PACKRAT version 24 will be available to start exam administrations on Saturday, November 2. This will be the primary version of the exam that your students take. This updated version ensures that students can assess their knowledge on the most up-to-date standards and medications. One minor change was made to the topic list for this version – benign prostatic hypertrophy was renamed to benign prostatic hyperplasia to be aligned with current diagnostic standards and the other PAEA topic lists. No blueprint changes were made.
There are no national statistics available for this exam on day one, as it is written from scratch each year. After the new version has been taken 300 times, we will add national average scores and standard deviations to all performance reports, and these will be updated weekly as more students take the exams. This usually happens in late November or early December.
PACKRAT is an objective, comprehensive self-assessment tool for student and curricular evaluation. 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 on or after November 2 will be transitioned to the new version. Version 23 will remain available as a back-up for retesting purposes, but version 22 will no longer be available.
Please contact exams@PAEAonline.org with any questions.