In school, students learn the various topics in the curriculum independently and are expected to integrate that knowledge for application in the clinic after graduation. The PT exam tests them by asking questions using clinical scenarios and this is where many examinees struggle. While many may have strong academic foundations, putting everything together like a practicing clinician is a mental leap they have not yet made.
Students often think they have to know everything to feel comfortable before sitting for an exam. The PT board exam challenges that belief and asks examinees to choose the best answer with limited information presented. This is similar to a clinician treating a patient using only the available information gathered from medical history and examination.
Therapy Exam Prep (TEP) was the first to recognize and address this gap between studying as a student and thinking like a practicing clinician. As a leader in the field, TEP teaches clinical thinking as it applies to the exam.
The NPTE and NPTAE are no longer purely academic exams where reading the study guides cover to cover, rote memorization, or repetitive reading of the same information from multiple sources is sufficient to pass the exam. TEP’s program is designed as an active learning process with daily interactions that lead to measurably increased scores.
TEP’s program consist of live webinars, member forums for discussions and NPTE practice questions, as well as ongoing daily feedback and guidance by TEP’s team of licensed physical therapists. Together, this integrated system promotes strong understanding of the material and increased confidence on answering any type of question presented.
With mobile apps for iOS and Android, TEP helps you keep up with your PT board exam preparation even if you don't have access to a PC.
Therapy Exam Prep’s NPTE and NPTAE programs emphasize three components: Exam Analysis, Clinical Thinking, and a Holistic Approach. Implementing this layered strategy has been shown to bolster examinees scores by 30 - 150 points.
The physical therapy board exam questions are not there to trick you or be hard; however the types of questions seen are based off of real life scenarios.
TEP emphasizes seeing our NPTE practice questions as patients and how clinical thinking goes beyond studying from the books. What is on the PT exam is not going to be necessarily found in the textbook or study guides and TEP provides insight on thinking beyond the academic levels.
Compared to passive studying, TEP’s clinical thinking approach with assignments, study guide tips, insights, and exercises make for better retention of the information in a shorter period of time. What is learned now is remembered beyond the exam itself and carried over to patient treatment.
One of the keys to passing the PT board exam is understanding the format, being able to analyze the questions, and as a result becoming a better test taker. TEP has developed a systematic way of designing your individualized study plans for a smarter and more efficient way to prepare.
When treating a patient, you are to treat the whole person and not just the condition. TEP is the only PT exam preparation to implement this concept and addresses you, the examinee, as a whole. There are many factors that can affect scores and TEP addresses the different areas.
TEP provides help in improving confidence, decreasing stress, and time management skills.
TEP believes in a proactive preparation approach towards the physical therapy board exam. Rather than trying to cram volumes of information in a short period of time, our program keeps you from feeling overwhelmed by the task of studying for this important PT exam. This is accomplished by breaking down the preparation into manageable pieces.
The following are steps that lead to a successful exam outcome:
It’s about teamwork when it comes to passing the board exam and TEP’s team consisting of licensed Physical Therapists are there every step of your journey. From start to finish, instructors and moderators are accessible for guidance and feedback.
Preparing and passing the PT exam is a journey you don’t have to make alone and our positive community is there to help.
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TEP helps prepare those that want to succeed and gain the confidence to overcome this exam in order to practice.
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“TEP offered resources that I could not find anywhere else. TEP’s study strategies and methodology for analyzing practice tests were the essential components to my achievement of a perfect scaled-score (800) on the NPTE.”- Kyle Rice, Florida International University
“TEP’s program outline and holistic approach to exam preparation directed me towards success. No words can justify the amount of knowledge, motivation and guidance I received after joining Therapy Exam Prep.”- Rachita Khurana, India
"When I enrolled in TEP, the team refocused me to making a study plan that works best for me, redefined for me the topics and the methods that matter most in preparation and how I can attain that goal.”- Emma Delgado, Philippines
“I highly recommend Therapy Exam Prep as a study course for the NPTE. Clinical thinking is strongly emphasized, along with a holistic approach for taking good care of yourself throughout the studying process. I took the NPTE in January 2013 and passed on my first attempt ...since 1990, that is. Thank you TEP!”- Dana Chadick, Re-entry PT
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Starting TEP begins as soon as you complete the enrollment process where you’ll have access immediately to begin your preparation.
All participants have access to recordings within 24 hours after the live webinars. These recordings are available only for the duration of the program.
Yes, TEP has helped PTAs pass their NPTAE with TEP’s program. The content is geared towards PTs but the exam techniques, strategies and studying is applicable to all.