You must submit an application and $550 payment in advance to take PANCE. You may schedule your exam anytime (depending on testing center availability) within the 180 day timeframe established for you based on your expected graduation date and the successful submission of all required materials to NCCPA. The five-hour PANCE exam includes 300 multiple-choice questions administered in five blocks of 60 questions with 60 minutes to complete each block. There is a total of 45 minutes allotted for breaks between blocks and you will be responsible for managing your break time. You will have 15 minutes to complete the PANCE tutorial.

**Before registering for PANCE, be sure to review the policies and procedures.


When registering for PANCE, please consider the following requirements:

  • NCCPA does not accept applications until 180 days prior to your expected program completion date (as provided by your program director). (As used here, "program completion date" is the date all requirements for graduation are completed as deemed by your program.)

  • The earliest date you'll be able to test is seven days after your program completion (provided your program director has confirmed your program completion date.) This date will be reflected in your exam application acknowledgement e-mail.

  • You have 180 days from the beginning of your exam timeframe to take the exam. These dates will be reflected in your exam application acknowledgement e-mail.

  • You may only take PANCE once in any 90-day period or three times in a calendar year.

  • There will be no testing between Dec. 18-31, 2021.

If there's any chance that you won't complete your PA program requirements on time, wait until you are confident of your program completion date before registering for the exam to avoid rescheduling fees.


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Questions about PANCE? Find answers to frequently asked questions.

Pearson VUE testing centers are located throughout the U.S. and other select countries. After registering for the exam and receiving your exam acknowledgement email, visit to schedule your exam date and for directions to testing centers in your area.

3/13/20: In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pearson VUE recently implemented safeguards to protect candidates in their testing centers. Additional information can be found here.

To view a tutorial of PANCE, go to

When preparing for PANCE, you will want to familiarize yourself with the content blueprint. Want to see what the PANCE is like and focus your exam preparation? Check out our Practice Exams.