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Putting the HPAT in perspective

6th year - exams littered throughout the semester, assignments that pile up, and extra-curricular activities that take up chunks of time. When you throw HPAT preparation into the mix, it’s easy to see why your senior year can often seem like a very stressful time of your life. In amongst all this, its easy to lose track of what is going on and to blow things out of proportion. If you are reading this, you probably realise that HPAT is a significant test, however it’s important to understand that HPAT is not a be all and end all. Often you hear of...
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When Will Registrations Open For HPAT 2021?

Registrations to sit HPAT Ireland normally open in early November each year. HPAT normally takes place in paper and pencil based format in large testing centres in late February. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many changes to educational testing across the world, and it is very likely that HPAT 2021 will be delivered in a different manner to previous years. ACER have confirmed that they are looking into alternatives to face to face testing, and this has resulted in delays to the opening of registrations to sit HPAT 2021. Why is HPAT likely to be delivered differently in 2021?...
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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...
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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 was used in Australia prior to the change to UCAT.      

Achieving Perfect HPAT Time Management

One thing I found extremely useful on the days coming up to, and the day of the HPAT was the knowledge that I was confident with my exam timing. Whilst you have no control over the questions that will appear on the HPAT on the day, you have complete control over your timing. This sense of control can help to ease your nerves on the day of the exam, and prove extremely useful in keeping calm throughout the HPAT. Time management also increases the chance of you finishing the HPAT exam… remember, if you do not attempt a question you have...
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HPAT test tactics and preparation part 1: Avoiding multiple confusions in the multiple choice section of HPAT

A starting guide on how to tackle HPAT multi-choice  from the team at MedEntry HPAT preparation:   •           The '2 out of 4' rule in multi-choice: In any multi-choice test, it is significantly harder to create a good but incorrect answer than it is to create the correct answer. For this reason usually only two attractive answer-choices are offered. One correct; the other either intentionally misleading or only partially correct. The other three answer-choices are usually 'fluff'. This makes educated guessing on tests immensely effective. If you can dismiss the two fluff choices, your probability of answering...
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HPAT Courses Dublin

HPAT preparation courses are run throughout Ireland leading up to the HPAT. A typical HPAT Course Dublin will include: HPAT focused lectures, advice tips and strategies to ace the HPAT, a practice HPAT exam with results and feedback as well as many additional resources for HPAT preparation such as trial HPAT papers, practice HPAT questions, HPAT guides and HPAT drills accessible for Irish students. Studying Medicine in Ireland has become extremely competitive. The competition for places in Medicine courses is fierce which  makes the HPAT score particularly important in addition to students' LC Points. The HPAT makes up about one third...
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HPAT Courses

HPAT preparation courses are run throughout Ireland leading up to the HPAT each February. A typical HPAT course will include: HPAT focused lectures, advice tips and strategies to ace the HPAT, a practice EXAM exam with results and feedback, as well as many additional resources for HPAT preparation such as trial HPAT papers, practice HPAT questions, HPAT guides and HPAT drills. Studying Medicine or Health Sciences in Ireland has become extremely competitive, particularly at institutions like the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI GALWAY), Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Cork (UCC) and University...
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Are HPAT Courses a waste of money?

Organisations such as the ACER like to promote the myth that HPAT courses are a waste of money. This is because ACER has a hidden agenda. Newspapers like to run stories with headlines such as: “HPAT prep courses declared waste of money”, or “HPAT courses a waste of money”, or “Are HPAT preparatory courses time well spent or a waste of money?”, or “Private courses branded PreMed are a waste of money” etc. Such articles create apprehension, doubt and fear among students and parents, so newspapers publish them to sell more newspapers. Furthermore, those who have vested interests rally and argue...
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