Me and the NPTE

If you’re like me, you can remember exactly how you felt the days leading up to the NPTE.

Of course you spent countless hours studying and stressing prior to that very moment. You show up early for your appointment and do your best to recall information you’ve learned over the past 2-3 years. You somehow finish the exam and leave over-analyzing every answer you chose. Five days pass and you’re frantically checking the NPTE website for you score. The screen uploads…YOU PASSED! Congrats! You failed…DON’T PANIC!


Failing the NPTE the first time was one of the lowest points in my life. I felt worthless and felt the need to disconnect from everyone. It hurt, especially after seeing so many of my classmates posting they’re good news. I gave myself a few days in seclusion from the outside world. Once I felt better, I decided to regroup. Thankfully the NPTE provides your score and a breakdown on how well you performed in different areas (all for a fee.) I was 3 points away from beginning my job search and starting an awesome career in travel therapy. I had to extend the bad news to my recruiter, with whom I’d been working with at the time. She recommended a course called PT Final Exam by Crane. I really wish I would have known of this tool prior to my first attempt! The information was so well-organized and easy to follow. It even included practice tests and links to videos. The program gives you the option to choose between a Live Online course and an Independent Study course. The Live Online course includes interactive webinars and coaching via email, phone, or Skype. I opted for the Independent Study course that included recordings of the live webinars and in-depth study guides. I definitely attribute my significant increase in score to this program! Don’t be afraid to modify your study methods and seek other resources. Happy studying!

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