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Practice Exams

Need assistance in preparing for PANCE or PANRE? Get help directly from the source!

NCCPA offers Practice Exams to assist PAs in the preparation for PANCE and PANRE. They help PAs assess their relative strengths and weaknesses, to direct their study efforts and to familiarize themselves with the types of questions they'll see on the actual certifying examinations.

Practice Exam QuestionsWhat you need to know...
How many exams are available to purchase? 4 Exams
  • 2 PANCE
  • 2 PANRE
How many questions are included in each exam? 120 questions per exam
How many times can I purchase each exam? Unlimited
Cost $35 per exam (note: can take exam(s) one time per purchase, but can purchase as many times as you want)
How long do I have to complete the exam once I purchase it? 180 days; may repurchase after you complete it or after 180 days lapse
Can I get a refund if I don’t take it in the 180 day window? No refunds will be permitted if the 180 day window lapses. If you need to reset the 180 day window, please contact NCCPA before the 180th day, and you will not be charged.
If I retake the same exam will it always have the same questions? You may see slight differences when retaking a practice exam form, as they are refreshed periodically with the most current information.
Will I receive individual question results?

No, a Performance Profile will be given after the completion of the practice exam. This will give you insight related to your relative strengths and weaknesses in the content areas.

If you registered for a Practice Exam after Jan. 1, 2014,click hereto view a sample performance profile.

If you registered for a Practice Exam before 2014,click hereto view a sample performance profile.

*The Practice Exams are compatible with PCs but may not be compatible with MACs unless using Mozilla Firefox as your browser.

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Disclaimer for NCCPA Practice Exams

The NCCPA Practice Exam is provided for educational purposes only. It is not intended to predict your performance on PANCE, and you should not interpret your results as a prediction of PANCE performance. The results may assist you in identifying possible strengths or weaknesses in the various content areas that make up the PANCE blueprints. 

The content blueprint for PANCE is used as a guideline when items are selected for the Practice Exams.  However, because the Practice Exam has fewer items than PANCE, the content areas contain a smaller number of items than on PANCE. For example, approximately 3% of the PANCE content blueprint is comprised of hematology questions.  Thus, on the 120-question Practice Exam, there would be only 3 to 4 questions in this content area. It is important to keep in mind that performance on a small number of items is less reliable than with a larger number of items. Your performance is based on the limited number of items sampled in the Practice Exam and should not be used as a predictor of actual performance on PANCE.

The performance feedback provided on the Practice Exam is based on the last time the questions were administered before they were retired. Thus, the feedback may not reflect how the test questions would perform if administered on a current administration of PANCE. The yellow area in he overall performance bar provides an indication of a borderline candidate’s performance on the Practice Exam. The horizontal black bar is your performance band on your overall performance on the Practice Exam. Each test question counts equally towards your overall performance. The larger content areas contain more questions and thus contribute more to your overall score on the Practice Exam, as well as on PANCE.

In the content areas, the overall length of the bar is representative of the percentage of content coverage on the exam blueprint. Thus, the larger content areas, such as cardiovascular and pulmonary, have longer bars.  The vertical black line in each content area represents the mean performance of the test questions when they were last administered on PANCE. The asterisk represents your mean performance on the test questions in each content area.