USPTA certification

Clara

New User
Is there anyone who recently took the uspta exam?

I found some previous posts but those were from 5+ years ago.

Thanks,
C
 

Notirouswithag

Professional
I recently retook it a few weeks as well just to see if anything has changed and it has. the online exam is open note, and the on court hitting portion is easier

The online portion is cake, it's 80 multiple choice questions with a 2 hour time limit and you need a 75% to pass.

The grip exam is like 22 questions and you have 20 minutes to take it and I think the same score(75%) or 80% to pass.

the on court portion is fairly easy and straight forward. The hitting portion is being able to demonstrate you can produce the strokes, and maintain control(i.e. placing it in a certain zone for "professional" or "elite") and depending on what the target is(professional or elite professional) you need to score either a 5/6 or 6/8 or 8/8 or 100% placement.

your given 6 standard tries for each shot( or more depending on how laid back your tester is. mine was super relaxed and gave us plenty of chances, way more than 6) you get forehand groundstrokes(DTL-CC-slice/chip), backhand groundstrokes(DTL-CC-slice), FH approach shots(must land in a certain box area the 3 bounce rule didnt apply), BH approach chots, FH volleys, BH volleys, and Overheads.

you also had to hit 6 of each serve(slice, kick, flat) out wide, middle or corner of box

the on court lessons are broken up and must be 25 minutes each, you must introduce, give some background and refer to each person in the group lesson as often as you can. You are also given a theme for the lesson that you must try to teach. keep it short, sweet and to the point since you only have 25 minutes. You also have to assign on court/off court homework at the end of the lessons(both group and private)

private lesson is more or less the same, introduce yourself, give 3 facts, find the theme of the lesson(both are usually assigned beforehand; at least for me it was) and then go from there. also end with enough time to pick up balls, review, give on court. off court homework and end right at the 25 minute mark, you DO NOT want to end with time to spare.

from there your results take 4-6 weeks I was told(ive heard 4-6, slightly longer)



hopefully that covers anything you may want to know
 
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Sam Pras

Banned
Great explanation. My daughter was nervous before she tested but relaxed very quickly and enjoyed herself. This testing happened on the day of a USPTA conference and after watching my daughter test, the president of the USPTA asked her to help demonstrate during the Princeton coache 's on court presentation which was really fun to watch.
 

Clara

New User
Thank you so much for the explanation. I wanted to have an idea approximately how does it look like.
Im preparing for my exam. Hopefully first thing in January :)
 

Notirouswithag

Professional
Thank you so much for the explanation. I wanted to have an idea approximately how does it look like.
Im preparing for my exam. Hopefully first thing in January :)

It is cake walk. the only things I would practice are your strokes for your stroke production exams, hit 30x-50 of each shot as practice if you can. Depending on your level that your going for you need to to score a 5/8 or 6/8 for professional and 8/8 on every shot for elite professional.

Chances are your tester may be laid back and give you extra chances to get the shots in until you hit said target #.

For the lesson portions of the exams if you have your USPTA online access watch the videos on the group lesson and private lessons so you know more or less what you should be paying attention to. the biggest thing is making sure you identify the problem, correct the problem, and give on court/off court homework to practice. also remember to mention X persons name as often as you can.

I would give practice lessons to friends or people at your club if you can to help get it down. The group and private lessons cannot be longer than 25 minutes, and you dont want to be under even by 1 minute
 
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