The PAEA PACKRAT (Physician Assistant Clinical Knowledge Rating and Assessment Tool) exam is an objective, comprehensive self-assessment tool for student and curricular evaluation.
These resources are used by Exam Development Board members to guide the creation of exam content, and by the Exam Development staff when constructing exam forms. They will be useful to students when studying for the exam.
The PACKRAT Topic List, Blueprint, and Core Tasks and Objectives are resources used by PAEA to guide the development of exam content and construction of each exam version. Questions on the exam are considered only a sample of all that might be included in PA education and may not reflect all content identified in the Topic List. These resources may be useful to students when studying for the exam; however the Topic List is not a comprehensive list of all the exam question topics. PAEA’s goal is not to provide a list of all the topics that might be on the exam, but rather to provide students with a resource when preparing for the exam. PAEA recommends that students review the Topic List, Blueprint, and Core Tasks and Objectives in conjunction when preparing for the exam.
Several cross-cutting criteria guide the development and delivery of the PACKRAT exam. The goal of these criteria is to assist the Exam Development team in ensuring that the exam, to the extent a multiple-choice exam can, evaluates a wide breadth of dimensions critical to a PA student’s preparation.