USA Professional Test Pattern and Details

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) is a national certification body. It has access to occupational therapy professionals in the US. Th exam is to protect the rights of public interest by assessing if the candidates have the required knowledge of occupational therapy to practice. NCBOT is an entry level examination administered by PTC. There are over 8000 test centers in around 160 countries. Candidates must apply under required eligibility. Candidates are advised to check the sample papers and practice tests to know about the test pattern.

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  • Graduate with an accredited/approved entry-level occupational therapy degree
  • Complete all fieldwork requirements
  • Submit an official final college or university transcript that indicates the date of graduation and degree title OR a NBCOT Academic Credential Verification Form (ACVF)
  • Agree to abide by the NBCOT Practice Standards and Code of Conduct.

Exam Pattern

  • OTR- 3 clinical simulation test (CST) items and 170 four- and three-option single response multiple choice items.
  • COTA- 200 items comprising four- and three-option single response multiple choice items, and sixoption multi-select items.

Tips and Tricks

  • Check through the syllabus carefully.
  • Prepare a study schedule and follow it sincerely.
  • Apply for the test very diligently without missing out on any important detail.
  • Practice previous years papers to know the pattern of questions that come in exam.

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