# NPTE-PT Practice Test

The National Physical Therapy Exam for physical therapists (NPTE-PT) is used by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) to evaluate the capability of licensure candidates who have graduated from either an accredited physical therapy program or a comparable non-accredited program.

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## Eligibility

To be eligible to take the NPTE-PT exam, you must meet all of the following requirements:

1. You must be at least 18 years old.
2. You must have a degree from an accredited institution that is appropriate for the level of the NPTE exam, or you must have a substantially equivalent education from a recognized credentialing agency.
3. You must not have sanctions or an open security investigation that has not been completed.
4. The licensing authority or authorized designee must have approved you.

## Exam Outline Review

### Exam Format

The NPTE-PT exam contains 250 multiple-choice questions and has a time limit of 5 hours.

When you take the exam, the questions will be split evenly into five sections, each containing 40 scored questions and 10 unscored questions. The unscored questions are used by the test administrators to evaluate questions that may appear on future versions of the exam, and they are spread randomly amongst the scored questions.

The questions are all presented in the form of patient scenarios, and you will be asked to select the correct answer out of four given answer choices. There will only be one correct answer per question.

### Exam Contents

The questions are split into two domains: Body Systems and Non-systems.

BODY SYSTEMS
The questions in this domain are related to the systems of the human body and their interactions. These are the specific topics that are covered, as well as the range of how many scored questions will appear per system:

• Cardiovascular and pulmonary systems (23-28 questions)
• Musculoskeletal system (51-60 questions)
• Neuromuscular and nervous systems (44-50 questions)
• Integumentary system (9-12 questions)
• Metabolic and endocrine systems (5-7 questions)
• Gastrointestinal system (3-7 questions)
• Genitourinary system (4-7 questions)
• Lymphatic system (3-8 questions)
• System interactions (8-12 questions)

All of these questions fall under one of three categories:

1. Physical Therapy Examination
The 44-57 questions in this category refer to knowledge of the types and applications of each system, including outcome measures.
2. Foundations for Evaluation, Differential Diagnosis, and Prognosis
The 58-74 questions in this category refer to the interpretation of knowledge about diseases/conditions of each system.
3. Interventions
The 48-60 questions in this category refer to the various interventions of each system, as well as the impact these interventions have on other systems.

NON-SYSTEMS
The questions in this domain are related to the different types of equipment and technology, contextual determinants, and use requirements. These questions are split into five categories:

1. Equipment, Devices, and Technology (5-6 questions)
2. Therapeutic Modalities (6-8 questions)
3. Safety and Protection (5-6 questions)
4. Professional Responsibilities (4-5 questions)
5. Research and Evidence-Based Practice (3-5 questions)

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## Registration

The NPTE-PT is intended to be administered four times per year in January, April, July, and October.

### What do physical therapists do?

Physical therapists work with people of all ages who have acute or chronic illnesses or injuries that limit their ability to move, including:

• Stroke
• Spinal cord injury
• Musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis, tendonitis, and strains in joints and muscles
• Post-surgical conditions requiring rehabilitation after surgery

The physical therapist is a medical professional who works with patients to help them regain or improve their functional abilities, manage their pain, and prevent or limit permanent damage to the body. Physical therapists examine, diagnose, and treat people with physical disabilities. They also evaluate each patient’s condition and develop a plan of care that may include exercise, manual therapy, education, and/or assistive devices.

If you become a physical therapist, you will find yourself working in hospitals, clinics, or maybe a private practice. Some work in schools and rehabilitation centers where they specialize in treating children with disabilities, while others may specialize in sports medicine or geriatric care.

By Peter Rench

Peter Rench joined Mometrix in 2009 and serves as Vice President of Product Development, responsible for overseeing all new product development and quality improvements. Mr. Rench, a National Merit Scholar, graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in mathematics from Texas A&M University.

by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: January 23, 2023