06%) failed the NBCOT certification examination on their first attempt.
Results of univariate analyses comparing students who passed versus students who failed on the first attempt of the NBCOT certification examination are summarized in Table 2.
An initial logistic regression model was conducted to predict first-time test taker outcomes on the NBCOT certification examination from all available variables observed to be potentially significant (definedp's < .
When these four variables were considered together, they significantly predicted the NBCOT certification examination outcomes: [chi square] = 19.
Table 4 presents the odds ratios for individual factors in this model, which suggests that the odds of passing the NBCOT certification examination on the first attempt are significantly increased among students with higher initial recommendation scores: (p < .
This study examined a range of preadmission, academic and fieldwork performance, and demographic factors associated with first-time pass rates on the NBCOT certification examination.
Although our results indicate that males may be at a higher risk for first-time NBCOT certification examination failure, these results must be interpreted with caution because of the extremely limited representation of males in the sample and the potential for sampling bias on this factor.
Additional academic characteristics associated with failing the first attempt at the NBCOT certification examination included lower total writing sample scores, lower MOT program GPA, and being on a modified academic program.
Of note, the students with lower recommendation scores on their preadmission letters of recommendation were also more likely to fail on their first NBCOT certification examination attempt.
It is ironic that the students who did not pass the NBCOT certification examination on their first attempt also trended toward providing higher self-assessment scores on the fieldwork placement performance measure (FWPEOTS), which were not, however, reflected in any differences on the fieldwork educator-rated fieldwork placement scores.
The fact that no difference in average fieldwork educator-rated scores were noted between the students who did and did not pass the NBCOT certification examination on the first attempt may also highlight differences in academic versus performance-based skill sets.
This study offers limited preliminary insight into important factors associated with the successful performance of first-time test takers on the NBCOT certification examination.