7th February 2020
HPAT Countdown: Musings from an experienced tutor
This impending Saturday is without a doubt one of the most terrifying – yet unusual days of the year. Throughout the past years, I have uttered the phrase “The HPAT is a game” innumerous times, and now, on the brink of becoming an actual doctor (finally!) and exiting the world of HPAT, I thought I’d pass on my suggestions for this game. Suggestion 1: Your m ...
13th January 2020
HPAT Scoring Myths
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation on the internet and on forums about how HPAT scores are calculated. Some people and companies claim that your HPAT score or percentile ranking can be calculated from your raw score (the number of questions you got right). This is naïve, simplistic and demonstrates ignorance. Not to mention it is irresponsible to provide students with incorrect i ...
13th June 2017
HPAT: WHY PRACTICE DOESN’T NECESSARILY MAKE PERFECT
In life, we are told that ‘practice makes perfect’. The more you practice a particular skill, whether it be playing the piano, swimming or writing essays, the better you become at it. So, in theory, it should be the same in HPAT – the more practice questions you do, the better you are at HPAT – right? Not necessarily. Just like any skill, to do well in HPAT you first need a basic understandin ...
20th April 2017
New Feature! Retry your incorrect exam questions
At MedEntry, we are committed to continuous improvement and constantly strive to improve the services we offer our hard working students. Our Learning Management System is all about you and this feature is another way we personalise your HPAT training. Retry your incorrect exam questions Once you have completed a practice exam on the LMS, you can now re-attempt any questions th ...
21st March 2017
New LMS Features
We have recently added a series of new features to the LMS! Some of these are outlined below. Favourite Questions/Guides You can now bookmark any practice question on the LMS (in exams, drills or the Eureka! Question Bank) for quick access in the future! Simply click on the "Add to favourites" button found next to each question, as shown below: Drills/Exams: Eureka! Question Bank: ...
28th November 2016
CHECKING YOUR PROGRESS ON THE LMS
There are a wealth of resources available to you on the LMS. You can check your progress by visiting the Check Progress page, either by clicking on the icon on the homepage of the LMS or by clicking on the icon next to the ‘Check’ section under HPAT resources: When you arrive on the Check Progress page, you can view your progress with the practice exams or drills by clicking on the rele ...
6th October 2016
OPTIONS FOR STUDYING MEDICINE IN IRELAND AND ABROAD
The easiest, cheapest and most direct route into medicine in Ireland is the undergraduate route. This route requires you to sit HPAT. However, there are other options for studying medicine, which are outlined in this blog. Undergraduate medicine To study undergraduate medicine in Ireland, you need to both achieve high enough points in your Leaving Cert and perform well in HPAT. ...
20th June 2016
WAITING OUTSIDE THE HPAT VENUE
Your venue for the HPAT can become a very scary place very quickly. While being academically prepared is extremely important for HPAT, it is also useful to know what to expect when you get to the venue. Firstly, you’ll see a range of different students at the HPAT venue – while some are great to have a conversation with before the exam commences; others, not so much: 1. The Downplayer – This ...
15th June 2016
WHAT TO DO IF YOU COME ACROSS SOMETHING UNEXPECTED IN THE HPAT
Life isn’t the only thing full of surprises. The upcoming HPAT exam could hold a range of new, never-before-seen questions and it is important to know how to deal with these in an exam situation. The first step is to identify these types of questions in reading time. When looking through your HPAT exam booklet, mentally note these questions and have them simmering away in the back of your min ...
2nd June 2016
Is the HPAT even relevant to medicine?
Sometimes it can feel like the HPAT has got nothing to do with being a doctor. It can feel like just another one of the oddly-shaped hoops one must jump through in the medical entry process. However, this mindset that the UMAT is just a barrier to doctor-hood can be demotivating and counterproductive. In this post, I’ll give some real life examples of how each section of the UMAT relates ...