Why do a lot of people not pass the first attempt?
The passrates for DPT student hover around 90% on the first attempt, while the pass rates for International foreign trained therapists range from 30-40%.
Our data suggests that the three main reasons for DPT students not passing the exam are exam anxiety, poor test taking skills and not giving significant focus to exam preparation. Very rarely content covered in the DPT program is the reason for not passing (maybe if the school has a new DPT program).
The story is totally different for foreign trained PT's. Lack of content and basic understanding of the common PT concepts is a common reason for not passing the NPTE. If we analyze with a finer tooth-comb, foreign trained PT's commonly struggle with clinical thinking (resulting in low scores on Interventions) and non-traditional physical therapy areas like other systems.