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NPTE Graduation Year Reports

Pass rates by graduation year

FSBPT posts pass rate information for the national physical therapy exam (NPTE). Below are the results for students who graduated in a given calendar year and took the exam. The reports do not consider in what year a student tested, only in what year the student graduated.

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Additional ways to view pass rate results:

  • Exam year reports

    These reports are for an exam year – the time period in which a particular form is used. An exam year is approximately 12 months and now runs from January to December.

  • Two-year ultimate pass rate by school

    The two-year average of students in a graduation class that took the NPTE and passed, no matter how many attempts it took.

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Graduation year reports

(Data current as of October 2016. Next scheduled update February 2017.)

These reports represent NPTE results for all physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students who graduated in a given calendar year and took the examination. The reports do not consider in what year a student tested, only in what year the student graduated. These reports include pass rate results for the first attempt, as well as the “ultimate” pass rate, which is the percentage of students who passed the examination irrespective of the number of attempts they take to pass.

Graduation year reports are updated quarterly. First-time pass rates are provided for the previous graduation year, and ultimate pass rates are provided for the graduation year two years prior to the posting.

Ultimate pass rates are posted a year after first time pass rates are posted to allow students time to retest, if necessary. By delaying posting, the ultimate pass rates will be less likely to change significantly over time.

*A new practice analysis was conducted and a new passing standard was implemented January 1, 2013. The 2013, 2014 and 2015 pass rates reflect the updated test content and standard.

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