 8 Making a Testing Appointment .............................................................................................9 Rescheduling, Canceling, No-Shows and Refunds............................................................ 11 Taking the Examination ................................................................................................... 13 Examination Results and Scoring ..................................................................................... 18 Retaking the Examination ................................................................................................ 19 Additional Questions ....................................................................................................... 19 Jurisprudence Exams.............................................................................................................. 21 Content Outlines ................................................................................................................... 22 Sample Questions .................................................................................................................. 27 Additional Services ................................................................................................................ 30 Score Transfer Service ....................................................................................................... 30 Performance Feedback ..................................................................................................... 30 Examination Score Verification ........................................................................................ 30 Online PEAT (Practice Exam and Assessment Tool) ......................................................... 30
Questions (items) for the examinations are solicited from physical therapists and physical therapist assistants representing a broad range of practice settings in all parts of the country. In some jurisdictions. which identifies the activities and tasks that comprise the practice of physical therapy at the entry level. The outline is developed from a job analysis. effective tools and systems to assess entry-level and continuing competence. and public and professional awareness of resources for public protection. The EDC determines which items are included on an examination based on an examination outline or blueprint. The job analysis is based on survey data and expert judgments. The physical therapist assistant (PTA) examination is intended to assess basic entry-level competence of the candidate who has graduated from an accredited program for physical therapist assistants or has met equivalent requirements set by a licensing authority for physical therapist assistants. and other professionals during examination development ensures that the examinations are relevant to the current practice of 4 . The national examination is only one part of the evaluation process used by licensing authorities. E XAMINATION D EVELOPMENT The Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant NPTEs are developed by physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who serve on FSBPT committees. the Examination Development Committee (EDC). P URPOSE OF THE E XAMINATION P ROGRAM The NPTE program has three purposes: 1) to provide examination services to regulatory authorities charged with the regulation of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. We develop. The Federation’s vision is that state licensing boards and their Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy will achieve a high level of public protection through a strong foundation of laws and regulatory standards in physical therapy. physical therapist assistants. We continually research and use the best examination methodology available. the national examination is supplemented by other means of assessing candidates' ability to provide physical therapy. This outline provides the committee with the content areas that must be on the examination and the number of questions to be included from each content area.General Information T HE FEDERATION OF S TATE B OARDS OF PHYSICAL T HERAPY The mission of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) is to protect the public by providing service and leadership that promote safe and competent physical therapy practice. The physical therapist (PT) examination is designed to assess basic entry-level competence of the licensure candidate who has graduated from an accredited program of physical therapy or from an equivalent non-accredited program. and administer the National Physical Therapy Examinations for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. maintain. The involvement of a representative group of practicing physical therapists. job-related examination items. Item writers attend workshops and receive instruction to enable them to write high-quality. 2) to provide a common element in the evaluation of candidates so that standards will be comparable from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. and 3) to protect the public interest in having only those persons who have the requisite knowledge of physical therapy be licensed to practice physical therapy. the Item Bank Review Committee (IBRC) and the Item Writer Task Force.
to determine if you have met that authority's eligibility requirements. licensing authorities is that. relicensure or reactivation.physical therapy. Jurisprudence Examinations The FSBPT currently administers jurisprudence (law) exams for eight jurisdictions. or for candidates who are not currently licensed in a jurisdiction and do not have a qualifying examination score for that jurisdiction. A current examination may be used only for administration to bona fide candidates for initial licensure or certification. and Ohio. so that the minimum passing score is now the same in all jurisdictions. FSBPT scores your examination and then transmits the score to the licensing authority. Candidates who do not meet a registration deadline or are not approved by the jurisdiction approval deadline must wait until the next fixeddate exam. To view information on examination dates and deadlines visit our website. 5 . Additionally. E LIGIBILITY Each licensing authority has established its own criteria for eligibility to sit for the PT and PTA examinations. One commonality among U. FSBPT is the final authority on access to the NPTE but will not grant access to the NPTE unless a candidate has first been approved by a licensing authority or authorized designee to sit for the examination. all licensing authorities adopted FSBPT's criterion-referenced passing point. www. California.S. Fixed-Date Testing The PT NPTE is administered on fixed-dates throughout the year. Georgia. with exams dates available most days of the year. the District of Columbia. effective July 1996. NOTE: Individual licensing authorities make all decisions regarding licensure or certification as well as licensure and certification procedures for their jurisdictions.fsbpt. Alabama. to which you intend to apply for licensure or certification. E XAMINATION A DMINISTRATION The computer-based PT and PTA examinations are administered by FSBPT through Prometric. All jurisprudence exams will be administered on a continuous basis. FSBPT is the final authority on issuance of scores on the NPTE. Arizona. You should review the materials distributed by the licensing authority.org/ForCandidatesAndLicensees/FixedDateTesting. Nebraska. staff and technical advisors work to maintain the examinations and ensure compliance with established testing standards. Florida.
