PA-CAT: Registration and Scheduling

Your first step to becoming a PA!

Taking the PA-CAT™ is a smart move. The PA-CAT helps PA school applicants demonstrate their academic preparedness for the demanding PA curriculum.

Registering and scheduling for the PA-CAT is a two-step process:


1. Purchase and Register for the PA-CAT.

Purchase and Register for the PA-CAT by selecting the Purchase & Register button below. Registration requires Exam Master to collect certain candidate personal information for purposes of testing center verification and score reporting.  See a copy of our privacy policy here.

2. Schedule to take the PA-CAT

Using the information collected by Exam Master during the registration phase, candidates will schedule to take the PA-CAT via the Prometric testing center or via ProProctor, Prometric’s live proctoring system.

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 Early

Register early, as seating is on a first-come, first-served basis for scheduling at a Prometric Test Center.  Candidates must register at least 30 days prior to their desired test date.  If you meet the “Registration and Schedule” deadline, you will likely get your preferred testing date, time, and location; however, there is no guarantee.

Proceed through the on-screen instructions to select your testing date, time, and location. Please take sufficient time to carefully read the check-in policy and the cancellation policy.

We strongly suggest that you review the Prometric Testing Tutorial and Practice Test prior to testing at a Prometric Test Center.

Special Accommodations

Special Accommodations are provided to eligible candidates on a prior-approval basis.  Special accommodations typically involve providing candidates who have special needs additional test time, with 1.5x and 2x the normal testing time the most common.  The purpose of this program is to ensure that no candidate with a verified disability is prevented from having an opportunity to sit for the PA-CAT in a way that is non-discriminatory.

For the protection of the integrity of the PA-CAT, and to ensure its reliability for both candidates and participating programs, a special approval process is needed for anyone wishing to request special accommodations.  More information on the special accommodations program including an application form is available here.

PA-CAT Fee Waivers and Adjustments

Exam Master recognizes that there are some qualified applicants to PA school who, through no fault of their own, may be classified as “economically disadvantaged” or who otherwise have special economic needs.  Exam Master is developing a program to assist these individuals with either full or partial fee waivers.  This needs-based program is designed to ensure that no aspiring physician assistant candidate is denied an opportunity to apply to PA school.

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.

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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!

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