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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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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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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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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 lengthy passages that may contain complex ideas or complicated technical terms. Although it might be tempting to start reading the passage straight away, it’s always a good idea to read the question stem first. Sometimes, you’ll be able to...
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5 common myths about the HPAT: busted

1. The HPAT is an aptitude test so you can’t prepare for it. Wrong! Preparation for the HPAT is key. Not only is it extremely important to complete practice exams and HPAT style questions, the MedEntry guidebooks and video guides are vital in helping students develop the necessary mind-set and techniques to tackle the HPAT. You wouldn’t walk into a Leaving Cert exam with no study done so why should you walk into the HPAT without any preparation? 2. You can cram for the HPAT. This is a serious no no. Cramming in the week before the HPAT is the last...
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Considering repeating HPAT/Leaving Cert? Here’s some advice from someone who has done it before

So you have just received your HPAT and Leaving Certificate results and unfortunately have not been accepted into Medicine this year - what next? This was the situation I, and indeed many other Medicine hopefuls, faced on results day. The first reaction you may have is one of obvious disappointment, followed by the monumental task of considering the myriad of options on what to do next: Should I take my second preference course? Should I try the postgraduate route in a few years? Among these is the option of repeating the Leaving Certificate and/or HPAT exam the following year in the...
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Options for Pursuing Medicine in Ireland

With the release of Leaving Cert scores recently, some students may be wondering what options they have for getting into medicine. Irish students are fortunate – there are many options for studying medicine both in Ireland and abroad. This blog describes them in detail. 1.  Undergraduate medicine Entry into undergraduate medicine is based on a combination of adjusted leaving certificate points and HPAT (please visit https://www.medentry-hpat.ie/resources/university-admissions for more information). If a student does not achieve the minimum required points for entry into undergraduate medicine, there are several options. These include: Low HPAT + high Leaving Cert: repeat HPAT, using this year’s leaving certificate...
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How to survive your first year of Medicine

Medicine is tough, really tough but you’ve made it this far so you’re tougher. First year is a whirlwind and at times can seem overwhelming but having made it through to the other side of those first few full on months I can hand on heart say that everyone is telling the truth when they say college will be the best time of your life. You’ll have ups and downs, I can guarantee that, but overall the ups will far outweigh the downs, but here’s just ten tips to help you power past those downs and navigate your way through the...
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HPAT Score Calculator

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_score There 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...
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Coronavirus and HPAT

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...
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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...
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The HPAT – A Test of Endurance

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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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HPAT

What is HPAT? HPAT stands for Health Professions Admission Test. It is a test developed by ACER and used to help select students into medicine, and other competitive health science courses at university. The HPAT consists of questions in three main categories: Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving, Understanding People and Non-Verbal Reasoning.   What courses require HPAT? The following courses require HPAT:   UniversityCourseTrinity College DublinUndergraduate MedicineUniversity College DublinUndergraduate MedicineRoyal College of Surgeons in IrelandUndergraduate MedicineUniversity College CorkUndergraduate MedicineNational University of Ireland, GalwayUndergraduate MedicineUniversity of LimerickMSc Occupational TherapyMSc Speech and Language Therapy   How long is HPAT? The HPAT takes a total...
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New LMS Exam Report Card

After completing a practice exam on the MedEntry Learning Management System (LMS), you will now be able to view/print a detailed report on your exam performance in comparison to other MedEntry students. The report can be accessed by clicking the "View Report Card" link on the exam attempt solutions page, or under "View Solutions" on the exam summary page: Some of the details in this report include: Your overall exam grade and percentile ranking, in comparison to other MedEntry students.Your grade and percentile ranking for each of the exam constructs (Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving, Understanding People, and Non-verbal Reasoning):Details on your responses for...
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Achieving Perfect HPAT Time Management

One thing I found extremely useful on the days coming up to, and the day of the HPAT was the knowledge that I was confident with my exam timing. Whilst you have no control over the questions that will appear on the HPAT on the day, you have complete control over your timing. This sense of control can help to ease your nerves on the day of the exam, and prove extremely useful in keeping calm throughout the HPAT. Time management also increases the chance of you finishing the HPAT exam… remember, if you do not attempt a question you have...
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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...
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