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HPAT Ireland

HPAT Ireland (Health Professions Admission Test -Ireland)

HPAT-Ireland (Health Professional Admissions Test-Ireland) is an assessment test  introduced in 2009 for EU students applying for undergraduate medicine in the Medical Schools in the Republic of Ireland. The score achieved in the HPAT-Ireland examination will be added to the Leaving Certificate points to create a total points score. Students will be eligible to compete for  undergraduate medicine places provided they achieve a minimum of 480* points AND meet the matriculation requirements of the MedicalSchool. The Matriculation subjects must be presented in the same sitting of the Irish Leaving certificate Examination or equivalent in other EU state examination e.g. GCE A’levels

What kind of test is HPAT-Ireland?

The HPAT-Ireland test measures a candidate’s logical reasoning and problem solving skills as well as non-verbal reasoning and the ability to understand the thoughts, behaviour and/or intentions of people. It is designed to complement academic achievement, by providing assessment of skills in the areas of reasoning understanding and working with people, HPAT-Ireland has a strong focus on general skills and personal abilities. These skills have been identified as important for a competent health professional. It does not test academic knowledge and candidates do not require special understanding of any academic discipline.

Anyone who has taken an an IQ OR aptitude test will be familiar with some aspects of the HPAT, chiefly the spatial and logical reasoning tests in Section 3. The other two sections test for problem-solving and interpersonal skills. The HPAT-Ireland test is a multiple choice test and it takes two hours and thirty minutes to complete.

Who can sit HPAT-Ireland?

Applicants must either be in their final year of school or have completed their Leaving Certificate.


Can I Repeat the HPAT?

Yes you can repeat the HPAT as many times as you like but you have to wait for a year each time.

To find out more information about the test please visit www.hpat-ireland.acer.edu.au or contact hpat-ireland@acer.edu.au


To find out more about Graduate Entry to the Irish Medical Schools


If you are applying to one of the following medical schools, then you need to sit HPAT-Ireland:

  • NUI Galway
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin