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Options For Studying Medicine: In Ireland and abroad

7th August 2023

Options For Studying Medicine: In Ireland and abroad

The easiest, cheapest and most direct route into medicine in Ireland is the undergraduate route, which requires you to sit HPAT. However, if you have not been able to gain entry into medicine via this route, there are other options for pursuing medicine.   Studying medicine in Ireland Studying medicine in Ireland has many advantages, including: Being able to remain in ...

 

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HPAT Scoring Myths

3rd August 2023

HPAT Scoring Myths

Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation on the internet and on forums about how HPAT scores are calculated. This blog will provide clarity and avoid you being misinformed!   Myth #1: HPAT scores are based on raw marks Some people claim that your HPAT score or percentile ranking can be calculated from your raw score (the number of questions you got right). This is na&ium ...

 

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Making Time for HPAT: Eat That Frog!

31st July 2023

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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Why Is The HPAT So Important?

26th July 2023

Why Is The HPAT So Important?

The Leaving Cert, and its points system, is an important part of the process of being eligible to study at university. However, for those who want to study medicine, the HPAT (Health Professions Admission Test) is also a crucial component of the medical school admissions process. If you are an aspiring medical student, it’s vital to understand why HPAT is so important and why you ne ...

 

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Why is HPAT so Hard?

14th July 2023

Why is HPAT so Hard?

Most current medical students and doctors would agree that HPAT is probably the hardest and single most important test they ever sat in their career. Many students, especially those who do not prepare effectively, 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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How to use Holidays to Improve in HPAT

9th July 2023

How to use Holidays to Improve in HPAT

Many students use the holidays to finally relax after a several months of hard work. For those sitting the HPAT next year, the road ahead can look especially challenging and instil feelings of anxiety. However, after taking a long-deserved rest, the holidays can actually be used efficiently and effectively to get ahead in the HPAT and obtain the score you need to get into your dream course of ...

 

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BRAND NEW MEDENTRY HPAT APP NOW AVAILABLE!

6th July 2023

BRAND NEW MEDENTRY HPAT APP NOW AVAILABLE!

MedEntry’s highly anticipated, game-changing, brand new HPAT app has just been launched! It is available now on the App Store and Google Play. The MedEntry App allows you to sharpen your HPAT skills on the go, anywhere, any time and on any device! Wherever you are, you can turn a few spare minutes into an opportunity to boost your HPAT score.  Global leaders in IT, educational te ...

 

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Didn’t do well in HPAT? Here’s how to Bounce back in 4 steps

3rd July 2023

Didn’t do well in HPAT? Here’s how to Bounce back in 4 steps

The HPAT is one of the two criteria for undergraduate medicine in Ireland, often holding equal weighting to the Leaving Cert. There are many factors that can influence performance in HPAT, and receiving a lower mark than expected may feel like all our efforts have gone to waste. I’ve been there before, and although it may feel like the end of the world (I certainly felt that way), I can ...

 

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How to Interpret your HPAT Results

27th June 2023

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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I didn’t get a good enough HPAT score. What should I do?

27th June 2023

I didn’t get a good enough HPAT score. What should I do?

After spending months working through HPAT guides, completing practise exams and labouring over difficult drills it can be devastating when HPAT results day arrives, and you realise that you have not achieved a good enough HPAT score to get into medicine. It is completely understandable that to feel extremely disappointed, but it is very important that you have a clear idea of the other option ...

 

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