From the first day of PA school, you are fully aware that boards will be necessary at the end to practice as a Physician Assistant. Although some people wait until after school to buckle down and study exclusively for the PANCE, I think it's best to start studying from day 1. All of the tests during didactic year and clinical year are important, but that last test is the MOST important.
I'm really excited to be able to share an awesome resource when it comes to studying for the PANCE - the PANCE/PANRE Study Guide and Review Course. There are so many aspects to this that will be helpful to every kind of learner.
The Study Guide - When studying for this all important test, you want to make the most of your time and focus on high yield material. The Study Guide is a 109 page PDF that focuses on everything you need to know. It's short and sweet, and to the point. It's essential that you are able to recognize buzzwords and match them with diagnosis, imaging, or treatment. For example sausage mass on palpation in a pediatric patient should automatically make you think of intussusception. This is the resource you need to focus your brain on what you NEED to know. If you just want the guide, you can download the study guide for 9.99.
Online Content - For the review program , you log in, and are able to access a ton of content. The course is organized based on the NCCPA Blueprint, so again, the focus is everything you actually need to know. In each section, you'll find an introductory video, the NCCPA Blueprint information for that section, the percentage it is on the PANCE, an audio review section, the PANCE Study Guide for that section, quizzes, flash cards, and more review material. Basically, there's a little bit of everything and the material is reviewed in multiple ways.
Quizzes - There are different options available when it comes to the quizzes. There are basic ones that just ask pretty straightforward questions and some situational ones, and then there are buzzword matching ones. Practicing actual questions is the best thing you can do because you are testing your understanding and knowledge. Knowing buzzwords for the PANCE is also necessary. Like other standardized tests, there is strategy involved, not just knowledge. I was reminded just how much I don't remember from school after taking just 2 quizzes.
So why should you invest in this review course? Well, if you don't pass your boards, you get a full refund. That's a pretty bold promise. There's a free trial available that still has a ton of valuable knowledge, so you can try it and see if it would work for you. For lifetime access, it's $199 (and there's a discount below!), and you get access to so much knowledge. And that means you can start it the day you start school and use it throughout your program. This is a resource that I will use to stay up to date on the material I need to know and I plan on using it when I have to recert. The creators have worked really hard to make this an all-inclusive study guide, and I think they have succeeded.
I think if I was using this today to study, I would do a practice quiz, then read through the study material, listen to the audio review, and then take more quizzes. It's basically everything I did to prepare for PANCE 2 years ago, just in one source instead of multiple books.