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SmartyPANCE vs Picmonic

Two powerful PA student study resources for acing board exams. Pass PANCE, guaranteed.

Studying with SmartyPANCE?

Access to 14 NCCPA Blueprint Courses with more than 450 NCCPA™ PANCE and PANRE Content Blueprint Topics and Modules that prepare you to ace the PANCE.

Studying with Picmonic for PA?

Seamlessly supplement your study routine with 2-3 minute mnemonic videos research-proven to help PA students increase test scores by 50%.

Need Better Retention?

Retain the hardest to learn and most frequently tested PA school facts 331% longer with Picmonic.

Comparing Picmonic PA to SmartyPANCE

Picmonic Logo SmartyPANCE
CONTENT
Videos / Topics
Videos / Topics 1,800+ 0
Quiz Questions
Quiz Questions 21,000+ 1,000+
Benefits
Avg. Video Length
Avg. Video Length 2-3 mins N/A
Definitions
Definitions
Topic Summaries
Topic Summaries
Daily Quiz with Spaced Repetition
Daily Quiz with Spaced Repetition
Study Scheduler
Study Scheduler
Custom Playlists
Custom Playlists
Follow pg-by-pg w/ Popular Books
Follow pg-by-pg w/ Popular Books
Real Images & Video
Real Images & Video
Board Style Questions
Board Style Questions
Flashcards
Flashcards
Customize & Share Content
Customize & Share Content
Study Guides / Workbooks
Study Guides / Workbooks
Webinar Videos
Webinar Videos
Academic Infographics
Academic Infographics
Integrated with Other Study Aids
Integrated with Other Study Aids
Anki Integration
Anki Integration
LMS Integration
LMS Integration
Student Engagement Tracking
Student Engagement Tracking
Educator Dashboard
Educator Dashboard
Mobile Apps
Mobile Apps
Validated by Published Research
Validated by Published Research
Student Price
Student Price $204/yr $79/yr
Last Updated 05/2024

Which Physician Assistant student study resource is the best study guide for the PANCE exam? We compare Picmonic and SmartyPANCE on factors including content coverage, number of videos, number of quizzes, definitions, topic summaries, and features like daily quiz with spaced repetition, custom playlists, integration with other study aids and more! 

With Picmonic, we’ve taken what the science shows – picture mnemonics work – and boosted their effectiveness by creating a research-proven visual learning system filled with mnemonic pictures, unforgettable stories, interactive videos and built-in quizzing guaranteed to boost your test scores by 50%.

Why PA Students Choose Picmonic

Picmonic is the toolkit of choice for Physician Assistant students who want to master hard-to-learn topics and retain what they study. Students use Picmonic from the start of their first year all the way to their PANCE and end of rotation (EOR) exams. It’s a great investment for physician assistant school and your future practice.

Ariel Benites Campa

Picmonic is hands down my favorite study tool for PA school! Not only has it helped me to retain a ton of information during my didactic year of school, but it has done so in a way that doesn’t even feel like I’m studying. I love the fact that they have such a wide variety of topics that neatly align with the PANCE blueprint as well. Picmonic definitely helped me maintain a high GPA so far during PA school, and I’d recommend it to anyone else going into PA school or a similar health care career pathway!

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Picmonic has helped make Physician Assistant school understandable and it has helped the information be more digestible. My average grade has gone up 7%, and I regularly use information gathered on this app to help others learn, and even to correct outdated information in powerpoints. I would HIGHLY recommend this for anyone who is an audio-visual learner, or for anyone who is an active person who likes to study on the go.

Jeffery L.

I love Picmonic. I admit the silly pictures made me skeptical at first, but if you truly commit, Picmonic will help you shine by crushing tests and impressing the attending on your clinical rotations! Commit!!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is SmartyPANCE?

SmartyPANCE offers fourteen blueprint courses with 482 lessons and 1,000’s of integrated board review questions, quizzes, and flashcards, all designed to cover the entire NCCPA™ PANCE and PANRE Content Blueprint step-by-step, made simple with exam day question stems, pearls, need to know diagnostic studies, and gold standard treatments.

Can PA students use SmartyPANCE with Picmonic?

Yes! Both are great resources to use together. SmartyPANCE provides blueprint-focused sessions that align with PANCE exam content and offer comprehensive explanations and practice questions, while Picmonic engages your visual learning with animations, mnemonics and memorable stories that simplify complex medical concepts and make them stick in your head.

What does SmartyPANCE cost?

A 12-month membership to SmartyPANCE costs $79 and includes the Picmonic PA integration allowing students to watch 1600+ Picmonic videos and take Picmonic quizzes directly from Smarty PANCE blueprint lessons.

Does SmartyPANCE offer a free trial?

SmartyPANCE doesn’t offer a free trial. But, they do offer a no questions asked, 100% money-back guarantee anytime within 60 days of purchase.

Is SmartyPANCE enough for PANCE?

SmartyPANCE fourteen blueprint courses with over 482 lessons and 1,000’s of integrated board review questions, quizzes, and flashcards are perfect for PANCE and PANRE preparation and preparing for end of rotation (EOR) exams. For a more well-rounded study routine, supplement with Picmonic’s 1,800+ high-yield PA topics and videos and more than 12,000 daily quiz questions to prepare you for both exams and as a physician assistant.

Does SmartyPANCE have a mobile study app?

No, SmartyPANCE doesn’t offer a mobile study app for PA students. Picmonic offers a PA mobile study app you can download for iOS and Android, to enable on-the-go studying — even when you don’t have an internet connection.

Is SmartyPANCE worth it?

SmartyPANCE provides a lot of good resources for PA boards, but it is not a one stop shop. Depending on your learning style, you will need to supplement it with alternative resources such as Picmonic for a more visual learning experience and additional content to help you get a deeper understanding of PA topics.

What is Picmonic?

Picmonic is a picture mnemonic visual resource using unforgettable stories and characters research-proven to increase retention 331% and increase test scores 50%. With 1,800+ video mnemonics, Picmonic covers many of the hardest to remember, high-yield subjects, topics, and facts frequently tested in classes and on the PANCE or PANRE. Each 2-3 min video provides a succinct review of facts for easier, faster, and more effective review throughout medical school and while studying for your PA boards.

Does SmartyPANCE have an Anki Add-On?

While SmartyPANCE doesn’t have an Anki Add-On, it does offer members-only access to high-yield flashcards and more than 1,000 board-style questions. Picmonic offers an Anki Add-On. Be sure to download the Picmonic Add-On from your desktop app.

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By the Numbers

Over 1 million healthcare students have used Picmonic to ace exams and boards/certifications on their way to becoming successful professionals.

1.8M Students

100 Countries

80K High-Yield Facts