After I did each body system, I completed their CME Credit Quiz for that specific system and then quizzed myself using the HIPPO Education Q-Bank on the topics I just reviewed. This allowed me to figure out what topics I still didn’t have a strong grasp on and what I needed to review more in depth! For example, I found that OB/GYN topics come very naturally to me, but Infectious Disease and Cardio are very hard for me to study because I don’t find it interesting. I spent more time on ID and Cardio vs OB/GYN.
I basically repeated this process every day from early January until my exam date. I also increased the amount of questions I would do as my exam date approached. I did around 100-200 questions a day. This is the only way to really figure out what you know and what you don’t know, as well as get familiar with how differently questions may be asked on your exam.
I used this Practice Question Book:
I also used PA Easy, which I was able to obtain for free through my program. After completing so many questions, you finally figure out there’s only so many ways to ask questions about certain pathologies, medications, ethics, etc!
My friends also followed a similar pattern to mine. Some only read PANCE Prep Pearls and didn’t use practice questions, but passed. Some used other resources like Rosh Review, CME4Life, and Physician Assistant Boards. You’ll just have to explore each option and choose the one that you feel like is a better fit – that was HIPPO Education for me.