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Exam Outline

For an overview of the content on the certification exams, take a look at the OTR or COTA Exam Outline. Each outline defines the domain areas the exam covers and the percentage of items devoted to each area.

OTR Exam Outline

COTA Exam Outline

Practice Analysis Studies - Executive Summaries

Consistent with certification industry standards, NBCOT periodically conducts OTR and COTA practice analysis studies to determine the domains, tasks, and knowledge needed to effectively practice occupational therapy. The goal is to ensure that the certification exam content reflects current practice. The results of the studies are used to create the exam outlines and to guide construction of the exams.

2012 OTR Practice Analysis Study

2012 COTA Practice Analysis Study

Validated Domain, Task, Knowledge Statements

Each domain area of the exam includes a set of associated task and knowledge statements, which are the result of the practice analysis studies. All exam items are classified according to these statements.

2012 OTR Validated Domain, Task, and Knowledge Statements 

2012 COTA Validated Domain, Task, and Knowledge Statements 

Note: Although exam items do not test specific content from the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (3rd edition), they may reflect the language of this document.

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