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Eligibility Requirements

General Eligibility Requirements

In order to sit for the NPTE, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. You must be at least eighteen years old.
  2. You must have a degree appropriate for the exam level from a CAPTE-accredited institution. Candidates who did not graduate from a CAPTE-accredited institution should see the additional requirements outlined below.
  3. You cannot have an open security investigation or sanctions that have not been completed.

Additional Requirements: Non-CAPTE Accredited Institutions

If you graduated from an institution that is not accredited by CAPTE, you must also satisfy the following requirements before you can register for the NPTE:

  1. You must demonstrate that your education is substantially equivalent to the standards set by CAPTE by providing a copy of an evaluation completed by a recognized credentialing agency.
  2. You must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language® (TOEFL®) administered by ETS and provide a score report from your exam. Certain exceptions to this requirement may apply and are detailed on our website.

Your licensing jurisdiction may have additional eligibility requirements beyond those outlined above. Make sure you have thoroughly reviewed your jurisdiction’s licensure requirements before you register for the NPTE.

Testing Limits

The following testing limits also apply to all candidates taking the NPTE:

  1. You cannot test more than three consecutive times. If you have tested three consecutive times, you must skip the next exam date.
  2. You cannot test more than six times in your lifetime at either exam level. You may test up to six times at both the PT and PTA level if you are otherwise qualified to test at both levels.
  3. You cannot test if you previously took the exam twice and received two very low scores, defined as any scaled score below 400.