We believe in helping students prepare for and pass the COTA® exam.  As part of our efforts to help every student succeed on the exam, we offer FREE Online Office Hours to give students a way to ask questions and prepare for the exam even after the course has ended.  Online Office Hours are held once a month,on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST.  The session held on the last Tuesday of each month is focused on OTA exam prep.  Moderated by an experienced TherapyEd instructor, our new Online Office Hours give students a way to extend their studying and get extra help.  Log-in, ask questions, and get personalized help while also learning from other students' questions.

Be sure that your camera and microphone are activated when you enter the office hours.  That will help to ensure that the instructor will be able to address your questions efficiently and effectively. 

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There is no charge for our Online Office Hours--it comes as a benefit of taking the TherapyEd preparation course for the COTA® exam.

Hello My name is Heather Smith and I wanted to email you to share my success story with Therapy ed. 

The first three times of taking my exam and failing all three with the score of 437 I used the purple book, Pass the OT, and AOTA PDFs and none of those materials helped me to pass. 

I was very intimidated by the Therapy Ed book but knew for certain that I would have to study it to achieve my goal. I re-took the therapy ed course with Toni Thompson and then spent 2-3 sessions with her tutoring me one on one. She told me this: “It is best to prepare for a 10K and show up to find out it is a 5K than to prepare for a 5K and show up to find out it is a 10K.” That was the example she gave about therapy ed and it stuck with me. She told me to study questions and use a highlighter to highlight important key words and use the strike out method. She told me I knew what I was doing and I knew the material and to just practice questions. So that is what I did. I went through every exam in the back of the therapy ed book and every Rationale. 

I took my exam on May 3, 2019 and found out that I was  Heather Lynn Smith, COTA/L on May 8, 2019. My score increased 40 points following Toni Thompson’s advice and studying questions and rationals in the back of the therapy ed book. Toni is a jewel and a great asset to Therapy ed and I know that you all are very proud to have her as I feel very blessed to have had her as a tutor. 

I hope this testimonial will help someone else who is struggling to pass this exam. 


Heather Smith, COTA/L, Kershaw Health