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The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT®)

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NBCOT Study Guides: OTR & COTA

A complete resource for exam preparation, the Official NBCOT Study Guides contain all the information you will need to know about the certification exam. Study guides are available in hard copy and electronic formats.

Here is some of what you will find in the Official NBCOT Study Guides:

  • Comprehensive Overview: Each guide contains information about the format of the examination, what to expect on the test day, and how the examinations are scored.
  • Proven Strategies: Ideal for learning effective study habits, the study guides contain information about using adult learning strategies to set study goals, and using resources effectively when preparing for the examination.
  • Sample Practice Items: The sample practice items mirror the format and flow of items candidates see on the actual examination and include answer keys, rationales, and references to help develop a personal study plan. An OTR clinical simulation test item is also included for candidates to work through along with the answer key and related reference.

Get your copy of the Official NBCOT OTR or COTA Study Guide today on MyNBCOT.

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