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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 firstThis 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 tell immediately from...
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Top 5 tips for making the most out of MedEntry

In the September of 6th year, I bought the platinum package and then the 5 additional full length practice exams which I feel really helped, as it gave me a total of 15 practice exams to go through before the real deal. MedEntry had come highly recommended by numerous people who had used it previously, and MedEntry honestly proved priceless in helping me prepare for the HPAT.I think I did the MedEntry online free practice test in the summer before 5th year when I had started thinking about putting Medicine down on my CAO, but having been warned of a finite...
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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 thing anyone should...
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Why is the HPAT so important?

Firstly, the HPAT is important because without it, you cannot study medicine in Ireland, regardless of your Leaving Cert points. The HPAT was implemented to assess students’ skills in logical reasoning, problem-solving and understanding people –skills that are important in the medical field. It was felt that such competencies should bear weight on an individual’s suitability to medicine. Whether you agree with the HPAT or not, it’s there for a reason and you have to do it to be considered for medicine.The HPAT is extremely important, as Leaving Cert points for medicine applicants are assessed differently. A medicine applicant can achieve...
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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 with coronavirus is evolving rapidly, it...
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HPAT Registrations Closing!

Registrations to sit HPAT 2020 will close this Monday 20th January at 5:15 PM GMT!If you plan to sit HPAT in 2020 and have not yet registered, please do so immediately. Remember that this is your only chance to sit HPAT in 2020 – if you miss the registration date, you can still make a late registration until Monday 3rd February at 5:15 pm GMT. However, this will attract a late fee. After this final deadline you will need to wait until next year's HPAT to apply. To register, please visit: https://hpat-ireland.acer.org/register.Note: registering with MedEntry does not mean you have registered to...
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New Partnership With the Dublin Academy of Education

MedEntry is delighted to announce our new partnership with the Dublin Academy of Education.The Dublin Academy of Education is the largest provider of part-time second level courses in the country. It now also offers a full time school for 5th year, 6th year and Repeat Leaving Certificate students.The Dublin Academy of Education’s values align with MedEntry’s: both organisations are passionate about providing the highest quality teaching for students.As part of our partnership, MedEntry is offering:15% off Online and Platinum HPAT preparation packages for part-time students attending the Dublin Academy of Education60% off Online and Platinum HPAT preparation packages for full time students of...
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Online Weekly HPAT Grinds

MedEntry is excited to be launching online weekly HPAT grinds, for the first time ever. The grinds will take place on Monday evenings, from 7-9pm, starting in early November and finishing in early February. Further information can be found at: https://www.medentry-hpat.ie/our-services/hpat-services/weekly-grindsHere are five reasons why you should enrol in online HPAT grinds:1.  No wasted timeIn 6th year, your time is at a premium. School assessments, exams, extra-curricular activities, the list goes on. The last thing you want to do is waste time travelling to and from a venue for HPAT grinds. Wouldn’t it be better to use that time to study,...
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How to apply to the CAO and ACER for medicine

To be eligible to study medicine in Ireland there are two key parts to the application process:applying to the CAOapplying separately to sit the HPAT through ACER.Before you can register to sit the HPAT, you need to apply to the CAO and get your CAO number – you will need this for the HPAT registration process. This must be done online, because if you make a paper application to the CAO your number will not arrive on time. In order to be eligible to apply for an undergraduate Medicine degree you must apply to the CAO within the restricted entry period,...
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Dealing With Disappointing HPAT percentiles - 3 Tips

So you’ve been preparing for HPAT by working through the HPAT guides and attempting HPAT practice questions and exams. Then one day you receive a disappointing HPAT percentile. So what should you do? Is it time to freak out? Is it time to give up on your medical entry dream? No! Read on for three key tips.1.  Understand what a HPAT percentile means and how they are calculatedFirstly, it is vital that you understand HPAT percentiles, and how they are calculated. Essentially, a percentile compares your performance against other HPAT candidates who have attempted that particular drill, or HPAT exam. If...
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Top ten tips for the last 24 hours

