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5 Common Myths about the HPAT: BUSTED

26th October 2022

5 Common Myths about the HPAT: BUSTED

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about HPAT that can stand in the way of effective HPAT preparation and performance. In this blog we’ll describe five common myths and explain why they are inaccurate, and what you can do about them.   1. The HPAT is an aptitude test so you can’t prepare for it This is absolutely incorrect. While HPAT may be considered an &ls ...

 

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Considering repeating HPAT/Leaving Cert? Here’s some advice from someone who has done it before

10th September 2022

Considering repeating HPAT/Leaving Cert? Here’s some advice from someone who has done it before

So you have just received your HPAT and Leaving Certificate results and unfortunately have not been accepted into Medicine this year - what next? This was the situation I, and indeed many other Medicine hopefuls, faced on results day. The first reaction you may have is one of obvious disappointment, followed by the monumental task of considering the myriad of options on what to do next: Sho ...

 

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Getting the most from your HPAT Practice Exams

25th August 2022

Getting the most from your HPAT Practice Exams

With every passing week, the date of your HPAT exam is inching closer.  Perhaps you are working through the MedEntry curriculum modules, QBank and skills trainers. This will all aid your preparation, but an important question is, have you completed a full-length HPAT practice exam yet? Completing a full length HPAT practice exam can be intimidating and even scary. It is easy to spend t ...

 

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How to Interpret your HPAT Results

25th June 2022

How to Interpret your HPAT Results

HPAT results have been released! You will have received an email from ACER with details on how to access your results. This blog contains information for how to interpret your HPAT statement of results.   What do the numbers on the HPAT Statement of Results mean? Your HPAT Statement of Results will display two measures of your performance: HPAT score and HPAT percentile.  ...

 

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A Student’s Experience Sitting HPAT Online 2022 (Plus Some Tips!)

19th February 2022

A Student’s Experience Sitting HPAT Online 2022 (Plus Some Tips!)

I just sat HPAT 2022 online – and what a relief to have it over with! Overall it was as I expected with no major surprises, having done practice exams on MedEntry’s online platform.   Check in process The check in process was similar to what was outlined in the ProctorU video emailed to us by ACER. I logged into the ProctorU site, and when the countdown reached 0, I w ...

 

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HPAT Nutrition

16th February 2022

HPAT Nutrition

Napoleon Bonaparte once famously said “an army marches on its stomach”, and that is as relevant for HPAT as it was for the French Armies that Bonaparte commanded. Making sure you put the right things into your body in the lead up to HPAT is vital to making sure that you perform well on the day of the test. I’m sure you are well aware of what a quality diet consists, so in this post I’ll serve ...

 

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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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3 tips to Improve your Score in Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving questions

4th February 2022

3 tips to Improve your Score in Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving questions

Looking for some tips on how to improve your score in Logical reasoning and Problem solving? Terrified by long passages with scientific jargon and perplexing puzzles? Worried about running out of time? Remember the following advice and you’ll be well on your way to maximising your score.   1. Read the question stem first This construct can often be time-consuming due to len ...

 

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The HPAT – A Test of Endurance

21st December 2021

The HPAT – A Test of Endurance

Mental endurance can be defined as, ‘the ability to endure an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.’ The HPAT is so commonly viewed as a test of intelligence and aptitude, that we forget how crucial it is to also improve our mental endurance for this exam. In fact, the endurance required for the HPAT is much greater than that required for any end of year school e ...

 

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