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Is HPAT Stressing You Out? Here's How to Use Stress to Your Advantage

28th January 2023

Is HPAT Stressing You Out? Here's How to Use Stress to Your Advantage

You may have heard that stress negatively impacts on performance, particularly in an intellectually challenging test such as HPAT. You may have been told that if you are too stressed in the lead up to an important exam such as HPAT, you won’t do well. You may have been advised to look for ways to relieve your HPAT-related stress. While this may be true, in some cases trying to g ...

 

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3 Tips to Improve your Score in Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving Questions

26th January 2023

3 Tips to Improve your Score in Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving Questions

Looking for some tips on how to improve your score in Logical reasoning and Problem solving? Terrified by long passages with scientific jargon and perplexing puzzles? Worried about running out of time? Remember the following advice and you’ll be well on your way to maximising your score.   1. Read the question stem first This construct can often be time-consuming due to len ...

 

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Why Full Exam Mocks are the best HPAT preparation

25th January 2023

Why Full Exam Mocks are the best HPAT preparation

Be under no illusions: the HPAT is the single hardest and most important test you will ever sit. This is a scary (and for some maybe terrifying) thought. So, what can you do to make it less daunting? The answer may seem counter-intuitive: the best way to make HPAT seem do-able is to face it over, and over, and over again. How? By completing high-quality, full-length HPAT exam mocks under timed ...

 

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How to apply to the CAO and ACER for medicine

23rd January 2023

How to apply to the CAO and ACER for medicine

To be eligible to study medicine in Ireland there are two key parts to the application process: Applying to the Central Applications Office (CAO) Applying separately to sit the HPAT through ACER   Applying to the CAO Before you can register to sit the HPAT, you need to apply to the CAO and get your CAO number – you will need this for the HPAT registration process. ...

 

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How to Balance the HPAT and Leaving Cert Mocks

22nd January 2023

How to Balance the HPAT and Leaving Cert Mocks

Preparing for HPAT can seem overwhelming. Add in your Leaving Cert mock exams and stress levels can rapidly skyrocket. Unfortunately the timing of the HPAT is often very close to mock exams, or can even be in the middle of mock exams. As the HPAT and mock exams draw closer, it can become hard to balance Leaving Cert study and HPAT preparation. So how do you do it? This blog outlines five ti ...

 

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The HPAT – A Test of Endurance

20th January 2023

The HPAT – A Test of Endurance

The importance of endurance Mental endurance can be defined as, ‘the ability to endure an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.’ The HPAT is so commonly viewed as a test of aptitude, that we forget how crucial it is to also improve our mental endurance for the HPAT exam. In fact, the endurance required for the HPAT is much greater than that req ...

 

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Is it too late to start preparing for the HPAT?

18th January 2023

Is it too late to start preparing for the HPAT?

The short answer is no. Preparing for the HPAT is possible and no matter how late you start, you will still be able to improve, just like with any other subject. The long answer is: it depends on how much time you invest and how effectively you prepare. At this stage, it’s important to study SMART. Trying to do as many HPAT questions or HPAT papers as you can is not necessarily the be ...

 

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Dispelling the Myths of Medicine

16th January 2023

Dispelling the Myths of Medicine

The idea of studying medicine at university can seem like a very daunting prospect. There are many myths and false beliefs about the degree which allow these fears to prosper. Having completed my first year studying medicine at University, I hope I can dispel some of your fears about studying medicine at university.   1. Medicine is ULTRA competitive Granted, Medicine, like all h ...

 

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MedEntry Free Trial Now Available

13th January 2023

MedEntry Free Trial Now Available

If you’re aiming for medicine, then you will need to excel in HPAT! HPAT is a very difficult test and is very different to any other test you will have sat in your academic career. It is therefore vital that you prepare for HPAT, particularly given its importance in selecting students into medicine in Ireland. Choosing the best way to prepare is an important decision, that can be diff ...

 

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Prepare for HPAT: Prepare for a Marathon

11th January 2023

Prepare for HPAT: Prepare for a Marathon

Many students who have scored 100th percentile in the HPAT have said that preparing for HPAT is like preparing for a marathon. There are many similarities: they both require significant motivation, consistent practice over a period of time and a clear head under pressure. Not to mention that for many people both a marathon and the HPAT are the hardest challenges they have faced so far in their ...

 

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