Registration Deadline for Taking the NPTE 2015

It is the first quarter of 2015 and I am sure that a good number of you are already preparing for taking the National Physical Therapy exam this year. Referenced from the FSBPT website, below is the schedule of registration deadlines.


1 This is the latest date that your state board can notify FSBPT that you are eligible for the examination. It is your responsibility to ensure your jurisdiction has what it needs to approve you to sit for the NPTE by this date. NOTE – Some states may have earlier application deadlines.

2 To view and download the free candidate score report, go to Check the Status of My Request on the date listed in the table above. The free score report will remain viewable for 30 days. After 30 days reports may be purchased at the standard fee for an Individual Score Report.

3  The July PT examination will be given on 2 consecutive days. Candidates registering for this exam will automatically be assigned to a test date during registration.

Please visit the FSBPT website for more information and to keep yourself updated.

Best Books to Review and Study for the NPTE


One of the hardest thing for me to do is focus on what books and reviewers to use when I was preparing for the NPTE exam in 2011. I know that there have been changes in the percentage of subejct in the exam- but regardless of that – I think the best way to self-study is by tackling one subject 2-3 days consecutively, instead of trying to read and study one reviewer from from front to back at a time. With so many options out there, here are the best NPTE reviewer and physical therapy textbooks to invest in.

National Physical Therapy Exam Review and Study Guide 2015 

This one of the must haves for reviewing for the NPTE. It comes with a USB with 3 sets of practice exams or create your own exams based on what you want to focus on, with an explanation of the reason for the answer for each question. I based my review with the chapters and topics of this book.

McGraw-Hill’s NPTE by Mark Dutton 

I liked how this review book is easy to read on the eyes. It explained cases and subjects in a direct and easy to understand manner. It also comes with a 600 Q & A on CD that you can use as one of your practice exams.

Differential Diagnosis for Physical Therapist 5th Ed. by Goodman and Snyder 

This is not the usual reviewer, but it provides a great explanation on how to rule out systemic diseases versus musculoskeletal conditions based from the signs, symptoms and examinations. Reviewing this book will help you RULE OUT the correct answer for each question.

PT Exam The Complete Study Guide 

If you have extra budget to spare for an additional review guide and practical exams. The NPTE reviewer by Scorebuilders is another good investment. It comes with 3 sets of practical examinations as well. I don’t have one on hand, but you can integrate this by choosing the chapter with the same case or subject in the Pass the NPTE calender guide.

Physical Rehabilitation 6th Ed. by O’Sullivan 

This is the most comprehensive textbook that you can reference on when you need a more thorough explanation of a case. This textbook is a good investment that will last you up until when you’re working as a Physical Therapist.

Orthopedic Physical Assessment 6th Ed. by David J. Magee   

This textbook is what I used to get a good grasp of Special Tests that are outlined in all the NPTE review books I read. So, when I can’t imagine a special test in my mind and need extra help with the visuals and how to execute it. I turn to Magee’s guiding words for it.

Therapeutic Exercise 6th Ed. by Carolyn Kisner  

This is a gem of a textbook for a thorough explanation of evidence based practice topics. I needed this textbook for the joint mobilization, PNF techniques and proper positioning and movement for exercises. This is another textbook that I like having on hand when I don’t get my imagination right!

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How to Pass and Review for the NPTE 2015

Hello again world! It has been a couple of years since I last posted. And I have finally found time to revise the Pass the NPTE calendar guide and some updates on the latest and best reviewers and reference textbooks to use to help you review for the NPTE.

I know that there are some typo’s there, but I was on a roll today to finally finish it and been wanting to publish it within the first quarter of 2015 to start of the year right for everyone who is planning to take the NPTE this year.

I will keep you posted for any NPTE and Physical Therapy news and keep yourself updated on Pass The NPTE Facebook page as well!

Download the Pass The NPTE Calendar Guide by right-clicking the image below.


Recommended Books for Studying the NPTE 2013

UPDATE: This List has been updated.  The Best Books and Reviewer for Studying and Reviewing for the NPTE 2015

Are you planning to take the NPTE exam this year? There are new editions of the recommended books for studying for the NPTE. I really don’t advice to get ALL of the books since it can be quite expensive AND WOULD YOU REALLY HAVE TIME to go through it all? I would recommend getting one or two core REVIEW BOOKS and the following textbooks to get into the nitty gritty of a particular case that needs further explanation for you.



1. National Physical Therapy Examination: Review & Study Guide 2013

2. McGraw-Hills NPTE National Physical Therapy Exam, Second Edition

3. PTEXAM: The Complete Study Guide

4. Kaplan National Physical Therapy Exam – I just like this one since it has two practice exams that you can use.

Recommended NPTE Reference Textbooks

1. Physical Rehabilitation (O’Sullivan, Physical Rehabilitation)

2. Therapeutic Exercise: Foundations and Techniques

3. Differential Diagnosis for Physical Therapists: Screening for Referral, 5e (Differential Diagnosis In Physical Therapy)

4. Orthopedic Physical Assessment, 5e (Orthopedic Physical Assessment (Magee))

Among the Reference Textbooks though, I would invest on number 3; Differential Diagnosis by Goodman. I have the 4th edition and I love how easy it was to understand the cases that will help you RULE OUT other diseases that may mimic other neuromusculoskeletal conditions.

I will update the Pass the NPTE Calendar and Study Guide within this year as well with updated information and more tips to help you pass the NPTE. Please subscribe to our email updates or by Liking Pass The NPTE Facebook page too! I will be holding a contest soon and will be giving away one of the recommended review books!

