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HPAT Preparation During Coronavirus - Tip 2: Create a Routine and HPAT Study Plan

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a dramatic change in the way we work and learn. We recognise that this is a difficult situation, which may be causing you stress. We are here to help! This blog series covers how to effectively prepare for HPAT during coronavirus and social isolation. The principles outlined in these blogs are also useful for your school and university study. Our last blog covered tip 1: Optimise Your Study Environment. In this blog, we will cover tip 2: Create a Routine and HPAT study plan Routines are important! Routines are essential to productivity. Without a routine,...
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HPAT Weekly Grinds Start Soon!

Struggling with HPAT? Need extra guidance? MedEntry’s Weekly HPAT Grinds begin in just over a fortnight. Places are limited and are rapidly filling up. Classes will run online from the safety and comfort of your home. They will take place weekly over twelve weeks, from 7-9pm, starting in early November and finishing in early February. Two streams are available to choose from: Tuesday and Thursday nights. Class sizes are limited to ensure personal interaction and support. Grinds are run by an experienced tutor who has achieved 100th percentile in the HPAT. Need help with a particular question on the online learning platform?...
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HPAT Preparation During Coronavirus - Tip 1: Optimise Your Study Environment

Before coronavirus, you may have studied at a local library or café. You might have found these places useful for your HPAT preparation due to the environment, access to technology or the fact that they were quieter than home! Now, it may not be safe or possible to use these locations. You may therefore need to create an effective HPAT study environment for yourself at home. In this series of blogs, we will describe how to prepare for HPAT effectively during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The principles outlined in this blog are also useful for your school and university study. The...
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HPAT-Ireland: A Student’s Experience

Deciding to sit HPAT Making the decision to sit HPAT was a difficult one. I was worried that the time I would have to spend on HPAT preparation would impact my school study. However, speaking to people who had been through it already provided some reassurance that it is possible, if you are clever with your preparation, to manage both HPAT and Leaving Certificate or university examinations. In addition, I was nervous that HPAT wouldn’t go well but decided it was worth making an attempt because at least I would know rather than be left wondering ‘what if?’.  If you are...
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MedEntry's Comprehensive HPAT Medical Entry Handbook is Now Available, FREE!

    MedEntry's brand new, 70 page, comprehensive HPAT Handbook is now available, absolutely free! It covers everything you need to know about medical entry, HPAT, and university admissions. The handbook is divided into four parts: Part 1: How to get into medicine This section covers how to get into medicine in Ireland. It includes the criteria used, various entry pathways, what you need to do now to secure your place in medicine, and a suggested timeline.       Part 2: The Health Professions Admission Test (HPAT) This section covers everything you need to know about HPAT. It includes information...
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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...
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Managing HPAT with other commitments

As many of you would have noticed, HPAT preparation takes time. And I mean a LOT of time! It’s often overwhelming trying to get those HPAT practice exams you’d promised yourself to get done as well as study for that first chemistry quiz if you’re in 6th year, or keep up with your GAA training.  In many cases, students often lose time, confidence and their interest in HPAT since it simply adds to their already overwhelming workload. So before you start stressing about the upcoming HPAT exam, let’s just take a quick look at how you can manage studying for the...
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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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BRAND NEW, INNOVATIVE FEATURES ON MEDENTRY’S HPAT LEARNING PLATFORM!

MedEntry is excited to have launched a new look Online Learning Platform for students sitting the HPAT in 2021. The new HPAT Platform is packed with innovative features to ensure that MedEntry students continue to receive the highest quality HPAT preparation available. Here is a brief summary of some of the new features on the HPAT Online Learning Platform. Interactive Study Planner The MedEntry Interactive Study Planner allows you to easily create an effective HPAT study plan. It allows you to schedule your HPAT learning goals, including the dates when you plan to complete each MedEntry HPAT resource. You can also...
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THE NEW MEDENTRY HPAT ONLINE PLATFORM IS HERE!

Our IT engineers have been working hard to deliver the most intuitive, personalised and effective HPAT platform available. We are excited to have launched this platform for our students sitting the HPAT in 2021. Some of the LMS resources have moved around. Here is a summary of where they can now be found: HPAT Structured Learning Curriculum MedEntry’s HPAT guides and HPAT video guides are now available on the Learn page (accessible by clicking ‘Learn’ on the LMS homepage, or ‘Learn’ in the HPAT drop-down menu):  HPAT Practice Exams, HPAT Drills and the Eureka HPAT Question Trainer HPAT Drills and the Eureka Question...
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3 Resources to Read Over Summer to Improve your Section 2 HPAT Score

Going back to school may feel like months away but the summer break provides a great opportunity to hone vital skills to ensure you are best prepared for the HPAT exam. The 3 sections in the HPAT must be prepared for differently as each are designed to measure a specific skill. Whereas Sections 1 and 3 test your abilities in logical and non-verbal reasoning respectively - Section 2 will assess your capacity to understand and think about people. Emotional intelligence is therefore key to scoring highly on this section of the HPAT. Below are a list of reading materials I highly...
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Keeping the Balance

Keeping the balance is something we all struggle with in our final year of schooling, myself included. At the commencement of the year, I jumped into everything. Then, at the end of term one, I crashed, and in term two I tried to do nothing. Neither of these worked for me, and over the remainder of the year I learnt some important lessons about keeping the balance. Not only was I happier and more well-rounded as a result, I was also able to succeed in both HPAT and in my final exams.   The golden rule for staying well-rounded is that...
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5 steps to balancing the HPAT – The Extra Subject

Sixth year is a busy year – we all know that. However, it can get a whole lot busier if you’re studying for the HPAT as well. It can be like taking an extra subject – one that has no teacher, and there are no deadlines (aside from the exam). In addition, it is an exam for which you cannot cram (sorry to burst your bubble). So how do you manage the meticulous balancing act between not letting your school grades drop, whilst also keeping yourselves in good stead for the HPAT? Planning. Yes, you’ve probably heard it all before, but if...
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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...
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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...
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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-grinds Here are five reasons why you should enrol in online HPAT grinds: 1.  No wasted time In 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...
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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 calculated Firstly, 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...
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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...
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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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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...
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