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“Firstly, I felt that the HPAT exam is one of the most difficult exams to prepare for as very little information is available from schools or teachers so immediately a student naturally feels nervous and often confused as to where to start. As soon as I discovered this course all that changed for me. They offer a huge range of online materials and practice questions which definitely helped me to focus and structure my preparation for the HPAT around my Leaving Cert studies. I found it particularly helpful that the materials were also posted to me so that it wasn't all online as the test itself is on paper. I was also struck by the many helpful hints and tips such as the time one should spend on each question and the detailed explanations concerning the reasoning behind each answer. I found this particularly useful as it helped me to understand what approach was best suited to each style of question. In addition, what I found the best aspect of this course without doubt was the day session that I attended. It provided me with invaluable information on how best to approach each section and any question I had was answered with kindness and knowledge. I was able to meet with others who were going through exactly what I was, and this helped to give a very different perspective. It showed me that I was not alone in my struggles and it gave me the determination to continue. The person providing the course was extremely professional but also approachable and this created a productive and enjoyable atmosphere and I am very grateful to him. Finally, this course also includes a mock HPAT exam a week before the real exam and this provided me with experience that allowed me to enter the exam hall with confidence and the belief that I had done all I could to prepare for the HPAT exam. I would strongly recommend it to anyone wishing to perform to the best of their abilities in the HPAT exam. Without this course I know that I would not have been able to obtain the score that I did, and I would not be on my way to achieving my dream of becoming a doctor, so I truly owe a great deal to this fantastic service!” Jessica Klein, Co. Mayo (2018)
"The HPAT is a minefield compared to the relatively reliable structure of the Leaving Cert. That is why the guidance that Career Services provides is so valuable. The course day gave me a really good understanding of how the HPAT should be approached. As well as that, the many study hours’ worth of material that I received helped me to fine tune my preparation. No matter how well prepared you are, the HPAT exam will never go totally to plan, but with the excellent training I had received I was able to stick to the structured approach that I had learned, leading to a score I was extremely happy with. Career Services showed me that you don't have to pay an arm and a leg for top quality HPAT preparation" Shane Mooney, Co. Sligo (2018)
The HPAT Ireland exam is definitely a unique exam which offers a very different challenge to the Leaving Certificate. This uniqueness made the exam feel scary for me, especially as I was the only one from my school completing it. It's totally separate and different to the Leaving Certificate which meant that there was no support from my school. However, the Career Services Complete HPAT Preparation Package really removed any mystery surrounding the exam. It provided excellent insights into each exam section as well as what to expect on the day. The small class size meant that everybody could really get involved and learn from the lessons. The supervised mock exam a few weeks beforehand was an excellent trial run. What I found most beneficial from the Career Services course was the suggested study ideas and time management plans for the exam. In your Leaving Certificate year, good time management is critical with many pressures on your time. The course helped me to plan my time to ensure that I spent adequate time on all aspects of sixth year; Leaving Cert, HPAT, sport, family, friends. The HPAT is also an incredibly time intensive exam but using tricks learned from this course, I was able to ensure that I answered every question, allowing me to maximise my marks. Without the help I received from Career Services I could not have even dreamed of achieving my HPAT score and I would strongly recommend anyone to place their trust in them. It's well worth the effort! ~ Isabel Doyle, Co. Monaghan (2018)
I found the HPAT to be one of the most challenging exams on my journey to study medicine. It was very difficult and required a lot of preparation. With the help of Career Services, I got the head start I needed, and it made the HPAT a lot more accessible and it didn’t seem so impossible. I was delighted when I received my result and I knew I couldn’t have done it without the help of this preparation course. All the hard work was worth it when I received my offer to study medicine at Trinity College Dublin, my dream course" ~ Alannah McMahon, Co. Clare (2018)
