PANCE Board Review Questions and Practice Tests
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Key PANCE Board Review Features
PANCE Board Review Topics Covered:
- Biostatistics/General Principals
- Diseases of the Blood and Blood-Forming Organs
- Symptoms, Signs, and Ill-defined Conditions
- Congenital Anomalies
- Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System and Connective Tissue
- Gynecologic, Obstetric and Disorders of Reproduction
- Biology of Tissue Response to Disease
- Human Development and Genetics
- Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat
- Infectious and Parasitic Diseases
- Behavioral, Cultural, Ethics, Environmental and Psychosocial
- Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders
- Gastrointestinal and Nutrition
- Multisystem Processes
- Neurologic System
- Microbial Biology and Infection
- Immune System
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Injury and Poisoning
About the PANCE Exam
Upon graduating from an accredited physician assistant program, you may take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE), which assess basic medical and surgical knowledge.
The 2018 Overall PANCE Pass Rate was 97%.
What topics are covered on the PANCE exam blueprint?
According to the NCCPA Content Blueprint for the PANCE, the following topics are covered:
Medical Content Categories
- Cardiovascular System 13%
- Dermatologic System 5%
- Endocrine System 7%
- Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat 7%
- Gastrointestinal System/Nutrition 9%
- Genitourinary System (Male and Female) 5%
- Hematologic System 5%
- Infectious Diseases 6%
- Musculoskeletal System 8%
- Neurologic System 7%
- Psychiatry/Behavioral Science 6%
- Pulmonary System 10%
- Renal System 5%
- Reproductive System (Male and Female) 7%
- History Taking and Performing Physical Examination 17%
- Using Diagnostic and Laboratory Studies 12%
- Formulating Most Likely Diagnosis 18%
- Managing Patients
- Health Maintenance, Patient Education, and Preventive Measures 10%
- Clinical Intervention 14%
- Pharmaceutical Therapeutics 14%
- Applying Basic Scientific Concepts 10%
- Professional Practice 5%
How long is the PANCE exam?
The PANCE is a five-hour exam that has a total of 300 MCQ's, which are spread out over five sections of 60 items with 60 minutes to complete each section.
Please note: With the way the exam is configured, examinees are allotted a total of 45 minutes of break time so you can take breaks between the sections (and we highly suggest taking a break in between). The examinee will be responsible for managing their own break time.
PANCE Questions & Answers, PANCE Tips & Tricks
Our PANCE question bank attempts to follow the format of five options per question, though you will find a few that only have four choices, specifically where we found it appropriate to limit the options and provide explanations for why each one is incorrect.
"Be careful on the pharma questions…" we hear from students over and over to know which drugs not to give, in which situations, and what the potential side effects and complications are. PANCE has a very high emphasis on patient safety and anyone preparing for this exam should keep this in mind. Our question bank has several blocks of questions that cover this content area specifically. Specifically, focus on CV drugs, neuro/psych drugs, and antimicrobials. Also, spend time on EKGS (our question bank has several good EKG questions to focus on). Don’t try to memorize the information – try to gain understanding instead.
What to Focus On
Also, make sure to focus on the systems with the higher percentages of exam content. (For example, we’ve heard that the Hematologic questions can be really tough, but it’s only a small percentage of the exam, so focus more on areas like Cardiovascular, GI, and Musculoskeletal)
Finally, remember to RELAX. After you’ve drilled thousands of questions, and studied the topics, you really are ready. The vast majority of our students pass, so take comfort in knowing that you’ll be well prepared. Our average score in the question bank is below 60%, but nearly everyone passes, so that should help give you a benchmark. Also, use our flagging system to track questions that are particularly difficult so that you have a good review session 1.5 - 2 weeks before the exam.