Offered at testing centers throughout the U.S., the multiple choice Physician Assistant National Recertifying Examination (PANRE) assesses general medical and surgical knowledge.

PAs are eligible to take PANRE during the final two years of the certification maintenance cycle.

**PAs may take PANRE up to two times in the ninth year and up to three times in the tenth year, with a maximum of four total attempts.

PANRE Registration

Eligible PAs can register for PANRE online; the exam registration fee is $350. You may schedule your exam anytime (depending on testing center availability) within the 180-day timeframe established for you to take the exam based on the successful submission of all required materials to NCCPA. The four-hour PANRE examination includes 240 multiple-choice questions administered in four 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 PANRE tutorial.

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


When registering for PANRE, please consider the following requirements:

  • You may only take PANRE once in any 90-day period. (The 90-day limit on PANRE attempts will be waived when (1) there are fewer than 90 days left in the tenth year and (2) you have not already exhausted all PANRE attempts available for the year. In such cases, one final attempt to pass the exam will be permitted.)     

  • You have up to 180 days from the beginning of your exam timeframe to take the exam. These dates will be reflected in your exam application acknowledgment email.

  • If you apply late in your sixth year, your timeframe will be shorter than 180 days, ending the last test date prior to your certification's expiration.

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


Questions about the PANRE? 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 www.pearsonvue.com/nccpa 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 PANRE, go to www.pearsonvue.com/nccpa.

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

Sign in to your personal certification record to register for PANRE.