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COVID-19 and HPAT

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With the 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 COVID-19 affect medical entry for 2020?As HPAT 2020 took place in February, there is no indication that COVID-19 will affect students who have applied for medicine in 2020. ACER is currently in the process of scoring HPAT-Ireland 2020, and results are expected to be released as usual in late June 2020.Will HPAT 2021 be proceeding?HPAT 2021 will take place in February 2021. As the situation with COVID-19 is evolving rapidly, it is...
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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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How to Prepare for the HPAT in Year 5

So you’re in 5th year of secondary school and thinking about pursuing a career in medicine. You’ve got great grades as well as the people skills to become a doctor, so there should be no problem getting in. Then you find out about the HPAT. You hear that it is a major obstruction to your journey, and only a select few are able to succeed in it. You hear about all the people who have done poorly despite studying so hard. You may even hear about the people who passed that didn’t do much work.It’s very easy to fall into the...
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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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Top ten tips for the last 24 hours

So the big day is nearly here and you’ve been working up to it consistently for the goods of a year and now it’s time to put everything MedEntry has taught you into practice.Here’s some advice to help you be at your prime in the last 24 hours leading up to the HPAT. Spend the day before doing something you enjoy, something relaxing, something fun and something that will keep your mind off the HPAT. You NEED some time to let your brain and body relax the day before so that you are in perfect condition. It can be anything so long as...
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Five tips for how to survive when you arrive in the HPAT Exam Venue

 So with all things going well you’ve arrived at the HPAT exam venue with plenty of time and well rested, ready to put all the knowledge you’ve gained from MedEntry to use. However, now you have to make it through the last short while before you sit down and start the HPAT test. Here’s five tips to help you survive.Go to the bathroom. Make sure you head to the loo not long before you are due to start the HPAT because the last thing you need is to have to take a bathroom break in an already time constraining exam. Remember...
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HPAT Countdown: Musings from an experienced tutor

This impending Saturday is without a doubt one of the most terrifying – yet unusual days of the year. Throughout the past years, I have uttered the phrase “The HPAT is a game” innumerous times, and now, on the brink of becoming an actual doctor (finally!) and exiting the world of HPAT, I thought I’d pass on my suggestions for this game.Suggestion 1: Your mood is your top priority.The HPAT is designed in such a way that your mood greatly impacts your performance. Why? Because it’s an exam of emotions, of empathy and of understanding. Feeling stressed/anxious/overwhelmed will ultimately lead to...
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Optimising your performance in HPAT: Lessons from Sports Psychology

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Preparing for the HPAT is similar to preparing for a marathon: it requires training, preparation and strategies to optimise your performance on the test day. Just as an athlete prepares for a major sporting event, so you must prepare yourself to sit HPAT, which is one of the most important exams that you will face in your career. We can learn much from athletes about optimising performance in HPAT, as outlined in this TED talk by Martin Hagger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG7v4y_xwzQThis talk discusses how highly successful athletes prepare themselves before a competition. The main points are summarised below, with an emphasis on how...
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Putting the HPAT in perspective

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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 students...
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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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HPAT Scoring Myths

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Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation on the internet and on forums about how HPAT scores are calculated.Some people and companies claim that your HPAT score or percentile ranking can be calculated from your raw score (the number of questions you got right). This is naïve, simplistic and demonstrates ignorance. Not to mention it is irresponsible to provide students with incorrect information.ACER uses a complex computer program to calculate HPAT scores. Even if you buy it (it costs a few thousand dollars), you cannot replicate the results since the assumptions ACER uses to run the program is kept confidential.The way...
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The HPAT – A Test of Endurance

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The HPAT is so commonly viewed as a test of intelligence and aptitude, that we forget how crucial it is to improve our mental endurance for this exam. In fact, the endurance required for the HPAT is much greater than that required for any end of year school exam. Not only is the HPAT as long as or longer than any school exam (2.5 hours), but the nature of each individual question requires much greater focus. This need for enhanced application to each question is due to our inability to draw upon a year’s worth of content and knowledge, as is...
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Is it too late to start preparing for the HPAT?

The short answer is no. Studying 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 put in and how effectively you do it. At this stage, it’s important to study SMART. Trying to do as many HPAT papers as you can will also take up a lot of your time. You are probably also going to be quite busy balancing 6th year or University study and work with HPAT preparation, so learning study techniques that...
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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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HPAT PHOBIA Don’t get Scared, Stay Motivated!

Does the thought of HPAT day make you cringe and consider hiding in your room?That's how I felt in the weeks that led up to HPAT.Being a student in my final year of high school I had rarely been in a position where I was sitting an exam which was so important for determining my future career pathway.Sure I had been through many school exams and academic competitions, but I felt that no test or assignment I had previously completed could compare to the importance of the HPAT.In my fresh teenage eyes the HPAT was the be all and end all....
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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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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 HPAT is...
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TOP TIPS FOR NON-VERBAL REASONING

Students often find non-verbal reasoning questions the most difficult initially, especially if they have never encountered them before. Here are a few tips to help tackle these questions from an experienced HPAT tutor. Tip 1: Keep it Simple.Non-verbal reasoning questions will require you to find the most simple and logical answer. It may feel like the questions are out to trick you, and that may lead to you trialling overly complex rules. However, in many situations, the simple pattern is the correct pattern. Having this in mind will help form your approach to the questions. For example, if you have a question...
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FIVE TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR SCORE IN UNDERSTANDING PEOPLE QUESTIONS

To some lucky people it comes easy, but for many this is the section with some of the most difficult questions in the exam. Whether you are just starting your HPAT preparation or are deep in your practice so far, the following tips from an experienced tutor who scored highly in this section should help you maximize your score:Firstly, read the introductory text included in the passage. • This appears before the actual body of the passage and is often written in italics or brackets. Although this may seem like an obvious tip, many students don’t take the time to read it properly....
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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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