I will be forever grateful to the team at Career Services for all their help and support in my preparation for the HPAT exam. When I first decided I wanted to pursue a career in medicine the HPAT was the only thing standing in my way, it was daunting to say the least. With the help of Career Services' notes and the mock exam I overcame this obstacle, it helped to steady my nerves and keep me calm in the exam as I had already experienced an exam setting. Now as I look forward to the beginning of my medical career I know I'm only here because of the help of the Career Services team, I would highly recommend them to any hopeful doctor. Orna Cantillon, Co. Limerick - Medical Student UCC (2017)
"The HPAT was without a doubt one of the most challenging exams I have ever sat. It can be particularly scary because unlike the Leaving Certificate, your school does not prepare you. The Careers Services preparation course along with their fabulous preparation pack filled with notes and practice material gave me great direction in my studies. They tackled every aspect of the HPAT, from time management to critical thinking to what to bring on the day. Their preparation package was by far the best value for money, excellent price for an excellent service! I would highly recommend Careers Services to anyone feeling uncertain or wary about the HPAT, they give you an automatic advantage! Emily Anna Panteli, Co. Wexford - Medicine student in RCSI. (2017)
Career Services was, without doubt, the most helpful tool in my journey to securing a place in Medicine. The course was calming, reassuring, and gave me confidence for the challenge ahead. The sample questions and practical advice proved to be a vital part of my preparation. The Mock exam helped with nerves for the big day and provided an extra resource of questions for that final week. Career Services provided an excellent service and an exceptional follow up continued until my CAO place was secured. Thanks to Career Services I have now secured my first-choice place to study Medicine in RCSI, Dublin. Emer Rose Kealy, Co. Wicklow - Medicine student in RCSI (2017)
The HPAT exam was completely different from any exam I'd seen so I really needed guidance and advice in order to do well in it. Career Services provided this. After researching different courses, I decided to choose theirs to help me prepare for the HPAT and it was definitely the right decision. After attending the day course and listening to the invaluable tips and techniques given the HPAT didn't seem so daunting anymore and I was able to face the exam with more confidence. The material provided was great, very thorough and really helped me make sense of the questions. The mock exam helped me with timing and got rid of some of my nerves as well so I was much more calm on the day of the real exam. I'm delighted to have secured a place in medicine now and have attained a good HPAT result which I would have struggled to achieve without the help of Career Services. I would recommend their course to anyone looking to prepare for the HPAT exam, I found it so helpful. ~ Aoife McDonagh, Co. Limerick (2017)
"Having attended the Career Services course, I was armed with the material, methods and advice I needed to successfully prepare for the HPAT exam. The course was well structured with an appropriate focus on exam technique and common trends. The mock exam was also extremely helpful to quash exam nerves and to perfect timing before the real thing. I was extremely pleased with my results and confident that the Career Services Team greatly improved my grade" Thanks again (2017)
I fully believe that I would not have achieved my place here in medicine without the help of Career Services. When I first took a look at a sample HPAT[®-Ireland] exam I was incredibly disheartened. But, with the superb help of Career Services, everything was made completely clear. Because of this course I had the material, help and understanding required to tackle the HPAT[®-Ireland] exam. I felt confident entering the exam where I once would have felt hopeless. Now I am studying the course of my dreams and when I look back I cannot recall any feeling of dread towards the HPAT[®-Ireland]. It became something within my reach. I would highly recommend Career Services for their to-the-point and friendly help. ~ Emma O'Sullivan, Co. Galway - Medicine student in NUIG (2016)
Career Services gave me the edge other courses failed to do. The supports offered by their team were crucial in achieving what I have recently attained. The materials provided were plentiful and knowledgeable and very applicable to my given test. The content of the given material was helpful and effective when tackling the numerous practice questions. The exam was broken down simply, yet it was thoroughly explained to assist in my understanding. The information given made me fully understand not only the purpose of the exam but also how to succeed in it. HPAT[®-Ireland] is an unpredictable exam however career services made me feel beyond prepared when presented with the unknown on test day. The course I attended was inspiring, making me determined to thrive and succeed in this years exam. The verbal explanations given were enlightening in different approaches to the exam. The practice test was pragmatic and grounding in how it tested my abilities, along with showing me how to apply my newly learned skills in an exam situation. It gave me a realistic expectation of what to anticipate on opening my exam paper. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again” and that’s what I did facing into another HPAT[®-Ireland] exam yet this time I had Career Services supporting me. The benefits of having a Career Services course and assistance behind you are abundant and I personally cannot recommend them enough. Thank you for all your support and help. ~ Claire Stenson, Co. Sligo (2016)
