After the Exam
Certification examinations are scored by NBCOT. Scores are released by NBCOT every Thursday.
Once exam scores are released, candidates can view the unofficial pass/fail status of their exam through the exam candidate portal.
Check Pass/Fail Status
Candidates with a passing score will receive by mail in 4 weeks a congratulatory letter that includes the total scaled score on the examination and an official NBCOT certificate and wallet card verifying OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST REGISTERED OTR® or CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT COTA® certification.
Completion of the NBCOT Certification Examination Application is NOT the same as applying for state licensure. Sending a score report to a state regulatory board does not automatically initiate the process to obtain a license or permit to work in that state. Certification by NBCOT is independent, different, and separate from any state or jurisdiction's law/licensure.
Almost all jurisdictions, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have some form of regulation of occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. Before a candidate begins practicing in any state or comparable jurisdiction, it is essential that all requirements of that jurisdiction are met. To practice without a license or permit is against the law.
Candidates with a failing score will receive a score report by mail within 2 weeks that includes the total scaled score, along with performance information for each domain area of the examination. The information on the domain areas is provided for diagnostic purposes only. Candidates with a failing score may choose to retake the examination. The score report will include information about how to apply for another examination.
For information on how the NBCOT certification exams are scored check out:
Foundations of the NBCOT Certification Exams (PDF)