I took the exam 2 days ago and am anxiously awaiting the results. I thought it was very difficult and much harder than those in the past. Mine had 240 questions. I studied for about 6 months and concentrated on cardio, pulm, GI, ortho, and renal. The questions were very complicated. I specialize so it's always a challenge to relearn everything. It's extremely concerning that the NCCPA scored so many people incorrectly- without this forum, I don't think we'd know the extent of it.
Sorry I have been out of the loop, but what actually happened with all the people who were told they failed the test and didn't actually fail it. Did NCCPA do anything to compensate you? Reassure you? Anything at all?
Because it is my understanding that even the specialty versions are basically MOSTLY the primary care version with a small percent of specialty specific questions tossed in. If this is so... then you would still need to know the primary care stuff to comfortably pass anyway.
Do a search here about the new content and find specific discussion/complaints about the mix of questions in these "specialty" exams that are apparently mostly (?~60-75%?) primary care to get a idea of what we are speaking to.
friend of mine is a hospitalist PA. he failed miserably as well. after months of studying and lost sleep, he recieved a letter from NCCPA that there was an error in a number of test that were graded, and that he had infact passed the test. don't stop looking until you have an ansewer. the NCCPA is not our friend.
I'm just finding this thread (I read the entire 11 pages) and I'm totally flabbergasted. I'm a PA student preparing for the PANCE, and seeing this makes me horrified for our profession. How can a professional testing organization make this mistake and send out the form letter retracting these failures months later and act like everything is alright????? Someone pointed out that if this was the USMLE, there would be hell to pay. How were people compensated after this????? Will AAPA get involved?????? WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING, Y'ALL. I know the AAPA is not the best org, but I will join because I believe in organization and it is *our* organization (for better or for worse) & I believe that an organization is only as strong as the fire put under its a&* by the rank and file. What should we do????
I'd like to know how we as members of the AAPA can pressure the leadership to take action on these issues. I don't yet understand how the AAPA works and right now I'm focused on finishing school and becoming a good clinician, so I'm not sure I'll be too active for several years. But I hope down the line to be more active in my state and national group. I come from a community organizing and labor organizing background, where pressure on city government and company management did actually make a difference. We won real victories that would not have happened without serious organizing and pressure campaigns with real demands. In the words of the great freedom fighter Frederick Douglass: "Power concedes nothing without a demand."