So you failed the PANCE or PANRE

So you failed the PANCE or PANRE.  

Or perhaps you failed it more than once. First, take a deep breath. I have personally successfully tutored over 50 PA students and practicing PAs who failed (sometimes two or three times), and they turned out to be terrific physician assistants. Don’t feel isolated, because you’re not the only one and help is here.

When preparing to retake of PANCE or PANRE, it can be difficult to determine where to start.

This guide is designed to help you develop a plan for preparing to successfully retake the PANCE or PANRE. 

Step 1: Get back to the basics

There are no shortcuts to passing – it’s going to take some hard work, but it will definitely pay off. Start at the beginning of pathophysiology and physiology and build up to the more advanced subjects. In my experience, the successful students and medical professionals don’t just memorize the material, rather, they know some good basics and then develop a diagnostic tool that ensures that they are well-prepared to pass the exam.  

STEP 2: Review your performance

As you progress through the material, the next step is to identify your strong and weak areas by taking practice exams. When designing your retake plan, we suggest starting with the areas in which you clearly underperformed. Be very careful that you do not ignore your stronger areas entirely; otherwise, you may find that you have just substituted weak areas for previously strong areas.

We suggest that you build practice exams that focus on each of the 13 subjects.  Go through each subject and take a practice test focused on that subject.  Stick with that subject and try to obtain at least 78% - 82% on each subject prior to moving on. 

Multiple choice answer technique is also a very important skill that may need to be improved. 

STEP 3: Timing is everything

This could be the most important point.  Don’t wait too long to start preparing for your retake because momentum is critical. The earlier you start, the less invasive the study becomes in both your home and work life. Time is of the essence, so get back up on the saddle! 

We wish you all the best in achieving a successful result in your exam retake. 

If you are interested in working with us, we have had tremendous success with dozens of students and medical professionals that failed the exam. Please feel free to sign-up for our low-priced online audio/visual tutoring course for either the PANCE or the PANRE

Also, please feel free to email us to learn more or ask a question: Private tutoring hours may also be added to your study plan on request.