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. It's important to note that most HPAT test-takers score between 130 and 180 with very few scoring above 200.

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 €140 registration fee.

How is my HPAT score used alongside my leaving cert?

School leavers are required to achieve a minimum score of 480 on their leaving cert, meet the specific subject entry requirements of the Medical Schools they wish to apply to, and of course, take the HPAT. Students who achieve over 500 points on their leaving cert are provided with a moderated score, and their HPAT score is added to this. The moderated score usually pulls a student's average leaving cert score down. For example, a student who scores between 621-625 will have a moderated score of 565.

A student's overall HPAT score is not moderated, meaning that this is the area where you're able to take control and raise your overall score as high as possible. The maximum achievable score for applicants is 865 when a student manages a median score of 565, and the highest possible score of 300 points on the HPAT.*

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 2019
Registration closes: 20th January 2020
HPAT Exam Date: 22nd February 2020
Results released: Late June 2020

*Data is based on 2017 year of entry requirements.