Hi, everyone! There have been several questions about taking the PANCE lately, so I want to add my experience in the hopes that it will help those who are preparing for it. I just took it a couple weeks ago, so the experience is still fresh on my mind.
I took a couple of months after I finished school to study before I sat for the exam. I think that for me, it was good timing, though two months may be too long for others. I used two main resources: PANCE Prep Pearls and Rosh Review. I like both of those and found them to compliment one another well. I also used Anki for making flashcards, and I listened to podcasts from physicianassistantexamreview.com over all the body systems that I scored low in. Highly recommend! Additionally, I took the two NCCPA practice exams to gauge my progress. They're $50 each, so not cheap, but it was worth it to me to make sure I was on the right track.
Before I started studying, I made a calendar that mapped out what I needed to study each week in order to fit everything in. A couple of friends and I got together over Zoom in the mornings to study, and then in the afternoons we studied individually. The accountability of having others who knew my study schedule and expected me to be on our calls was really helpful. Study time was six days a week (I took Sundays off).
On the two days right before the exam, I didn't study at all but gave my brain a break to rest up for the PANCE "marathon". It was tempting to want to cram in a few last-minute things, but I decided not to, following the advice of Brian Wallace, the host of physicianassistantexamreview.com. He only recommends one day off beforehand, but I went ahead and took two just because one of those days was really busy with other things.
On the morning of the exam, I got to the testing center and did their check-in process (wearing a mask, of course). The exam has 5 sections with 60 questions each, and you get a break between sections. Toward the middle to end of the second section, my mind started wandering off and I had to stop and refocus. Same thing happened with the last section. I finished each part with a few minutes left on the clock. Some questions were super basic, and some were a lot more challenging. There were a few that I had to completely guess on.
After the exam, you have to wait up to two weeks to get your score back. My score report actually came in 3 days; I don't know if that's normal. And I passed! Not with as high a score as I had hoped, but passing is all that really matters.
So that's my story. I hope it's helpful.
Hi! I was recently accepted into a program that I didn't think I would be too fond of, but I ended up falling in love with the program! I am interviewing at my original top choice on the 13th, and I have been having a hard time deciding what school I would choose if I were to get in to this other program as well. I would love to hear what current students think. School A (the one I have already been accepted to) is a 1 hour commute, ( I can't afford to move or get an apartment, I am lucky enough to live with my boyfriend who pays the mortgage). This is the biggest downside to this school. I don't know how commuting an hour both ways, 5 days a week, will work with the course load. School B is a 30 minute commute. School A is also about $15,000 more expensive. The reason I justify price is that this program is 28 months, which is 4 months longer than school B (where I am interviewing on the 13th). I love that the clinical rotations are 5 weeks, instead of 4 at school B. There are also 2 elective clinical sites and school A, as opposed to only 1 at school B. They are both very new programs so they're pretty comparable when it comes to everything else that I've looked into!
So my questions are:
1. If you have a long commute to your PA program, do you regret it/how do you like it?
2. Will 1 additional week in each clinical site and 1 additional elective make a difference/ is it worth the $15,000 additional?
3. Will I get to the 24 month point at school A and wish that I went to school B so that I could be finished already?
Thank you so much for any input you all can provide!!
So I was browsing MUSC's website, and noticed that they had a 86% PANCE pass rate in 2019 compared to being in the high 90s the other four years. Does anyone know why the number dropped so significantly? It was 98% in 2018 and 2017. Can anyone share insight if there were any problems with the curriculum that cycle?
I have a non-complete application from the previous year that I never paid any fees for. I was looking to see how the process was like before applying this year. Does this non-complete application count as an previous application attempt for the PA schools?
Or does the fact that the application was never fully completed mean that none of the schools know that I am trying again this year for the PA application cycle.
Asking because some of the schools question whether or not you have previously applied to the school.
Any advice appreciated. Thank you.