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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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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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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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HPAT 2022 WILL RUN ONLINE! HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

3rd November 2021

HPAT 2022 WILL RUN ONLINE! HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

For the second time ever, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HPAT will run online. This blog summarises what you need to know. HPAT 2022 will take place online Like HPAT 2021, HPAT 2022 will take place online, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This means that students will sit HPAT using their own computer (which has an internet connection) in a private location, such as their home. HPAT 202 ...

 

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Is The HPAT Stressing You Out? How To Use Stress To Your Advantage

17th February 2021

Is The HPAT Stressing You Out? How To Use Stress To Your Advantage

You may have heard that stress negatively impacts on performance. You may have been told that if you are too stressed in the lead up to an important exam such as HPAT, you won’t do well. You may have been advised to look for ways to relieve your stress. While this may be true, in some cases trying to get rid of stress can actually cause you to become more stressed. A different approach, which ...

 

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HPAT Registrations Closing!

13th January 2021

HPAT Registrations Closing!

Registrations to sit HPAT 2021 will close this Wednesday 20th January at 5:15 PM GMT! If you plan to sit HPAT in 2021 and have not yet registered, please do so immediately. Remember that this is your only chance to sit HPAT in 2021 – if you miss the registration date, you can still make a late registration until Wednesday 3rd February at 5:15 pm GMT. However, this will attract a late ...

 

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HPAT 2021: What You Need  to Know

16th December 2020

HPAT 2021: What You Need to Know

Registrations to sit HPAT 2021 are now open. You can register to sit HPAT 2021 on the ACER website: https://hpat-ireland.acer.org/register We recommend that students register to sit HPAT as soon as possible. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the first time ever, HPAT will take place online, via remote proctoring. We understand that this may be a stressful and confusing time for HPAT 2021 ...

 

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Keeping the Balance

30th September 2020

Keeping the Balance

Keeping the balance is something we all struggle with in our final year of schooling, myself included. At the commencement of the year, I jumped into everything. Then, at the end of term one, I crashed, and in term two I tried to do nothing. Neither of these worked for me, and over the remainder of the year I learnt some important lessons about keeping the balance. Not only was I happier and m ...

 

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Dealing With Disappointing HPAT percentiles - 3 Tips

26th August 2020

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 calculated Firstly, it is ...

 

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