After the Exam
After the administration of the exam, your exam will be scored by NBCOT. Access the current Scoring Schedule to review upcoming score release dates. You can view your results through your online account after the exam has been scored.
Check Pass/Fail Status
Candidates with a passing score will be notified via email when your exam result has been posted online. You will also receive a congratulatory letter that includes your 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 information about your certification benefits. These documents will be mailed to you within four to six (4-6) weeks after your 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 be notified via email when the exam result has been posted online. A downloadable PDF feedback report will include the overall score, along with domain-level performance information and an explanation for interpreting the candidate's overall and domain-level performance. The information on the domain areas is provided for diagnostic purposes only. The feedback report also includes answers to frequently asked questions about the feedback report and preparing to retake the exam (see Retaking the Exam in the Exam Handbook for additional information about reapplying to take the exam).
For information on how the NBCOT certification exams are scored check out:
Foundations of the NBCOT Certification Examinations (PDF)