My name is Belinda and I am absolutely delighted that I am currently studying medicine in UCD, however, I have no doubt that I owe much of my success to the excellent resources provided by Career Services. Having bought the “HPAT[®-Ireland Exam] Complete Package” there was a considerable increase in my scores on practice tests. The 1-Day Preparation Course, in particular, was invaluable, the teacher was comprehensive, enthusiastic and provided lots of efficient strategies and techniques on how to approach the questions. The Home Study material was very helpful in reinforcing the answering style learned at the Day Course and becoming familiar with the layout. The Supervised Mock Exam left me feeling more prepared and confident entering the actual HPAT[®-Ireland exam], which as everyone knows is an incredibly daunting experience. I would highly recommend that anyone considering doing the HPAT[®-Ireland exam] take this course as it is undoubtedly worth every cent. ~ Belinda, Co. Galway (2016)
I found career services' preparation course for the HPAT extremely helpful. They developed strategies, practiced techniques and explained the importance of time keeping. This course, in my opinion, was the biggest factor in me getting my place in medicine. I would definitely recommend this course to anybody planning on sitting the HPAT[®-Ireland exam] or any other aptitude tests. ~ Eoin Fitzpatrick, Co.Cork (2016)
I took a careers services HPAT[®-Ireland exam] prep course. This included a giant folder of questions for me to practice at home, a 1 day course and a mock exam. I found the questions to be very helpful in preparing me for the HPAT[®-Ireland exam], especially concerning section 2. The mock HPAT[®-Ireland] exam truly assisted me with my timing and reduced how nervous I was for the real thing. The staff are excellent and are always willing to help however they can. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone looking for an affordable and good course.~ Lidia Shafik, Co. Galway (2016)
As a secondary school student wishing to do medicine, the Leaving Certificate was not the only exam I was dreading. The HPAT[®-Ireland exam] was an exam which I knew little about and also feared. After participating in Career Services' day-long course, my fear was changed to determination. Career Services taught me to use a logical, practical and universal approach to each of the styles of questions in the HPAT[®-Ireland exam]. I learnt to face the exam with courage and confidence, and this is something that I have used and will continue to use in each exam I take. I am truly grateful for the help I received from everyone on the Career Services Team. ~ Fiona O'Flynn, Co. Cork (2016)
“I scored the top mark in Ireland – 243, and it is definitely thanks in part to your tutors. The extent of my preparation was your course and the two sample ACER tests.” Niamh – attended in Athlone
“Don’t buy in to the belief that the HPAT[®-Ireland exam] can’t be prepared for – it can!” Evelyn- attended in Dublin
“My name is Ellen and I attended Career Services HPAT preparation course before Christmas. I’m writing to you to thank you for all the help and skills the course gave me. I received 206 points in my HPAT[®-Ireland exam], placing me in the 98th percentile this year. I am now lucky enough to be a 1st year Medicine student in Trinity College Dublin. Thanks again.” Ellen - attended in Dublin
“Brilliant service. I really felt that it helped both with my confidence and my capability in the HPAT[®-Ireland exam]” Cormac – attended in Galway
“I enjoyed the informal nature of the course. It was easy to learn as the lessons were explained clearly.” Catherine- attended in Waterford
“Great tutors. Informative and original ideas on exam technique were presented by the tutors. Delighted with the service I received.” Anne-Marie – attended in Limerick
“The course gives a very good insight to the HPAT[®-Ireland exam] with well worked explanations and good notes” Tom- attended in Sligo
“I feel that I am in a much better position going into the HPAT[®-Ireland exam] in February and that I can achieve my dream of becoming a doctor.” James- attended in Dublin
“A very clear, helpful course which I feel will be of great benefit in the HPAT[®-Ireland exam]” Helen- attended in Dublin
“Excellent preparation for the HPAT[®-Ireland exam]. A few tips and advice which was given are brilliant. Came in lost and left with a very good understanding of the HPAT[®-Ireland exam] and how to do well. “ Sarah- attended in Cork
“Tutors were very helpful. They were engaging and thorough. They gave us plenty of written information” Peace- attended in Waterford
“I attended both a preparation course and a practice test in 2012. This team of tutors taught me how to answer all three sections more efficiently, particularly section 3 which before this course was like a guessing game to me. I was delighted to finish in the 94th percentile. I couldn’t have achieved this score without their help.” Catriona – attended in Cork
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