you considered fellow students to be good resources for learning about questions that were on those tests. scanned with a metal detector wand. you are encouraging such persons to commit illegal acts. Understandably. you are expected to pass the test based on your own merit without assistance. Such protection is important to safeguarding the public from persons who do not have the requisite knowledge about physical therapy and therefore are not qualified to practice physical therapy. trade secret. It is a violation of those laws. The FSBPT has and will continue to actively prosecute individuals to the full extent of the law who share or solicit others to share any information whatsoever about any NPTE examination question. when you have prepared for examinations at school. What Happens If I Do Share or Solicit Recalled Questions? Any person for whom the FSBPT has a reasonable suspicion of sharing or soliciting information about any NPTE examination question MAY BE PROHIBITED FROM SITTING FOR THE NPTE unless and until they are determined after full investigation not to have shared or solicited such information. to share any information whatsoever about any NPTE question.Examination Security PROTECT YOUR REPUTATION AND CAREER Passing the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) is a big step toward receiving your license to practice Physical Therapy. Before entering the testing room. The first is obvious. I TEMS FROM THE E XAMINATION ARE N OT TO BE S OLICITED FOR A NY P URPOSE . The NPTE is the property of the FSBPT and is protected by contract. By asking previous test takers to share questions with you. Why is it Unethical to Ask Someone Else for Recalled Questions? Soliciting recalled questions from candidates who have previously taken the examination is unethical for several reasons. The FSBPT will also report any incidents of candidates requesting questions or sharing questions to their licensing jurisdiction. Lastly. by soliciting questions from previous test takers. This is not the case when preparing for the NPTE. Any person for whom the FSBPT has a reasonable suspicion of sharing or soliciting information about any NPTE examination question may be prohibited from sitting for the NPTE unless and until they are determined after full investigation not to have shared or solicited such information. sharing information about a NPTE question recalled from memory or asking someone who has taken the NPTE to share such information is illegal. and federal copyright laws. I TEMS FROM THE E XAMINATION ARE N OT TO BE SHARED WITH ANY PERSON FOR A NY P URPOSE . all candidates will be photographed. In the past. Secondly. E XAM S ECURITY D URING T ESTING Candidates are required to provide two currently valid forms of identification to be able to sit for the exam. Candidates who are determined to be guilty of soliciting or sharing questions will severely damage their chances of ever being licensed in any jurisdiction. Do You Mean It's Illegal to Recall Questions? YES! The FSBPT aggressively protects the integrity of the NPTE. the purpose of the NPTE is to protect the public by ensuring that candidates for licensure have achieved entry-level competence. you are committing an illegal act and are undermining the very purpose of the examination. and thus illegal. and a digital 6 . In particular. you want to take advantage of all available resources when preparing for this important examination. It is also unethical to share or solicit someone else to share information about a NPTE question. The members of the public who will entrust you with their well-being expect that you are a trustworthy and competent individual.
all testing sessions will be videotaped. If you give or receive assistance during the examination. Your examination will not be scored. Additionally.org. The performance of all candidates is monitored and may be analyzed statistically for purposes of detecting and verifying cheating. you can be required to stop testing immediately and leave the room. the licensing authority will be notified. Another fingerprint will be taken each time a candidate enters or leaves the testing room during their exam. it is your responsibility to email firstname.lastname@example.org of their fingerprint will be taken. 7 .com/TestTakers/FAQs. You can review Prometric’s Testing Center Regulations and also view a video outlining what to expect on test day on Prometric’s website at www. A DDITIONAL S ECURITY I NFORMATION If you have questions regarding exam security or know of a person or people who have violated exam security. If it is determined that a score has questionable validity.
within your eligibility.fsbpt. candidates should make sure they are comfortable taking multiple-choice.org/ForCandidatesAndLicensees/NPTE/ExamDevelopment and within the “Content Outline” area.Frequently Asked Questions PREPARING FOR THE EXAMINATION How can I prepare for the examination? Preparation should involve review of the specific content areas within the content outline. Are there registration deadlines? Fixed-Date Administration: Yes! For all fixed-date PT and PTA administrations there are strict deadlines for both registration and jurisdiction 8 . computerized examinations. • FSBPT will send you an "Authorization to Test" letter containing instructions on how to schedule an appointment with Prometric.org. you may register with the same jurisdiction or a different jurisdiction. You are not required to sit for the examination within the jurisdiction in which you are seeking licensure. Since the examination is multiple choice and computerized. Must I sit for the examination in the jurisdiction in which I am seeking licensure? No. You may sit for the examination at any of the approximately 300 testing centers in the United States. If you do not sit for the examination.prometric. • Sit for the examination at your chosen Prometric testing site.com/fsbpt or by calling the number given in your "Authorization to Test" letter. A RRANGING TO T AKE THE NPTE What are the steps for taking the examination? • Obtain application materials from the licensing authority of the jurisdiction in which you are seeking licensure. • If you have a disability covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). You may not register to take the examination through more than one jurisdiction at the same time. May I register for more than one fixed-date administration at the same time? No.fsbpt. May I register to take the examination with more than one jurisdiction at the same time? No. you will be removed from the eligibility list and will be required to begin the registration process again. You must request testing accommodations at the time you register.org. you may register through only one jurisdiction to retake the examination. You may only register for one fixed-date administration for a given exam level at a time. Contact the licensing authority in the jurisdiction in which you are seeking licensure for details. Questions regarding registration processing may be directed to examregistration@fsbpt. • Schedule an appointment for the examination with Prometric. You may schedule your appointment with Prometric online at www. or withdraw your registration. as before. However. • Register for the examination on FSBPT’s website at www. you may request testing accommodations for the examination. If you do not pass the examination. You must sit for the examination within your eligibility period/date as indicated on the "Authorization to Test" letter provided by FSBPT. • The jurisdiction licensing authority will approve your eligibility and notify FSBPT. The content outline is provided online at www.