How NOT to Study and Review for the NPTE

With just two months to go for the April date of the NPTE and two more testing NPTE exams for this year, I am sure that everyone who is reviewing or even planning on reviewing for the NPTE are overwhelmed with HOW to study for this exam.

Well, I know I have created a basic study review guide and provided study tips on how my studying and reviewing , this time around I would like to point out MY MISTAKES when I reviewed for the NPTE back in 2010, for my first attempt to take the exam.

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1. Trying to Cram my head with too many books. You name, I tried reading it! Trying to read reference  text books like Magee, Kisner and Sullivan from cover to cover. And then trying to read two to three physical therapy review books did not help either! It is useful to have the mentioned reference textbooks on hand just to read through if there is a certain topic that you want to get a more detailed explanation of.

2. Reading one Review Book at a time.  I remember getting so excited when I received my IER or the Sullivan National Physical Therapy Exam Review Book in the mail the first time. I didn’t have an exact plan on how to really review, I just read it from page one up until the end for a month! It did not help me retain the must needed knowledge that you really need to be able to answer the NPTE. Best way to go about it is focus on a topic or case for a certain amount of days. For example, you can read the neuromuscular chapters of the IER, Mark Dutton’s McGraw-Hill NPTE book and Scorebuilders in two to three days to help you retain the cases in your head better than just trying to zip through a whole review book. I personally only used TWO REVIEW BOOKS, just to give me a better understanding on a per case basis. I used IER and Mark Dutton’s book; I did not have the resources and time to get the Scorebuilders, just thought I’d let you know.

3. Not Doing Enough Practice Exams. This was MY WORST MISTAKE on my first attempt to take the exam. I only did three practice exams for my 2010 exam and my mind and MY BODY was not prepared enough to take a 5-hour long exam in one sitting. Just think of the NPTE as a marathon, do at least one practice exam a day 3-4 weeks before your NPTE exam date. The review books I mentioned have practice exams in CD included and you can rotate these exams on a daily basis. I would also highly recommend that you purchase the PEAT and include it in your mix of practice exams; it gives you a FEEL on how the REAL NPTE is like on screen. The NPTE is 5 hours long; so take advantage of the breaks every 50 items and do that during your Practice exams and your body won’t get into shock of getting so overwhelmed when you take your actual NPTE.

These are just my two cents on how NOT to make the same mistakes I had when taking the NPTE. I will share more when I get more information along the way.

Review the NPTE Online with Therapy Exam Prep

I actually signed up for Therapy Exam Prep during their pilot class. But, I wasn’t able to maximize their online reviews and classes because of unforeseen circumstances on my personal life. However, I would recommend that you enroll online if you are the type of person and student who thrive on discussions and support whether online and offline.

You will have assignments that you need to do, and post your answers online on the forums. This was one of the tasks that I remember doing that was helpful in retaining information. One of the hardest thing in reviewing is knowing what to KNOW. There are so many information both online and offline that can be pretty overwhelming, and the assignments really helped with getting you to remember what indeed is needed to be remembered.

The Therapy Exam Prep NPTE review lasts for 3 months, with a scheduled live webinar that you can attend and join in. As well as download the webinar on-demand if you missed it or you just want to listen to it again. What’s great about joining a live webinar is the chance for you to asks  any question that will help you better understand the topic at hand.

If you need another way to help you review and pass for the NPTE. You can head on to Therapy Exam Prep website and check if this one will work for you. Investment for their program is US$375 and you can pay via Paypal and Google checkout.

Why You Should Pass the NPTE: Physical Therapy Career Infographic

Why all those sleepless nights, long days of balancing NPTE review with work and family, as well as sacrificing night outs for four to five months is WORTH IT. Here’s a nice visual graph from Advanced Medical website.

Books you Need for the NPTE: Differential Diagnosis for Physical Therapists by Goodman and Snyder

Aside from the 2012 NPTE (National Physical Therapy Examination) Review & Study Guide that is a must read when you are preparing for the National Physical Therapy exam. Another book that I highly recommend is Differential Diagnosis for Physical Therapists: Screening for Referral, 5e (Differential Diagnosis In Physical Therapy). I used the 4th edition of this textbook when I was reviewing for the NPTE, and it proved to be an asset in helping rule out cases and diagnosis.

I highly recommend this book because:

  • Very easy to read, easy on the eyes and on the brain. Not very preachy like some other textbooks. Explanation is structured in a good flowing manner.
  • Discusses past medical history, clinical presentation, signs and symptoms and review of symptoms thoroughly.
  • It has sample case studies that helps with your memory and imagination (pretending you’re actually making the diagnosis)
  • Key points to remember at the end of every chapter
  • Questions that you must answer at the end of every chapter. Certainly helped me understand the cases better, and it stuck in my head too.

NPTE 2012: Getting Ready For the October 12 exam?

It’s the first of August 2012, you have roughly three months to go before the next NPTE exam, which is slated this coming October 12, 2012. If you think you have the time and focus to take it this October, remember that the deadline of registration is on September 16, 2012.

How is your review style? Do you read and finish one NPTE reviewer from cover to cover before opening up yet ANOTHER NPTE review book? It might help if you review on a PER CASE or STUDY basis. It helps keeps your frame of thought in the same subject, and makes it better and easier for your brain to retain.

Jumping from one subject or case to another may just jumble up the way your brain thinks. So for now, if you’re just starting; here are the basics you can cover for your first week:

1. Overview of the Muscle Origin, Insertion, Action and Innervation

2. Memorize the Brachial Plexus

3. Memorize the LumboSacral Plexus

4. Understand the Special Tests

If you have time and the resources you can also join a review class, like the one from Therapy Ed. Or you can download the PASS THE NPTE CALENDAR GUIDE to help you find the right books and how to PREPARE for the NPTE!