This study examined the relationship of the scores on the Practice Exam & Assessment Tool (PEAT) to the scaled scores on the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). A correlation analysis examined the relationship of the exam scores from three cohorts of Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students on the PEAT and NPTE. This study sought to determine if the performance on the PEAT was a predictor of first-time pass rate on the NPTE. It was expected that PEAT scores would have a positive correlation to the NPTE scores. The results indicated a moderate to strong correlation between overall PEAT scores as well as subtest scores with the NPTE. In addition, students that passed the PEAT were highly likely to pass the NPTE on the first attempt. Not only did students that passed the PEAT go on to pass the NPTE, but a significantly high number of those students who failed the PEAT (60.7%) were found to have gone on to pass the NPTE on the first attempt as well. The multiple regression formula was found to be highly significant with the overall PEAT score and the four subtest scores in predicting performance on the NPTE. In the equation, Evaluation and Examination carried the most weight with respect to the prediction of the NPTE scaled score. This formula can be used to predict overall NPTE scores based on PEAT scores as well as to demonstrate the areas of needed remediation. The results obtained from this study will be useful in better preparing future graduates for successful performance on the NPTE. Students, who do not pass the PEAT, will be remediated, particularly in the areas of Evaluation and Examination, in order to be adequately prepared for the NPTE.
|Commitee:||Aldridge, Roy Lee, Henley, Joan, Hux, Annette, Hux, Rick|
|School:||Arkansas State University|
|School Location:||United States -- Arkansas|
|Source:||DAI-A 80/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Physical therapy, Cognitive psychology, Health education, Higher education|
|Keywords:||Practice Examination & Assessment Tool, Predictors of success, Reading comprehension, Student outcomes|
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