HPAT® Test Information

What is the HPAT?

The Health Professionals Admission Test (HPAT) is the admissions exam that all undergraduate medical applicants in Ireland must take in order to be considered for a place. Universities will combine your HPAT score and your Leaving Certificate score to determine whether or not you will be accepted.

Which schools require the HPAT?

  • Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland

  • Trinity College Dublin

  • University College Cork

  • University College Dublin

  • University of Galway

  • University of Limerick*

*Only required for MSc in Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy. 

What's the format of the HPAT?

The HPAT is a multiple-choice, paper-based test, made up of 3 sections**.

Section Topic Questions Timing
Section 1 Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving 44 questions 65 minutes
Section 2 Interpersonal Understanding 36 questions 45 minutes
Section 3 Non-Verbal Reasoning 30 questions 40 minutes
Total   110 questions 2 hours & 30 minutes

**MSc applicants will sit a version of the HPAT exam that will include an additional 60 minute writing section, containing 2 writing tasks. 

How is the HPAT scored?

The 3 test sections are now weighted differently: Section 1 (40%), Section 2 (40%) and Section 3 (20%). The maximum score a student can achieve is 300, although in addition to this score students will be provided with an overall percentile, which will rank them in terms of how they performed against other test takers. MSc applicants will also receive a separate score for their writing section. 

How do I register for the HPAT exam?

In order to register for the exam you should apply online to ACER at hpat-ireland.acer.edu.au, where you will need to pay the €120 registration fee.

Where do I take the HPAT?

HPAT test centres are located in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Sligo and Waterford. Some locations are more popular than others, so book early to ensure you get a seat at your desired location. 

Key dates for the HPAT: 

Registration opens: Early November 2017
Registration closes: 20th January 2018
HPAT Exam Date: 24th February 2018
Results released: Late June 2018