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Our Proven Success System Has helped Over 10,000 Physical Therapy Students Pass The NPTE.
 

Study Smarter &Pass the NPTE!​

Our Proven Success System Has helped Over 10,000 Physical Therapy Students Pass The NPTE.
 

Study Smarter
& Pass the
NPTE!​

Our Proven Success System Has helped Over 10,000 Physical Therapy Students Pass The NPTE.
 
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WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY

Dr. Abbey Malamut

Dr. Hannah Hubbard

Dr. Angelika Pel

 by Lisa B. on PT Final Exam
Distracted student, great score!

Literally, the best $1,000 I ever spent on my PT education—and that includes my DPT tuition. I knew that I would need external structure in order to successfully prepare for the NPTE. I am hugely distractible, and when I can focus for a few hours, I tend to go down rabbit holes and get bogged down in details. I love learning, but I knew that there wasn’t time to learn everything in 3 months. I needed someone to tell me what to focus on. ALL I ended up doing was attending all of the live VIP(T) courses, watching some of the recordings, taking a couple practice tests, and looking up a few additional... more

 by Kyle on PT Final Exam
Passed On 6th Attempt!

This is a review from someone who finally passed the NPTE on the 6th attempt. No words can truly explain how much gratitude I feel for Physical Therapy Final Exam. When I first signed up for the program, I was a bit skeptical and doubtful that this program was going to help me out. I had already signed up for other known NPTE programs, and while they improved my score and helped me with testing strategies, it just wasn’t enough to get me past the finish line. My family recommended that I should try PTFE since this would be my last time attempting to take the exam. So, I gave it a shot. Adding... more

 by Corey Dole on PT Final Exam
PT Final Exam helped me pass the NPTE

After struggling to find a good study program and failing my first attempt on the NPTE, I found PT Final Exam. The lectures were presented in a relaxed enough environment to allow for natural consumption of the material but rigorous and methodical enough to drive home the important topics that will be seen on test day. With the VIP(T) course and the Crash Course, I was able to increase my score by over 50 points and pass the NPTE on my second attempt. Thank you to everyone on the PT Final Exam Team!

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Dr. Abbey Malamut

Dr. Hannah Hubbard

Dr. Angelika Pel

 by Lisa B. on PT Final Exam
Distracted student, great score!

Literally, the best $1,000 I ever spent on my PT education—and that includes my DPT tuition. I knew that I would need external structure in order to successfully prepare for the NPTE. I am hugely distractible, and when I can focus for a few hours, I tend to go down rabbit holes and get bogged down in details. I love learning, but I knew that there wasn’t time to learn everything in 3 months. I needed someone to tell me what to focus on.

ALL I ended up doing was attending all of the live VIP(T) courses, watching some of the recordings, taking a couple practice tests, and looking up a few additional things here or there. I bought all the review books—barely cracked them. I surrounded myself with my DPT textbooks—opened one…maybe once a week. I did not review my practice tests like I was supposed to. I felt guilty for not doing enough and was not in a great headspace. But I insisted on faithfully attending the VIP(T) course. Oh, and I tried to go for a walk every day.

And that was enough. I scored FAR higher than I expected. PT Final Exam has great instructors who select the most relevant material and make it digestible. I can’t recommend them enough.

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Founder's Story

Dr. Will Crane DPT, OCS is the founder and lead instructor at PT Final Exam. Not only does Dr. Crane have a passion for teaching, he is also a practicing PT with nearly a decade of practice experience to help augment student learning.

Since 2012, thousands of PT and PTA students around the world have been using PT Final Exam as their go-to resource to conquer the board exams and Pass the NPTE & NPTAE.

When PT Final Exam began in ’12, the whole purpose was to become an awesome resource for students preparing for their board exams.

Because PT Final Exam was built from the ground up with this ideal, it’s no wonder that we have quickly come to the top of the PT Exam Preparation heap.

WHY PT FINAL EXAM?

Final Exam is the highest-rated online review course, and we put our money where our mouth is. If you’re not totally satisfied with the teaching or the content, you can get a cheerful refund within 14 days.

We publish real customer reviews (not just hand-picked testimonials), so you can see what other students are really saying about our products! We’re up to over 300, and growing every month.

Give it a try! You’ll be glad you did, and you just might make a good friend along the way.

Founder's Story

Dr. Will Crane DPT, OCS is the founder and lead instructor at PT Final Exam. Not only does Dr. Crane have a passion for teaching, he is also a practicing PT with nearly a decade of practice experience to help augment student learning.

Since 2012, thousands of PT and PTA students around the world have been using PT Final Exam as their go-to resource to conquer the board exams and Pass the NPTE & NPTAE.

