How I Passed the NBCOT® Exam on My First Try

Kate Washa Boyd is also the author of, a website containing the only open source, user-generated OT salary data that allows you to search salary information based on a combination of factors that are as unique as you: your location, practice setting, experience, and education level. ✻ I passed the NBCOT® OTR® exam on my first try. … Read more

How I Passed the NBCOT® Exam in 3 Weeks

Preparing for the NBCOT® exam can be stressful. But, with the right tools and a study plan tailored to meet your unique needs, you can successfully pass the exam and excel. In this article, I will share my experience and study strategies that helped me pass the NBCOT® COTA® exam on my first attempt with a 3-week study plan. … Read more

Failure Before Success

I just want to take a moment to share my experience for those of you who are taking your exam for the first time or who have taken it before. I took my exam on Nov 8th 2017. I studied for 2 months but was also juggling working, applying for jobs, getting ready to move … Read more

How Someone Who Doesn’t Actually Know How to Study, Studied for the NBCOT® Exam

NBCOT Exam Resources Used in Order of Necessity AOTA’s NBCOT Test Prep (questions & PDFs) OT Miri’s videos Johnson’s Occupational Therapy Examination Review Guide, 4th Ed (aka the Purple Book) Rhonda Bryne’s The Power/whatever positive/empowering/self-help audiobook Pass the NBCOT test taking tips Therapy Ed ✻ Study Plan for the NBCOT® Exam I took a practice … Read more

Who Will You Be at the End of It?

For those of you who didn’t pass the NBCOT exam for the first, second, third, fourth or however many attempts, what are some lessons that life taught you along the way? Did you grow into a better person throughout your struggle? Personally, this whole process of trying to pass this exam has shown me how … Read more