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Why is the HPAT so important?

The Leaving Cert, and its points system, is an important part of the process of being eligible to study at university.  However, for those who want to study medicine, the HPAT is also an important part of the process. It’s vital to understand why it is so important and why you need to prepare for it. Firstly, the HPAT is important because without it, you cannot study medicine in Ireland, regardless of your Leaving Cert points. The HPAT was implemented to assess students’ skills in logical reasoning, problem-solving and understanding people –skills that are considered important in the medical field. It was felt...
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The HPAT – A Test 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 intelligence and aptitude, that we forget how crucial it is to also 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...
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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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HPAT 2022 TEST SESSION BOOKINGS NOW OPEN! HERE ARE THREE TIPS

Test session bookings for HPAT 2022 are now open! To book, visit the ProctorU website. Full instructions on how to book a HPAT 2022 test session are available on pages 15 and 16 of the 2022 HPAT Information Booklet. HPAT 2022 will take place online, for the second time ever, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. HPAT 2022 will be administered from Friday 18th February to Monday 21st February, over various timeslots. To sit HPAT 2022, you will need to: Visit the CAO website and obtain a CAO application numberVisit the ACER website and follow the instructions to register for HPAT...
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HPAT 2022 REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN!

Registrations to sit HPAT in 2022 are now open. You can register for HPAT by visiting the ACER website: https://hpat-ireland.acer.org/register. Detailed information regarding HPAT 2022, including how to register, book your test and sit HPAT, are available in the HPAT 2022 Information Booklet: https://hpat-ireland.acer.org/files/HPAT-Ireland_2022.pdf. Here’s a summary of what you need to know. 1. Registrations close in January Registrations to sit HPAT in 2022 will close on 21 January 2022 at 5:15pm GMT. Late registrations will be accepted up to 5:15pm on 2 February 2022 (subject to an additional late fee). An exceptional late registration is available until 5:15pm on 4...
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HPAT 2022 WILL RUN ONLINE. HERE’S HOW MEDENTRY IS CHANGING OUR PLATFORM

HPAT will run online in 2022, for the second year ever, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. MedEntry students will have a significant advantage going into HPAT 2022 as they will have been used to practicing on an online platform that functions very similarly to the ACER HPAT platform. However, there are some functional differences between the traditional MedEntry platform and the ACER HPAT platform. Therefore, changes have been made to the MedEntry platform to ensure that students sitting HPAT in 2022 are well prepared, and there are no surprises on HPAT test day. This blog summarises the changes. There will...
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HPAT 2022 WILL RUN ONLINE! HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

For the second time ever, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HPAT will run online. This blog summarises what you need to know. HPAT 2022 will take place online Like HPAT 2021, HPAT 2022 will take place online, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This means that students will sit HPAT using their own computer (which has an internet connection) in a private location, such as their home. HPAT 2022 will be remotely proctored Like HPAT 2021, HPAT 2022 will be ‘remotely proctored’ or supervised. This involves a supervisor, who is located remotely, helping you register for the test (by checking your...
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Distributed Practice and the HPAT: What you need to know Part 1

Over the last few years the education sector has been rampant with ideals of “studying smarter not harder”, doing “less work for more reward” and a series of other catch phrases that seem too good to be true. Nevertheless, there is one system that eclipses all others in the research conducted, the widespread implementation and the unanimous praise it has received from scientists, psychologists, students and teachers alike: distributed practice. In part one of this two part blog series, we look at what distributed practice means, why it works and why you should implement it for your HPAT study. What is...
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Distributed Practice and the HPAT: What you need to know Part 2

In part 1 of this blog, we looked at why it is important to study with distributed practice for the HPAT. In part 2, we will look at how to implement this into your HPAT plan. How to implement distributed practice for HPAT Here are some tips and strategies on how to best use distributed practice in your HPAT preparation (you can also use them in your secondary school and university study; or acquiring any skill for that matter): 1. Plan out a HPAT study schedule/timetable This is an important step. You need to make time for your HPAT preparation, even...
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VIRTUAL HPAT TUTORING NOW AVAILABLE!

For the first time ever, MedEntry is offering personalised, one-on-one, virtual HPAT tutoring across Ireland and the world. Virtual tutoring can be added on to any Online or Platinum package. MedEntry HPAT packages are designed for you to work at your own pace and track your performance with detailed feedback.  However, if you need a little extra support, personalised tutoring could be for you. MedEntry offers two types of personalised HPAT tutoring: In person tutoring: this can be accessed exclusively as part of the Diamond HPAT packageVirtual tutoring: this can be added on to any Online or Platinum HPAT package In...
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Time Management: Eat That Frog!

Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day. – Mark Twain Brian Tracy’s 5 minute YouTube video discusses a time management strategy that has changed many people’s lives (including mine!). This strategy involves organising your tasks by priority. 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.  This strategy is called ‘Eat that frog!’ and means tackling your biggest, most important task first. This idea comes from a story...
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How to apply for medicine in the UK as an Irish student

UK medical schools have an excellent reputation internationally and many Irish students travel to the UK to study each year. Applications to UK universities are made through UCAS (like the UK version of the CAO). Irish students applying to study medicine in the UK can start their UCAS application over the summer before 6th year (applications open on 18 May 2021). They must submit their UCAS application by 15 October 2021, and need to sit UCAT between 26 July and 29 September 2021. These students will enter medicine in the UK in September 2022. Students who have completed 6th year and...
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HOW TO INTERPRET YOUR HPAT RESULTS

HPAT results have been released! You will have received an email from ACER with details on how to access your results. This blog contains information for how to interpret your HPAT statement of results. What do the numbers on the HPAT Statement of Results mean? Your HPAT Statement of Results will display two measures of your performance: HPAT score and HPAT percentile.  Your overall HPAT score is a weighted sum of your three section scores. Sections 1 and 2 are each weighted at 40%, and section 3 is weighted at 20%. For the mathematically inclined, the formula for calculating the overall...
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AN EXPLANATION OF HPAT RESULTS: HOW ARE HPAT RESULTS CALCULATED? AND OTHER HPAT RESULTS FAQS.

WHEN AND HOW WILL I RECEIVE MY HPAT 2020 RESULTS? You will receive your HPAT 2020 results in late-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...
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HPAT RESULTS: WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR CAO

HPAT results are usually released in mid to late June. After months of waiting to find out your HPAT results, it can feel quite overwhelming to finally receive them! After all of the hard work and preparation for HPAT, everyone wants to get a great HPAT score. However, it is important to know what to do if things don’t go as well as you had hoped. It’s not the end of the world and if you want to be a doctor you will get there in the end, even if it takes a bit longer. The most important thing to do...
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6 Ways to Make HPAT study more effective

Fifty years of educational research shows that effective learners (for HPAT or other learning) have one - preferably all - of the following six characteristics. 1. Encounter challenging ideas or people Basically, this is Newton’s First Law of Motion in action in the academic, cognitive, psychosocial, attitudinal and career-preparation dimensions of your education: a body will remain at rest, or in motion in a straight line, unless compelled to change its state or direction by an outside force. In your educational life, the outside force challenging your present ideas, beliefs, perspectives or educational environments different from those that you hold or...
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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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