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HPAT Score Calculator

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MedEntry is delighted to launch our new HPAT score calculator. This HPAT score calculator allows easy calculation of how many Leaving Certificate points and what HPAT score you need to get into medicine.Access the calculator here: https://www.medentry-hpat.ie/hpat-and-leaving-certificate-calculator?action=hpat_scoreThere are three easy steps to using the HPAT score calculator:Step 1: Enter Total Desired Points Start by entering the total combined points you are aiming for (combination of your HPAT score and adjusted Leaving Cert score). This could be the entry requirement last year for the university of your choice. For example, UCD required 736 points in 2019 for entry into medicine.Note that points...
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5 steps to balancing the HPAT – The Extra Subject

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Sixth year is a busy year – we all know that. However, it can get a whole lot busier if you’re studying for the HPAT as well. It can be like taking an extra subject – one that has no teacher, and there are no deadlines (aside from the exam). In addition, it is an exam for which you cannot cram (sorry to burst your bubble).So how do you manage the meticulous balancing act between not letting your school grades drop, whilst also keeping yourselves in good stead for the HPAT?Planning. Yes, you’ve probably heard it all before, but if you’re not...
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TIME MANAGEMENT: EAT THAT FROG!

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Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.– Mark TwainBrian Tracy’s 5 minute YouTube video discusses a time management strategy that has changed many people’s lives (including mine!). It discusses time management in the context of the workplace, but the strategy is applicable to HPAT and high school/university study too. This blog summarises the key points. As Mark Twain said, if the first thing you do in the morning is to eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that’s probably the worst thing you will do...
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AN EXPLANATION OF HPAT RESULTS: HOW ARE HPAT RESULTS CALCULATED? AND OTHER HPAT RESULTS FAQS.

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WHEN AND HOW WILL I RECEIVE MY HPAT 2020 RESULTS?You will receive your HPAT 2020 results in mid-June. You will receive an email from ACER once results are available to notify you of their release. You will be able to access your results via the ACER HPAT-Ireland website, by logging into your account.WHAT HPAT RESULTS WILL I RECEIVE?When you receive your HPAT results you will be given a score for each HPAT section (logical reasoning and problem solving, interpersonal understanding and non-verbal reasoning), and an overall weighted aggregate HPAT score. From this information, you will also be given a calculated percentile rank....
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UCAT Preparation During Coronavirus - Tip 5: Cultivate Wellbeing

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The coronavirus pandemic and resulting social isolation requirements has led to significant changes in the way we live. This change occurred dramatically, and without warning. In response, it is natural to feel stressed, overwhelmed and anxious. However, if left unchecked, these feelings can have a detrimental impact on your wellbeing and HPAT performance in this crucial year. MedEntry’s aim is to provide guidance and assistance to you during this challenging time. This blog series covers how to effectively prepare for HPAT during coronavirus and social isolation. The principles outlined in these blogs are also useful for your school and university study.Our last...
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HPAT Preparation During Coronavirus - Tip 4: Keep up Your Motivation

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The coronavirus pandemic has probably led to significant changes in your daily life and the way you study. The sudden change may have left you feeling confused, stressed and lost, particularly if you are in your final year of schooling. Our aim is to provide guidance and tips to help you study and prepare for HPAT during this turbulent time.This blog series covers how to effectively prepare for HPAT during coronavirus and social isolation. The principles outlined in these blogs are also useful for your school and university study.Our last three blogs covered tip 1: Optimise Your Study Environment, tip 2:...
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HOW WILL CALCULATED GRADES AFFECT HPAT AND MEDICAL ENTRY 2020?

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Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Leaving Certificate Examinations have been cancelled. Many students are wondering how this will affect HPAT and medical entry in 2020. This blog answers some common questions. What is the new system of Calculated Grades?The Calculated Grades system has been selected to provide Leaving Certificate 2020 students with the ability to progress to third level education or to begin work. The grades will be calculated from a combination of a school-based estimate and data available on past performance of students in each school and nationally. This allows a standardisation to give students as fair a grade...
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HPAT Results to be released in mid-June

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ACER has announced that HPAT-Ireland results will now be released in mid-June. Candidates will receive an email when results are available, as is the case each year. Normally, HPAT-Ireland results are released in late-June each year. ACER initially announced that HPAT-Ireland results would be delayed until August. This was in response to the government’s announcement that Leaving Certificate examinations would be postponed until August, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Leaving Certificate 2020 has been postponed further and the decision has been made to offer students calculated grades. The conventional Leaving Certificate examination will be held...
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HPAT Preparation During Coronavirus - TIP 3: Make the Most of Remote HPAT Learning

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The coronavirus pandemic has probably caused a significant change to your life over the past few weeks. In addition to this, there has been a lot of uncertainty regarding the impact of the pandemic on HPAT, HPAT preparation and medical entry. It may have left you feeling overwhelmed or anxious. We at MedEntry are here to help!This blog series covers how to effectively prepare for HPAT during coronavirus and social isolation. The principles outlined in these blogs are also useful for your school and university study.Our last two blogs covered tip 1: Optimise Your Study Environment and tip 2: Create a...
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HPAT Preparation During Coronavirus - Tip 2: Create a Routine and HPAT Study Plan

