After the Exam
The NBCOT certification exams are scored on a weekly basis with the unofficial pass/fail status posted every Thursday. Once exam scores are released, candidates can view the unofficial pass/fail status of their exam through the MyNBCOT portal.
Check Pass/Fail Status
- Candidates with a passing score will receive a congratulatory letter that includes their total scaled score on the exam, an official NBCOT certificate and wallet card verifying OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST REGISTERED OTR® or CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT COTA® certification, and the Credentials Essentials™ Toolkit. These documents will be mailed within four to six (4-6) weeks after the candidate's exam is scored.
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 by mail their official score report within two (2) weeks of their exam being scored. The score report will include 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 exam. The score report will include information about how to apply for another exam.
For information on how the NBCOT certification exams are scored check out:
Foundations of the NBCOT Certification Examinations (PDF)