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AN EXPLANATION OF HPAT RESULTS: HOW ARE HPAT RESULTS CALCULATED? AND OTHER HPAT RESULTS FAQS.

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WHEN AND HOW WILL I RECEIVE MY HPAT 2020 RESULTS?You will receive your HPAT 2020 results in mid-June. You will receive an email from ACER once results are available to notify you of their release. You will be able to access your results via the ACER HPAT-Ireland website, by logging into your account.WHAT HPAT RESULTS WILL I RECEIVE?When you receive your HPAT results you will be given a score for each HPAT section (logical reasoning and problem solving, interpersonal understanding and non-verbal reasoning), and an overall weighted aggregate HPAT score. From this information, you will also be given a calculated percentile rank....
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HOW WILL CALCULATED GRADES AFFECT HPAT AND MEDICAL ENTRY 2020?

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Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Leaving Certificate Examinations have been cancelled. Many students are wondering how this will affect HPAT and medical entry in 2020. This blog answers some common questions. What is the new system of Calculated Grades?The Calculated Grades system has been selected to provide Leaving Certificate 2020 students with the ability to progress to third level education or to begin work. The grades will be calculated from a combination of a school-based estimate and data available on past performance of students in each school and nationally. This allows a standardisation to give students as fair a grade...
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GAMSAT will be run online in 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT) will be run online at the end of May for the first time ever. GAMSAT is used to select students for entry into graduate medical programs.GAMSAT is usually run in person across multiple venues. However, due to COVID-19, the GAMSAT exam scheduled for Saturday 21 March 2020 has been cancelled. This applies to all candidates, in all locations globally.ACER, which runs GAMSAT, has said that candidates will sit GAMSAT at home or at a private location of their choosing. Candidates will need to have a stable internet...
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Ten tips for surviving your first year of Medicine

Medicine is tough, really tough but you’ve made it this far so you’re tougher. First year is a whirlwind and at times can seem overwhelming, but having made it through to the other side of those first few full-on months, I can hand on heart say that everyone is telling the truth when they say college will be the best time of your life. You’ll have ups and downs, I can guarantee that, but overall the ups will far outweigh the downs. Here’s ten tips to help you power past those downs and navigate your way through the minefield that is...
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Studying undergraduate medicine in Ireland at a glance

There are 5 universities in Ireland that offer undergraduate medical degrees:Trinity College Dublin (TCD)The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI)University College Dublin (UCD)University College Cork (UCC)National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG).TCD and UCC offer a five year course, UCD offers a six year course and both NUIG and RCSI offer a 6 or 5 year course. The entry requirements for each of the courses varies slightly, but all applicants are required to sit the HPAT exam and receive a minimum of 480 points in their leaving certificate.TCD has 121 places, UCD offers 90 places, UCC offers 88 places, RCSI offers 54...
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Options for Pursuing Medicine in Ireland

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With the release of HPAT scores recently, some students may be wondering what other options they have for getting into medicine. Irish students are fortunate – there are many options for studying medicine both in Ireland and abroad. This blog describes them in detail. 1.  Undergraduate medicineEntry into undergraduate medicine is based on a combination of adjusted leaving certificate points and HPAT (please visit https://www.medentry-hpat.ie/resources/university-admissions for more information). If a student does not achieve the minimum required points for entry into undergraduate medicine, there are several options. These include:Low HPAT + high Leaving Cert: repeat HPAT, using this year’s leaving certificate points...
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Is medicine for me? 5 tips on how to make the big decision

Deciding what to put on your CAO can be extremely daunting. Personally, it took me months and lots of research and thought to finally make that decision. Here are a few of the ways I went about deciding whether medicine was right for me or not: 1. Talk to those in the know I was lucky to be given the phone numbers of friends of friends and colleagues of relatives who had just recently completed med school and were beginning to embark on various careers in medicine. Listening to their first hand experiences and being able to ask questions about med school...
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Dispelling the Myths of Medicine

 The idea of studying medicine at university can seem like a very daunting prospect. There are many myths and false beliefs about the degree which allow these fears to prosper. Having completed my first year studying medicine at Monash University, I hope I can dispel some of your fears about potentially studying medicine at university. Medicine is ULTRA competitiveGranted, Medicine, like all high-achieving courses, is competitive. Many of the students are extremely dedicated to their studies and strive to get the best out of themselves. However, one of the great aspects of medicine is that one of the most difficult things about...
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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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Why study Medicine?

There are only two things people seem ask you about in sixth year: those big exams in June and what you want to do when they’re over. It’s a stressful and busy year with plenty of studying to be done. The constant questioning can be annoying, but it’s really important that you take the time to really look at what it is you are going to do next year. For anyone considering applying to sit the HPAT and putting medicine down on your CAO, here are just a few of the reasons why you should study medicine.Unlike a lot of university...
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SO YOU WANT TO BE A DOCTOR? HOW TO GET INTO MEDICINE

Congratulations on your decision to pursue medicine as a career! Medicine is an interesting, valued and rewarding profession. The process of getting into medicine can be confusing, so here’s an introduction.Criteria for getting into medicineThe minimum points required to get into medicine varies from year to year and between universities, but a total of at least 720 points is generally required. This is the addition of:Your adjusted Leaving Certificate points andYour overall HPAT scoreLet’s consider each of these in turn. Adjusted Leaving Certificate PointsIn determining entry into medicine, Leaving Certificate Examination points are adjusted as follows:•         Students who obtain...
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MEDICINE AS A DOUBLE DEGREE

A common question that aspiring medical students ask is whether they should combine their medical degree with another degree, such as arts or music. It is important to think carefully about this. You will be spending 3–4 years of your life and as well as a lot of money if you pursue a double degree. Will a degree such as English, history, philosophy, music or literature actually benefit you?Some argue that these degrees are worthwhile, may point to all the things you can learn, and perhaps even point out a few successful people that achieved a lot with such degrees. But...
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