fsbpt. It is highly recommended that you register as early as possible. 9 . M AKING A T ESTING A PPOINTMENT What is Prometric? Prometric is the name of the company that provides FSBPT’s computer-based testing services. at the time that you submit your initial application materials. 2010 and will be $400 for examinations administered on or after January 1. Only those candidates who have been granted approval from their licensing authority will receive accommodations during testing. 2013.org.gov/or call 1-800-772-1213. www. or requests relating to their licensure examination. In rare cases where a candidate cannot obtain a Social Security Number. Your registration will not be processed without either a Social Security Number or an Alternate Identification Number.prometric.approval. All Prometric testing centers are fully accessible and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Continuous Testing: There are no registration or jurisdiction approval deadlines associated with continuous testing. The NPTE registration form asks for a Social Security Number and I do not have one. Fixed administrations are available for registration approximately six months prior to the exam date.fsbpt. you must contact the jurisdiction licensing authority in which you are seeking licensure prior to registering to take the examination. If you do not have a Social Security Number. as fees vary from state to state. What do I do? We require a unique identification number in order for you to sit for the examination. You may print an application for an Alternate Identification Number from the FSBPT Web site. NOTE: If you are issued an AIN and then later are issued an SSN by the Social Security Administration you must notify FSBPT so that your record can be updated. Applicants should retain their AIN and utilize it concerning all correspondence. Go to www. an "Alternate Identification Number" (AIN) may be obtained from FSBPT by application. You may visit their Web site at www. Candidates will be notified of their assigned number by mail upon issuance. For information about how to request testing accommodations.com for more information. inquiries. by clicking on "Candidate and Licensee Home. What are my licensure and examination registration fees? To determine licensure fees you will need to consult the materials provided by the licensing authority." then “Alternate Identification Number” under OFFLINE SERVICES. you can obtain one from the Social Security Administration at http://www.ssa. The fee for the NPTE is $370 as of January 1.org/FixedDateTesting for all applicable deadline information. The AIN is not a substitute for a Social Security Number for any other purpose. Can individuals with disabilities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act receive testing accommodations? You must submit appropriate documentation of your request for testing accommodations to the licensing authority of the jurisdiction in which you are seeking licensure. The issuance of an AIN is solely for the purpose of registering for examinations or services through the FSBPT when a candidate cannot obtain a Social Security Number. This should be your Social Security Number. AIN applications will be processed within five business days of receipt.
if available. first serve basis. Payment information must be provided at the time you schedule your examination. you can check online at www. Testing will be scheduled at the location of your choosing.com/fsbpt you will automatically receive an email confirmation with your appointment information. It is an excellent idea to confirm your appointment. if available. Continuous Administration: You must sit for the examination within your 60-day eligibility period as indicated on your "Authorization to Test" letter provided by FSBPT. This information can be found on one of your blank checks. you will be asked to provide bank information and a checking account number. you will need the confirmation number provided when your appointment was 10 . alternate locations will be offered. Otherwise. You are strongly encouraged to call Prometric to make an appointment as soon as you receive notification (your ATT letter) from FSBPT that you are eligible.When may I take my examination? Fixed-Date Administration: You must sit for the examination on the date indicated on your “Authorization to Test” letter provided by FSBPT. Test sites fill up quickly and scheduling is done on a first come.60. Testing will be scheduled at the location and on the date and time of your choosing. Please keep in mind that it is in your best interest to schedule as early as possible. It is not possible to pay at the testing center. Should I reconfirm my appointment before my testing date? Yes. The Prometric fee for the National Therapy Examination for PTAs is $55. you will be asked to provide a valid credit card number and expiration date. The Prometric testing fee is payable to Prometric and therefore can only be refunded by Prometric. You are strongly encouraged to call Prometric to make an appointment as soon as you receive notification (your ATT letter) from FSBPT that you are eligible. If you schedule online with Prometric at www.com or call Prometric at 1-800-7969857. If not available. alternate dates. What information must I provide when I schedule my examination with Prometric? • Name of the examination (Physical Therapist.prometric. Jurisprudence Exam) • Where and when you would like to test (location of Prometric Center and desired date) • Your name • Social Security Number or Alternate Identification Number • Daytime telephone number • Type of payment: credit card or direct debit Prometric will always endeavor to accommodate your scheduling preferences as closely as possible. times and/or locations will be offered.prometric. To pay by direct debit to a checking account. If not available.60. Physical Therapist Assistant. When you call. What are the acceptable forms of payment for the Prometric test center fee? Payment for the Prometric test center fee may be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or by direct debit to a checking account. What is the Prometric fee for my examination? The Prometric fee for the National Physical Therapy Examination for PTs is $70. Your credit card will be charged or your account debited on the day of your examination. To pay by credit card.
or arrive late and are refused admission. nor is it offered overseas. and location of your appointment using Prometric's automated system.prometric. or arrives more than fifteen (15) minutes after the scheduled start time and is refused admission Cancellation/Rescheduling Fee No charge $25 per cancellation/reschedule (to be collected by Prometric) The full Prometric Sitting Fee for the cancelled/rescheduled exam This section applies to the Prometric sitting fee only. click on "Find a Test Center. The NPTE is not offered at all Prometric test centers in the United States. Keep in mind that you are not required to sit for the exam in the state in which you are seeking licensure. If you cancel or reschedule your appointment 3 to 29 days prior to your exam date. you will be charged a reschedule fee of $25 by Prometric.prometric. Are refunds available for no-shows? Fixed-date administration: 11 . For a complete list of Prometric sites that do offer the NPTE.com." and then choose "Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy" from the drop down menu. To receive a refund of your FSBPT exam fee please see the information on withdrawing your registration. time. You can continue to check Prometric’s website through their seat availability tool to see if seating opens at a more desirable site. Is the NPTE available at all Prometric test centers? No.scheduled. N O -S HOWS . visit Prometric's Web site at www. AND R EFUNDS If I am unable to keep the scheduled testing appointment. Cancellation/Reschedule Period 30 or more days before exam date Between 3 and 29 days before scheduled exam date Less than 3 days before the exam date. What if I cannot test at my preferred location because it is full? Fixed-date administration: Some sites will fill up quickly and travel may be required in order to test on a specific date. Choose the state in which you want to test. 2) You may call a local Prometric Center and ask for directions. Once there. You can reconfirm the date. no-show for exam date. If you cancel or reschedule your exam within 2 days of your appointment. How will I find my local Prometric Testing Center? There are three ways to get directions to your local Prometric Testing Center: 1) You may access directions through Prometric's Registration Center at 1-800-796-9857. C ANCELING . fail to appear for your scheduled exam. R ESCHEDULING .com. If you want to take the NPTE on a specific date you should schedule your appointment at a test site where you would be willing to travel. you will forfeit the entire Prometric sitting fee. how do I reschedule? You may cancel or reschedule your examination 30 or more days prior to your appointment at no charge by calling the number for Prometric as provided in your "Authorization to Test" letter. and you will be provided with a current list of test centers. 3) You may obtain test center directions via the Internet at www.
