Alternative to PANRE: A Pilot Program

The following information is for PAs who are registered to take the pilot beginning January 2019. Continue to check back often as we will be updating this page when information becomes available. (The pilot application registration window closed June 30.)

About the Pilot Program

The pilot will begin in January 2019. PAs participating in this pilot program will answer 25 test questions each quarter for two years - January 2019 through December 2020. The questions can be answered all at once or throughout the quarter.

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These multiple choice questions (developed by PA colleagues) will assess core medical knowledge, the knowledge all PAs maintain regardless of the specialty or setting in which they work. Pilot participants are encouraged to answer the questions without consulting references to help identify any knowledge gaps.

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You'll receive immediate feedback on whether you got the question right or wrong and why the right answer was the best choice. You'll also see a list of references on the topic. Four short questions will be presented after each response that will assist us with our analysis after the pilot is complete. 

Just as we do with PANCE, PANRE and our CAQs, NCCPA is convening a diverse group of practicing PAs to help determine the passing standard for this pilot assessment. Because this is a new assessment, we need to reach a sufficient sample size to gather data before the final passing determination can be made. As with all other NCCPA exams, a content-based standard (also called a criterion referenced standard) will be set for this assessment. If everyone meets that standard, everyone will pass.

If your certification expires on December 31, 2018, you must complete your CME and fee requirements by the end of the year. Once you have completed this, your certification will be updated through December 31, 2019. If you complete all of the pilot requirements in 2019, your certification will be updated through December 31, 2020 so that you may proceed with the second year of the pilot in 2020.

If your certification expires on December 31, 2019, you must complete your CME, fee requirements and all pilot questions for the year by the end of 2019. Once you have completed all requirements, your certification will be updated through December 31, 2020 so that you may proceed with the second year of the pilot in 2020.

Exam Content Blueprint

The Exam Content Blueprint is a great tool for preparing for the exam. It provides information on how exam questions are allocated within the content categories and the level at which each diseases and disorders will be assessed.

**Review the pilot content blueprint.

Other Resources

You are encouraged to read the policies and procedures before the exam window opens in January.

**Review the pilot policies and procedures.

We will provide a tutorial, dates and deadlines for all the quarters, system requirements and more in late October/early November, so be sure to check back often.

If you have a question that we haven't answered here, check our FAQ page or email us at