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Use These Study Resources to Crush the NBCOT

You’ve passed your classes and completed your clinical affiliations. There’s only one thing standing in your way to becoming a full-fledged occupational therapist: the NBCOT!

Just the mention of it sends chills down your spine. When should I take it? How do I pass it? What resources should I study from?

This article will review the numerous resources available to ensure that you are well-prepared for the test.

Class Notes and Textbooks

Your class notes and textbooks contain valuable information on each topic in occupational therapy. After all, these are the building blocks of your knowledge and they comprise some of the many resources from which professors pull their content.

NBCOT Study Guides

There are a large number of study guides available and you have probably heard of them all. The list includes, but is not limited to, TherapyEd, Johnson, and The Official NBCOT Study Guide. TherapyEd is probably the most well-known study guide and it is a great resource for reviewing content when coupled with study materials such as class notes or course textbooks.

Study Questions

You’ve studied the material and it’s time to put that knowledge to the test. Similar to study guides, there are a wide variety of study questions available. Here is a list of what I thought were the most helpful.

  • Castle Practice Test
    • The questions from Castle are very good in helping to understand how the questions are worded and will give you a clear idea of what to expect on test day.
  • The Occupational Therapy Knowledge Exam (OTKE)
    • Like the Castle Practice Test, this will also give you a clear idea of how the questions will be structured. This is a fee for this exam and your program director has to register you.

Here are other resources that offer practice exam questions.

  • AOTA’s NBCOT Exam Prep
  • TherapyEd
  • Caryn Johnson’s Occupational Therapy Examination Review Guide
  • Castle’s Content-Based Practice Questions
I found it very helpful to review questions with my classmates. By reviewing the questions together, you hear different perspectives as to why a particular answer may or may not be the right fit. This will reinforce your knowledge.

School-Hosted Review Sessions

There are often schools that will host a review session, for a price. Some sessions may span several days and even provide review materials. These are, of course, another great study resource. Check with local occupational therapy programs to see if they are hosting NBCOT review sessions.

By integrating these resources and the study tips in this article, you will be well-equipped to pass the boards! Good luck!

Are you still looking for more resources to study for the NBCOT? OTQuestions has over 1000+ high-quality questions to keep helping you study!

About Karen Tu

Karen Tu
Graduate of SUNY Downstate and practicing in the hospital and skilled nursing settings treating diagnoses ranging from orthopedic conditions to stroke and brain dysfunction.

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  1. Karen Tu

    You’re welcome, Matthew! Glad to do it!

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