will I receive a refund? Fixed-date Administration: You will receive a refund only if you withdraw your registration from the FSBPT any time up to the day of your fixedadministration. FSBPT does not receive these fees and thus cannot refund them. you must notify FSBPT in writing of your intent to withdraw your registration. If I apply for the examination.org and click on “Candidate and Licensee Home. as long as the refund is requested within your 60-day eligibility period. you will forfeit your examination fee and will be required to register and pay again to schedule another test date. See the information on withdrawing your registration. How do I withdraw if I decide I do not want to or cannot take the examination? If you wish to withdraw your registration. If you fail to withdraw your registration within your eligibility period. is available if you do not show up for your examination. Make sure to include your name. Fixed-date administration: The Withdrawal Request form must arrive at FSBPT no later than your test date shown on your Authorization to Test letter. Continuous Administration: A refund of your examination fee. What happens if I have registered and paid for the examination through FSBPT but the licensing authority does not approve my registration? In cases where you are deemed ineligible by a jurisdiction licensing authority or voluntarily withdraw a registration. and Social Security Number on your withdrawal request. Continuous Administration: The Withdrawal Request form must arrive at FSBPT before your 60-day eligibility period has expired.A refund of your examination fee. If you fail to withdraw your registration by your test date. Continuous Administration: You will receive a refund only if you withdraw your registration from the FSBPT. 12 . The refund will be less a processing fee. but do not take it. before the end of your 60-day eligibility period. go to www. FSBPT also cannot refund any fees paid to Prometric. If you have already made an appointment with Prometric to sit for the examination. telephone number. FSBPT will refund its portion of the examination fee. less the processing fee. you will forfeit your examination fee and will be required to register and pay again if you would like another 60-day eligibility period. as long as the refund is requested by your exam date.fsbpt. is available if you do not show up for your examination. address. The processing fee for all jurisprudence exams is $15. less the processing fee. NOTE: The total amount you pay to apply for licensure with your jurisdiction may include fees not related to testing. Individual licensing authorities establish these additional fees. and FSBPT has already received the examination fee. less a processing fee. See the information on withdrawing your registration. The refund will be less a processing fee.” Look for “Withdrawal Request” under OFFLINE SERVICES. To print a withdrawal request. The processing fee for the PT and PTA NPTEs is $50. you must cancel that appointment two business days prior to the scheduled appointment and before sending your withdrawal request to FSBPT.
Acceptable ID is a currently valid. If you are denied admittance to the examination due to any problem with your identification you will forfeit your Prometric fee and will be required to register for another fixed-date administration. How much time will I have for the examination? You are allowed 5 hours for the PT examination and 4 hours for the PTA examination.). As part of your identification processing. On both forms of ID your signature must match your pre-printed name. you will be scanned with a metal detector wand. A digital image of your fingerprint will be taken. For the PTA examination the appointment time is 4 ½ hours even though the exam itself is only 4 hours. As part of your identification processing. If you are denied admittance to the examination due to any problem with your identification you will forfeit your Prometric fee and will be required to schedule another testing appointment within your eligibility period. Your first and last name on both forms of ID must exactly match the first and last name on your Authorization to Test letter issued by FSBPT. Continuous Administration: You must arrive a minimum of 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with two forms of acceptable identification. There are 250 items (questions) on the physical therapist examination. All scored PT or PTA items on the examination you will be taking were included as pretest items in previous versions of the examination. Acceptable ID is a currently valid.TAKING THE EXAMINATION What are the requirements for admission to the testing center? Fixed-date Administration: You must arrive a minimum of 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with two forms of acceptable identification. Are all questions scored? No. driver's license. driver's license. etc. Your scores will only be based on scored items.). Pretest questions are included on each examination. and another piece of identification pre-printed with your name and containing your signature such as a credit card. Why is my appointment time longer than the examination? For the PT examination the appointment time is 5 ½ hours even though the exam itself is only 5 hours. and you will be photographed at the testing center. A Social Security card is not an acceptable form of identification. Item pretesting also reduces delays in sending score reports to candidates when new examination forms are 13 . government-issued photo ID (passport. etc. Your first and last name on both forms of ID must exactly match the first and last name on your Authorization to Test letter issued by FSBPT. A Social Security card is not an acceptable form of identification. the driver’s license/passport will be swiped in order to retain scanned information. Pretest questions are included to determine if the questions meet rigorous psychometric (testing) standards. Will I be thumb-printed or photographed at the Prometric testing center? Yes. On both forms of ID your signature must match your pre-printed name. the driver’s license/passport will be swiped in order to retain scanned information. all testing sessions will be videotaped. and another piece of identification pre-printed with your name and containing your signature such as a credit card. they can be used as scored items in future examinations. and 200 items on the physical therapist assistant examination. The extra half hour is to allow for the scheduled 15-minute break as well as the pre-exam tutorial and post-exam survey. Another fingerprint will be taken each time you leave the testing room during your exam. government-issued photo ID (passport. Additionally. If the questions meet standards.