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The coronavirus pandemic has led to a dramatic change in the way we work and learn. This change has occurred suddenly, over a period of days and weeks. You may now be learning online, from home, in an environment away from your friends and social supports. We recognise that this is a difficult situation, which may be causing you stress. We are here to help!This blog series covers how to effectively prepare for HPAT during coronavirus and social isolation. The principles outlined in these blogs are also useful for your school and university study.Our last blog covered tip 1: Optimise Your...
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DELAY IN RELEASE OF 2020 HPAT-IRELAND RESULTS

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ACER has announced that HPAT-Ireland results will not be released until after the Leaving Certificate examinations are complete. ACER anticipates that this will occur around August and will notify students of the exact date once it is confirmed. Normally, HPAT-Ireland results are released in late June each year. The delay in release of HPAT-Ireland results is due to the coronavirus pandemic and resulting impact upon schooling in Ireland.  As you may be aware, 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations are tentatively scheduled for later than usual, starting at the end of July or early August. Whether they will actually occur at that time...
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HPAT Preparation During Coronavirus - Tip 1: Optimise Your Study Environment

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A lot has changed over the past few weeks. You have transitioned from living a normal life, attending school and seeing your friends to a very different world – the world of remote learning and social isolation. We understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time for you, during an already challenging year.In this series of blogs, we will describe how to prepare for HPAT effectively during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The principles outlined in this blog are also useful for your school and university study. The first tip to prepare for HPAT effectively is to:Optimise your study environmentBefore coronavirus,...
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Coronavirus and HPAT

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With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and rapid escalation of cases across Ireland, you may be wondering how this affects HPAT and medical entry. This blog answers some frequently asked questions.Will coronavirus affect medical entry for 2020?As HPAT 2020 took place in February, coronavirus will not affect students who have applied for medicine in 2020. The only change is that there will be a delay in the release of HPAT 2020 results until after the conclusion of Leaving Cert examinations, which have been delayed due to coronavirus. Will HPAT 2021 be proceeding?HPAT 2021 will take place in February 2021. As the situation with coronavirus is evolving rapidly, it...
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GAMSAT will be run online in 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT) will be run online at the end of May for the first time ever. GAMSAT is used to select students for entry into graduate medical programs.GAMSAT is usually run in person across multiple venues. However, due to COVID-19, the GAMSAT exam scheduled for Saturday 21 March 2020 has been cancelled. This applies to all candidates, in all locations globally.ACER, which runs GAMSAT, has said that candidates will sit GAMSAT at home or at a private location of their choosing. Candidates will need to have a stable internet...
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HPAT Registrations Closing!

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Registrations to sit HPAT 2020 will close this Monday 20th January at 5:15 PM GMT!If you plan to sit HPAT in 2020 and have not yet registered, please do so immediately. Remember that this is your only chance to sit HPAT in 2020 – if you miss the registration date, you can still make a late registration until Monday 3rd February at 5:15 pm GMT. However, this will attract a late fee. After this final deadline you will need to wait until next year's HPAT to apply. To register, please visit: https://hpat-ireland.acer.org/register.Note: registering with MedEntry does not mean you have registered to...
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How to Interpret Scores and Feedback from MedEntry’s Practice Exams

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So you’ve completed a practice exam and have no idea how to interpret the wealth of information and statistics you’ve been presented with. This blog has some tips to help you gain a better grasp of your HPAT preparation progress.1. Look at percentile not percentage.The HPAT is a test designed to compare students against each other, thereby giving the universities a clearer indication of the stronger candidates. The HPAT is hard – so do not worry about what score you got in each section. Do not worry about the number of questions you got right, or the percentage of questions you answered correctly. The...
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New Partnership With the Dublin Academy of Education

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MedEntry is delighted to announce our new partnership with the Dublin Academy of Education.The Dublin Academy of Education is the largest provider of part-time second level courses in the country. It now also offers a full time school for 5th year, 6th year and Repeat Leaving Certificate students.The Dublin Academy of Education’s values align with MedEntry’s: both organisations are passionate about providing the highest quality teaching for students.As part of our partnership, MedEntry is offering:15% off Online and Platinum HPAT preparation packages for part-time students attending the Dublin Academy of Education60% off Online and Platinum HPAT preparation packages for full time students of...
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Online Weekly HPAT Grinds

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MedEntry is excited to be launching online weekly HPAT grinds, for the first time ever. The grinds will take place on Monday evenings, from 7-9pm, starting in early November and finishing in early February. Further information can be found at: https://www.medentry-hpat.ie/our-services/hpat-services/weekly-grindsHere are five reasons why you should enrol in online HPAT grinds:1.  No wasted timeIn 6th year, your time is at a premium. School assessments, exams, extra-curricular activities, the list goes on. The last thing you want to do is waste time travelling to and from a venue for HPAT grinds. Wouldn’t it be better to use that time to study,...
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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 CAOapplying separately to sit the HPAT through ACER.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. This must be done online, because if you make a paper application to the CAO your number will not arrive on time. In order to be eligible to apply for an undergraduate Medicine degree you must apply to the CAO within the restricted entry period,...
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Medicine – The Big Picture

So you’re going into your final year of schooling, and you’re super duper set on being a doctor. There are lots of ways you can keep hold of medicine as a big picture throughout this long and sometimes arduous year. By putting some of these points into action now, you will increase your chances of getting straight into med, pump up your motivation over the year, and be an awesome doctor in the future! People – get amongst them! Medicine is all about the people. In your career you will interact with others from diverse backgrounds, and it is crucial that...
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