Mini Post: My PANCE Study Schedule

Every student during PA school is mentally preparing themselves for the motherload of all PA exams…the PANCE. This 5 hour, 300 question mega exam is the cherry on top of the 500 exams (ok maybe not that many…) you take through your PA student career. This ultimate exam is what crowns you with that coveted “PA-C”.

So how does one even begin to study for this beast? Well, I haven’t started that yet so I can’t exactly tell you, but what I can do is show you the little study schedule I whipped up and will be implemented starting January 1st!

So as promised, here is my study schedule:

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And no, it was not a coincidence that “anxiety” landed on the first day of my studying schedule


My schedule is based on my PACKRAT score (basically a practice version of PANCE that tells me what areas I need to work on) + the breakdown % of body systems on the PANCE + the specific diseases that the NCCPA puts out which you can find here.

I also formulated my schedule around a large summative exam in March (why I pushed cards, pulm, & GI to the front of the calendar) and my End of Rotation (EOR) exams I have every 8 weeks.

And the first place I am going to start when studying is to head over to a wonderful PA’s blog page…The PA Platform. Savannah has wonderful advice and tips for studying!

In addition, I will be utilizing PANCE Prep Pearls, A Comprehensive Review For the Certification and Recertification Examinations for Physician Assistants, Picmonic , OnlineMedEd, Kaplan QBank, & Sketchy Medical to name a few!

Happy studying, friends!


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