Entry-Level OTR® Self-Assessment

Determine your readiness for the NBCOT certification exam.

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Rating Scale

Using this 0 to 3 rating scale, assess how prepared you feel for the NBCOT exam.


No knowledge or skills

You are unfamiliar with this concept or skill.


General knowledge or skills

You are familiar with general knowledge related to the skill through academic learning and observation but have had limited opportunity to apply it.


Some clinical skills

You are familiar with general clinical application of the skill and have occasionally applied this skill under direct supervision.


Entry-level competence

You have implemented the skill across routine situations within guidelines of a Level II fieldwork practice setting.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the NBCOT Entry-Level Self-Assessment?

The self-assessment is designed for you to evaluate your readiness for the NBCOT Certification Examination. The self-assessment is based on the validated domain, task, and knowledge statements of the exam content outline.

Why should I take the entry-level self-assessment?

This tool is designed for students who want to identify the strengths and gaps in their knowledge relative to general occupational therapy practice. It may help you determine how prepared you are for the certification exam. You can use your results to guide the development of a personalized study plan.

What should I expect when completing the entry-level self-assessment?

Each page has a series of statements for you to rate your exam readiness. Your results will display at the end of the assessment. You can either download the results to your computer or email them. If you access the self-assessment from the NBCOT Exam StudyPack®, your results will be saved for you to access whenever you want.

When should I take the entry-level self-assessment?

You can take the self-assessment as many times as you would like on your certification journey. Some students complete the self-assessment at certain points during their academic program, while others do so before and after fieldwork.