Therapy Exam Prep – Prepare for the NPTE | NPTAE Online TEP teaches clinical thinking as it applies to the PT exam. The NPTE and NPTAE are no longer purely academic exams and your preparation should reflect that. 2017-07-20T16:32:01Z https://therapyexamprep.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Miye https://therapyexamprep.com <![CDATA[PT Exam – The NPTE Mindset – Getting Into the Zone]]> https://therapyexamprep.com/?p=2874 2017-04-25T21:41:59Z 2017-04-25T21:41:59Z In the upcoming days, you’re about to take a very important exam – your board license exam. It’s common to feel anxious and nervous and there are many others in the same position as you. You may even feel like your mind is overwhelmed with material but also with thoughts about the PT exam itself […]

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In the upcoming days, you’re about to take a very important exam – your board license exam. It’s common to feel anxious and nervous and there are many others in the same position as you. You may even feel like your mind is overwhelmed with material but also with thoughts about the PT exam itself – ultimately being able to pass.

At the Prometric Center

When at the Prometric Center, the anticipation before checking in and the unknown of the exam can produce butterflies in the stomach and the mind racing in all different directions. While waiting to get checked in for your exam and looking around at the others could even make you more nervous as they also portray nervousness of their own. The hurry-up feeling may come on to get this exam over with already.

Once you are escorted into the room and shown your station. You can then sit down in front of your computer. Before even getting started, your heart may be racing, your palms sweating, maybe even your teeth clenching. Unconsciously, you may experience your leg shaking or maybe the fingers are tapping on the table (annoying the person next to you) as you stare at the screen before you.

This is it — a do or die (sort of) situation. But it’s JUST a PT exam! OK, a very important exam; the exam that determines whether you will be licensed or not. However, it’s not JUST a regular PT exam. It’s an exam that’s going to test you in many different aspects and right now it’s about how quickly you can get into the zone to focus.

Inner Mind Dialogue

There’s going to be chatter in your mind, a brief moment (or maybe the whole time) of “OMG!” and panic. There’s also the “I got this” attitude — the confidence of being able to handle any question presented to you. The “I may not know everything but I know enough” and be able to choose the best answer. At any given moment, a complicated question may pop up on your screen and the automatic of “Holy sh*t!” may come into your mind of “What do I do with this information?!” But you’ll be ok — trust me, you’ll be fine — as long as you are able to focus back on the question at hand.

But here’s the key to this PT exam, you want to get into the zone as fast as possible. What this means is to be ready and treat this more like a game than a PT exam. You want to treat the question as a patient. So, imagine you are sitting in front of the patient and they present their “problem” question to you — it’s up to you to choose their MOST appropriate treatment.

Getting into the Zone

Before starting your exam, clear your mind and if needed, crack your neck and knuckles to release tension. Take a moment before starting the tutorial and channel your energy into visualizing how you want to be able to answer the upcoming questions. Think of how you want the perfect question that you can answer with ease. That you will be able to see that you can handle any type of questions and eliminating answers are easy. There’s no second guessing or self-doubting as all the information is there. Now, begin with gusto and confidence.

Approaching the Questions

As each new patient question comes onto the screen, tell yourself you know enough to be able to help them. Actively listen to them by giving them your full attention, don’t interject with your own thoughts and assumptions. And don’t panic when what the patient presents to you is in your weaker areas — just take what you can and help them the best you can. When you have questions that you are strong on, don’t rush through them; however, take what you can in stride and smile that you are able to truly help.

Regardless, of the length of the question, the goal is the same — to choose the best answer. When a long case scenario is shown, the tendency is to feel overwhelmed especially when there are a lot of numbers, list of symptoms or examination results (MMT, ROM, special tests); however, the goal should be at this moment in time, to narrow down what you need to know and then begin elimination of unnecessary answers (or even the information presented in the question).

When a short case scenario is presented, you may feel there’s not enough information there! However, there’s enough for you to get by and choose an answer. This is the time to not fall into the trap of adding information or inserting your experience on the topic. Take the question at face value and don’t overthink the answers.

Choosing Your Answers

After reading the question, take each answer as an option. Know that there’s only 1 correct answer and it’s up to you to pick the best treatment answer. Prioritize and think about safety. Remember, when part of the answer is not true, don’t make it true — eliminate and use the strikethrough feature.

When doubting your answers, ALWAYS stick with your gut answer. This instinctual choice of yours, the majority of the time will be the correct answer. However, this is not the time to talk yourself out of an answer. Only change an answer when you know it’s absolutely not true. Otherwise, leave it. Most points are lost by doing this — so (tip!) — don’t do it! Pick and move on. This will also save you a lot of time.

