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A Student’s Experience Sitting HPAT Online 2021 (Plus Some Tips!)

I just sat HPAT 2021 online – and what a relief to have it over with! Overall it was as I expected with no major surprises, having done practice exams on MedEntry’s online platform. Check in process The check in process was similar to what was outlined in the ProctorU video emailed to us by ACER. I logged into the ProctorU site, and when the countdown reached 0, I was able to start the session. After some technical checks, a photo was taken of my ID, and then I was connected with a proctor. I couldn’t see the proctor but could...
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Is The HPAT Stressing You Out? How To Use Stress To Your Advantage

You may have heard that stress negatively impacts on performance. 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 stress. While this may be true, in some cases trying to get rid of stress can actually cause you to become more stressed. A different approach, which might sound crazy at first, is to embrace your stress. The following three strategies will not only help you manage stress, but will also boost your...
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HPAT Nutrition

Napoleon Bonaparte once famously said “an army marches on its stomach”, and that is as relevant for HPAT as it was for the French Armies that Bonaparte commanded. Making sure you put the right things into your body in the lead up to HPAT is vital to making sure that you perform well on the day of the test. I’m sure you are well aware of what a quality diet consists, so in this post I’ll serve up a couple of key tips for the immediate lead up to test day. The Night Before: As you would expect, the night before...
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5 Tips for the last fortnight

HPAT is well and truly close now and it’s time to streamline your study and buckle down! Here are five ways to make sure you’re using the next two weeks to set you up for success on HPAT day. 1. Use your practice exams wisely A practice exam is only a practice exam if you’re doing it in exam conditions. HPAT is a marathon and your MedEntry and ACER exams are your trial runs so use them to recreate HPAT as much as you possibly can. HPAT isn’t just about the questions, it’s about building your stamina, working on your time...
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ATTENTION PARENTS: 5 WAYS TO HELP YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER IN THE LEAD UP TO THE HPAT

The final school year is a stressful time. Add in HPAT and the pressures of getting into medicine, and stress levels can rapidly sky rocket. As a parent it is easy to succumb to feelings of powerless as you watch your son or daughter struggle to prepare for such an important and difficult exam. However, there are many things you can do to boost their performance and have a positive impact on their wellbeing.  1. Provide a sound working environment  HPAT is a two and a half-hour test requiring extreme concentration. The best way to prepare is to complete full length trial...
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Putting the HPAT in perspective

6th year - exams littered throughout the semester, assignments that pile up, and extra-curricular activities that take up chunks of time. When you throw HPAT preparation into the mix, it’s easy to see why your senior year can often seem like a very stressful time of your life. In amongst all this, its easy to lose track of what is going on and to blow things out of proportion. If you are reading this, you probably realise that HPAT is a significant test, however it’s important to understand that HPAT is not a be all and end all. Often you hear of...
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HPAT Preparation During Coronavirus - Tip 5: Cultivate Wellbeing

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....
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HPAT Registrations Closing!

Registrations to sit HPAT 2021 will close this Wednesday 20th January at 5:15 PM GMT! If you plan to sit HPAT in 2021 and have not yet registered, please do so immediately. Remember that this is your only chance to sit HPAT in 2021 – if you miss the registration date, you can still make a late registration until Wednesday 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...
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HPAT 2021: What Should I do Now to Prepare

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and for the first time ever, HPAT 2021 will be taking place online. You may be wondering how this affects your HPAT preparation, and what you should do now to prepare effectively for HPAT 2021. This blog offers five tips. 1. Organise your HPAT 2021 equipment It is important to check that you have all the equipment that you require to take part in HPAT 2021. MedEntry recommends doing this now, in case you have to make arrangements or purchase additional equipment. The equipment that you require to sit HPAT is outlined in detail in...
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HPAT Preparation During Coronavirus - Tip 4: Keep up Your Motivation

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,...
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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 lifetime. So what can we learn from marathon runners that will help us prepare for the HPAT? Step 1: Develop muscle In the HPAT you will have a limited amount of time to...
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HPAT Preparation During Coronavirus - TIP 3: Make the Most of Remote HPAT Learning

