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Slide PT final exam was an amazing program which made studying is fun! I am so grateful for the creation of this amazing
course and their team. I felt so prepared after the course and supported by the team. The course kept me organized,
made me look at subjects at different points a view and gave me wonderful ways to memorize all the information.
I was able to pass my NPTE the first time!
- Justina
Slide I am so excited to be writing this review. After 2 failed attempts, I had no idea what to do. I am not the best test taker
and I used up all my practice exams. I was recommended PT final exam and I started to consider it. After emailing
with Will, I concluded I would give it a try. I got the independent study course and it was great. I was able to watch all the
videos on my own time, which was beyond helpful. I went from 590 to 579 to 605. I am so happy I decided to go with
this course. It was the best money I ever spent. The instructors were motivating and they made topics easier to
understand. The most important part for me was that they had practice questions and they broke down how to answer
them. Thank you PT final exam crew!
- Sam
Slide When I was approved to write the NPTE, I only had 4 weeks to prepare. The last time I wrote a PT licencing exam
was 1998 in Canada. I had no idea where to start and so much had been added to the PT curriculum since my
graduation. I purchased the independent study program. Had I not had the guidance from this program, passing
the NPTE would have been impossible. The program is so well organized, I was able to settle my nerves, study
methodically and absorb most of the material in time for the NPTE.
- Bill
Slide I cannot say enough good things about PT Final Exam! It took me multiple attempts. I went from a 582 to a 650
after taking this course. I loved that the course had a fun way of reviewing topics and really helped to keep
you on track. You never felt alone and the instructors did everything in their power to continue making you feel
positive. Anyone who is questioning whether or not to take this course need to go ahead and DO IT!
- Danielle

Welcome to PT Final Exam!

Your Awesome Resource for the NPTE!

Whether it’s a live class you’re looking for, or just a self-paced refresher, we have just what you need to crush the NPTE!

When it comes to the NPTE & NPTAE, no one knows it better than PT Final Exam. Started in 2012 and updated to the most current FSBPT Content Outlines, this is a one-stop resource that will make test day go so much better!
Whether it’s your FIRST time or a REPEAT attempt, you have come to the right place!

One of the best parts about PT Final Exam is our attention to customers. This platform was built by PT’s, and we understand what it takes to crush the NPTE & NPTAE. We do what works, and we don’t mind having a lot of fun along the way.


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.


PT 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.

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The Basics about the National Physical Therapy Exam

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.

Who Designs the NPTE?

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.

How is the Test Administered?

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.

What is a Passing or Failing Score?

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.