Physical Therapy Assistant Certification (PTA) Exam

The exam is designed to assess basic entry-level qualification and competence of first time licensure or for registration as a PTA.

Exam Eligibility

• Proof of graduation from a physical therapist assistant program accredited center by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.
• The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and South Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners must certify that the program is recognized and approved.

Exam Details

• The examination is a computer based exam (CBE).
• There are no penalty for wrong answers
• The exam score is converted to a scale of 200-800
• 600 is considered the minimum pass mark
• All questions are in multiple choice format
• There are 200 questions<
• The exam is administered by Thomson Prometric throughout the year at locations around the country
• The exam is four hours long

Exam Content

• Tests and Measures (32 questions)
• Intervention (90 questions)
• Standards of Care (28 questions)

Study tips, help and test preparation

This is a computer based test and can be taken anytime. Most computer based tests are multiple choice with a single best answer.  Multiple Choice questions can be very tricky and in fact are designed to confuse and distract.  Comprehensive multiple choice tips and strategies for increasing your score with practice questions. How To Answer Multiple Choice

How to memorize

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Complete PTA Study Guide

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PTA Study Guide & Practice Test