Study Tools for the OT Practitioner

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Preparing for the NBCOT Certification Exam? With June just around the corner, it is time to prepare for the OT exam.  There are a myriad of tools available to study for the OT certification examination. Online resources, exam study books and apps to help prepare. Online tools are not only for studying for the NBCOT Exam but also for many other OT related specialty areas. Study resources can be helpful if you want to update your skills (wonder what the content is in the OT curriculum these days???) or studying for a specialty certification for the practicing therapist.  Here are a few resources readily available for purchase or free!

Most likely most millennial students already know the resources available to them. As a boomer, it is interesting to stumble upon all these tools available to students and practitioners.  I would guess that most boomers are saying, “if only I had that, how much easier it would have been”. While that may be the case, the knowledge base of current OT practice has expanded exponentially since my college days ! There are many new areas of practice with evidence based also an important focus of practice. Yes, many changes!

Here are a few study tools and also some resources available that might aid studying for the exam for OT Practitioners:

NBCOT Aspire has several resources available specifically for studying:

Numerous books are available for studying such as those available on Amazon for purchase or rent: Amazon Books for OT Exam . Google also has books available for OT Exam preparation.

Other resources:

Study Stack has a variety of resources for OTR/COTA exam as well as study content for any OT Practitioner. , an online resource for flash cards for many subjects, has study topics for US and Canadian OT exams.  Quizlet apps for iOS, Android and Kindle  are also available if you want to make your own multi-media flash cards or use existing cards. OT content is available for many subjects in and may be a handy resource if studying for specialty areas for practicing OT’s as well. Quizlet app is one of a number of free flashcard apps with free online flashcards shared by others. , another online resource of flash cards for subjects related and specific to OT. Study Blue apps for iOS and Android are free allowing download of existing subject flash cards or  the option to create your own.

Whether studying for the exam or keeping your skills up to date there are many technology based tools to help you learn!

What other OT Exam tools have you used?



About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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1 Response to Study Tools for the OT Practitioner

  1. Students should also check out AOTA’s NBCOT Exam Prep:

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