The essential tool for the 2022 and 2023 PTA Exam!

PTA - The Complete Study Guide (The New Edition Has Arrived)


PTA - The Complete Study Guide (The New Edition Has Arrived) includes:

  • Expansive academic review section
  • Three full-length online exams with demanding questions
  • Explanations of answers and video discussions
  • Sophisticated performance analysis features
  • Engaging design to increase study efficiency

Ordering 10+ copies? Learn about group discounts.

Volume/Class Discounts

Product Overview

The Ultimate NPTE-PTA Resource

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
Pages: 1000
ISBN: 978-1-890989-45-3
Price: $85.00

A Brief Description of Each of the Units

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.

Scott Giles PT, DPT, MBA

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 over 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).

Check Out What's New!

The new edition of PTAEXAM: The Complete Study Guide offers an incredible number of enhancements. Read on for just a few examples of why this resource is considered the best PTA review book on the planet!

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.

Explanation of Answers and Video Discussions
The explanation of answers for our sample examination are amazingly detailed. We offer a complete explanation of the correct and each of the incorrect answers. Improve your ability to choose between good, better, and best options and watch your sample exam scores rise! New video explanations provide candidates with a deeper understanding of academic concepts addressed in selected examination questions.

A Technology Monster
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. Improve your decision-making skills by using our item analysis features and personalize your question review experience by developing unique Study Stacks. Continuous innovation and commitment to technology widens the gap between Scorebuilders and all other licensing companies.

Edition Guarantee!
We have always believed that sleep is overrated! As soon as we release a new edition of PTAEXAM: The Complete Study Guide we immediately get to work on creating the next edition. Our eLearning site Insight includes an Edition Guarantee which delivers updates several times a year to existing users of the current edition.

Basecamp - Start Climbing!
Basecamp 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. Active users are able to play our competitive games King of the Mountain and Climb using our Basecamp Arena app. A $25 off coupon for Basecamp is included within Insight. Purchase Basecamp today and start climbing!