So the big day is nearly here and you’ve been working up to it consistently for the goods of a year and now it’s time to put everything MedEntry has taught you into practice.Here’s some advice to help you be at your prime in the last 24 hours leading up to the HPAT. Spend the day before doing something you enjoy, something relaxing, something fun and something that will keep your mind off the HPAT. You NEED some time to let your brain and body relax the day before so that you are in perfect condition. It can be anything so long as...
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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 exam. Remember...
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5 Tips for the last fortnight

HPAT is well and truly close now and it’s time to streamline your study and buckle down! Here are five ways to make sure you’re using the next two weeks to set you up for success on HPAT day.1. Use your practice exams wiselyA practice exam is only a practice exam if you’re doing it in exam conditions. HPAT is a marathon and your MedEntry and ACER exams are your trial runs so use them to recreate HPAT as much as you possibly can. HPAT isn’t just about the questions, it’s about building your stamina, working on your time management, and...
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HPAT Scoring Myths

Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation on the internet and on forums about how HPAT scores are calculated.Some people and companies claim that your HPAT score or percentile ranking can be calculated from your raw score (the number of questions you got right). This is naïve, simplistic and demonstrates ignorance. Not to mention it is irresponsible to provide students with incorrect information.ACER uses a complex computer program to calculate HPAT scores. Even if you buy it (it costs a few thousand dollars), you cannot replicate the results since the assumptions ACER uses to run the program is kept confidential.The way...
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ACER Practice Test 4

ACER released a new practice exam, called 'HPAT Practice Test 4'. Like some other HPAT practice tests released by ACER, they do not include solutions. Therefore, it is difficult for students to know why they may have got a question wrong, and how to arrive at the correct answer efficiently and accurately. MedEntry has recently made available to students high quality, fully worked solutions to all 110 questions in the new HPAT Practice Test. Furthermore, students can compare their performance against others (which is how HPAT results are calculated). Simply enter in your scores to obtain feedback and percentile rankings!
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Medicine, the HPAT, the CAO and one big mistake to avoid

 For any Leaving Certificate students hoping to go on to study medicine, the HPAT and the CAO are two well-known abbreviations which are of great importance to you as you prepare for life after the Leaving Certificate.For me, I wasn’t certain until the very end of 6th year as to what exactly I wanted to do after school. Honestly, it wasn’t until those last few weeks while I waited for my Leaving Cert results that I realised for certain that I had put down the right courses in the right order from my desperate hope that I would get the points...
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New LMS Feature – Exam Review Progress Tracking

After completing a practice exam on the LMS, we strongly recommend that you spend considerable time reviewing your answers.Since this process can take a long time, and may need to be done over multiple sessions, the LMS will now keep track of you are up to in each of your exam reviews.For example, if you were reviewing Exam 5, Question 73, and you close the LMS – the system will remember which part of the Exam you are reviewing, and the next time you continue the exam review, you will be taken directly to this question.You can review an exam in...
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Is it too late to start preparing for the HPAT?

The short answer is no. Studying for the HPAT is possible and no matter how late you start, you will still be able to improve, just like with any other subject.The long answer is: it depends on how much time you put in and how effectively you do it. At this stage, it’s important to study SMART. Trying to do as many HPAT papers as you can will also take up a lot of your time. You are probably also going to be quite busy balancing 6th year or University study and work with HPAT preparation, so learning study techniques that...
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5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before UMAT


Rosanna sat the UMAT five times, and with the help of MedEntry is now studying medicine. In this video, she shares five things she wishes she had known about UMAT. Note: UMAT is the same as HPAT and is used in Australia.   

Planning time for HPAT Preparation


Unsure how to fit in HPAT prep with your school study? Florence scored 100th percentile in UMAT ( the equivalent to HPAT in Australia/New Zealand) and shares her tips.