How to Schedule Your PANCE and PANRE


Is PA school coming to an end and you are confused about the process to take your PANCE?! We got you covered.

3 months before you finish PA school you can schedule your boards!

What do you have to do to schedule the PANCE? Your PA program and the NCCPA will start the process for you. 90 days before your program ends, you will get an email from the NCCPA saying you are eligible to schedule your boards.

You will click the link in the email they provide you and enter your registration information as well as pay $475 for the exam. They will process this information and your payment. The NCCPA say it could take a few weeks to process, however it realistically will happen in only a few days.

Once the information is processed, you will get another email saying you can schedule the PANCE! The earliest you will be able to schedule the test is 7 days after you graduate from PA school. The PANCE and PANRE are taken at Pearson VUE Testing centers. There are many of these centers around the United States so you should be able to find one near you.

Click the link in the email you receive from the NCCPA once your payment and registration are processed, select a testing center and select your date! You will receive an email confirmation from the NCCPA and Pearson VUE center. You can reschedule your exam if you want, but it must be done at least 24 business hours prior to the exam or you will lose the exam fee. There is no penalty for rescheduling before 24 hours.

Now you have about 3 months to prepare for the exam! Read, take practice questions, take a PA board review course etc. You can also check out my article on pance and panre study tips. You can access a tutorial of the PANCE here:

On the exam day, arrive at the Pearson VUE center at least 30 minutes prior to your test. There are other people at the testing center that need to get checked into take their test, so showing up the moment your test starts will make you late. Sometimes I read “arrive 30 minutes early” as a loose suggestion, so I arrive 5 minutes early. However, in this case, I would actually recommend arriving at least 30 minutes early. I was surprised I had to wait 20 minutes to get checked in. Keep in mind that at the Pearson VUE center, there are people taking all different types of tests. Not everyone there will be prospective physician assistants.

You will need 2 forms of identification to take the exam. They will give you ear muffs or ear plugs, a dry erase board and dry erase marker. To be honest, I requested both the ear muffs and ear plugs. If you are anything like me, you’ll be unlucky enough to sit next to the girl taking a speed typing test who happens to have a cold.

Finally, relax and rock that PANCE!

For more information regarding the content of PANCE or PANRE itself, scores and the next steps see:


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