I know many physical therapy students are getting into gear to prepare for the dreaded NPTE in April or July. I have also received questions from 2nd year PT students who are trying to jump ahead of the game! I have been in your shoes, so I know the feeling of anxiety creeping up when your peers begin talking about studying for the exam and you’re nowhere near ordering those study guides.
It’s overwhelming to stare at the thickness of those textbooks and wonder how on earth you’re going to memorize everything. I can tell you with 100% confidence after going through it myself, YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS! Feel free to take and disregard what you please from this article, my goal is to bring more peace to your mind as you mentally prepare to DEMOLISH this exam.
Best of luck to everyone in their endeavors, your hard work will pay off. As badly as you may feel the need to spend every waking hour with your face in the book (not Facebook), don’t forget that this exam is just testing your ability to be SAFE with patients. It’s not dictating how smart you are or your ability to help people rehabilitate – so don’t let this process discourage you. You’re destined for greatness and you will get through this.