Prometric does not allow bulky jackets to be worn. Both the PT and PTA examinations have one scheduled 15-minute break after section two has been completed. the exam timer is paused for up to 15 minutes. No study materials of any kind can be accessed at any point during the examination. There are two kinds of breaks during the examination: scheduled and unscheduled. The scheduled break has been added for candidate convenience. The PT exam has 5 sections. An unscheduled break can be taken between sections when the “Unscheduled Break” screen is showing on the computer. What is a section? The exam is delivered in sections or blocks of 50 questions. Will there be a penalty for items answered incorrectly? Examination scores are based on the number of questions answered correctly. Will there be other candidates testing at my test center? There may be other candidates testing for a number of different examinations.introduced. Because there is no additional penalty for incorrect answers. If a candidate leaves the testing room while not on a specified break screen. For security reasons. they can end the break by following the directions on the computer screen. This means time spent on an unscheduled break is time that you are choosing to not spend on the examination. Each section is a “mini exam” in that it will follow the same basic content outline as the larger exam and contain both scored and pretest items. Pretest items will be distributed randomly within each examination and cannot be identified. However. your score will only be based on scored items. Candidates may leave the examination only when either a scheduled break or an unscheduled break screen is showing on their computer. Can I access study materials during my break(s)? No. as stated above. after section 2 of the examination has been completed. Will I be able to tell which questions are pre-test items? No. Once you have completed a section you cannot return to the section to review or change your answers. You may not leave the 14 . even when you are unsure of the correct or best answer. you should answer each question as if it were a scored item. Can I take a break during the examination? Yes. During an unscheduled break the exam timer continues to elapse. You should dress in layers that can be removed if you become uncomfortable. and people perceive temperature differently. All candidates will be separated by modular testing booths that allow privacy and ample workspace. The PTA exam has 4 sections. it is to your advantage to answer every question. the test center administrator will report to the FSBPT that an exam irregularity occurred during the candidate’s exam administration. Therefore. You should consider the answers to each question carefully and select the correct or best one. During the scheduled break. There is only one correct or best answer to each question. What will the temperature be in the testing center? The temperature in the Prometric centers varies. The PT exam also has three unscheduled breaks. The PTA exam has two unscheduled breaks. If candidates do not want to take the break or want to take a shorter break.
It is not necessary to "unmark" a question in order for it to be scored at the end of the examination. a simple introductory lesson (tutorial) is presented that explains the process of selecting answers and moving from question to question. you can skip forward or backward through the section you are currently in and review questions. if desired. You may select your answers using either the keyboard or the mouse. Before the examination begins. you cannot return for additional review. The headphones will help to dampen noise that you may find distracting." After you finish a section. can I move back and forth between questions? Yes. What can I do if there is glare on the computer screen? As a first step. What can I do if I experience a delay in starting my examination? Fixed-date administration: 15 . You may bring soft ear plugs to use at the test site. Computer knowledge is not required to take a computerized examination. The testing software allows you to "mark" questions that you want to review before ending a section. There may be candidates in surrounding cubicles taking typing intensive examinations. Most candidates take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete the tutorial and may repeat it. Is computer knowledge necessary? No. Can I mark items for later review? Yes. The Prometric testing center will also supply headphones to help dampen noise. You are not allowed to bring in your own scratch paper. Can I use "scratch paper" when taking the examination? Yes. Testing center staff will collect the erasable note board at the completion of the examination. Food and beverages are not permitted in the test room. You are allowed to use "scratch paper" that is supplied at the testing center. There may be other candidates entering and leaving the testing room during the course of your examination. You may not bring study materials of any kind into the testing center. The time you spend on the tutorial does not count against the time allotted for the examination. whether the questions are "marked" or "unmarked. The "scratch paper" will be an erasable note board. you should reposition the computer monitor to eliminate the glare. Candidates should expect that there will be some background noise during their examination." regardless of whether it has been left blank or answered. Any question can be "marked. While taking the examination. What items are prohibited while taking the examination? Candidates are not permitted to bring anything into the testing room other than their identification and locker key. Lockers are provided to candidates in order to store personal items while testing. and you still have difficulty seeing the computer screen. After you finish a section. If the glare persists despite attempts to adjust the position of the monitor. you should notify Prometric test center staff immediately of the problem. While taking the computerized examination. Can I use earplugs when taking the examination? Yes. The ear plugs will be inspected by Prometric staff prior to entering the testing room.testing center on a break to access materials or individuals for assistance. you cannot return for additional review.
The check-in process may take time if many candidates have the same appointment time. You should continue to wait. you will have the option to sit for another fixed-date administration at no additional cost.You should note that your appointment time is not necessarily your starting time. If you have waited until the last day of your eligibility period to test. Continuous Administration: If you experience technical difficulties while taking the examination. The check-in process may take time if many candidates have the same appointment time. If Prometric staff cannot remedy the situation. Prometric will allow you to reschedule for another time if you still have time left in your 60-day eligibility period. You will have to be checkedin before taking the examination (i. or another unexpected event. get thumb-printed and photographed). FSBPT will reschedule your examination for another day. you have the right to request rescheduling of the examination on another day within your 60-day eligibility period at no additional cost. you will have the option to sit for another fixed-date administration at no additional cost. The time Prometric spends remedying a problem does not count as part of your examination time. despite any delays. you have the right to request rescheduling of the examination on another day within your 60-day eligibility period at no additional cost. You should contact both the licensing authority from which you are seeking licensure and FSBPT to notify them of the technical difficulties. However. You will have to be checkedin before taking the examination (i.. The sooner the testing center staff is aware of a problem. get thumb-printed and photographed). What should I do if I experience other disruptions not covered here while taking my examination? You should alert Prometric staff immediately to disruptions occurring within the testing room.e.. If Prometric staff cannot remedy the situation within 30 minutes. you will be expected to complete your examination. Typically this process takes 30 minutes but it’s possible that it could take longer. sign in. In cases where rescheduling is not possible. What can I do if the computer malfunctions while taking the examination? Fixed-Date Administration: If you experience technical difficulties while taking the examination. you must alert Prometric staff immediately. sign in. Continuous Administration: If the disruption lasts for less than 30 minutes. You should contact both the licensing authority from which you are seeking licensure and FSBPT to notify them of the technical difficulties. evacuation. present the appropriate identification. If the disruption is longer than 30 minutes. The time Prometric spends remedying a problem does not count as part of your examination time. This will not affect your total testing time. the sooner steps can be taken to reduce or eliminate the disruption. if the delay is more than 30 minutes after your scheduled appointment. Continuous administration: You should note that your appointment time is not necessarily your starting time. FSBPT will reschedule your examination for another day. you should continue to wait. present the appropriate identification. What happens if there is a fire drill. or the problem persists despite attempts to remedy the problem.e. In cases where rescheduling is not possible. or the problem persists despite attempts to remedy the problem. despite any delays. you must alert Prometric staff immediately. If the disruption cannot be resolved. during my examination? Fixed-Date Administration: You will be expected to complete your examination once the disruption is over. 16 . and you cannot continue to wait.
