On November 3, PAEA will publish the 22nd version of PACKRAT™, the Physician Assistant Clinical Knowledge Rating and Assessment Tool. This updated version ensures that students can assess their knowledge on the most up-to-date standards and medications. The tool is compliant with DSM-5 and JNC-8 guidelines. No changes were made to the blueprint or topic list for this version.
PACKRAT is a self-assessment tool for students and programs that is created new each year by a team of experts in PA education. Each exam version is extensively peer-reviewed to ensure it is rigorous and appropriate for PA students. It consists of 225 multiple-choice questions that cover the core clinical areas and can be administered in a proctored or unproctored environment.
All PACKRAT administrations scheduled to be taken after November 3 will be transitioned to the new version. National statistics for the new version will be available on the PACKRAT website and on score reports after 300 exams have been administered. Version 21 will remain available as a back-up for retesting purposes, but version 20 will no longer be available.
Please contact exams@PAEAonline.org with any questions.