Tips on Passing the PANCE and PANRE Exams

The Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) and Physician Assistant National Recertifying Exam (PANRE) can be intimidating tests. The PANCE is composed of 300 multiple-choice questions completed over five hours, while the PANRE is four hours long and composed of 240 multiple-choice questions.

It is important to understand the components of the test and the number of questions to expect from each topic. Be sure to study each topic; however, focusing more time on heavier-weighted subjects will yield the best results.

The following is a breakdown of the percentage of exam content on each subject.

– Cardiovascular: 16%
– Pulmonary: 12%
– Gastrointestinal/Nutritional: 10%
– Musculoskeletal: 10%
– Ears/Eyes/Nose/Throat: 9%
– Reproductive: 8%
– Endocrine: 6%
– Genitourinary: 6%
– Neurologic System: 6%
– Psychiatry: 6%
– Dermatology: 5%
– Hematologic: 3%
– Infectious Diseases: 3%
Another way of breaking down the test is below.
– Formulating most likely diagnosis: 18%
– Pharmaceutical therapeutics: 18%
– History taking & physical exams: 16%
– Using laboratory & diagnostic studies: 14%
– Clinical intervention: 14%
– Health maintenance: 10%
– Applying basic science concepts: 10%

The key to doing well on the exam is simple: Practice Questions (and lots of them!). Click here for 1400 of them. Whether you choose to do this on your own, through online or printed material, or through a review course is up to you. The format isn’t important — getting used to the style and content of the questions is what really matters.
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