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Passing the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) is a big step toward receiving your license to practice physical therapy. Understandably, you want to take advantage of all available resources when preparing for this important examination. In the past, when you have prepared for examinations at school, you may have considered fellow students to be good resources for learning about questions that were on those tests. This should not be the case when preparing for the NPTE.

The NPTE is the property of the FSBPT and is protected by contract, trade secret, and federal copyright laws. It is a violation of those laws, and thus illegal, to share any information whatsoever about any NPTE question. In particular, sharing information about an NPTE question recalled from memory or asking someone who has taken the NPTE to share such information is illegal. It is also unethical to share or to solicit someone else to share information about an NPTE question.

Do You Mean It's Illegal to Recall Questions?

YES! The FSBPT aggressively protects the integrity of the NPTE. Such protection is important to safeguarding the public from persons who do not have the requisite knowledge about physical therapy and therefore are not qualified to practice physical therapy. Any person for whom the FSBPT has a reasonable suspicion of sharing or soliciting information about any NPTE question may be prohibited from sitting for the NPTE unless and until they are determined after full investigation not to have shared or solicited such information.

Items from the examination are not to be shared with any person for any purpose!

Why is it Unethical to Ask Someone Else for Recalled Questions?

Soliciting recalled questions from candidates who have previously taken the examination is unethical for several reasons. The first is obvious; you are expected to pass the test based on your own merit without assistance. The members of the public who will entrust you with their well-being expect that you are a trustworthy and competent individual. Secondly, the purpose of the NPTE is to protect the public by ensuring that candidates for licensure have achieved entry-level competence. By asking previous test takers to share questions with you, you are committing an illegal act and are undermining the very purpose of the examination. Lastly, by soliciting questions from previous test takers, you are encouraging such persons to commit illegal acts.

Items from the examination are not to be solicited for any purpose!

What Happens If I Do Share or Solicit Recalled Questions?

Any person for whom the FSBPT has a reasonable suspicion of sharing or soliciting information about any NPTE question may be prohibited from sitting for the NPTE unless and until they are determined after full investigation not to have shared or solicited such information.

The FSBPT has and will continue to actively prosecute individuals to the full extent of the law who share or solicit others to share any information whatsoever about any NPTE question.

The FSBPT will also report any incidents of candidates requesting questions or sharing questions to their licensing jurisdiction.

Candidates who are determined to be guilty of soliciting or sharing questions will severely damage their chances of ever being licensed in any jurisdiction.

Examination Security During Testing

Candidates are required to provide two currently valid forms of identification to be able to sit for the examination. Before entering the testing room, the Prometric staff will take your photograph, scan you with a metal detector wand, and take a digital image of your fingerprint. You will need to give a fingerprint scan each time you enter or leave the testing room. Additionally, Prometric records all testing sessions on video.

You can review Prometric’s Testing Center Regulations and also view a video outlining what to expect on test day on Prometric’s website, www.prometric.com.

If you give or receive assistance during the examination, you can be required to stop testing immediately and leave the room. Your examination will not be scored. Prometric and FSBPT monitor all candidates and will statistically analyze scores for purposes of detecting and verifying cheating. If FSBPT determines that your score is unable to be validated due to an unlikely response pattern, we will cancel your score and notify the licensing authority.

Examination Security After Testing

FSBPT conducts additional validation and screening analyses following testing. In some cases, examination records are selected for additional validation analyses. Examinations are selected if the scores are very low, show a high score gain from previous administrations, are very similar to other examination records, or the pattern of responses indicates a possible security concern.

Candidates whose examinations are held for additional validation will be contacted through e-mail by FSBPT staff. Candidates will be required to give some additional information about how they prepared for the NPTE. FSBPT will not release these candidates’ scores until they complete this additional investigation, or if the candidates provide inaccurate information. Candidates who do not complete the investigation within 90 days of testing are subject to having their scores canceled.

Additional Security Information

If you have questions regarding examination security or know of a person or people who have violated examination security, it is your responsibility to e-mail security@fsbpt.org.

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