You paid to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and failed. We’ve all been there — literally.
Every one of us at The PT Hustle failed before we succeeded. So we know where you’re coming from when you’re left with this big question:
Is investing in an NPTE online prep course really worth it?
Let’s break it down.
First: Yes, we believe an NPTE online prep course is worth it! Finding the right course, though, depends on what you need.
At The PT Hustle, we offer 3 options:
● Live Coaching Program
If you’ve struggled to pass the NPTE and can dedicate 30 hours per week to study, this course is for you.
● Independent Prep Program
Get the benefits of the Live Coaching Program, but at your own pace instead of live.
● NPTE Pass System
If you know the material, but still have a hard time selecting the right answer, this course is for you.
For more general guidelines on NPTE online prep courses, ask yourself these 5 questions.
Do you have a timeline?
If your answer is “no,” an NPTE online prep course is probably a good investment. We’ve all heard the phrase “what gets measured gets done,” and that’s true when it comes to the NPTE. If you don’t set a realistic timeframe for yourself, you’re more likely to get distracted, overwhelmed or busy. Setting a timeline helps you stay focused on your goal: becoming a practicing PT.
If you do have a timeline, make sure it’s realistic. At The PT Hustle, we recommended students either not work or hold only a part time job of less than 20 hours per week while taking our Live Coaching Program . At a minimum, our course requires:
● 30 hours of time per week, and
● Takes 12 weeks.
That’s hard to commit to if you’re working, and especially if you have family or other obligations on top of work. And that’s why if you need to start from scratch, we have another option: our
Independent Prep Program
What’s the pass rate of the NPTE online prep course you’re considering?
Our pass rate for first time test takers is 97%, but for students who have taken the NPTE exam multiple times, pass rates can vary anywhere from 79%-88%. It all depends on your number of attempts and score range provided by the Federation State Board of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).
How many times can you afford to take the NPTE?
Preparing for and taking the NPTE can get expensive.
Let’s break down the costs associated with taking the NPTE exam:
Practice Exam & Assessment Tool (PEAT NPTE): $100
Prometric Fee: $100.30
In addition to the cost of the exam itself, the price of not passing the NPTE is approximately $16,250 in lost PT wages for each attempt. And that doesn’t factor in the emotional toll that starting the process over takes.
On that note, let’s move on to our next question, which is arguably the most important when deciding on an NPTE online prep course.
Are you a good test taker?
If you are, congratulations! Seriously — you have a skill that everyone who’s come through The PT Hustle program had to work long and hard to develop.
If, on the other hand, you aren’t a good test taker, you’re in good company here. Our founder, Dr. Kyle Rice, created The PT Hustle’s 3 courses after a lifetime of failing standardized exams. So when it came to the NPTE, he spent 14 months identifying and then demolishing the mental roadblocks he’d set up for himself. Eventually, he scored a perfect 800 on the NPTE, and he decided to find a way to share his strategy for success with PT students just like him.
Is our NPTE online prep course right for you?
At the very least, we hope parts of it are. But if you’re someone who doesn’t struggle with standardized tests, financial concerns or anxiety, you may be able to find another solution.
If, however, you are ready to get the support you need to pass, check out our tiered course offerings below or drop us a line. We’re always happy to talk.
Live Coaching Program
If you’ve struggled to pass the NPTE and can dedicate 30 hours per week to study, this course is for you. Our proven 12-week live coaching program offers one-on-one access to Coach K who will take you through the entire NPTE process.
Independent Prep Program
Get the benefits of the Live Coaching Program, but at your own pace instead of live. This course is modified for the busy PT student who’s looking for structure, engaging lectures, and a flexible schedule.
NPTE Pass System
If you know the material, but still have a hard time selecting the right answer, this course is for you. Focused solely on the NPTE test-taking component, this course provides the score and confidence boost you need 4-6 weeks before taking the PT exam.