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 done in our school exams.
The ability to cope with this test of endurance is a critical strength that the top HPAT students hold above others.
As such, it is with good reason that HPAT practice exams are so important. A HPAT student cannot derive the same benefits to their mental endurance from 30 minutes of sample practice questions as they can from a 2.5-hour practice exam.
However, do not be concerned if you reach the 2-hour mark of your first practice exam, and desperately need to take a break. This is a good starting point, and from here, you can monitor your improvement. In the early stages, just completing a whole 2.5-hour exam is an achievement.
Blog Written by Jack, a 100th percentile student in UMAT (Similar test to HPAT), currently studying Medicine at Monash University in Australia.