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What is the HPAT-Ulster?

The HPAT®-Ulster is an entrance exam carried out by ACER on behalf of Ulster University (also known as the University of Ulster). The HPAT®-Ulster is a written exam that forms part of the selection process to gain entry into the Ulster University health science degree courses. The exam is designed by ACER, an independent educational research organisation, in conjunction with Ulster University.

The HPAT®-Ulster examines a variety of intelligences and attributes that are deemed necessary to effectively carry out roles in various health professions. It is believed that these attributes are not fully evaluated by academic results. Skills in communication, interpersonal understanding and critical thinking are considered to be among the essential skills of an effective health practitioner.

Note: HPAT-Ulster 2021 Exam 

According to the official ACER  website The HPAT-Ulster 2021 exam is being held via remote proctoring from 22–23 January 2021. What is remote proctoring? Remote proctoring involves sitting the test under live supervision using your own computer in a suitable location i.e. at home with internet connectivity.

For further information please refer to the official ACER Information Booklet here

HPAT-Ulster Exam Structure

Section 1: Critical Reasoning

This section evaluates candidate's ability to evaluate complex information. Questions are presented in multiple choice format. Critical Reasoning questions are drawn from a variety of general sources – general interest, science, social science. The questions are presented as text, diagrams, graphs and tables. Some questions may require basic maths skills, but the emphasis is on the application of skills in reasoning and problem solving.

Section 2: Interpersonal Understanding

This section tests candidate's ability to understand other people's thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It consists of a number of narrative and dialogue passages followed by multiple choice passages. Questions are designed to assess the understanding of people; their motivations, behaviour and responses.

Section 3: Written Communication

Written Communication consists of two exercises. The first exercise requires candidates to observe and understand graphically presented information relating to social issues. The second exercise is a reflective essay.

Who is the HPAT-Ulster for?

The HPAT®-Ulster is an entrance exam carried out by ACER on behalf of the Ulster University (also known as the University of Ulster).  If you are applying for any of the following courses in any of the Ulster University campuses, then you need to sit the HPAT-Ulster:

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About The HPAT-Ulster Exam


Our HPAT®-Ulster Preparation course is specifically designed to give you the best preparation for the HPAT-Ulster Exam. Gain confidence and learn techniques to maximise your performance in the official exam with our comprehensive day course delivered by expert tutors. See here for more:

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Registration Opening Date

In order to sit the official exam students must register to do so. Registration usually open in October. Online registrations must usually be completed by early January.

Registrations can only be made on the official ACER website here

Note: Enrolling into a Career Services HPAT-Ulster preparation course is not the same as registering for the official HPAT-Ulster exam. HPAT is a registered trademark owned by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Please note that CS Career Services Limited is not in any way affiliated nor endorsed by ACER

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HPAT-Ulster Exam FAQ's

Find out about who can sit the exam, the exam structure, where the exam takes place and more here:

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HPAT®-Ulster Vs HPAT®-Ireland


The HPAT®-Ulster is an entrance exam carried out by ACER on behalf of the Ulster University (also known as the University of Ulster).  This is a written exam that forms part of the selection process for students wishing to gain entry into one of the Ulster University health science degree courses. 


The HPAT®-Ireland exam is a medicine admissions / entry test for prospective medical students who are applying to study medicine in one of the medical schools in the Republic of Ireland. You should contact our office by emailing queries@careerservices.ie if you are interested in the HPAT-Ireland. 

The HPAT®-Ulster is a different exam to the HPAT®--Ireland.


Why Us?

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We focus on providing the highest quality preparation and have done so for over 30 years. As a result, our courses are the best in the market.

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