or assist anyone else in doing the same. sharing answers to questions. 18 . or transmit any examination question or answer. for any purpose. disclose. or through any other medium. circumstances beyond our control may require that this date shift. I further agree that I will not reconstruct examination content from memory. I understand and agree that FSBPT has the right to cancel my scores if it finds any evidence of any irregularities whatsoever and that FSBPT is the final authority that determines whether I have the privilege of sitting for the NPTE and whether the score I receive is transferred to any licensing jurisdiction. whether it be orally. in whole or in part. or any other examinations. including its Practice Examination and Assessment Tool (PEAT). o My scores may be canceled. discussing examination questions on web “chat rooms. Furthermore. on the Internet. referring others to information seen on the examination.” message boards. I agree that I will not copy. or forums. o I may face criminal prosecution. and the jurisdiction receiving my scores may be informed of the reason for the cancelation. by dictation or by any other means. understand. are the property of FSBPT. adapt. The results will then be transmitted to the licensing authority. o I may face a lawsuit that may result in my paying monetary damages or in my receiving other court-enforced penalties. or any other terms or conditions stated in the NPTE Candidate Handbook or Prometric Testing Center Regulations. any of the NPTE rules or procedures. Examples of prohibited acts include. in writing. EXAMINATION RESULTS AND SCORING How will I get my examination results? After the administration of the examination. and international copyright and trade secret laws. or reconstructing a list of topics tested.examination administration. and agree to the foregoing statements. including but not limited to the purpose of sharing that information with any other individual or entity. reproduce. In order to safeguard the public welfare and the integrity of the NPTE. laws and rules examinations. without a refund. I agree that I will not discuss or disclose NPTE content with anyone. I understand that the NPTE is a confidential and secure examination. I may be subject to any or all of the following consequences: o The Test Administrator may immediately dismiss me from the test session. protected by U. or through email accounts. I am aware that all NPTE test materials. While every effort is made to report scores in five business days. your examination will be scored by FSBPT.S. I am aware that if I provide false information or if I violate this Agreement. o I may incur monetary fines and disciplinary action by FSBPT and/or the jurisdiction in which I am applying for licensure. I have read. FSBPT reserves the right to prohibit any person from taking the NPTE who has not accepted the terms and conditions of the foregoing Security Agreement. identifying terms or concepts contained in examination questions. and that its contents are being disclosed to me today in a limited context to permit me to test and for no other purpose. Inquiries concerning examination results should be directed to the licensing authority to which you have applied for licensure. including my answers. o I may be banned from taking the NPTE. Fixed-date administration: Scores are reported to jurisdictions approximately five business days after the exam date. but are not limited to: describing questions or graphics from the examination. I agree not to disclose the content of any other product owned by FSBPT.
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS What services are available online? The following services are available at http://www. "Arranging To Take the NPTE.Continuous administration: Scores are reported to jurisdictions within one to three days of the exam. One reason for converting raw scores to scaled scores is that forms (versions) of the examinations may vary slightly in their level of difficulty. you must register with a jurisdiction licensing authority following the steps indicated in the section of this book entitled. effective July 1996.fsbpt. The NPTE minimum passing scaled score is 600. for each examination administration. Effective July 1996. R ETAKING THE E XAMINATION How do I register to take the NPTE again? If a retake is necessary due to failure of an examination. If the form of the examination is slightly harder. Do I need to wait a specified period of time between examinations? Fixed-date administration: Candidates must wait until the next available scheduled test date. Scale scores are an important part of making sure test scores are comparable. If a form of the examination is slightly easier than the form on which the passing score was set. While every effort is made to report scores in this time frame. However.org: • Register for examinations 19 . but is generally within a 1-2 question range. FSBPT will only allow you to take the examination a maximum of three times in any 12-month period. more questions would have to be answered correctly to obtain a scale score of 600. To ensure that scores on different forms of the examination have the same meaning. candidates are not unfairly rewarded because their examination was easier nor unfairly penalized because it was more difficult. a score at or above 600 is considered to be a passing score by all jurisdiction licensing authorities and a score below 600 is considered a failing score by all jurisdiction licensing authorities. raw scores are converted to scaled scores that represent equivalent levels of achievement regardless of the examination form taken. there will normally be at least one (1) month between administrations. fewer questions would have to be answered correctly to pass the examination. What are scale scores and what is the passing score? The NPTE uses sophisticated procedures to ensure test forms are equally difficult across administrations. The NPTE scale score is an arithmetic conversion of raw scores (the number of questions a candidate answers correctly) to a scale that ranges from 200 to 800. all jurisdiction licensing authorities adopted the same criterion-referenced passing score for the NPTE. circumstances beyond our control may require that these dates shift. The number of questions that have to be answered correctly to achieve a score of 600 can change from form to form. A given raw score on one form of the examination may not be comparable to the same raw score on another form of the examination." How often can I take the examination? This varies by jurisdiction. Thus. Continuous administration: It is estimated that given the need to reapply to the licensing authority. Therefore.
