Physician Assistant College Admissions Test (PA-CAT)Helping PA programs and their students succeed.
For the 2017-18 cycle, 27,370 individuals applied to PA school. PA programs face tremendous challenges in identifying the most qualified applicants. The PA-CAT™ has been developed to help with this challenge and to provide applicants with a way to demonstrate their academic preparedness for PA school.
About the PA-CAT
The Physician Assistant College Admission Test (PA-CAT) is a specialized test that is designed to measure applicant knowledge and application in key prerequisite science subjects typically required for PA school. The PA-CAT measures general academic ability and scientific knowledge necessary for success in the demanding Physician Assistant curriculum. The PA-CAT has been developed specifically for use by PA educators and admissions experts as part of a holistic admissions process.
Facts About the PA-CAT
- 240-item assessment covering 9 science subject areas
- Field-tested with over 1700 examinees at 36 PA programs
- Available May of 2020 at over 5,000 Prometric testing centers
- Cost: $228 (includes the test center fee for standard administration)
- Includes available free practice test
Register and Schedule
Individuals applying to PA schools that require or recommend the PA-CAT for admissions consideration should register and schedule their test early in the application process. Registration involves purchasing a ticket to take the test and then the candidate schedules the exam at a testing center convenient to them. It is recommended that applicants register for the PA-CAT 4-6 weeks before they intend to take the test. A free PA-CAT practice test, including detailed question rationales for extra study, is available to all candidates.
For the 2019–2020 testing cycle, the standard administration of the PA-CAT will occur on a continuous schedule starting May 1, 2020.
The PA-CAT program impacts and benefits a number of stakeholders in the PA educational community. Through this website and through links to important documents, forms and information, we have made every effort to provide all PA-CAT stakeholders the information they need to understand and benefit from this program.
About Exam Master
Exam Master has been supporting the health profession education and training since 1994. For the last 15 years we have been actively involved in meeting the needs of the PA education community. From admissions readiness to pre-matriculation to board preparation, our goal is to support the students and their educators in a profession that is critical to our healthcare system.
Exam Master has been supporting health professions education and training since 1994. From admissions readiness to pre-matriculation to board preparation, our goal is to support the students and their educators in professions critical to our healthcare system.
Exam Master would like to thank Julie Kinzel and the students at Drexel University's PA program for allowing us to capture their students in action, on their way to becoming PAs!
Pictures courtesy of Julie Kinzel and the students at Drexel University PA.