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Study Strategies for Standardized Physical Therapy Examinations

presented by Eric Robertson

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course is part of our OCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge OCS Prep-Program.

As students prepare to take specialty examinations in physical therapy, much of their time and focus is justifiably spent studying the content of the text they are taking, orthopaedics, sports, geriatrics, etc. However, just as important is to spend some time preparing for how to take the exam, and understanding its structure and design, as well as identifying and reducing the type and numbers of errors you make as a test taker. This course will review study tips for taking physical therapy specialty examinations through lecture and practice examples. By taking this course, you can optimize your chances of success!

Meet Your Instructor

Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, is the director of Kaiser Permanente Northern California Graduate Physical Therapy Education, and associate professor of clinical physical therapy at the University of Southern California in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. Previously he served as assistant professor of physical therapy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and…

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1. What’s in an Exam: Exploring the ABPTS OCS Examination

The structure and content of an exam is your playing field and the rules of the game. Understanding this and becoming familiar can help guide your study process, and help you during the examination itself.

2. Study Strategies and Common Test Taking Errors

Multiple choice questions are something almost every physical therapist has seen before, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get better at taking them! Studying correctly, learning how to identify your test-taking versus content mistakes, and having a clear strategy to study is critical for success!

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