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HPAT Results: What to do with your CAO

15th June 2022

HPAT Results: What to do with your CAO

HPAT results are usually released in mid to late June. After months of waiting to find out your HPAT results, it can feel quite overwhelming to finally receive them! After all of the hard work and preparation for HPAT, everyone wants to get a great HPAT score. However, it is important to know what to do if things don’t go as well as you had hoped. It’s not the end of the world and ...

 

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Why is HPAT so Hard?

14th June 2022

Why is HPAT so Hard?

Most current medical students and doctors would agree that HPAT is probably the hardest and single most important test you will ever have to sit in your career. Many students, especially those who do not prepare, are shocked by the difficulty of HPAT. Some who do prepare become disillusioned by the difficulty of HPAT. So why is HPAT so hard? And what can you do about it? Read on!   ...

 

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Everything you need to know about the HPAT

12th June 2022

Everything you need to know about the HPAT

Do you want to study medicine in 2023? If so, you will need to sit the HPAT 2023.  This blog describes everything you need to know about the HPAT 2023.   What is the HPAT? HPAT stands for Health Professions Admission Test. It is a test developed by ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research). HPAT is used to help select students into medicine in Ireland. The HPAT take ...

 

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Should I choose a Medicine Course with a Pre-Med Year?

30th May 2022

Should I choose a Medicine Course with a Pre-Med Year?

A common question asked by medicine hopefuls is, “Should I choose a medical course with a pre-med year?” This blog answers this question.    What is the difference between 5- and 6-year medical courses?   First, we need to understand the difference between 5- and 6-year medical courses. 6-year courses have a pre-med year where you develop a science foun ...

 

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Timeline for Medical Entry 2021-2022

30th May 2022

Timeline for Medical Entry 2021-2022

Getting into medicine is a complex process. It’s not just about your academic performance, you also need to succeed in HPAT. There are many important deadlines that you must not miss if you are to enter your dream course. This blog outlines the key dates and tasks so you can ensure you keep on track!    Date Deadline Tasks ...

 

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ATTENTION PARENTS: 5 Ways to help your Son or Daughter get into Medicine

6th April 2022

ATTENTION PARENTS: 5 Ways to help your Son or Daughter get into Medicine

Great things never come easy. Medicine is an incredibly rewarding, secure, well paid and respected profession in Ireland. It is also the hardest course to get into. Furthermore, the final years of secondary school are a stressful and demanding time for your son or daughter, and the need to sit HPAT places additional pressure on them during this time. Thankfully there are ways ...

 

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How to Prepare for the HPAT in 5th Year

21st March 2022

How to Prepare for the HPAT in 5th Year

So you’re in 5th year and you’re thinking about pursuing a career in medicine. You’ve been getting great grades and you have the people skills to become a doctor, so there should be no problem getting in. Then you find out about the HPAT. You hear that it can be a major obstruction to your journey, and only a select few are able to succeed in HPAT. You hear about all the peop ...

 

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Top Tips for Non-Verbal Reasoning

8th February 2022

Top Tips for Non-Verbal Reasoning

Students often find non-verbal reasoning questions the most difficult initially, especially if they have never encountered them before. Here are a few tips to help tackle these questions from an experienced HPAT tutor. Tip 1: Keep it Simple Non-verbal reasoning questions will require you to find the most simple and logical answer. It may feel like the questions are out to trick you, and ...

 

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Five Tips to Improve Your Score in Interpersonal Understanding Questions

6th February 2022

Five Tips to Improve Your Score in Interpersonal Understanding Questions

To some lucky people it comes easy, but for many this is the section with some of the most difficult questions in the exam. Whether you are just starting your HPAT preparation or are deep in your practice so far, the following tips from an experienced tutor who scored highly in this section should help you maximize your score:   Firstly, read the introductory text included in the pa ...

 

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PREPARE FOR HPAT: PREPARE FOR A MARATHON

24th January 2022

PREPARE FOR HPAT: PREPARE FOR A MARATHON

Many students who have scored 100th percentile in the HPAT have said that preparing for HPAT is like preparing for a marathon. There are many similarities: they both require significant motivation, consistent practice over a period of time and a clear head under pressure. Not to mention that for many people both a marathon and the HPAT are the hardest challenges they have faced so far in their ...

 

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