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MedEntry's Comprehensive HPAT Medical Entry Handbook is Now Available, FREE!

14th March 2023

MedEntry's Comprehensive HPAT Medical Entry Handbook is Now Available, FREE!

If you’re a student, parent or teacher and looking for a great resource to help you navigate all the steps in your path into medicine then check out the MedEntry HPAT Handbook.  MedEntry's updated, 70 page, comprehensive HPAT Handbook is now available, absolutely free! It covers everything you need to know about medical entry, including pathways into medicine, how to prepare for ...

 

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Persisting Through Underwhelming Marks

9th February 2023

Persisting Through Underwhelming Marks

Many of you may have started your preparation on MedEntry and found that you may not be achieving the scores you hoped for, and let me tell you, you’re not the only one! Many people lose confidence during their HPAT preparation and can’t see themselves achieving the scores they hope to attain. I know this for a fact because I was one of those people not too long ago. When I firs ...

 

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Optimising your performance in HPAT: Lessons from Sports Psychology

8th February 2023

Optimising your performance in HPAT: Lessons from Sports Psychology

Preparing for the HPAT is like preparing for a marathon: it requires training, persistence and strategies to optimise your performance on HPAT test day. Just as an athlete prepares for a major sporting event, you must prepare yourself to sit HPAT, which is one of the most important exams that you will face in your career. We can learn much from athletes about optimising performance in HPAT, ...

 

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HPATPHOBIA Don’t get Scared, Stay Motivated!

7th February 2023

HPATPHOBIA Don’t get Scared, Stay Motivated!

Does the thought of HPAT day make you cringe and consider hiding in your room? That's how I felt in the weeks that led up to HPAT. Being a student in my final year of high school I had rarely been in a position where I was sitting an exam which was so important for determining my future career pathway. Sure I had been through many school exams and academic competitions, but I felt ...

 

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Dealing with Disappointing HPAT Percentiles - 3 Tips

6th February 2023

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 calculate ...

 

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How to Interpret Your HPAT Mock Exam Scores

3rd February 2023

How to Interpret Your HPAT Mock Exam Scores

So you’ve completed a HPAT practice exam and have no idea how to interpret the wealth of information and statistics you’ve been presented with. This blog has some tips to help you gain a better grasp of your HPAT preparation progress.   1. Look at percentile not percentage The HPAT is a test designed to compare students against each other, thereby giving the universit ...

 

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ATTENTION PARENTS: 5 Ways to Help your Son or Daughter in the Lead up to the HPAT

1st February 2023

ATTENTION PARENTS: 5 Ways to Help your Son or Daughter in the Lead up to the HPAT

6th year is a stressful time. Add in HPAT and the pressures of getting into medicine, and stress levels can rapidly sky rocket. As a parent it is easy to succumb to feelings of powerless as you watch your son or daughter struggle to prepare for such an important and difficult exam. However, there are many things you can do to boost their performance and have a positive impact on their wellbein ...

 

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Why Full Exam Mocks are the best HPAT preparation

25th January 2023

Why Full Exam Mocks are the best HPAT preparation

Be under no illusions: the HPAT is the single hardest and most important test you will ever sit. This is a scary (and for some maybe terrifying) thought. So, what can you do to make it less daunting? The answer may seem counter-intuitive: the best way to make HPAT seem do-able is to face it over, and over, and over again. How? By completing high-quality, full-length HPAT exam mocks under timed ...

 

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How to Balance the HPAT and Leaving Cert Mocks

22nd January 2023

How to Balance the HPAT and Leaving Cert Mocks

Preparing for HPAT can seem overwhelming. Add in your Leaving Cert mock exams and stress levels can rapidly skyrocket. Unfortunately the timing of the HPAT is often very close to mock exams, or can even be in the middle of mock exams. As the HPAT and mock exams draw closer, it can become hard to balance Leaving Cert study and HPAT preparation. So how do you do it? This blog outlines five ti ...

 

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The HPAT – A Test of Endurance

20th January 2023

The HPAT – A Test of Endurance

The importance 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 aptitude, that we forget how crucial it is to also improve our mental endurance for the HPAT exam. In fact, the endurance required for the HPAT is much greater than that req ...

 

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