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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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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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HPAT Practice Question Section 1

You are treating a 60kg patient for a laceration, which you will need to suture under local anaesthetic. Given that the maximum safe dose of lignocaine is 3mg/kg, what is the maximum volume of a lignocaine 1% weight per volume (w/v) solution that can be administered safely? A.   180µL B.   6mL C.   1.8mL D.   18mL   More HPAT practice questions and resources are available.   Solution: mL = milli litres ; µL = micro litres 1 litre = 1000 mL = 1 kg = 1000 g 1% weight per volume (w/v) solution means 1 litre has 0.01 kg of lignocaine Or...
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Which HPAT prep course?

As a student it is very difficult to choose between the various HPAT prep course providers. It is even more difficult to do so when you are bombarded with hype, myths and misinformation through slick and deceptive marketing strategies. You are only going to be able to improve your HPAT results if you prepare using questions that simulate the real HPAT. Students are too often mislead by purchasing HPAT practice tests and HPAT questions that show little, if any resemblance to the HPAT itself. An example of this is HPAT prep courses that include LSAT questions. The HPAT does not have...
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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 Advice

HPAT advice: Analysing a HPAT question To analyse, you must look closely at a problem, break it down into parts and understand how they all fit together. It is important to develop a way of keeping track of the mechanics of the problem so that you can recall how everything fits together as you work through long problems or a problem with several associated questions. This can be done through writing out a formula on the side of the problem, drawing little mind maps or diagrams, underlining key phrases or simply putting a line through what you have already worked through...
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HPAT Courses Galway

HPAT preparation courses are run throughout Ireland leading up to the HPAT. A typical HPAT Course Galway 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 Anxiety

Knowing that the HPAT is getting closer may cause you to feel some HPAT anxiety. While a small amount of HPAT anxiety or HPAT nervousness is good for HPAT test takers, too much can hinder your performance in the HPAT test and consequentially bring down your HPAT score. The following list includes all of the typical signs of HPAT anxiety for you to look out for leading up to the HPAT: Mental blank out – eg. knowing the answers before and after the HPAT (or practice tests)   Negative thoughts   Difficulty concentrating – eg. Racing thoughts   Nausea   Sweating...
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HPAT Section 2 Tips and Advice

Absorbing and recalling all of the information that you need from the passages you are given in HPAT section 2 can be quite difficult, however there are ways to tackle these long and dense passages so that you are able to process them and extract the important information more efficiently and effectively and thus improve your section 2 HPAT score. One of the best ways to process section 2 stimuli is to break the paragraph down into simpler forms through paraphrasing. This means that long and complex paragraphs are simplified into smaller and simpler pieces of information. Good readers will paraphrase...
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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...
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HPAT test tactics and preparation part 2: Process of Elimination in HPAT multichoice

Process of Elimination or POE in HPAT: the  best  of a  bad bunch.       Comprehensive advice from the team at  MedEntry HPAT preparation.   Once you have established  what the HPAT question  is asking you need to act efficiently and narrow down your options to reach the correct answer. Using the Process of Elimination or POE method can greatly improve your chances of scoring highly on the HPAT because it provides a way of tackling questions where there seems to be no ideal answer. Firstly , be wary of simply picking what you perceive, at first glance, to be the correct answer. There...
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HPAT test tactics and preparation part 3: HPAT questions involving percentages

comprehensive UMAT advice from the team at  MedEntry HPAT preparation.   What you need to know about percentage % questions before starting your HPAT preparation:       Problems involving percent are common on the HPAT. The word  percent  means "divided by one hundred." When you see the word "percent," or the symbol %, remember it means 1/100. For example, 25 Percent   25 x 1/100 = 1/4 To convert a decimal into a percent, move the decimal point two places to the right. For example, 0.25 = 25%   0.023 = 2.3%   1.3 = 130% Conversely, to convert a...
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HPAT test tactics and preparation part 4: HPAT probability questions

comprehensive UMAT advice from the team at  MedEntry HPAT preparation.       Probability questions in the HPAT: you're probably reading this sentence right now...   We know what probability means, but what is its formal definition? Let's use our everyday logic to define it. If there is no chance that an event will occur, then its probability of occurring should be 0. On the other extreme, if an event is certain to occur, then its probability of occurring should be 100%, or 1. Hence, we can deduce that  probability will be a number between 0 and 1, inclusive. But what kind...
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HPAT test tactics and preparation part 5: Counting Problems in HPAT



