If you want to take the exam for NBCOT certification, of course you need to study hard to pass the exam. You may wonder how many hours a day you should study for the NBCOT. Actually, the answer may be subjective because everyone may have their own style when they are studying. However, the explanation below may help you how to study to prepare for the NBCOT exam.
How Many Hours a Day to Study for the NBCOT Examination?
According to the Pass The OT site, it is recommended for you to study 4 to 8 hours a day, 6 days a week, for at least 6 to 8 weeks. By allocating this amount of time, you will process and understand the material properly. You are also able to make the mistake if you over study and burn yourself out. If you study more than 8 hours per day, it is not recommended.
Meanwhile, according to the My OT Spot site, you can study about 3 to 4 hours a day, 6 days a week. It is based on that site writer’s experience. She wrote on that site that she only had one or two days in the beginning of studying where she put in a full 8 hour day like she thought she was supposed to. She realized that she could not handle that much cramming after she depleted her brain’s activity tolerance during fieldwork and school. She thinks that if you have solid four weeks at least, you do not have to do full days every day. However, it does not hurt to study for full days if you have the motivation. Based on her classmates’ experiences and also her experience, 3 to 4 hours a day is enough if you are saving the information as you read it.
Comparing What If I Study 1-3 Days a Week and 7 Days a Week
On the OTDUDE site, there is an explanation about what will happen if you study 1 to 3 days and 7 days for the NBCOT certification exam.
If you study 1, 2 or 3 days a week, it will probably result in failing. It is because 3 out of 7 days is less than 50% of the time that you could use for studying. Studying 1 to 3 days in a week is risky. Even though there is a chance for you to pass the exam, but if you have the ability to study more days per week, it is better for you to take the chances.
How about studying 7 days a week for the NBCOT certification exam? Does it guarantee that we can pass the NBCOT exam? As explained on the OTDUDE site, based on the data, studying for 7 days a week does not guarantee that you pass the exam. If you use the right method, you can be successful, even though actually you do not need to study for 7 days a week. I said that you do not have to study 7 days a week because as we know that there are a lot of things that you surely have to do besides studying. You may have to work or do the other responsibilities which require you to skip your study on certain days. So, studying 7 days in a week is not needed, but if you want you can use the Pomodoro Method where you study for 25 minutes and then 5 minutes for break cycles. It is done to permit yourself mental rest. If you study 7 days a week, you have to make sure that you do not study the entire day. It is because you need to rest, eat to give your body nutrition, sleep and some other things.
The NBCOT Data About The Amount of Days Spent by Students to Study for NBCOT Exam
As explained on the OTDUDE site, the NBCOT posted on social media a graph of the number of days that students studied per week and the percentage that passed. They found like this.
- 2 days/week – 1% passed
- 3 days/week – 5% passed
- 4 days/week – 16% passed
- 5 days/week – 47% passed
- 6 days/week – 22% passed
- 7 days/week – 8% passed
However, there is no information about the underlying sample statistics. The thing that is known is that 5 days/ week seems to be the sweet spot. Based on the statistics, it is best to study for the NBCOT exam 5 days/ week.
Well, whatever schedule that you want to apply for studying for your NBCOT exam, don’t stress about it and make sure that you are consistent.
Some Biggest Mistakes You Make When Studying For the NBCOT Exam
According to the Pass The OT site, there are 11 biggest mistakes that students make when studying for the NBCOT exam and here are some of them.
- You Become Generalist Instead of a Specialist.
Instead of taking cumulative practice tests and studying flashcards on all topics, it is better for you to master one topic at a time. Then, you can move to the next topic. It is because it is impossible to master all topics at once and it will make you confused.
- You Do Not Make a Schedule for Studying.
There are some topics such as pediatric development which require much more time and concentration than other topics. So, you have to allocate time accordingly.
- You Have Too Many Resources and Do Not Use the Right Resources.
It is important to know that some resources may be outdated, disorganized and provide you with material which is not relevant to the test. So, you have to study topics that will most likely appear on the exam and be expert in them rather than focusing on all topics.
- You Do Not Study According to Your Learning Style.
Some people can study effectively if they do that by reading a book all day long. However, some others may tend to more auditory, visual and kinesthetic learners. So, you have to make sure that you understand your learning style so that you can understand the material easily.