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NPTE Item Writers

Share your expertise

Share your knowledge of the physical therapy profession and gain expertise constructing multiple choice questions as an item writer for the national physical therapy exam (NPTE®).

Be part of a larger effort to ensure that competent professionals are licensed.


  • About the position: Serving as an NPTE item writer is a great way to share your expertise, network with colleagues and contribute to the process. 

    More than 60% of NPTE item writers are faculty. Volunteers can attend a 2 ½ day training workshop at our offices in Alexandria. There are also opportunities to volunteer as an item writer at various Regional Workshops held across the country each year.

    Item writers who have shown an understanding of the item development process and have met productivity requirements are considered for exam committee appointments.

  • Level of commitment: Each item writer a workshop that generally lasts 2 ½ days. Subsequently, item writers who attend the Alexandria workshops serve a term of 4 months. Item writers who attend a regional workshop serve a term of 2 months.

  • Qualifications: You do NOT need previous item writing experience. You must be licensed with a minimum of two years of experience and in good standing with your state board. Consideration is given to selecting item writers from diverse ethnic backgrounds, geographical locations, and practice settings.

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