Orthotic Fitter Exam Prep


​​ABC has numerous resources available for you as you prepare to sit for your ABC orthotic fitter certification exam. These include the Practice Analysis, sample exam questions and the information outlined below, all created exclusively for your use.
As you prepare for your exam, we encourage you to review the following:

 Practice Analysis

A Practice Analysis, or role delineation, is a study of the profession that provides a foundation for the exam content. The Practice Analysis​, which gives you an in-depth look at the profession, is used by the exam development committees to create ABC’s comprehensive, contemporary and relevant exams.​

 Test Content Outline

​​One helpful study resource is the Orthotic Fitter Test Content Outline. The outline is broken down by domain; each domain section indicates the percentage of emphasis the elements of practice in that domain receives on the exams. For each Practice Domain listed on the Test Content Outline, you should plan on familiarizing yourself with clinical, technical or general practice information related to that domain.

You may want to do a self-assessment of the practice areas that are represented by the percentage of time reported by certified professionals, checking the topics that you know you need to review, including any practice areas that you have not seen often in your practice.​

 Exam References and Recommended Reading List

​​Another source of information to help you prepare is the exam reference and recommended reading list.  This list is used by the exam writers to validate the correct answers to the exam questions. You may also want to refer to published journal articles, reference lists and the textbooks from your educational program.

Some candidates find it helpful to review basic test taking principals while preparing for the exams. Numerous references for exam preparation, reducing exam anxiety and study tips are available from a wide array of publishers and are commonly available in bookstores and online.

 The Exam

The ABC orthotic fitter certification exam is a three hour, multiple-choice exam that assesses your knowledge of patient and practice management. Knowledge assessed on the exam includes anatomy, biomechanics, disease processes, pathologies, fitting criteria, componentry, ethics and professionalism. Also included are general practice questions that you should be familiar with based on the practical experience you gained from your clinical experience. 

The written exam contains 150 questions.

>>Sample Written Exam Questions
Included in the Fitter Candidate Guide are sample questions for the orthotic fitter exam. 

Here are two examples of sample written exam questions:

1. The bony landmark used to locate the anatomical hip joint axis is the:
a. Lesser trochanter
b. Greater trochanter
c. Adductor tubercle
d. Iliac crest

2. A hyperextension TLSO uses a three point pressure system; the anterior sternal 
    pad, the anterior pubic symphysis pad and the:
a. Lateral rib pad
b. Medial rib pad
c. Posterior scapular pad
d. Posterior lumbar pad

 Exam Review Courses

​​You might consider taking an exam review course, or purchasing exam preparation materials that are available from multiple sources. ABC neither sponsors nor endorses review/preparatory courses or any exam preparation materials. Your review may include orthotic fitter specific material, or might be in the general area of test taking techniques.​

 Study Groups

​Consider forming a small exam study group. Candidates who pool their resources and study together may be more confident in their knowledge and more likely to pass the exam.

Your study group might consider scheduling to take the exam at the same time, traveling to the exam site together and supporting one another every step of the way.

 Patient Care Experience

​One of the most important parts of your preparation for the ABC orthotic fitter certification exams is completion of your patient care experience hours. The competency assessments that are a part of the Orthotic Fitter Self-Assessment Checklist are a good gauge of your knowledge and skills in a particular practice area. This is critical to your learning and progression from student to independent care provider.​

 ABC Certified Colleagues

​​Talk with ABC certified colleagues to find out what resources they suggest to help you prepare for your exams and what study advice they might offer. While they are not allowed to share exam content with you, they can help with focusing your studying activities to the most critical areas.​

 Exam Results

If you are retaking your exam, review your Notice of Test Results and identify the domain areas where you have the most opportunity to improve.