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About the PANRE: Summary of Exam Facts

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We can’t overstate the value of recertification and what it means for you as a PA-C designee. Many certified PAs like yourself report that continuing education and recertification helps them provide better care and increases confidence when treating patients. As you may know, PAs are required to take the Physician Assistant Recertification Exam (PANRE) during the final two years of the certification maintenance cycle. To help you prepare for this important exam, we’ve put together a summary of facts about the PANRE so you know what to expect.

1. PANRE Recertification

By the end of the sixth year (or tenth year) of the certification maintenance cycle, certified PAs must have passed a recertification exam. Offered at testing centers throughout the U.S., the PANRE is a multiple-choice exam that assesses general medical and surgical knowledge.

2. PANRE Eligibility

You are eligible to take the PANRE for recertification if you are:

  • are in the fifth or sixth year of the PA-C certification maintenance cycle, or
  • are in the ninth or tenth year of the PA-C certification maintenance cycle, depending on your recertification cycle

3. About the PANRE

  • The PANRE is a four-hour exam
  • Includes 240 multiple-choice questions
  • Questions are 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

4. PANRE Registration

The following are the requirements to register for the PANCE:

  • Register online at the NCCPA website
  • Submit payment of the $350 exam registration fee
  • 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
  • You may only take the PANRE once in any 90-day period (the 90-day limit on attempts will be waived when): 
    • There are fewer than 90 days left in the sixth or tenth year; and 
    • 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
    • Your exam application acknowledgment email will include these dates
    • 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

5. PANRE Resources

The following additional resources will give you an even deeper understanding of the PANRE exam and the NCCPA’s requirements for you as you prepare to maintain your certification, so feel free to explore them at your convenience.


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