When PT Final Exam began in ’12, the whole purpose was to become an awesome resource for students preparing for their board exams.

Because PT Final Exam was built from the ground up with this ideal, it’s no wonder that we have quickly come to the top of the PT Exam Preparation heap.

WHY PT FINAL EXAM?

Final Exam is the highest-rated online review course, and we put our money where our mouth is. If you’re not totally satisfied with the teaching or the content, you can get a cheerful refund within 14 days.

We publish real customer reviews (not just hand-picked testimonials), so you can see what other students are really saying about our products! We’re up to over 300, and growing every month.

Give it a try! You’ll be glad you did, and you just might make a good friend along the way.

Innovative. Fun. Effective.
Check it out – you’ll be glad you did!

Whether you’re looking for a self-paced refresher course or a full live online review course,
PT Final Exam has everything you need to help you pass the NPTE & NPTAE!

Innovative. Fun. Effective.
Check it out – you’ll be glad you did!

Whether you’re looking for a self-paced refresher course or a full live online review course,
PT Final Exam has everything you need to help you pass the NPTE & NPTAE!

Innovative. Fun. Effective. Check
it out – you’ll be glad you did!

Whether you’re looking for a self-paced refresher course or a full live online review course, PT Final Exam has everything you need for the NPTE & NPTAE!

Take the Full
Practice Exams

With 600 high-quality NPTE practice questions,
this practice exam is designed to give you a snapshot
of how you will perform on the NPTE.

Take the Full Practice Exams

With 600 high-quality NPTE practice questions, this
practice exam is designed to give you a snapshot of how
you will perform on the NPTE.

ABOUT THE NPTE

The National Physical Therapy Exam (or NPTE) is the measuring stick by which all new physical therapy graduates are measured. To get into PT school, you had to overcome many course exams, and most schools require the GRE to even apply, but the NPTE is in a league of its own.

As of 2012, there are 24,848 students enrolled in 211 PT programs throughout the USA according to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Each of these students must graduate from a CAPTE accredited school and take and pass the NPTE in order to begin their career as an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy.

The NPTE is an exam that is designed to not just test the basic recall memory of PT students. From personal experience, I can tell you that the questions on the NPTE really stretch your skills of clinical reasoning and putting multiple subject materials into on problem. The entire exam is comprised of multiple choice questions that can trick even the most seasoned veterans.

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) creates and maintains the test in a fashion that is constantly updated and improved. The exam’s purpose is to evaluate each potential clinician to make sure they have the basic skills required to practice effectively and safely. With an ever-growing body of evidence, it is increasingly important for the test to reflect current practices in the field of physical therapy.

The NPTE is administered through the chain of Prometric testing centers throughout the country. Upon completion of the exam, the score is then transmitted to licensing authority of the state in which you are applying. The minimum passing score is identical for all state licensing boards.

This is probably the hardest question to answer. The short answer is 600/800.
The long answer is this:
The exam has 250 questions on it, but only 200 are scored. They add 50 extra questions to “test” their testability to make sure they are not too hard or too easy. When you are taking the test, THERE IS NO WAY to distinguish these unscored items from the scored questions. Therefore, answer every question like it counts!
Each question is then scaled into the perfect 800 score. The FSBPT then tweaks the passing score of 600 up or down to give some leeway for a test that is “too easy,” or “too hard.” Above 600 and you pass the NPTE. Below 600 and you fail the NPTE.
The bottom line is that you have no way of knowing if your test is “easy” or “hard,” so I would recommend not worrying about the details. Just do your best and study all of the available material. Here are the current pass rates published by FSPBT.

The FSBPT is clear in its development standards for the NPTE. The questions used for the exam all come from common, core physical therapy textbooks (Magee, O’Sullivan, etc.)

Each question is written based on the information found in these textbooks. That being said, NPTE questions always have some sort of clinical spin or PT application on them.

This means that not only do you need to know the information in the PT textbooks. You need to also understand it well enough to apply it to novel situations.

One of my favorite ways to teach material is via case studies. As we deconstruct a real PT case, we can talk about how to apply the textbook knowledge to the case. This not only helps students get to know the content on the exam, it also helps them apply the material in PT setting, thus becoming more proficient clinicians.

Key strategies to pass the NPTE include:

  • Use the core PT textbooks as a foundation
  • Practice applying content to clinical scenarios
  • Interact with the material actively (workbooks are great!)
  • Digest the content and try explaining it aloud
  • Learn the blueprint for the NPTE so there are no surprises
 

We go over all of these things in our NPTE review courses. You’ll be able to easily see why we’ve been so successful in helping students achieve their dreams and pass the NPTE!

