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The Complete Guide to NPTE Study Materials

Are you tired of searching for NPTE resources by reading through various Facebook groups, asking your peers, and searching on Google? Yeah, I was too.

This post is a comprehensive list of study tools so that you can figure out the best way to study for and pass the NPTE. While I included some common pros and cons, this list is not going to tell you what is going to work the best for you.

Through my repeated searches online, I commonly saw students recommend buying one or both of the Scorebuilders or TherapyEd textbooks, and absolutely purchasing the PEAT exams because they are the most similar to the actual NPTE. A handful of students spoke highly about several of the paid courses.

While I did include links to purchase the textbooks and flashcards, I HIGHLY recommend that you find a used copy on one of the Facebook groups. The NPTE and your licensure are both incredibly expensive, so do your best to minimize your spending.


Scorebuilders – The Complete Study Guide

scorebuilders 3 online practice exams
Better charts and pictures than TherapyEd
Exams are easier than TherapyEd and PEAT
Not as comprehensive as TherapyEd

Buy on Scorebuilders Website | Buy on Amazon


TherapyEd Review & Study Guide

therapyed 3 online practice exams
Comprehensive and detailed information
The most challenging exams (compared to Scorebuilders and PEAT)
Too many bullet points and not enough diagrams / photos

Buy on TherapyEd Website | Buy on Amazon


Additional Textbooks

These books are not commonly spoken about, so you’re probably better off with the textbooks listed above. If you’d like these books, I’d definitely recommend finding them used on a Facebook group.

therapyedMcGraw-Hills NPTE National Physical Therapy Exam: 2012 version
Saunders Q&A Review for the Physical Therapy Board Examination: 2012 version, expensive
NPTE Secrets Study Guide
Scorebuilders On-Campus Review Course: 2015 version; this book is given if you attend a Scorebuilders course in person


Practice Exams

Practice Exam & Assessment Tool (PEAT)

peat npte exam 1 retired NPTE exam and 1 practice exam
The closest practice exams to the actual NPTE (uses the same format and type of questions)
One of the only practice exams with 250 questions
Only a 60-day access the exams
Does not come with a textbook or other resources, so it is best to purchase other study materials

Buy on Peat Website


Scorebuilders – PT Online Advantage – Student Version

scorebuilders online advantage 2 practice exams
Helpful if you want additional Scorebuilders exams
Only a 60-day access the exams
Does not come with a textbook
May be cheaper to purchase the textbook that comes with 3 practice exams

Buy on Scorebuilders Website


Additional Practice Exams

Take these exams with a grain of salt, as I have not seen them mentioned too often on the Doctor of Physical Therapy Student Facebook group. They may be just fine (or better) than Scorebuilders, TherapyEd, and PEAT, but I frequently read about those 3 and not about these.
exam studyTherapy Exam Prep
Modern Learning Company
NPTE Final Frontier




pt365 app Daily questions with good explanations
Thorough analysis of your scores
Answer questions from days that you missed
No access to daily questions from before the day you downloaded the app (so get the app ASAP!)
No push notifications

Google Play Store | Apple App Store


NPTE Final Frontier

npte final frontier app Daily practice questions
Monthly 10-question practice quiz
The Audio Bundle and Study Bundle are not free
Less user friendly and does not feel as modern compared to the other apps
No analysis of your overall scores

Google Play Store | Apple App Store


NPTE – PT Pocket Prep

npte pt pocket prep Free version includes only 14 daily questions and 50 extra practice questions
Paid version includes 600 practice questions and unlimited daily questions
Push notifications are available
Unlock 40 more questions by liking, rating, or sharing on social media
Paid version is expensive

Google Play Store | Apple App Store


NPTE PT Tutor – Practice Test

npte pt tutor 299 Flashcards and questions of the day
Push notifications are available
Poor explanations to questions
Questions and flashcards are too simple
Not very user friendly
Ads occasionally pop up over entire screen

Google Play Store


PT Content Master

pt content master app 750 multiple choice questions
The only app that includes content review
The app has not been updated in 2-3 years
Many negative reviews on the app stores

Google Play Store | Apple App Store



Scorebuilders – PT Content Master Flash Cards

scorebuilders flashcards 200 double-sided flashcards
Perfect for studying on the go
Not comprehensive (compared to textbooks)

Buy on Scorebuilders Website | Buy on Amazon


Quizlet Flashcards

quizlet Unlimited flashcards
Free to create your own flashcards
Information may be incorrect on flashcards created by other students
Time consuming to create your own flaschards

Study on the Quizlet Website


Podcasts & Audio

headphones NPTE Clinical Files: iTunes | Online
Dominating the NPTE with Kyle Rice: iTunes | Online
BEST PT Podcast: iTunes | Online
NPTE Studycast: iTunes | Online
NPTE Final Frontier Audio Bundle (not free)
Audio flascards created by a PT student: Google Drive | Zip File | Link to the original Facebook post


Email Newsletter

NPTE Unfiltered

email Email newsletter beginning 8 weeks before your NPTE exam date
Free practice schedule
Daily practice questions
Helpful study topics and mnemonics
This is not a comprehensive review course

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Social Media Resources



Paid Courses

If you would like reviews on any of the following courses, I recommend searching on the Facebook groups linked above. I have not personally taken any of these courses, so I will not be reviewing them.

classroomScorebuilders Basecamp: Standard | Annual | Basecamp Website
Scorebuilders – PT ACE (A Competitive Edge)
The PT Hustle
PT Final Exam
NPTE Final Frontier
Therapy Exam Prep
TherapyEd Prep Class
NPTE StudyBuddy


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