Be under no illusions: the HPAT is the single hardest and most important test you will ever sit. This is a scary (and for some maybe terrifying) thought. So what can you do to make it less daunting? The answer may seem counter-intuitive: the best way to make HPAT seem do-able is to face it over, and over, and over again. How? By completing high quality, full length trial exams under timed conditions.
HPAT is scary because it is so different to any other test you have done in school – it is much harder, much longer and much more time-pressured, not to mention completely different in terms of content. But what if you could make it seem like part of your normal life? Get up on a Saturday morning, have breakfast, and do a 2 1/2 hour HPAT trial exam? Well, that’s exactly what you should do between now and HPAT. Make doing a full length HPAT trial exam part of your weekly routine. If you do this, when it comes to the day of HPAT, it will not seem as scary.
Remember, MedEntry practice exams are the best possible preparation for HPAT. They contain the most difficult questions and are created to accurately simulate the most recent HPAT tests. While MedEntry drills are great for skill development, they are easier and they cover every type of question that has appeared in HPAT over the last decade. As HPAT draws nearer, practice exams are the most efficient, targeted and effective preparation you can do for HPAT.
The most common feedback we get every year from MedEntry students is that they wish they did not ‘save up’ their HPAT exams, or leave them to the last minute. HPAT cannot be crammed for; the best way to improve is through consistent practice, reflection and discussion. Keep in mind that completing a HPAT exam doesn’t just take 2 1/2 hours – it takes several hours in addition that to re-attempt the questions you got wrong and review the solutions. If you complete the exam on a Saturday, you can plan to review it on the Sunday.
Here are some tips for completing HPAT practice exams:
- Complete the exam under strict time conditions! Perhaps ask a parent or sibling to time you
- Do not give yourself any breaks, except a brief bathroom break if you need one
- Complete the practice exam in a quiet room, without distractions
- Practice using an answer sheet (you can print one from the LMS)
- Use only the materials that are allowed on test day (no calculators, dictionaries, highlighters or food, for example)
- Use the same watch you are planning to use on test day (remember, no digital watches are allowed)
Doing a full length HPAT trial exam may seem scary, but think about how much more scary it will be if the first time you completed an exam under strict conditions was the day of the real HPAT. Practice exposing yourself to HPAT test conditions over and over, and it will start to become like second nature. You can then walk into the HPAT relaxed and confident.
Feedback over the years suggests that the MedEntry exams are at least as hard (if not slightly harder) than the real exam. Exams are thoroughly researched and updated every year to reflect changes in the HPAT. MedEntry offers the following trial exams:
- 10 full length practice exams (all with feedback and fully worked solutions), available as part of all packages
- Option to upgrade to an additional 5 exams (i.e. 15 exams in total)
- Full length trial exam under simulated conditions at the two day courses (available as part of the Platinum and Diamond packages)
- Option to sit an additional simulated exam closer to the HPAT