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Planning is your first step to success

All students approach preparing for the exam differently, and that’s okay. You learn and study in the way that works for you. We have heard from students that having an effective study plan is what sets them up for success.

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    Choose your test date

    Students report spending 6 weeks studying for the exam.

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    Create your study plan

    Commit to it and include time for self-care.

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    Review the content outline

    This provides details on what the exam will cover.

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    Take our self-assessment

    Gauge your knowledge before you begin to study.

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    Use study tools from a trusted source

    Use the tools that are right for you.

Protect Yourself & the Profession

Please watch this very important video on cheating as you prepare for the certification exam. Protect yourself and the integrity of the credential and the profession.

This video clarifies cheating behaviors and is extremely important for you to watch prior to preparing and taking your exam. Don't jeopardize your future. 

NBCOT's Aspire Study Tools

We don't just certify occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants, we provide you with tools to help support you on your journey to get there. Equip yourself with the tools and knowledge you need to reach the certification summit.


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I highly recommend the NBCOT StudyPack! Take the practice exams to simulate the experience as best as you can, so you are most prepared and anticipate what to expect!