If you are applying to study a healthcare related or medical degree subject in Northern Ireland, make sure you find about this additional admissions requirement, the HPAT test.
The health professions admissions test (HPAT) is used by The University of Ulster and all universities in the Republic of Ireland, to assess the suitability of candidates applying for medical courses.
Like the UKCAT tests, HPAT Ulster and HPAT Ireland look beyond academic qualifications to test for the kind of thinking and inter-personal skills that are needed for a successful career in the medical profession.
The HPAT Ulster is required by the following undergraduate courses at the University of Ulster:
The HPAT Ireland test is also used for medical course admissions by the following Irish universities:
The HPAT Ulster comprises a single 3 hour paper with three sections, two consisting of multiple choice and one that requires written answers:
The HPAT Ireland comprises a single two and a half hour multiple choice style test in three sections:
You can only take the HPAT if you are in the sixth form or have completed your sixth form level schooling. Registration can take two stages:
Registrations open in October/ November and close in early January, with the tests taking place in February / early March.
Practice material is available to purchase online for both tests. Payment is made online using a credit card.
The HPAT does not test any specific scientific knowledge or understanding, so you cannot revise for the test. However, you should familiarise yourself with the test format by accessing the HPAT Ulster specimen tests or HPAT Ireland specimen tests available online. You should also read the information provided for candidates on the websites for HPAT Ulster and HPAT Ireland.
Neither test organisation endorses or recommends the many commercial HPAT preparation companies.