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:...
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HPAT 2021: What You Need to Know

Registrations to sit HPAT 2021 are now open. You can register to sit HPAT 2021 on the ACER website: https://hpat-ireland.acer.org/register We recommend that students register to sit HPAT as soon as possible. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the first time ever, HPAT will take place online, via remote proctoring. We understand that this may be a stressful and confusing time for HPAT 2021 candidates. This blog outlines what you need to know. HPAT 2021 will take place on 20-21 February HPAT normally takes place on the last or second last Saturday morning in February. In 2021, HPAT will take...
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Persisting through underwhelming marks

Many of you may have started your preparation on MedEntry and found that you may not be achieving the scores you hoped for, and let me tell you, you’re not the only one! Many people at the start of their HPAT preparation lose confidence in themselves and can’t see themselves achieving the scores they need. I know this for a fact because I was one of those people not too long ago. When I first started my HPAT preparation with MedEntry I was doing quite poorly and that too for a significant period of time. When doing drills I was consistently...
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Why You Should Be Studying For the HPAT Right Now

Are you all aboard the express train to Procrastination station? Are you experiencing a motivation crisis? Are you just about ready to give up?  Well you’re not going to give in to the internet, not this time. I am here to remind you WHY you should be studying for the HPAT right now. 1. The HPAT is one test. If you do well in the HPAT, you will have significant leeway with your leaving cert results, which is not one test but a result based on a series of assessments and a number of different subjects over an entire YEAR! Your...
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HPAT 2021 and COVID-19: Your Questions Answered

There has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on HPAT 2021. You may be wondering, will HPAT go ahead? When will HPAT take place? What should I be doing now in terms of my HPAT preparation? This blog answers some common questions. Will HPAT 2021 be going ahead? Yes! HPAT 2021 will be proceeding. HPAT was introduced over a decade ago in Ireland as a tool to assess students’ suitability to study medicine. It has not been eliminated as a requirement for entry into medicine. If you wish to apply to study medicine in 2021, you...
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When Will Registrations Open For HPAT 2021?

Registrations to sit HPAT Ireland normally open in early November each year. HPAT normally takes place in paper and pencil based format in large testing centres in late February. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many changes to educational testing across the world, and it is very likely that HPAT 2021 will be delivered in a different manner to previous years. ACER have confirmed that they are looking into alternatives to face to face testing, and this has resulted in delays to the opening of registrations to sit HPAT 2021. Why is HPAT likely to be delivered differently in 2021?...
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Speed Up Your HPAT Video Guides

MedEntry is delighted to release a much-requested enhancement to the video player on the HPAT Online Learning Platform. You can now change the playback speed of MedEntry HPAT video guides! To change the speed, click on the 1x button, and a menu containing four speed options will appear: Simply select your speed, and start learning! This helpful update will allow to move through the HPAT video guides at your preferred pace. MedEntry students have access to over 50 HPAT video guides, covering: How to effectively prepare for HPATStrategies for approaching HPAT Section 1 (Logical Reasoning & Problem Solving) questionsStrategies for approaching...
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HPAT Preparation During Coronavirus - Tip 2: Create a Routine and HPAT Study Plan

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a dramatic change in the way we work and learn. 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 Study Environment. In this blog, we will cover tip 2: Create a Routine and HPAT study plan Routines are important! Routines are essential to productivity. Without a routine,...
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HPAT Weekly Grinds Start Soon!

Struggling with HPAT? Need extra guidance? MedEntry’s Weekly HPAT Grinds begin in just over a fortnight. Places are limited and are rapidly filling up. Classes will run online from the safety and comfort of your home. They will take place weekly over twelve weeks, from 7-9pm, starting in early November and finishing in early February. Two streams are available to choose from: Tuesday and Thursday nights. Class sizes are limited to ensure personal interaction and support. Grinds are run by an experienced tutor who has achieved 100th percentile in the HPAT. Need help with a particular question on the online learning platform?...
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