PA-CAT COVID-19 Updates
Important Updates About the PA-CAT & COVID-19
As the entire world copes with the detrimental impacts of COVID-19, Exam Master shares the deep concerns of students and educators about the effect that the crisis will have on the current and upcoming admissions cycle. We are working tirelessly with our partners at Prometric Testing Centers and clients at PA programs across the country to ensure that students are able to take the PA-CAT safely starting May 1, 2020.
We will continue to provide updates about the PA-CAT here.
More than 90% of Prometric’s global test center network has resumed operations since having to close for the COVID-19 pandemic. Candidates continue to have the option to take the PA-CAT exam via Prometric’s live remote proctoring system until further. We recommend that test takers schedule as early as possible to ensure seat availability for remote or test center exam delivery.
For modified in-center procedures, please see below:
COVID-19 Strategies: provides the most current information on Prometric’s operation status and safety measures.
Site Openings List: provides a running list of all of our current open/scheduled-to-open sites and their resumption test date. This list is updated daily to reflect any changes in status, and will be evaluated for further additions on a rolling basis.
Test Center Policies: provides a detailed look at our standard and social distancing policies and test center procedure modifications that candidates are expected to follow while at the test center.
For additional questions, please contact us.
The PA-CAT program officially launched May 1, 2020. Several hundred candidates have registered for the PA-CAT and many have taken the exam already. Since kicking off during the pandemic, throughout the crisis, the PA-CAT program has continued for both candidates and programs. Our easy to use registration and scheduling process provides candidates the opportunity to register quickly and devote most of their time to preparing for the PA-CAT using our free PA-CAT resources.
Due to restrictions of COVID-19 pandemic being lifted in certain areas, Prometric Testing Centers have resumed testing in test centers where possible and are continuing to monitor local and federal governance. They have implemented modified in-center procedures based on governmental ordinances and advice from the CDC and WHO.
PA-CAT candidates continue to have the option to take the PA-CAT via Prometric’s secure live proctor until further notice. Candidates are encouraged to schedule to take the PA-CAT as soon as possible to ensure the virtual opportunity to take the test.
For modified in-center procedures, please see below.
· COVID-19 Strategies: provides the most current information on Prometric’s operation status and safety measures.
· Site Openings List: provides a running list of all current open/scheduled-to-open sites and their resumption test date. This list is updated daily to reflect any changes in status, and will be evaluated for further additions on a rolling basis.
· Social Distancing Policies: provides a detailed look at Prometric’s standard and social distancing policies and test center procedure modifications that candidates are expected to follow while at the test center
· Test-Taker FAQ: provides answers to frequently asked questions candidates might have about impacts to their exam.
For additional questions, please contact us.
To protect the health of PA school candidates, and to assist candidates and PA programs with meeting their admission timelines, we will be adding the option to take the PA-CAT exam through Prometric’s secure remote proctor. We are working on implementing scheduling for remote testing and will follow-up with another email when it is open. Remote Testing will be available starting May 1st. If you already scheduled your exam at a Prometric testing center you will be able to reschedule your test date to test remotely.
We have worked with Prometric to provide a remote proctoring option for the PA-CAT. Scheduling for remote live proctoring is now open, with testing beginning May 1st.
To schedule to take the PA-CAT remotely, and to ensure that your computer meets the technical requirements of Prometric’s live remote proctoring platform visit www.prometric.com/emc. We recommend scheduling to take the PA-CAT exam as early in the cycle as possible to ensure seat availability. Registrants who already have an appointment to take the PA-CAT may reschedule their appointment to take the exam remotely.
For any additional questions, please contact us.
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