HPAT Preparation 10 Week Online Course

This 10 week online HPAT Preparation course prepares students for the Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT), ensuring candidates are practicing their skills consistently over a number of weeks and developing the skills, strategies, and confidence to reach their full potential in this important exam.

This course will run every Saturday at 9:00-10:30am from 14th November 2020 to 30 January 2021.

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What is the HPAT?

The Health Professions Admission Test (HPAT) Ireland examination is the test selected by the Irish Medical Schools for undergraduate entry into medicine.

The examination is independently administered by ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research), and tests a range of skills that are not tested in the Leaving Certificate. These skills include problem-solving, data-interpretation, logical reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and an assessment of a candidates ability to understand the thoughts, behaviour and/or intentions of people.

When is this course on?

This course will run every Saturday at 9:00-10:30am from 14th November 2020 to 30 January 2021.

Students attending this course receive the following benefits:

  • Tuition from highly qualified and experienced educators.
  • Full length mock examination, under simulated HPAT conditions. Students attending the course are permitted to keep this sample exam.
  • Sample Exam questions (equivalent to eight full sample exams)
  • Worked solutions to the HPAT Ireland Practice Test I, Test II and ALL sample questions provided to students during the course. These resources are invaluable as they demonstrate to candidates the logic of each question and allow students to identify the pitfalls and traps that exist in HPAT style questions.
  • Comprehensive course notes, which support class tuition. In addition, students are issued with class notes which are worked through during the Course.
  • A guide to the logic and reasoning behind HPAT style tests.
  • Strategies for maximising performance on the day.
  • Weekly questions and answers sessions and extended time spent with the course tutor.
  • The opportunity to practice their skills consistently in the weeks leading up to the exam.

The Institute of Education has invested significant time and resources in developing the materials above. We have also reviewed the materials that are available to purchase and believe that the only additional materials that students should purchase are the HPAT Practice Exams. This material may be purchased from: www.hpat-ireland.acer.edu.au/index.php


About our Course Tutor: John Gannon

Dr. John Gannon sat the HPAT in 2012 and scored in the 99th percentile. He was awarded a scholarship to study medicine in UCD and graduated with a 2:1 Honours Degree in 2018. He currently works as an intern in University College Hospital Galway.

John began giving HPAT grinds during his first year at university, and he went on to set up courses in St. Michael’s College and Griffith College in Dublin. His students have enjoyed great success with the exam over the years, and there are now over 40 medical students around Ireland who have been under his tutelage.

See what some of these students have to say about training for the HPAT with John:

Rachel, 93rd percentile (2014)
I would without a doubt recommend John’s HPAT grinds. He is not only naturally talented at the HPAT himself but has a great way of explaining and sharing his skills. John has an abundance of practice questions which he not only gives you but also works through each question and its solution. Doing grinds with John was definitely pivotal in my HPAT success.”

Conor, 99th percentile (2015)
The HPAT classes were massively beneficial to me. They helped me to develop a strategy for dealing with the exam and gave me a whole pile of new techniques for dealing with specific types of questions. Definitely one of the main reasons I got into medicine.”

Katie, 100th percentile (2016)
I learned so much from going to this class and listening to other people work through questions in ways I never would have thought of. I found it really helpful to learn from different approaches that I could then use to answer future questions. I also liked he classroom setting as a change from practicing online. These classes made it a lot easier for me to practice the HPAT consistently throughout the year so I would definitely recommend them!

Roisin, 99th percentile (2017)
John’s classes were the most helpful HPAT related classes I did. He made the exam seem more interesting and accessible as opposed to the scary impossible exam it is often made out to be. I found his classes enjoyable and he helped us make sense of the often-obscure questions that we came across. He was always very reassuring and it was great to have a current med student to answer any of our questions. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone considering taking the HPAT as I don’t believe I would have got medicine without his help!

When is this course on?

This course will run every Saturday from 14th November 2020 to 30 January 2021.

Saturday9am- 10.30am

Please note:

  • Classes do not take place during Christmas holidays.
  • Students may join at any stage throughout the year, subject to vacancies.
  • All classes take place online.

Please note:

  • Fees reduce weekly throughout the course.
  • Credit Card payments accepted.
  • 10% reduction for the second and subsequent members of the same family, attending the same courses.Please contact our office to avail of this discount.
  • Fees are non-transferable
  • Login details are emailed to students within two working days after booking.

Q: When is this course on?

This course will run every Saturday at 9:00-10:30am from 14th November 2020 to 30 January 2021.

Q: My son/daughter is unwell and cannot attend. Can I have a refund?

A: No, there are no refunds. However, if you return the student’s admission card to us immediately, along with a short letter of explanation, at the discretion of management, a credit note can be put on the student’s file for future use or for use by a sibling.

Q: My son/daughter cannot attended the course. Can we buy the notes?

A: No. Teaching is a central part of all our courses. The notes are to facilitate recall and revision of the day’s work covered by the teacher.

Q: Am I entitled to the notes from classes that I was absent from?

A: Yes, however you must deal directly with your teacher in relation to this.