Persisting through underwhelming marks
10 months ago by Philippa
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 at the start of their HPAT preparation lose confidence in themselves and can’t see themselves achieving the scores they need. I know this for a fact because I was one of those people not too long ago.
When I first started my HPAT preparation with MedEntry I was doing quite poorly and that too for a significant period of time. When doing drills I was consistently in the lower range of marks and in practice exams I was getting in the 40th percentile and even lower sometimes. I had MedEntry for several months and found that these poor scores persisted through the first couple of months of my prep. During this period my confidence was low and I thought there was no way I was going to get the 90+ percentile HPAT that I had hoped for. It was quite difficult to stay motivated towards my HPAT preparation as I wasn’t seeing any improvement and didn’t see the point in spending effort for a test I clearly wasn’t going to succeed in. However, it was so important that I worked through that period and kept getting better bit by bit.
If you are in the same boat that I was in (which will probably quite a few of you), all I can say is don’t give up hope. Not many people, if any at all, will be able to succeed at the HPAT without doing any preparation. Many people say that the HPAT is a test that you cannot prepare for but let me tell you, that is a complete myth! I know for sure that if I had not prepared for the HPAT or had given up after getting low scores then I would not have succeeded in the HPAT. It is vital that you keep doing HPAT exams and HPAT drills when you can because trust me, it will get easier and you will get better.
After that difficult first period I noticed improvement over the next few months. I started achieving 60th-70th percentile on practice exams and by the last couple of months I was consistently achieving very high scores in drills and exams which will be the case for you if you remain dedicated to your HPAT preparation.
In essence what I am trying to say is that while you may not be happy with your scores right now, you just have to keep working hard, practicing and believing in yourself as this will set you up with the best chance of succeeding in the HPAT.
Adapted from a blog by Vinay, who scored 100th percentile in UMAT (similar test to HPAT) and is currently studying medicine at Monash University in Australia.
Written by Vinay, a past MedEntry student who scored 100th percentile and is currently studying medicine