Nothing hurts worse than failing the NPTE. To see the word “fail” after so much hard work is so discouraging.

 

A while ago, I wrote an article addressing some of the negative emotion that comes after a failed NPTE attempt. You can see the full article here.

 

Basically, remember that the NPTE does not define you–it only refines you. Don’t let this exam keep you down. Channel all of that negative emotional energy and work to crush the NPTE on your next attempt.

PT Final Exam is among the few programs recognized as providers of state-required remediation. This is especially helpful for students who reside in states that require remediation after a few attempts on the NPTE.

We provide certificates of completion that can be used during the NPTE registration process.

ABOUT
THE NPTE

The National Physical Therapy Exam (or NPTE) is the measuring stick by which all new physical therapy graduates are measured. To get into PT school, you had to overcome many course exams, and most schools require the GRE to even apply, but the NPTE is in a league of its own.

As of 2012, there are 24,848 students enrolled in 211 PT programs throughout the USA according to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Each of these students must graduate from a CAPTE accredited school and take and pass the NPTE in order to begin their career as an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy.

The NPTE is an exam that is designed to not just test the basic recall memory of PT students. From personal experience, I can tell you that the questions on the NPTE really stretch your skills of clinical reasoning and putting multiple subject materials into on problem. The entire exam is comprised of multiple choice questions that can trick even the most seasoned veterans.

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) creates and maintains the test in a fashion that is constantly updated and improved. The exam’s purpose is to evaluate each potential clinician to make sure they have the basic skills required to practice effectively and safely. With an ever-growing body of evidence, it is increasingly important for the test to reflect current practices in the field of physical therapy.

The NPTE is administered through the chain of Prometric testing centers throughout the country. Upon completion of the exam, the score is then transmitted to licensing authority of the state in which you are applying. The minimum passing score is identical for all state licensing boards.

This is probably the hardest question to answer. The short answer is 600/800.
The long answer is this:
The exam has 250 questions on it, but only 200 are scored. They add 50 extra questions to “test” their testability to make sure they are not too hard or too easy. When you are taking the test, THERE IS NO WAY to distinguish these unscored items from the scored questions. Therefore, answer every question like it counts!
Each question is then scaled into the perfect 800 score. The FSBPT then tweaks the passing score of 600 up or down to give some leeway for a test that is “too easy,” or “too hard.” Above 600 and you pass the NPTE. Below 600 and you fail the NPTE.
The bottom line is that you have no way of knowing if your test is “easy” or “hard,” so I would recommend not worrying about the details. Just do your best and study all of the available material. Here are the current pass rates published by FSPBT.

The FSBPT is clear in its development standards for the NPTE. The questions used for the exam all come from common, core physical therapy textbooks (Magee, O’Sullivan, etc.)

Each question is written based on the information found in these textbooks. That being said, NPTE questions always have some sort of clinical spin or PT application on them.

This means that not only do you need to know the information in the PT textbooks. You need to also understand it well enough to apply it to novel situations.

One of my favorite ways to teach material is via case studies. As we deconstruct a real PT case, we can talk about how to apply the textbook knowledge to the case. This not only helps students get to know the content on the exam, it also helps them apply the material in PT setting, thus becoming more proficient clinicians.

Key strategies to pass the NPTE include:

  • Use the core PT textbooks as a foundation
  • Practice applying content to clinical scenarios
  • Interact with the material actively (workbooks are great!)
  • Digest the content and try explaining it aloud
  • Learn the blueprint for the NPTE so there are no surprises
 

We go over all of these things in our NPTE review courses. You’ll be able to easily see why we’ve been so successful in helping students achieve their dreams and pass the NPTE!

Nothing hurts worse than failing the NPTE. To see the word “fail” after so much hard work is so discouraging.
A while ago, I wrote an article addressing some of the negative emotion that comes after a failed NPTE attempt. You can see the full article here.
Basically, remember that the NPTE does not define you–it only refines you. Don’t let this exam keep you down. Channel all of that negative emotional energy and work to crush the NPTE on your next attempt.

PT Final Exam is among the few programs recognized as providers of state-required remediation. This is especially helpful for students who reside in states that require remediation after a few attempts on the NPTE.

We provide certificates of completion that can be used during the NPTE registration process.

PTFE is Trusted By Over 10,000
DPT Students (and growing).

Start Your Journey
Toward NPTE Success with PTFE Today!

PTFE is Trusted By Over 10,000 DPT Students
(and growing).

Start Your Journey
Toward NPTE Success with PTFE Today!