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Congratulations on the successful completion of your degree in Occupational Therapy. This is a major achievement and a major milestone. You are about to become a part of a profession that is truly rewarding which helps clients from all backgrounds to participate in what is important to them – their occupations. Of course, you already know that. That is why you went through all the hard work of taking pre-requisites, registering, interviewing, studying, testing, presenting, and graduating. I was in your shoes when I graduated from OT school.
Right now, you may have a mixture of feelings and emotions – happiness, doubt, confidence, stress, worry, and so on. The OT board exam is hard, but not impossible. I got good grades (B+ to A+) in all of my courses – and passed on my first attempt! You can do it too! When I studied, I used a combination of materials – 2 course prep books, the AOTA study guide PDFs, practice question books and online simulations, Youtube videos, online pre-made flashcards and study calendar. Now your study style may be different. Reflect back on your success in OT school and what made you successful. Use those same strategies.
Even among my cohort, we had different methods of preparing for the OT Boards. Some followed a calendar, some used one book at a time, some studied subjects simultaneously, some did practice questions as they studied, some saved them all for the end. There is probably no correct method or best method. Follow these tips and the tips of your prep books and you will be able to pass!
You know the importance of habits and routines. Establish a good study routine with healthy studying habits 1-2 months before your scheduled exam. Some study strategies include:
- Review a content topic area after each study session.
- Just taking hundreds/thousands of practice questions is only one part of the process. Review your knowledge. You don’t know what you don’t know – if you were not quizzed on it.
- When you master a specific area and feel comfortable with it, mark it down or keep a log, then move on to the next topic.
- Chances are, no matter how much you study, you may still encounter topics that you never have studied. Use your critical thinking and elimination of wrong choices to narrow down your best guess.
- Practice time management. Just like how you took exams within the allotted time in OT school, you have only so much time to finish MC and CST sections. As you begin to take more quizzes and practice exams, be cognizant of the time you spend on each question and section. My classmate had to rush through their MC section (very stressful), but she managed to still pass. You don’t want to be in that position when you are in the hot seat. The OT exam has a timer you can leave on or hide – it’s up to you.
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Study Tools – All Free
YouTube – Watch and Review
Podcasts – Featuring our PodQuiz
Review and learn OT topics for the NBCOT®.
- Subscribe and listen on Apple iTunes, Spotify, Amazon/Alexa, iHeartRadio, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and more!
- Search “OT Dude” in your favorite podcast app.
- “Alexa, play OT Dude Occupational Therapy Podcast”
Study Guides – Follow Along
Online Quizzes – Multiple Choice
Flashcards – Topics from A-Z
Study flashcards by Topic on your Desktop or on-the-go on your Mobile device.
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- Pomodoro – Time management for studying
- InsightTimer – Stress management and Mindfulness