After you have chosen an answer and before you click “Next,” let go of that question (patient). Don’t allow your mind to be clouded when seeing the next patient scenario. Give them your full attention — if that means closing your eyes for a brief second, do so. It’s hard to choose the right treatment when your mind is full and thinking about previous questions or when distracted by the time. Stay focused and you’ll be able to answer better and maybe even get a higher score.

Gaining Focus

It’s normal to feel anxious at the beginning (ok, maybe even in the middle and at the end of the PT exam); however, when you are able to quickly focus on what’s in front of you and begin to get into a rhythm of looking at your patients, you’ll seem to flow better. In a sense, you’ll get into a groove of being able to answer without losing focus and answering the questions will become easier. Essentially, allow your brain to work unconsciously and let muscle memory to kick in.

When getting tripped up, just take a moment, take a deep breath and refocus. Close your eyes, perform progressive muscle relaxation exercises, roll your head, do some ankle pumps and then jump straight back in. You’ll want to get into a place where you feel comfortable being able to take care of your patients and when you do, this very important exam becomes less like an exam and more like a game. Capture that feeling and you’ll walk out with confidence rather than worry about your exam score for a week.

Being proactive is key and here are just some wisdom pearls before you go into your PT exam. So, from now until your PT exam date, what’s your plan of action to get into the zone?

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Miye https://therapyexamprep.com <![CDATA[Free Live Webinars for October NPTE]]> https://therapyexamprep.com/?p=2531 2016-10-08T22:50:42Z 2016-10-08T22:50:42Z Therapy Exam Prep (TEP) provides a series of three free online live webinars for the upcoming October NPTE. These online live webinars provide components of what has been provided in TEP’s course and want to share with all that are taking the upcoming exam. The seats are limited and reservation is required. The dates for the […]

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MC testTherapy Exam Prep (TEP) provides a series of three free online live webinars for the upcoming October NPTE. These online live webinars provide components of what has been provided in TEP’s course and want to share with all that are taking the upcoming exam. The seats are limited and reservation is required.

The dates for the webinars are October 12th, 13th and November 9th at 4:30 pm PST.

TEP’s series of webinars:

Part 1: NPTE Assessment Readiness – This webinar utilizes a portion of TEP’s accurate assessment criteria in determining how solid of a pass would be. Factors that contribute to the pass is determined by test taking skills, being able to apply clinically towards the exam and how other factors such as confidence and mindset plays a role in a successful score. There is a lifetime limit now on the number of attempts to take the NPTE / NPTAE and therefore want to be sure you are solid before taking the exam.

Register here: NPTE Assessment Webinar

Part 2: Exam Tips & Techniques – This webinar provides useful strategies two weeks prior, the day before, during and after the NPTE exam. Techniques are provided on how to stay focus during the NPTE as well as being able to control other influences that can make an impact on the resulting score.

Register here: Exam Tips Webinar

Part 3: Being Successful – This webinar is to help those that didn’t succeed or want to be successful on the NPTE or NPTAE. Those that attend will learn how to evaluate what went well and what possibly prevented them from a successful attempt. This webinar is geared towards providing steps on how to proceed with the next attempt, deciding whether to wait or to continue to study and how to make the next NPTE be a smoother successful journey.

Register here: Being Successful Webinar

There are no replays of these live webinars.

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Miye https://therapyexamprep.com <![CDATA[How to Keep Focus for the NPTE Webinar]]> https://therapyexamprep.com/?p=2327 2016-08-31T07:09:38Z 2016-08-31T07:08:33Z Preparing for the NPTE or NPTAE can be stressful and create anxiety that makes it easy to lose focus when studying. Therapy Exam Prep (TEP) is providing a free live online webinar about how to keep your focus for the NPTE. This webinar is to provide how to maintain focus with internal and external factors, […]

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Multiple Choice TestPreparing for the NPTE or NPTAE can be stressful and create anxiety that makes it easy to lose focus when studying. Therapy Exam Prep (TEP) is providing a free live online webinar about how to keep your focus for the NPTE. This webinar is to provide how to maintain focus with internal and external factors, common mistakes made while studying, and strategies to implement right away for practice exams. This webinar is meant especially for those that are preparing for the upcoming October NPTAE or NPTE exams. Seats are limited and reservation is required.

The date for the webinar is September 6th at 6 pm Pacific Standard Time.

There will be no replays of this webinar.

Click to Register for the How to Keep Focus for the NPTE.

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Miye https://therapyexamprep.com <![CDATA[NPTE Tip – Emotions from the PT Exam Results]]> https://therapyexamprep.com/?p=2242 2016-07-26T09:16:19Z 2016-07-26T09:16:19Z You may be experiencing a different type of anxiety as you wait for your PT exam results than what you may have felt when you took the actual exam. The tense moments at the computer screen waiting for your results to tell you whether you passed your NPTE or NPTAE to become a licensed PT […]

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Passed ScreenYou may be experiencing a different type of anxiety as you wait for your PT exam results than what you may have felt when you took the actual exam. The tense moments at the computer screen waiting for your results to tell you whether you passed your NPTE or NPTAE to become a licensed PT or PTA can feel like forever. Some candidates close their eyes before looking while others continue to hit the refresh button until their life-changing results are shown.