The Examination Development Committee (EDC) reviews these comments for consideration in future examination development. you will need to submit a request in writing to the FSBPT Board of Directors. the role of the exam in providing a measure of minimal entry-level competence. If you wish to appeal a specific policy related to the National Physical Therapy Examination the first step is to discuss the issue with a Federation staff person.S. the FSBPT Board of Directors will consider what effect granting the appeal would have on other candidates. The request must include the rationale for the exception to the policy and any steps already taken to resolve this problem with FSBPT staff. you may do so by mailing or faxing your comments to FSBPT. Candidate appeals will be responded to in writing by the President of the FSBPT Board of Directors within 60 days. jurisdiction. West Street. the status of your registration. Authorization to Test letter. The staff may be able to provide a better understanding of the policy and explain how the policy relates to the Federation mission. Careful consideration is given when developing policies to ensure that they are in line with the Federation’s mission of public protection. These policies are then shared with the licensing authority for each U. If you still choose to appeal a policy. However. When reviewing appeals. Requests for appeals must be submitted by the candidate within 60 days of his/her most recent examination.org. submission of comments will not alter your examination score.• Check the status of your registration • Update your profile • Add a payment to a requested service • Apply for a score transfer • Contact information for Licensing Authorities • Listing of school codes Whom can I call if I have additional questions about the NPTE Program? You may call FSBPT at 703-739-9420 to obtain general information about the NPTE program. Please direct comments to: Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy 124 S. and any impact the decision might create for the jurisdiction in which the candidate is applying or any other jurisdiction. You may also address comments to npte@fsbpt. or the score report that is transmitted to your jurisdiction licensing authority. VA 22314 Is there a way to appeal a policy related to the National Physical Therapy Examination? The FSBPT Board of Directors routinely reviews the policies that govern the development and administration of the National Physical Therapy Examination. 3rd Floor Alexandria. the security of the NPTE. 20 . Can I make comments on the examination? If you wish to provide comments on the examination.
org.fsbpt. 21 . If your jurisdiction does require that you take the jurisprudence exam through the FSBPT. go to www. To register online for a jurisprudence exam.Jurisprudence Exams Your jurisdiction may require that you take a jurisprudence exam that is administered by the FSBPT. the policies and procedures for the jurisprudence exam are the same as those for the NPTE.
Content Outlines The examinations consist of objective. For the complete content outlines go to www.fsbpt. An overview of the content outlines are included in this handbook.org/ForCandidatesAndLicensees/NPTE/ExamDevelopment. multiple-choice questions covering the major areas of physical therapy. 22 . The PT examination consists of 250 items and the PTA examination consists of 200 items.
National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) Test Content Outline – Physical Therapist This test is designed to measure whether or not an examinee has the requisite knowledge required of entrylevel physical therapist practitioners. Protection. Content Area Description (# Items) # Items % Items Clinical Application of Foundational Sciences 29 14. & 73 36. Teaching & Learning.5% Prognosis Examination 26 13. Differential Diagnosis. The focus is on the clinical application of knowledge. Provision of safe patient care includes consideration of current best evidence from clinically relevant research regarding the safety and efficacy of therapeutic. rehabilitative. Protection. concepts and principles necessary for the provision of safe and effective patient care. and Multi-System Involvement.5% Interventions 37 18.5% Cardiac.0% Equipment & Devices (10) Therapeutic Modalities (12) Safety. 23 . Genitourinary. Research 39 19.5% & Evidence-Based Practice Safety. & Prognosis 47 23.0% Cardiac. & Professional Roles. Vascular & Pulmonary Systems (7) Musculoskeletal System (10) Neuromuscular & Nervous Systems (9) Integumentary System (3) Other Systems* (18) Interventions/ Equipment & Devices. Differential Diagnosis. Vascular & Pulmonary Systems (5) Musculoskeletal System (6) Neuromuscular & Nervous Systems (6) Integumentary System (3) Other Systems* (9) Examination/ Foundations for Evaluation.5% Cardiac. Therapeutic Modalities 59 29. and preventive physical therapy services. Vascular & Pulmonary Systems (7) Musculoskeletal System (11) Neuromuscular & Nervous Systems (10) Integumentary System (5) Other Systems* (4) Equipment & Devices. Gastrointestinal. Vascular & Pulmonary Systems (4) Musculoskeletal System (9) Neuromuscular & Nervous Systems (9) Integumentary System (3) Other Systems* (1) Foundations for Evaluation.5% Cardiac. & Professional Roles (15) Teaching & Learning (11) Research & Evidence-Based Practice (13) Total 200 100% • Other Systems include one or more of the following: Metabolic & Endocrine. Therapeutic Modalities 22 11.
0% 24 .System Specific Specifications .Physical Therapy System Percent of the Examination Musculoskeletal 18.0% Neuromuscular 17.0% Other Systems 16.0% Cardiovascular/pulmonary 11.5% Integumentary 7.
Protection.33% 72 23 48% 15. & Professional Roles. and Multi-System Involvement (2) Equipment & Devices.National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) Test Content Outline – Physical Therapist Assistant This test is designed to measure whether or not an examinee has the requisite knowledge required of entry-level physical therapist assistants working under the supervision of a physical therapist. Gastrointestinal.00% 22 14. and Multi-System Involvement (16) Data Collection/ Interventions/ Equipment & Devices.33% 27 18. Gastrointestinal. and Multi-System Involvement (1) Interventions Cardiac. Evidence-Based Practice Safety. Teaching & Learning. & Professional Roles (12) Teaching & Learning (4) Evidence-Based Practice (3) Total # Items 59 % Items 39. Vascular & Pulmonary Systems (10) Musculoskeletal System (15) Neuromuscular & Nervous Systems (14) Integumentary System (4) Other Systems – Metabolic & Endocrine.67% 150 100% 25 . The focus is on the clinical application of knowledge. Therapeutic Modalities Data Collection Cardiac. Vascular & Pulmonary Systems (4) Musculoskeletal System (9) Neuromuscular & Nervous Systems (7) Integumentary System (2) Other Systems – Metabolic & Endocrine. Therapeutic Modalities Equipment & Devices (9) Therapeutic Modalities (13) Safety. Content Area Description (# Items) Clinical Application of Physical Therapy Principles & Foundational Sciences Cardiac. concepts and principles necessary for the provision of safe and effective patient care consistent with the principles of best practice. Gastrointestinal. Protection. Vascular & Pulmonary Systems (5) Musculoskeletal System (8) Neuromuscular & Nervous Systems (9) Integumentary System (3) Other Systems – Metabolic & Endocrine.67% 19 12.
