About the PANRE®
Why Is the PANRE Required & Who Should Take It?
Certified PAs must pass the PANRE or complete the Physician Assistant National Recertifying Examination Longitudinal Assessment (PANRE-LA) requirements in order to maintain licensure with the NCCPA and continue practicing medicine. The overall purpose is to ensure PAs remain experts regarding ever-changing medical knowledge and practices. PAs must meet Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements in addition to passing the PANRE exam or completing all the PANRE-LA requirements.
When Is the PANRE required?
Physician assistants who decide to take the PANRE must pass their recertification exam every 10 years to keep their license. Candidates are eligible to take the PANRE when they are in their 9th or 10th year of the certification maintenance process. This process includes five, two-year cycles during which candidates must log 100 CME credits and submit their certification maintenance fee (by 11:59 p.m. PT on Dec. 31 of their certification expiration year).
How many questions are on the PANRE?
There are 240 questions on the PANRE. Each block consists of 60 multiple-choice questions, resulting in a required average completion rate of 1 problem per minute. To help you prepare, the UWorld PANRE QBank offers over 1,800 practice problems written in the exam’s format. As you get comfortable with the material, turn on the timer feature to limit yourself to the exam’s 1-question-per-minute rate. This will further reveal your preparedness for the exam and allow you to develop the stamina needed to succeed when it counts.
PANRE exam breaks
During your 5-hour testing block, you will receive 45 minutes of scheduled break time. When you complete a testing session, you will receive break instructions on your screen. Any time taken beyond your allotted break time will be deducted from your testing time, meaning your exam may close earlier than expected. Below are a few rules to remember when taking your breaks:
- During scheduled breaks, you may access personal items stored in your locker.
- During unscheduled breaks, you may not access cell phones, computers, exam notes, PDAs, study guides, books, or similar material that could assist you on the exam.
- During unscheduled breaks, you may access medication or food required at specific times with prior approval from the NCCPA.