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4 Ways to prepare for HPAT Online

29th November 2022

4 Ways to prepare for HPAT Online

As you may be aware, the HPAT exam next year will proceed as it has for the past two years, taking place online. This means that you will take the HPAT exam in your own, predetermined environment at a time chosen by you (within the given window). You will have a proctor overlooking your activities as you complete the HPAT exam, which you will be taking on your own laptop or computer. Having ...

 

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How I scored 100th Percentile in the HPAT

17th October 2022

How I scored 100th Percentile in the HPAT

I am now a medical student at university, but I remember being in exactly your position, desperate for tips that would help me perform well in the HPAT. So, here you are – the five most important practices that helped me score 100th percentile in the HPAT.   Found my ‘Zone of Excellence’ Finding my ‘zone of excellence’ was life changing for me. I fou ...

 

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Why Group Study is effective for HPAT

26th September 2022

Why Group Study is effective for HPAT

There is a fundamental difference in how you need to study for exams which test knowledge (such as school and university exams) and for high stakes tests such as HPAT which assesses generic thinking skills. For the former, a lot of memorisation and recall are involved so studying alone can be effective, and even preferred by motivated students who do not want to be distracted by less moti ...

 

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When Should I sit my First HPAT Practice Exam?

17th September 2022

When Should I sit my First HPAT Practice Exam?

Whether you’ve already begun to prepare for the HPAT or are just setting up a HPAT study plan, you’ve probably asked yourself the question: when should I sit my first HPAT full length practice exam? Unfortunately, there’s no straight forward, cookie-cutter answer. The answer to this question can vary. However, it should be noted that there’s not necessarily a “wro ...

 

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6 Ways to Make HPAT study more effective

15th September 2022

6 Ways to Make HPAT study more effective

Fifty years of educational research shows that effective learners (for HPAT or other learning) have one - preferably all - of the following six characteristics.   1. Encounter challenging ideas or people Basically, this is Newton’s First Law of Motion in action in the academic, cognitive, psychosocial, attitudinal and career-preparation dimensions of your education: a body ...

 

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Making Time for HPAT: Eat That Frog!

10th July 2022

Making Time for HPAT: Eat That Frog!

Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day. – Mark Twain   Brian Tracy’s 5 minute YouTube video discusses a time management strategy that has changed many people’s lives (including mine!). This strategy involves organising your tasks by priority. It discusses time management in the context of t ...

 

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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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HPAT PHOBIA Don’t get Scared, Stay Motivated!

28th January 2022

HPAT PHOBIA 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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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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5 Tips for the last fortnight

8th February 2021

5 Tips for the last fortnight

HPAT is well and truly close now and it’s time to streamline your study and buckle down! Here are five ways to make sure you’re using the next two weeks to set you up for success on HPAT day. 1. Use your practice exams wisely A practice exam is only a practice exam if you’re doing it in exam conditions. HPAT is a marathon and your MedEntry and ACER exams are your trial runs so use them to re ...

 

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