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Updated: 2016 COTA Exam Info

January 11,2016

In July 2016, NBCOT is introducing an additional item type onto the COTA exam—some six option multi-select items.

The exam will still consist of three- and four-option single response multiple choice items, but it will also include some six-option multi-select items. The exam will continue to contain 200 items and have a total testing time of four hours.

Each six-option multi-select item includes a question stem or premise followed by six response options. Use the following questions to practice: COTA Six-Option Multi-Select Samples.