In the 6 months leading up to the PANCE, I had so much anxiety it was insane. The closer I got to taking the PANCE, the more anxious I became. I was convinced that I was going to fail, lose my position in the fellowship, and basically prove correct every person who ever doubted me. It was awful. I actually ended up pushing my PANCE test date back a week because I was having such anxiety related to taking it.
However, in the end, I passed. I actually ended up doing very well.
And now that I’m on the other side (by a few months – oops), I can look back and say that I did all of the right things. My study plan and methods were solid, and the score I got showed that. Do I recommend having a panic attacks and pushing back your PANCE date a week? No…but I do recommend actively assessing yourself and deciding whether or not you actually are READY.