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Registration Process

Follow step-by-step to ensure success

To ensure your registration for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) goes as smoothly as possible, you should carefully and thoroughly review the information below:

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Key Date and Deadlines

2014 Key dates and deadlines

Mark your calendars! FSBPT administers the NPTE for physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) four times a year. Our plan is to maintain a similar schedule for future years so that educators and their students can plan for those test dates.

Please note that the July PT examination will be given on 2 consecutive days. Candidates registering for this exam will automatically be assigned to a test date during registration.

Candidates who are unable to test on the date they were scheduled due to a problem with the Prometric testing center (power outage, computer malfunction, etc.) should call FSBPT to be rescheduled as soon as possible.

Make sure you register and pay for the exam before the registration deadline passes. Until registration and payment are received by FSBPT, your jurisdiction is not able to approve your registration.

2014 Dates & Deadlines for PTs

All deadlines are 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
Test Date Registration & Payment Deadline Jurisdiction Approval Deadline Seats are reserved for candidates until: Scores Reported to Jurisdictions Free Candidate Report Available Online*
January 29 December 23 January 2 January 15 February 5 February 12
April 30 March 26 April 2 April 16 May 7 May 14
July 22 & 23 June 17 June 24 July 8 July 30 August 6
October 29 September 24 October 1 October 15 November 5 November 13

*To view and download the free candidate score report, go to Check the Status of My Request on the date listed in the table above. The free score report will remain viewable for 30 days. After 30 days reports may be purchased at the standard fee for an Individual Score Report.

2014 Dates & Deadlines for PTAs

All deadlines are 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
Test Date Registration & Payment Deadline Jurisdiction Approval Deadline Seats are reserved for candidates until: Scores Reported to Jurisdictions Free Candidate Report Available Online*
January 15 December 11 December 18 January 1 January 23 January 30
April 9 March 5 March 12 March 26 April 16 April 23
July 8 June 3 June 10 June 24 July 15 July 22
October 8 September 3 September 10 September 24 October 16 October 23

*To view and download the free candidate score report, go to Check the Status of My Request on the date listed in the table above. The free score report will remain viewable for 30 days. After 30 days reports may be purchased at the standard fee for an Individual Score Report.

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Arrange to take the NPTE

Exam candidates must follow the step-by-step registration process below:

  1. Find out what your jurisdiction requires

    Taking the NPTE may be just one of the requirements for licensure. Some states require that you take a jurisprudence exam before you take the NPTE.

  2. Complete a State Application Form

    Obtain, review and complete application materials from the licensing authority of the jurisdiction in which you seek licensure.

  3. Register and pay for exam

    Register and pay for the NPTE using FSBPT's Exam Services website. You may also use this online processing system to register and pay for jurisprudence exams for the following states: Alabama, Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Nebraska or Ohio.

  4. Request special testing accommodations

    If you have a disability covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), you may request special testing accommodations at the time you register.

  5. Obtain jurisdiction approval

    The jurisdiction licensing authority will approve your eligibility and notify FSBPT. We will send you an Authorization to Test (ATT) letter containing instructions on how to schedule an appointment with Prometric.

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Schedule your appointment

Once you've completed the registration process and been approved by your jurisdiction, you are ready to schedule your appointment. The process is quick and easy with Prometric, a computer-based testing service.

Just go to www.prometric.com/fsbpt and follow the directions. The Prometric fee for the Physical Therapist NPTE is $85. The Prometric fee for the Physical Therapist Assistant NPTE is $70.In addition to scheduling your appointment, you can use Prometric's website to locate a test center and reschedule, cancel or confirm your test.

  • Schedule your appointment within the eligibility period. You must sit for the exam on the date indicated on your ATT letter. If you do not sit for the exam or withdraw your registration within your eligibility period, you will be removed from the eligibility list and must begin the registration process again.

  • Seats fill up fast. We encourage you to make an appointment as soon as you receive your ATT letter. Test sites fill up quickly and scheduling is done on a first come, first serve basis.