The new edition is the most comprehensive resource available for the NPTE-PTA and sets a new standard for review book excellence. We have completely redesigned the book, expanded the academic review section, added hundreds of challenging exam questions, and introduced new learning features throughout the book. Students purchasing our review book receive a unique registration code for our online eLearning site called Insight. This site offers students a state of the art testing platform with a sophisticated performance analysis section. Students have the ability to create custom exams and compare their results to other students in a variety of system and content outline areas. Insight can be accessed on a traditional computer or a mobile device.
Author: Scott Giles PT, DPT, MBA
Unit 1 - Introduction to the National Physical Therapy Assistant Examination
The unit provides candidates with information on the purpose, development, scoring, and administration of the NPTE-PTA. Candidates are introduced to a systematic approach to answering multiple-choice questions and are exposed to recent developments in item construction. The unit also provides a detailed analysis of each of the content outline and system specific areas of the NPTE-PTA. By exploring the categories and subcategories of each of the content outline and system specific areas, candidates gain a better understanding of the breadth and depth of the current examination and as a result spend less time covering topics that are not clinically relevant. The unit offers a variety of study concepts that candidates can utilize to increase the effectiveness of study sessions.
Unit 2 - Academic Review
The unit provides candidates with an efficient method to review didactic information from a physical therapist assistant curriculum. The academic review consists of eight distinct chapters of academic information. The first six chapters consist of academic content in specific systems (e.g., musculoskeletal) and non-systems (e.g., equipment, devices, and technologies) areas. Each chapter includes a description of the physical therapy management of commonly encountered medical diagnoses on the NPTE-PTA. The academic review avoids attempting to cover every aspect of a physical therapist assistant’s academic training and instead focuses on the most essential information necessary to maximize examination performance. Since the examination is designed to assess entry-level practice, it is likely that candidates will encounter the information presented in the academic review frequently on the actual examination. Mastery of this information can significantly increase candidates’ scores on the NPTE-PTA.
Unit 3 - Examinations
The unit includes an answer key for the three, 150 question sample examinations located on our eLearning site Insight. Candidates have the option of selecting a full-length examination or creating a custom examination. The examinations were developed based on selected specifications from the current content outline and are designed to expose candidates to the nuances of computer-based testing. Candidates are able to generate a detailed performance analysis summary that identifies current strengths and weaknesses according to system specific and content outline areas. The answer key includes an explanation specifying why the correct answer is correct and an explanation specifying why each incorrect answer is incorrect. The answer key also includes a cited resource with page number, academic focus area, level analysis, and the assigned system specific and content outline areas. The examinations provide candidates with the opportunity to refine test taking skills and assess current preparedness for the examination.
Dr. Giles is the founder and President of Scorebuilders. Dr. Giles has authored numerous best-selling review books and has presented on licensure preparation throughout the United States and internationally for nearly three decades. He received his Masters in Physical Therapy from Springfield College and his Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy from Simmons College. Dr. Giles received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine. Dr. Giles served as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of New England for 15 years.
Dr. Giles has disseminated research related to the licensing examination at the American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association's Annual Conference and Exposition, and the American Association of Higher Education's Conference on Assessment Quality. He is the former Chair of the New England Consortium of Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education and a former Credentialed Trainer for the APTA Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program. He served on the APTA Committee charged with revising the Physical Therapist Clinical Performance Instrument (PT CPI).
Content is King
The new edition of PTAEXAM: The Complete Study Guide offers an incredible number of content enhancements. The material represents both completely new content and significant expansions of existing content. Our new academic review section is unparalleled in its breadth and depth and sets a new standard for review book excellence.
Design, Design, Design
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Scorebuilders has made a massive investment in technology and uses this competitive advantage to provide you with the most realistic testing experience possible. Our eLearning platform Insight will amaze you in its level of sophistication. Continuous innovation and commitment to technology widens the gap between Scorebuilders and all other licensing companies.
Test Drive the NPTE-PTA
We have added a large number of fantastic new questions to each of the sample examinations. These questions are thought provoking, challenging questions designed to be consistent with the specifications and rigor of the NPTE-PTA blueprint. Scorebuilders’ questions are consistently reported to be the most realistic questions available for the NPTE-PTA.
New Clinical Application Templates
Pathology has always been a substantive topic on the NPTE-PTA and the new FSBPT blueprint makes it clear that this fact is not changing. We have added numerous new Clinical Application Templates (CATs) which guide candidates through the patient/client management of commonly encountered medical conditions.
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We created a completely new learning tool called Basecamp that provides you with an incredibly efficient method to review academic content within PTAEXAM: The Complete Study Guide. The content is organized in five distinct Mountains (Musculoskeletal, Neuromuscular, Cardiopulmonary, Other Systems, and Non-Systems) and 120 Trails. Each trail has dedicated assignments, video, and exams. A $25 off coupon for Basecamp is included within Insight. Purchase Basecamp today and start climbing!