PAEA Assessment Showcase: 5 Key Takeaways

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PAEA hosted the Assessment Showcase Webinar Series, taking a close look at the PAEA Suite of Exams. The series consisted of three webinars: Curricular Mapping and the PAEA End of Curriculum™ Exam; Student and Remediation and Retention Using PACKRAT® as a Self-Assessment Tool; and Criterion-Referenced Testing and PAEA’s End of Rotation™ Exams: A Focus on Scoring. Attendees learned about each of the tools, and program members shared how they have used them as part of their overall program assessment strategy. 

In case you missed it, here are five key takeaways: 

  1. PAEA exams are designed to complement other tools that assess core medical knowledge, as well as interpersonal skills, clinical and technical skills, professional behavior, clinical reasoning, and problem-solving.
  2. Curricular mapping should be done to demonstrate where specific areas of student learning occur and are assessed.  
  3. It is important to triangulate your data. Triangulation of data is the collection and analyzation of data from multiple assessment tools. The method provides educators with a well-rounded view of the students. 
  4. PACKRAT® is one way to measure student self-assessment and assist in the development of individualized remediation plans.   
  5. Scale scores are raw scores that have been “scaled,” meaning they have been converted to a common reporting metric to help programs make valid and fair decisions regarding student performance.

Session recordings as well as resources are available to PAEA members in the Digital Learning Hub as enduring educational material. For more resources about scoring for the PAEA End of Rotation Exams, please visit Grading Case Studies. 

More information regarding PAEA Assessments is available online at: Questions can be directed to

PAEA Chief Assessment Officer Olivia Ziegler, PA, and Instructional Specialist Christine Vucinich, MA, contributed to this article.