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The PANCE board exam has a total of 300 questions, which are spread out over five sections of 60 questions. The way the testing is configured, you can take breaks between the sections (and we highly suggest taking a break in between), but the total break time cannot exceed 50 minutes. 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 qbank 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.
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.