I'm down to the wire of finishing my PA degree and
the PANCE is looming with a mere 17 days left for me to cram. How do you study
for the PANCE? Because I haven't yet passed, don't take all this advice too
seriously but I'll elaborate a bit on what I think is helpful:
early. My school has over a month of built-in PANCE prep with lectures and
practice exams so we had an earlier start than many programs.
to the blueprint. The NCCPA will become your best friend and I've been told
that really adhering to blueprint content is your ticket to passing.
try to understand, just memorize. If you start early enough, you may have time
to memorize complex patho concepts but the reality is the PANCE is a lot of pattern recognition so if you learn a
lot of key terms it can be much more efficient than trying to re-learn
everything you missed in your didactic year.
practice exams all the time. The biggest thing that has helped me improve on my
Packrat is practice questions because you start seeing the same questions over
and over. I never sit down to study without doing at least 50 practice
questions. I use PAEasy and Kaplan which I bought with 5 other classmates.
Kaplan is really tough and I highly recommend it if you can get some folks to
split the hefty $200 cost. Another good option is the Lange practice questions
either as an iPad app or in book/CD-ROM form. Our school has a Packrat built in
every week and I've improved each time.
to podcasts when you work out or drive.
your practice book everywhere. My favorite is A Comprehensive Review for the Certification
and Recertification Examinations by
O'Connell. I also use First Aid for the Family Medicine boards. I have a couple
others but you really just need a few. If you memorize everything in these you
would totally pass.
stuff down. This helps me because it makes me slow down and realize what I'm
reading. I have a notebook I have taken all my PANCE notes in from said review
books. I overdosed on flashcards in
didactic so I gave up on that medium.
a life and don't freak out. I'm a super busy person and the looming PANCE
hasn't stopped me from going to see Hunger Games, spending time with friends,
enjoying the holidays or cooking comfort foods. It's just a test and the worst that can happen is I fail and lose $400
and have to wait 90 days. That's really NOT
the end of the world.