Research Article  |   October 2015
Ability of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Practice Test to Estimate the Probability of First-Time Pass Status on the National Certification Exam
Author Affiliations
  • Tamara Avi-Itzhak, DSc, is Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, York College, City University of New York, Jamaica, NY; taviitzhak@york.cuny.edu
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Research Article   |   October 2015
Ability of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Practice Test to Estimate the Probability of First-Time Pass Status on the National Certification Exam
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 2015, Vol. 69, 6912185080p1-6912185080p8. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.015024
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 2015, Vol. 69, 6912185080p1-6912185080p8. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.015024
Abstract

OBJECTIVE. To estimate the ability of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) practice test to predict first-time pass status on the NBCOT Occupational Therapist Registered exam.

METHOD. Performance ratios for the four NBCOT practice test domains were used to develop a logistic regression model for estimating the probability of first-time pass status on the NBCOT exam.

RESULTS. Of 65 students who graduated during academic years 2010–2013, 41 (63%) attained first-time pass status. The logistic regression model was a good fit. The variance explained ranged from 22% to 29%. The odds of first-time no-pass status were associated with performance ratios on Domains 1 and 2 but not Domains 3 and 4.

CONCLUSION. To maximize the probability of students’ attaining first-time pass status, faculty should consider ways to increase their exposure to the tasks and skills required for implementation of intervention plans (Domains 3 and 4).