Counting problems in HPAT: an essential summary. Your HPAT questions explained by the team at MedEntry  as part of our new section  HPAT test tactics and preparation.     They may seem simple on paper, but counting problems contained within the HPAT exam can often cause much confusion among students. If you can understand the basic principles of counting problems and recognize when to apply them, you will be able to master many of the typical counting problem question types presented in the HPAT exam.   When counting elements that are in overlapping sets, the total number will equal the number in one group plus the number in...
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Written communication assessment criteria for HPAT Ulster

What is the written communication assessment criteria for the HPAT Ulster? HPAT Ulster markers consider two broad HPAT Ulster criteria when marking your HPAT Ulster essay: HPAT Ulster essay criterium 1: What you say in your HPAT Ulster essay i.e thought and content (the quality of what is said) • what is made of and developed from the task in your HPAT Ulster essay • the kinds of thoughts and feelings offered in your HPAT Ulster essay in response to the task HPAT Ulster essay criterium 2: How your HPAT Ulster essay expresses your ideas i.e organisation and expression   (the quality of the structure developed and the language used)...
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How long should my written communication be for the HPAT Ulster exam?

How long should my written communication be for the HPAT Ulster exam? Most HPAT Ulster essays that get top scores are five or six paragraphs long. Very few top-scoring HPAT Ulster essays have fewer than four paragraphs. The scorers will evaluate your essay’s organisation and this includes how effectively you use paragraphs. So, quality or quantity in my HPAT Ulster essay? Quality is much more important than quantity in your HPAT Ulster essay. Nevertheless, you should try to fill the pages you’re given for the HPAT Ulster essay. Plan to write at least five paragraphs and add a sixth if you have enough time and...
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What is the written communication section of the HPAT Ulster?

What is the written communication section of the HPAT Ulster? In section 3 of the HPAT Ulster test, there are two HPAT Ulster 30-minute writing tasks. One essay requires students to synthesise graphically presented information relating to social issues and the other, is a reflective style essay. Section three of the HPAT Ulster is designed to assess how well you can express your ideas in writing—that is, make an argument using clear and specific examples, solid reasoning and fluent language. It is not simply an assessment of "what you know," and it isn't a spelling or grammar test. Many colleges regard this as one of...
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The five essential qualities of a superior HPAT Ulster essay

The five essential qualities of a superior HPAT Ulster essay: When critiquing your HPAT Ulster essays, there are generally five basic elements that you need to have included to some extent in order to have written a comprehensive and engaging HPAT Ulster essay. To assist you, we've outlined several HPAT Ulster essay tips below. HPAT Ulster essay tip 1:  Interesting, relevant and consistent point of view in your HPAT Ulster essay Do you take a thoughtful and interesting position on the issue of the HPAT Ulster essay topic ?   Do you answer the HPAT Ulster essay topic as it is presented?   Do you maintain a consistent point...
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HPAT results 2013: how your HPAT results will help you gain entry into Medicine or other health sciences courses in Ireland.

What HPAT results will I need to study for my course? The HPAT results of successful applicants ranged from 170 to 238. The highest HPAT result in 2013 was about 228, therefore even those with a HPAT result of about 160 may have a possibility of obtaining an offer. How are HPAT results calculated? The HPAT scaled score for the three sections of the test are added to obtain an overall HPAT result. The individual section scores given in your HPAT results are not raw scores (the percentage of questions you got right). The maximum HPAT result a candidate can receive is...
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IMPORTANT: Changes to HPAT exam 2014

What are the changes for the HPAT exam in 2014? One of the most significant changes to the HPAT exam for 2014 will be a change in the weighting of the HPAT sections. The non-verbal reasoning section of the HPAT will have a reduced weighting of 20% down from 33.3%. Consequently, the weighting of section one: logical reasoning and problem solving and section two: interpersonal understanding  will increase to 40%. Secondly, HPAT results will only be valid for one year as opposed to the previous two year HPAT result validity period. Note that this change will apply to those students who...
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