The emotional roller coaster of receiving this important PT exam score results in either a happy / relief path or a shock followed by a handful of negative emotions. The second path is a journey in itself following a similar path to the grieving stages of death or life-threatening illness. Below are some thoughts to keep in mind based on your PT exam results.

Passing Results

Congratulations and welcome to the profession! You may experience an initial shock of disbelief or happiness when you see PASS on the screen. It may take a few seconds for the great feeling to sink in and be relieved that you can now move on to receiving your license. This chapter is done and now a new one begins as a practicing clinician.

Although you are done studying for the PT exam, you’ll want to remember to continue to learn, implement and progress throughout your career.

Not Passing Results

First, take a deep breath. Seeing that you didn’t get that passing results SUCKS! However, it’s not the end of your world. It’s a slight setback. You may be experiencing some shock from not passing and possibly denial of the results. However, when the screen continues to tell you that you didn’t pass, it just hurts.

You may have some anger or go into some depression-like feelings. These are quite normal feelings as it may seem you are now on a roller coaster of emotions that changes from minute to minute over the course of the next few days. While your head may be spinning with so many thoughts, just know that there’s hope and help as you don’t have to experience this journey on your own.

If you happen to not pass your PT exam, you’ll want to remember it’s not a reflection of you as a clinician or your character as it’s just an exam. The results mainly mean there are areas to improve upon and something to not “beat yourself” up over. This unexpected experience as hurtful as it may be, you’ll want to view as a growing lesson and a second chance to “prove” yourself.

There are many reasons you may not have reached the passing score; however, you’ll want to acknowledge your successes of what you did right. This is important as many fail to recognize to give themselves credit as this helps with the healing process. For instance, it could be that you completed the PT exam without panicking. Or that you were able to study and review the information. Although it may not seem like it, you may be getting an extra little “vacation” before getting into the workforce.

When you finally accept your PT exam results and want to resume studying, here are a few things to think about from your prior attempt to help you prevent a repeat.

Did you develop study plans before studying?
Did you study actively rather than passively?
Did you study continuously for long periods of time?
Did you study clinically rather than academically?
Do you recognize patterns when taking the exams?
Did you review the rationales for the questions?
Did you have a negative mindset towards the PT exam?

Changing any one of these study habits will help to improve your PT exam score for your next attempt. Taking the time to reassess over the next few days and seeing where you can make changes allows your mind to see there are opportunities to learn and grow. Keep your head up and know that you are not alone and all you have to do is ask for help when needed.

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Miye https://therapyexamprep.com <![CDATA[Free Live Webinars for July NPTE]]> https://therapyexamprep.com/?p=2214 2016-07-01T22:19:23Z 2016-07-01T05:54:21Z Therapy Exam Prep (TEP) provides a series of three free online live webinars for the upcoming July NPTE. These online live webinars provide components of what has been provided in TEP’s course and want to share with all that are taking the upcoming exam. The seats are limited and reservation is required. The dates for the […]

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MC testTherapy Exam Prep (TEP) provides a series of three free online live webinars for the upcoming July NPTE. These online live webinars provide components of what has been provided in TEP’s course and want to share with all that are taking the upcoming exam. The seats are limited and reservation is required.

The dates for the webinars are July 5th, 6th and August 2nd at 6 pm PST.

Click here to register for the webinars.

TEP’s series of webinars:

Part 1: NPTE Assessment Readiness – This webinar utilizes a portion of TEP’s accurate assessment criteria in determining how solid of a pass would be. Factors that contribute to the pass is determined by test taking skills, being able to apply clinically towards the exam and how other factors such as confidence and mindset plays a role in a successful score. There is a lifetime limit now on the number of attempts to take the NPTE / NPTAE and therefore want to be sure you are solid before taking the exam.

Part 2: Exam Tips & Techniques – This webinar provides useful strategies two weeks prior, the day before, during and after the NPTE exam. Techniques are provided on how to stay focus during the NPTE as well as being able to control other influences that can make an impact on the resulting score.

Part 3: Being Successful After Being Unsuccessful – This webinar is to help those that didn’t succeed on the NPTE or NPTAE. Those that attend will learn how to evaluate what went well and what possibly prevented them from a successful attempt. This webinar is geared towards providing steps on how to proceed with the next attempt, deciding whether to wait or to continue to study and how to make the next NPTE be a smoother successful journey.

Click here to register for the webinars. There are no replays of these live webinars.

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