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General HPAT FAQ's

See below for some general FAQ's about the HPAT exam.

I did not achieve the HPAT Score I wanted what are my options?

It’s a good idea to talk with your guidance counsellor for advice, and our article on options will give you some further information: Some candidates decide to sit the HPAT Ireland exam again the following year. If you were happy with your Leaving Cert results, please note that you can just resit the HPAT exam the following year without needing to repeat the Leaving Cert exam.

Can I sit the HPAT Ireland exam the year after my Leaving Certificate?

Yes, medicine applicants must either be in their final year of school or have already completed their Leaving Certificate to be eligible to sit the HPAT Ireland exam. Results from a previous sitting of the Leaving certificate can be used when applying through the CAO. However, please note that HPAT Ireland Exam scores can be used for admission to a course ONLY in the same year in which the course is due to commence.

Is the HPAT Ireland exam required for to study medicine abroad?

Is the UCAT similar to the HPAT Ireland exam?

The UCAT differs from the HPAT®-Ireland exam in structure and layout. The UCAT includes sections (subtests) which examine verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning, and situational judgement. Due to the differences between the exams, taking a HPAT-Ireland preparation course may not cover all elements of the UCAT exam.

What are the minimum entry requirements to study undergraduate medicine?

Do the minimum entry requirements differ for mature students (23 years or over by 1st January)?

Mature candidates must also apply for undergraduate medicine courses through the CAO. For those applying for a place on grounds of mature years, the minimum educational requirements and places available for mature students are available from each institution. In all cases the medical admissions test, HPAT®-Ireland exam, is required. As HPAT Ireland exam results form part of the selection procedure for mature applicants, results will be sent to the universities for short-listing purposes prior to the official release of results.

Do you have any advice A-Level applicants?

If you are an EU A-Level applicant, you should check the minimum subject requirements for the institution you are interested in studying with and will need to achieve the equivalent of achieve a minimum of 480 Irish Leaving Certificate. Most university websites will outline a points equivalency calculator/conversion table on their Medicine programme webpage. A-level applicants will also need to sit the HPAT Ireland exam in the same year of admission to the programme.

Can I carry forward my results from this years HPAT Ireland exam to an application for next year?

Unfortunately it is not possible for students to carry forward HPAT Ireland results to the following year. Acer, the official exam provider outline this in their information booklet:

Currency of results 

HPAT – Ireland scores can be used for admission to a course ONLY in the same year in which the course is due to commence. For example, results from HPAT – Ireland 2024 can be used for courses beginning in 2024 but NOT 2025. 

Please note: HPAT®-Ireland Exam is a registered trademark of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). CS Career Services Ltd. preparation courses are unaffiliated with and not endorsed by ACER. Our preparation materials are based the format of the HPAT-Ireland assessment and provide the best tuition with the information that is available at the current time. We cannot accept responsibility for any possible changes to future assessments.

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