What are the changes for the HPAT exam in 2014?
One of the most significant changes to the HPAT exam for 2014 will be a change in the weighting of the HPAT sections. The non-verbal reasoning section of the HPAT will have a reduced weighting of 20% down from 33.3%. Consequently, the weighting of section one: logical reasoning and problem solving and section two: interpersonal understanding will increase to 40%.
Secondly, HPAT results will only be valid for one year as opposed to the previous two year HPAT result validity period. Note that this change will apply to those students who sat the HPAT exam in 2013.
If I sat the HPAT exam in 2012 or 2013 do these changes affect me?
None of these changes will affect candidates who sat the HPAT exam in 2012. Some of these changes will affect candidates that sat the HPAT in 2013, but they will not affect the actual marking of the 2013 HPAT papers.
Results of HPAT exams sat from and including 2013 onwards, will be valid for one year only to obtain admission into an undergraduate medical course. Thus HPAT exams sat in 2013 will be valid for 2013 undergraduate medical course entry only and not 2014 entry into undergraduate medical courses.
Candidates who sat the HPAT in 2012 will still be able to use their 2012 HPAT result when applying for admission into undergraduate medical courses in 2013.
The changes in the weighting of the HPAT sections (as discussed above) will not affect candidates who sat the HPAT exam in 2012.
Why have the changes to the HPAT exam 2014 taken place?
Statistics have shown that there is some advantage in the non-verbal reasoning section of the HPAT exam for those candidates who have sat the HPAT exam twice. Thus the proportion of marks allocated to the non verbal reasoning section of the HPAT exam has been decreased from 1/3 i.e 33.3% to 20%. According to the IUA, since 2010, approximately one third of medical school entrants have repeated the HPAT exam. This means that a number of first time applicants to undergraduate medical courses were deprived of potential undergraduate medical school places. Thus, the overall effect of these changes is to minimise any advantage that may be gained by students repeating the HPAT exam.
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