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:
|Trinity College Dublin||Undergraduate Medicine|
|University College Dublin||Undergraduate Medicine|
|Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland||Undergraduate Medicine|
|University College Cork||Undergraduate Medicine|
|National University of Ireland, Galway||Undergraduate Medicine|
|University of Limerick||MSc Occupational Therapy
MSc Speech and Language Therapy
How long is HPAT?
The HPAT takes a total of approximately 2 ½ hours.
When is HPAT?
HPAT will take place in late February.
How do I register for HPAT?
Registrations for HPAT open in early November and close in January each year. You can register for HPAT by visiting https://hpat-ireland.acer.org/
Note that enrolment in MedEntry does not mean you are registered for HPAT.
Is HPAT important?
Yes! HPAT is often as important as your Leaving Cert score in determining whether or not you will get into medicine. Even those with perfect Leaving Cert points of 625 have missed out on medicine due to poor HPAT scores.
Is HPAT hard?
Yes! Many practicing medical specialists believe that HPAT was the hardest test they ever sat. The questions are completely different to those you will have encountered at school or university, and there is a strict time limit which means that the vast majority of students do not finish the exam. It is a 2 ½ hour long test requiring extreme concentration.
The good news? It is possible to prepare for and do well in HPAT.
How can I prepare for HPAT?
Successful preparation for HPAT can be summarised in five key steps:
- Understand the importance of HPAT
- Familiarise yourself with HPAT-style questions
- Learn strategies for tackling each type of question
- Attempt full length practice exams under timed conditions
- Identify your weaknesses and work on them
What HPAT score do I need to get into medicine?
The minimum points required to get into medicine varies from year to year and between universities, but a total of at least 720 points is usually required.
This is the addition of:
- Your adjusted Leaving Certificate points
- Your HPAT overall score
Students who obtain higher than 550 points in the leaving certificate will have their points adjusted so that each additional 5 points achieved over 550 is adjusted to 1 point.
The maximum score that can be achieved in HPAT is theoretically 300, but anyone who gets more than 200 has done exceptionally well and is in the top 1% of candidates sitting HPAT
Where can I get more information?
You can find more information about HPAT from:
- This detailed page: https://www.medentry-hpat.ie/what-is-hpat-and-how-to-prepare-for-it
- This FAQ page: http://www.medentry-hpat.ie/faq/hpat-ireland
- The ACER website: https://hpat-ireland.acer.org/
- Following MedEntry on social media
- Contacting MedEntry