PA-CAT Test Day

Taking the PA-CAT is an important step in your journey to becoming a Physician Assistant.

Note: It is important that you read and review all of the available information to ensure you have a positive, minimally stressful experience. We support your goal of helping to lead the future of healthcare in the United States.

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Arrive 30 Minutes Early

For the PA-CAT™, you will need to arrive at your scheduled Test Center 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. This will give you adequate time to complete the necessary sign-in procedures.  After you get settled in you will have 15 minutes to review the testing system and become familiar with it. This is an important opportunity to collect yourself, relax, and prepare yourself for the 240-item test.

Note: If you arrive more than 15 minutes late for an exam you will be denied admission, and you will also forfeit your PA-CAT Registration Fee and any other fees paid for optional services.

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Bring One Form of Valid Identification

You will not be admitted to the test without the following:
One form of original (no photocopies), valid (unexpired) ID — This should be a primary government-issued ID with name, photo, signature, and address matching the information used at time of registration. Examples of this include a federal-compliant driver’s license or a military ID.

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Prohibited Items

Please do not bring any prohibited items to the test center. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:

  • Food/snacks
  • Beverages
  • Books
  • Papers
  • Highlighters
  • Rulers
  • Notes
  • Earplugs
  • Calculators (including watch calculators)
  • Cell phones
  • Recording devices
  • Cameras
  • Headphones
  • Watches
  • Any other electronic devices or reference materials
  • Any hat with a bill or brim unless it is worn for a religious or medical reason that has been pre-approved by Prometric.
  • Any article of clothing, jewelry, or accessory containing any information (whether as a design or otherwise) that may be reasonably related to the assessment.

Need a special accommodation?
If you require an accommodation as an exception to any of the above items, you must submit a written request to PA-CAT Customer Relations providing the appropriate documentation explaining the need for this accommodation.

No access to personal items
You will NOT have access to any purses, cell phones, or backpacks during the exam. These items must be stored in a designated secure area provided at the Prometric Test Center. All electronic devices must be turned off while in the secure area. If your cell phone rings or makes any noise while in the secure area, your test will be invalidated and your testing fees will not be refunded. If, at the rest break, you must access a personal item, such as an item needed to take to a restroom, this is allowed. However, if you access any other prohibited item from the secure area (cell phone, backpack, study notes, etc.), your test will be invalidated and your testing fees will not be refunded. If you access, check, or turn on your cell phone at any time during your test session (including during your break), your test will be invalidated and your testing fees will not be refunded.

If you are found to have violated the prohibited items policy in any way, your PA-CAT scores will be invalidated, no refunds will be issued, and you will not be allowed to transfer to a different testing window.

Neither Exam Master, its affiliated companies, agents, contractors, nor the Prometric Test Centers assume responsibility for the theft, loss, or damage to any prohibited electronic device or other personal property brought into the testing center or left in your car.

Find Out About

Prometric Test Center

What to Bring
Prohibited Items
Rules and Sign-In Procedures
During the Test
Test Center Closings and Delayed Starting Times
Test Administration Concerns

The PA-CAT

Why The PA-CAT?
PA-CAT Exam Format
PA-CAT Exam Content
PA-CAT Cognitive Levels

Helpful Resources

PA-CAT Exam Format
PA-CAT Exam Content
Sample Content
Cognitive Levels

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