FSBPT, the Federation of state boards of physical
therapy, is recruiting Item Writers who can help
develop the exam needed for today’s practicing
physical therapists and physical therapist
If you are a practicing physical
therapist or physical therapist assistant, you can
become an item writer for the National Physical
Therapy Examinations (NPTE).
As an item writer you will be Working with
your colleagues to create the NPTE, Sharing your
knowledge of the profession, Gaining expertise in
questions and construction, Participating in the
process designed to assure that competent
professionals are licensed, Learning from your
colleagues and having fun in the process
Selection criteria of FSBPT
You do NOT need previous item writing experience.
You must be licensed in good standing with your
state board. Consideration is given to selecting
item writers from diverse ethnic backgrounds,
geographical locations, and practice
Training in item writing by FSBPT
All item writers participate in a three-day
training session in Alexandria VA.
You will be trained in the art of item writing by
experienced staff and colleagues. The training
session prepares item writers to write high-quality,
psychometrically sound items that are later reviewed
by an independent panel
of content experts for possible inclusion in our
examination test bank.
After the training program you will be assigned
to an item writer coordinator who will become your
coach. Item writer coordinators will assist you as
you continue to produce items for the exam.
Term of appointment by FSBPT
Each item writer attends one three-day workshop
per year and subsequently
serves a term of three months.
The FSBPT provides your airline ticket, hotel
room and reimbursement for other travel expenses
such as meals.
Expectations by FSBPT
Apart from active participation in the training
workshop, an item writer is expected to:
- Write 40 examination questions: Ten
questions at the workshop, and 30
more over the next three months.
- Dedicate the time and effort necessary to
produce high-quality, psychometrically sound
items and to apply the concepts presented during
the training session to the development of each
- Have access to the appropriate reference
materials needed to research, write, and
document all questions written at home.
- Sign and agree to all terms outlined in the
Confidentiality Agreement and Conflict of
- Have access to a computer and the internet.
Benefits to you
A $100 stipend is provided for every 20 items
written and approved into the item bank. Item
writers receive an all-expense-paid training
workshop which covers item-writing theory, the
development of items that test higher-order thinking
skills, and specific item-writing techniques.
During the training session, item writers
interact with colleagues from diverse geographic
locations and practice settings.
Item writers support their profession by helping
to ensure that candidates taking NPTE examinations
receive sound, high-quality questions that reflect a
broad range of practice.
How to apply
Go to the FSBPT website at www.fsbpt.org under
“Featured Downloads” to begin the application
process. A copy of your vitae or resume must be
submitted with your application.