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### How to Evaluate the Pre-Op Patient for the Physician Assistant Exam

The Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE) will ask questions about the pre-op patient. Suppose the surgical team has assessed the patient, and you decide that the patient needs to go to the operating room. [more…]

### Physician Assistant Exam: How to Care for the Post-Op Patient

The Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE) will expect you to know that when the patient gets out of the OR, your first consideration is ensuring that the patient is hemodynamically stable. Pay attention to [more…]

### Gallbladder Basics for the Physician Assistant Exam

Gallbladder surgery is one of the most common types of surgery medical professionals are exposed to during their training. For the Physician Assistant Exam [more…]

### Physician Assistant Exam: Common Intestinal Surgeries

Every medical professional should know about some common abdominal surgeries. For the Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE), you will need to review evaluating and managing appendicitis, diverticulitis, hernias [more…]

### Nasal Topics for the Physician Assistant Exam

As the Physician Assistant Exam will emphasize, your nose isn’t on your face just to hold piercings and keep your eyes apart. This protuberance is a vital component of the respiratory mechanism, and it [more…]

### Lupus Basics for the Physician Assistant Exam

You will need to know a few things about lupus for the Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE). *Systemic lupus erythematosus* (SLE), or just plain *lupus,* is a systemic autoimmune disease that can involve multiple [more…]

### Physician Assistant Exam: Scleroderma

*Scleroderma,* also known as *progressive systemic sclerosis* (PSS), an autoimmune disease that affects the connective tissues, will be covered on the Physician Assistant Exam [more…]

### Sjögren’s Syndrome Information for the Physician Assistant Exam

*Sjögren’s syndrome* is an autoimmune condition covered on the Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE). It’s characterized by dry eyes and dry mouth or just dry mouth. Antibodies actually form against the salivary [more…]

### Strategies for Answering Multiple-Choice Questions on the ACT

If you have trouble solving an ACT math question, you can apply different strategies with the given answer choices to help you determine which choice is correct. The math section of the ACT is comprised [more…]

### When Should You Use a Calculator on the ACT?

A calculator is a great tool for solving ACT math problems more quickly than you can either in your head or using a pencil and scratch paper. At the same time, however, you want to avoid overusing it for [more…]

### What Kinds of Calculators Are Allowed and Prohibited on the ACT?

When choosing a calculator for the ACT, remember that while some are allowed others are not. Your safest choices include basic, scientific, and graphing calculators; conversely, you need to avoid laptops [more…]

### What Calculator Functions Do You Need to Know for the ACT?

If you have just purchased a calculator for the ACT, you should use it for at least one practice test so you can get the feel of where the important function keys are. For example, if you have a fancy [more…]

### Coordinate Geometry Formulas You Must Know for the ACT

Some of the questions on the ACT Math test deal with coordinate geometry. When solving coordinate geometry problems, there are several useful formulas you should remember: [more…]

### How to Tackle Word Problems on the ACT

A *word problem* (also called a *story problem* or a *problem in a setting*) gives you information in words rather than in just equations and numbers. To answer an ACT word problem, you have to translate the [more…]

### How to Solve Complex Percent Problems on the ACT

Using your calculator to find a result on the ACT is straightforward when you know the number you’re calculating with and the percentage you’re taking. However, some math questions on the ACT will involve [more…]

### How to Calculate Percent Increase and Decrease on the ACT

Many students find math questions that involve percent increase and percent decrease somewhat confusing. The first step to answering these questions correctly on the ACT is identifying them when they’re [more…]

### ACT Strategies for Solving Ratios and Proportions

Some math questions on the ACT will involve ratios and proportions. Both ratio and proportion problems involve comparing quantities, and they require that you know how to work with fractions and how to [more…]

### Six Important Algebra Terms You Must Know for the ACT

Algebra is chock-full of words that are useful but often misunderstood. To do well on the ACT Math test, you should be able to define these important terms: variable, constant, equation, expression, term [more…]

### Strategies for Solving ACT Equations with Extra Variables

Some equations on the ACT Math test may include one or more extra variables. Generally speaking, when an equation has more than one variable, you can’t solve it. As a result, in most cases, you must solve [more…]

### How to Translate Words into Equations on the ACT

Some ACT Math questions give you information about what happens when you perform various operations on an unknown number. To answer these questions, you can let [more…]

### How to Solve Inequalities with Absolute Value on the ACT

As when solving an ACT Math problem that includes an expression with absolute value, you also need to split an inequality with absolute value into two separate inequalities. However, keep in mind one twist [more…]

### Solving ACT Word Problems Using a System of Equations

Solving word problems is one of the most common reasons to use a system of equations. For example, some word problems in the ACT Math test that would be difficult to approach using a single variable are [more…]

### Solving Direct Proportionality Problems on the ACT

The ACT will probably include some math problems that involve direct proportionality. *Direct p**roportionality* refers to a connection between two variables based on either multiplication or division, where [more…]

### Solving Inverse Proportionality Problems on the ACT

The ACT will probably include some math problems that involve inverse proportionality. *Inverse p**roportionality*refers to a connection between two variables based on either multiplication or division, where [more…]

### ACT Trick for Quadratics: How to Quickly Find the Direction of a Parabola

To save time when graphing a quadratic function on the ACT Math test, you can quickly determine the direction of the parabola using a simple trick based on the coefficient [more…]