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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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How to Interpret Scores and Feedback from MedEntry’s Practice Exams

27th January 2022

How to Interpret Scores and Feedback from MedEntry’s Practice Exams

So you’ve completed a HPAT practice exam and have no idea how to interpret the wealth of information and statistics you’ve been presented with. This blog has some tips to help you gain a better grasp of your HPAT preparation progress. 1. Look at percentile not percentage. The HPAT is a test designed to compare students against each other, thereby giving the universities a clearer indication ...

 

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Persisting through underwhelming marks

27th January 2022

Persisting through underwhelming marks

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 ...

 

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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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Why is the HPAT so important?

21st January 2022

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 is also an important part of the process. It’s vital to understand why it is so important and why you need to prepare for it. Firstly, the HPAT is important because without it, you cannot study medicine in Ireland, rega ...

 

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How to apply to the CAO and ACER for medicine

13th January 2022

How to apply to the CAO and ACER for medicine

To be eligible to study medicine in Ireland there are two key parts to the application process: applying to the Central Applications Office CAO applying separately to sit the HPAT through ACER. Applying to the CAO Before you can register to sit the HPAT, you need to apply to the CAO and get your CAO number – you will need this for the HPAT registration process. This must be done online ...

 

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The HPAT – A Test of Endurance

21st December 2021

The HPAT – A Test of Endurance

Mental endurance can be defined as, ‘the ability to endure an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.’ The HPAT is so commonly viewed as a test of intelligence and aptitude, that we forget how crucial it is to also improve our mental endurance for this exam. In fact, the endurance required for the HPAT is much greater than that required for any end of year school e ...

 

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Medicine – The Big Picture

14th December 2021

Medicine – The Big Picture

So you’re going into your final year of schooling, and you’re super duper set on being a doctor. There are lots of ways you can keep hold of medicine as a big picture throughout this long and sometimes arduous year. By putting some of these points into action now, you will increase your chances of getting straight into med, pump up your motivation over the year, and be an awesome d ...

 

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HPAT 2022 TEST SESSION BOOKINGS NOW OPEN! HERE ARE THREE TIPS

22nd November 2021

HPAT 2022 TEST SESSION BOOKINGS NOW OPEN! HERE ARE THREE TIPS

Test session bookings for HPAT 2022 are now open! To book, visit the ProctorU website. Full instructions on how to book a HPAT 2022 test session are available on pages 15 and 16 of the 2022 HPAT Information Booklet. HPAT 2022 will take place online, for the second time ever, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. HPAT 2022 will be administered from Friday 18th February to Monday 21st Febr ...

 

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HPAT 2022 REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN!

22nd November 2021

HPAT 2022 REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN!

Registrations to sit HPAT in 2022 are now open. You can register for HPAT by visiting the ACER website: https://hpat-ireland.acer.org/register. Detailed information regarding HPAT 2022, including how to register, book your test and sit HPAT, are available in the HPAT 2022 Information Booklet: https://hpat-ireland.acer.org/files/HPAT-Ireland_2022.pdf. Here’s a summary of what you ne ...

 

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