-Dr. Bhupinder Singh, PT, Ph.D.
If you took the recent National Physical Therapy Examination, let’s hope everyone sees the magic word ‘PASS’! But in certain cases, your result screens show ‘score withheld’ instead of pass or fail. Don’t freak out!
This happens to many students every year. The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) takes copyright very seriously and makes you sign multiple copyright agreements during the exam registration process, but a score withheld does not mean they are accusing you of cheating.
A score is withheld due to multiple potential reasons. One of the most common reasons is a large increase in your score from the previous exam attempt. A withheld score can even be a good sign in this case!
The second most common reason is inconsistencies between your answers. NPTE is a standardized exam and may test similar concepts in different sections of the same exam. Multiple inconsistencies in answering differently between sections may be subject to further investigation. These are just two reasons; a complete list of potential reasons is posted by FSBPT at: https://www.fsbpt.org/SecondaryPages/ExamCandidates/NationalExam(NPTE)/WithheldScores.aspx
Stay calm and wait for an email from FSBPT. You will get an email survey from FSBPT to confirm some details. Answer the survey honestly. If you have taken help from a friend or mentor, mention their name and contact information. If you are enrolled in a coaching program (like NPTE Final Frontier) disclose the name of the coaching program. You can also include the website information. An example survey is posted on the FSBPT website https://survey.fsbpt.org/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=n4M04m7. Please only fill out the survey when you get an official email from FSBPT with instructions to do so.
Once you fill the survey, your score is typically released in 1-2 days. In some cases, it might take up to 10 days. Lastly, stay positive and think positive. Keep thinking you nailed the exam and your score jumped really high!
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