AOTA Launches NBCOT® Exam Prep Program

BETHESDA, MD (Oct. 7, 2013) —The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) announces the launch of a new program to help occupational therapy students and new graduates prepare for critical examinations. AOTA’s NBCOT® Exam Prep program is the only online, interactive program featuring retired National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®) OTR® and COTA® exam questions.

Developed and reviewed by top occupational therapy leaders and educators across all practice areas, AOTA’s NBCOT® Exam Prep ( provides nearly 1,000 online self-assessment questions and almost 100 clinical simulation scenarios that help learners focus on the topics they’ll need to master. Users have the ability to

  • Create practice tests of any size around specific topics.
  • Choose from multiple choice and clinical simulation questions.
  • Receive detailed performance feedback to help improve test scores.
  • Check progress by NBCOT® domain and by topic.
  • Compare progress with other registered users.
  • Review supplemental content such as topic outlines and test-taking hints.

“We are thrilled to offer this exam prep program to the newest generation of aspiring occupational therapy practitioners,” says Chris Davis, Director of AOTA Press. “Our hope is that this exam prep empowers occupational therapy students, promotes confidence in their test-taking abilities, and gets their careers off to a positive start.”

All occupational therapy practitioners must pass the NBCOT exam to become certified to practice. AOTA partnered with Charlottesville, Va.-based Silverchair Information Systems, which delivers semantic technologies, publishing platforms, and e-learning solutions to scientific, technical, and medical publishers; professional societies; and the federal government.

Founded in 1917, AOTA represents the professional interests and concerns of more than 140,000 occupational therapists, assistants, and students nationwide. The Association educates the public and advances the profession of occupational therapy by providing resources, setting standards including accreditations, and serving as an advocate to improve health care. Based in Bethesda, Md., AOTA's major programs and activities are directed toward promoting the professional development of its members and assuring consumer access to quality services so patients can maximize their individual potential. For more information, go to