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Faculty Newsletter: Fourth Quarter 2023

In this issue:

    The PT Compact Education Module

    Do your students have questions about the PT Compact that you feel ill-equipped to answer? How confident are you teaching about the PT Compact, a major policy initiative that will impact careers? If you have been avoiding adding the PT Compact to your curriculum due to a lack of knowledge, there is a new resource! The PT Compact Education Module has been developed by educators for educators. Piloted in three different academic programs, this module is a complete tool ready for use. The module includes objectives, PowerPoints, video presentations, case studies, frequently asked questions, and learning activities.

    PEAT Product Survey

    As you may know, PEAT (Practice Exam and Assessment Tool) is the NPTE practice exam. FSBPT would like to better understand schools' interest in a new PEAT offering that would provide a secure version of Academic PEAT. This version could be used for group administrations. This would not replace the current version of Academic PEAT.

    Please take a few minutes to respond to this survey so that we can better understand the number of programs that would be interested in this product and any other features you might like to see in an NPTE practice exam.

    February 2024 Workshop for Educators

    Join us in Boston in 2024! The workshop will take place February 13-14, 2024, immediately preceding the APTA-CSM meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. The workshop will include presentations from FSBPT staff and trainers on item writing, test construction, preparing students for the NPTE, registering for and taking the NPTE, and other relevant topics. There will also be time for one-on-one assistance from trainers and staff. Secure your spot and register now!

    This Quarter's Question: Where Can I Learn More about the 2024 NPTE Redesign?

    FSBPT has been dedicated to enhancing the National Physical Therapy Examinations (NPTE) by incorporating new item types to better evaluate entry-level physical therapy knowledge. Some of these efforts have already been implemented, while others will be effective in 2024. We have compiled numerous resources to help you understand these important changes.

    • The When, How, and Why of the 2024 NPTE Redesign: This webinar recording explains the background of the NPTE redesign, the new item types, PEAT updates, and the implications of these changes for licensing jurisdictions, educators, and candidates. 
    • Practice Exam & Assessment Tool (PEAT): The practice exams have been updated to the 2024 Content Outlines as of mid-October.
    • Demonstration Examination: This free demonstration examination gives candidates the look and feel of the exams administered at Prometric. The demo exam contains sample PT and PTA questions, including video and scenario items.  
    • NPTE Content Outlines: These outlines detail the specific content areas that will be covered on the NPTE, helping candidates focus their study efforts. 
    • NPTE Frequently Asked Questions: This comprehensive FAQ section addresses common questions about the NPTE, including exam format and scoring. 
    • Candidate Handbook: The Candidate Handbook contains all the information candidates need to know about the exam and how it is administered.  

    What Students Need to Know: New Passing Standards for NPTE Approved

    Over the summer, two task forces met to review the passing standard for the NPTE for PTs and PTAs. These panels were diverse with respect to panelist background, area of expertise, and practice setting, including eighteen professionals for the PTA Task Force and twenty for the PT Task Force. The panels met over three days to consider how the results of the practice analysis, and subsequent changes to the content outline, affected the passing standard for the NPTE at each exam level.

    The FSBPT Board of Directors recently reviewed and approved the task forces’ recommendations. The FSBPT Board thanks the task forces for their efforts.

    Get Involved: Learn, Grow, Write—Be an NPTE Item Writer!

    Item writing for the NPTE is a great way to gain expertise in crafting multiple-choice questions, share your knowledge of the profession, work with and learn from colleagues, and have fun! We will share more information about the 2024 workshops soon.

    If you or someone you know would like to participate in an Item Writing Workshop, learn more and apply or send an inquiry to volunteer@fsbpt.org.

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