The Official NBCOT study tools
The only OTR® and COTA® certification examination study tools designed exclusively by NBCOT test development professionals. Candidates can be confident that these tools provide an authentic introduction to the types of questions appearing on the actual certification examinations. Multiple NBCOT study tools are available for your examination preparation, including:
Descriptions and ordering information for these products are provided below:
NBCOT Entry-level Self-assessment Tools
As a free service to OT/OTA students and entry-level certificants, NBCOT is pleased to offer OTR and COTA entry-level self-assessment tools. These tools are available in each of the following practice areas:
The NBCOT Entry-level Self-assessment Tools are excellent resources for providing you with a self-perceived indication of your knowledge and experience in relation to the validated domains, tasks, and skills of OT practice. Students and entry-level OTR and COTA certificants have the option of completing one or all of the tools as many times as needed.
For more information and access to the tools please click here.
A complete resource for exam preparation, the Official NBCOT Study Guides contain all the information you will need to know about the certification exam, straight from the exam’s creators. Here’s some of what you will find in the official NBCOT study guides:
Comprehensive overview of what to expect on the actual examination – 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 for taking high stakes examinations - Ideal for learning effective study habits, the official NBCOT 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 ones candidates see on the actual examination and include answer keys, rationales, and references to help develop a personal study plan.
Screen shots of the OTR clinical simulation test items - In readiness for simulation test problems appearing on the OTR examinations in 2009, the latest edition of the OTR study guide is the only study guide that includes information about the new clinical simulation testing format.
Get your copy of the NBCOT Official OTR or COTA Study Guide today. Use if taking the exam through 2013
Online Study Guide order form - Use if taking the exam 2014 onwards
Paper Study Guide order form - Use if taking the exam through 2013
Validated Domain, Task, Knowledge Statements
The OTR® and COTA® examinations are constructed based on the results of practice analysis studies. The studies identify the domains, tasks, knowledge, and skills required for occupational therapy practice relative to the respective credential. The purpose of a practice analysis study is to ensure there is a representative linkage of exmination content to practice. The periodic performance of practice analysis studies assists NBCOT with evaluating the validity of the test specifications that guide content distribution of the credentialing examinations. NBCOT conducted practice analysis studies in 2012. The validated domain, task and knowledge statements from these studies will guide examination construction for OTR and COTA examinations administered from January 2014 onward.
Click on the link to access the OTR Validated Domain, Task, Knowledge and Skill Statements or the COTA Validated Domain, Task, Knowledge and Skill Statements corresponding to the date you plan to take the examination:
For candidates taking the OTR or COTA examinations before December 31, 2013:
For candidates taking the OTR or COTA examinations after January 1, 2014:
The results of the practice analysis studies were analyzed to identify the most critical and frequently performed tasks by OTR and COTA certificants. Examinations administered prior to December 31, 2013 follow the 2008 examination blueprints. Examinations administered from January 1, 2014 onward follow the 2012 examination blueprint. The following links outline the percentage of test items devoted to each domain area established for the OTR and COTA examination blueprints.
For candidates taking the OTR and COTA examinations before December 31, 2013:
For candidates taking the OTR and COTA examinations after January 1, 2014:
NBCOT Online Test Preparation
Designed to mirror the experience of taking the examinations on computer, NBCOT has developed several online practice tests for the OTR and COTA candidate. These tests are available for candidates to take 24 hours a day from anywhere you have Internet access. Please choose the appropriate testing level below to get started:
If you have further questions please visit our Study Tools FAQ.