67% Integumentary 6.System Specific Specifications – Physical Therapist Assistant System Percent of the Examination Musculoskeletal 21.33% Neuromuscular 20.00% Cardiovascular/pulmonary 12.67% 26 .00% Other Systems 12.
Sample Questions The sample questions that follow are illustrative of the type found on the Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant examinations. 27 .
A patient with a medullary level vascular lesion has increased vagal nerve activity. d. an individual reports experiencing a sharp.a 28 . 4. Acromioclavicular joint lesion b. d. c.c. The pain disappears when the individual stands up and walks around briefly. but reports increasing pain severity as the arm moves into the range indicated by photograph B. Which of the following disorders is the MOST likely origin of the gait abnormality? a. Partial tear of the supraspinatus ANSWERS TO SAMPLE QUESTIONS: 1. Which of the following interventions is MOST likely to correct the problem? a. Subacromial bursitis c. A patient has used crutches with a partial weight-bearing toe touch gait for the past 3 months. After sitting at a computer station for 2-3 hours. the patient in the photograph denies pain while moving the arm through the range indicated in photograph A. d. When asked to show the location of the pain.c. b.PHYSICAL THERAPIST EXAMINTION 1.b. Infraspinatus tendinopathy d. 2. Isometric strengthening of the deltoid Lumbar extension exercises in prone Instruction in correct postural alignment in sitting Instruction in shoulder active range of motion exercises 2. 3. localized pain in the left arm. the individual points to the area of the insertion of the deltoid. While abducting the shoulder. Plantar fasciitis Fibular (peroneal) nerve palsy Heel cord tightness Hammer toe 4. Which of the following disorders is MOST likely present? a. the patient is unable to demonstrate a heel-toe gait sequence with the involved extremity. c. When progressed to full weight bearing. b. b. Rise in blood pressure and no change in heart rate Drop in blood pressure and no change in heart rate Rise in blood pressure and an increase in heart rate Drop in blood pressure and an increase in heart rate 3. c. Which of the following descriptions BEST represents the cardiovascular effects that occur when the patient transitions from supine to standing? a.
a patient with a sprain of the deltoid ligament of the ankle reported pain with palpation of the affected area and with ankle motion that stresses the ligament. Exhale by blowing air out forcefully between pursed lips. c. c. b. 3. d. a physical therapist assistant should palpate which of the following areas? a.PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT EXAMINATION 1. d. 2. Exhale in quick short puffs through pursed lips.a. d. b. Exhale by relaxing air out through pursed lips. 3.b. b. Which of the following instructions would be MOST appropriate to give a patient who is learning pursed-lip breathing? a. b. Visual cues while performing the exercises Pain-relieving modalities prior to performing the exercises Trunk stabilization while performing the exercises Stretching prior to performing the exercises 4. 4.a 29 . Over the sinus tarsi while the patient’s ankle is passively inverted Deep to the Achilles tendon while the patient’s ankle is passively dorsiflexed 2. which of the following complications is the patient most likely to develop? a. c. If angle 1 in the photograph is greater than 20º. Patellofemoral tracking disorder Genu recurvatum Lateral collateral ligament sprain Medial meniscal lesion ANSWERS TO SAMPLE QUESTIONS: 1. Anterior to the lateral malleolus while the patient’s ankle is passively plantar flexed Inferior to the medial malleolus while the patient’s ankle is passively everted. c. During a physical therapy evaluation. d.c. Exhale through pursed lips while contracting abdominal muscles. To determine any change in the patient’s pain level during subsequent treatment. A patient with impaired kinesthesia who is performing active range of motion exercises of the upper extremities will MOST likely require which of the following supplemental interventions? a.
E XAMINATION S CORE VERIFICATION You may request verification of your examination score by going to www. Requests will be processed by FSBPT within five days of receipt. Please check online at www.org and clicking on “Candidate and Licensee Home.00.00. Your participation in this service is entirely voluntary. P ERFORMANCE F EEDBACK You may wish to purchase a detailed Performance Feedback Report from FSBPT which is a descriptive diagnostic score report available to all PT and PTA candidates. In deciding whether to have your score verified. If you decide you need additional time. You will be provided with two reports. FSBPT's Online PEAT offers: • • • • • The same format and type of questions as the actual NPTE Immediate and automatic scoring for your online practice examination A detailed performance report by content area and system Explanations and rationales behind correct answers References to help you increase your knowledge You can have access to Online PEAT for 30 days when you have paid the $90. In offering this service.00.fsbpt. please go to www.Additional Services Any fees noted below are subject to change without notice.fsbpt. S CORE T RANSFER S ERVICE The FSBPT Score Transfer Service was established to facilitate the endorsement of licenses from one jurisdiction to another. please consider that examinations are scored electronically with a high degree of accuracy.org and clicking on “Candidate and Licensee Home. Your scores are automatically reported to the jurisdiction licensing authority in which you are seeking licensure. To order Online PEAT.org and click on “Purchase PEAT. The fee for this service is $150. There is a reporting fee only when you transfer your scores to other jurisdictions. The fee for this service is $90.” Requests can be submitted online or printed and submitted to FSBPT offline. It is therefore highly unlikely that verification will alter your original score. Reports can be requested by going to www.” 30 . You will also get a scaled score in each of the five system specific areas described in the System Specific Specification summary.fsbpt. O NLINE PEAT (PRACTICE E XAM AND A SSESSMENT T OOL ) The Practice Exam and Assessment Tool is as similar to the real NPTE as possible so that you'll be able to identify your strengths and potential pitfall areas. you can extend your access time for 15 days by paying an additional $45.fsbpt. Transfer of your scores on the National Physical Therapy Examination may be requested any time after taking the examination. One will be based on all the areas within the Content Outline that have set specifications. FSBPT makes no guarantees that any licensing authority will accept a score transfer in lieu of other jurisdiction requirements for the purposes of licensure.” Requests can be submitted online or printed and submitted to FSBPT offline. You will get a scaled score in each of these areas.org for current prices.00 access fee.
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