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 in

As a first year, he started off helping a few friends with HPAT grinds. Buoyed by the success of his first students, he set up a course in his alma mater St. Michael’s College, the following year. It wasn’t long before students from other schools around Dublin, both boys and girls, heard about it and began to enroll. The class enjoyed a very productive and successful time, with many students going on to study medicine.

In 2016, due to increased popularity, he moved the course to Griffith College on South Circular Road. This provides an easily accessible, fully fitted out teaching environment with top class audiovisual facilities. There is also free parking and student restaurant available on site.

To date, students who have studied with John have acquired places in all of Ireland’s medical schools; UCD, RCSI, Trinity College, UCC and NUIG. This attests to John’s first-hand experience of the HPAT exam, which he is now sharing with the next generation of medical students and future doctors.



Conor O’Brien sat the HPAT in 2015 and was one of John’s pupils back when the course was held in St.
Michael’s College. He scored poorly in early mock HPAT exams, but after studying a wide range of techniques
and strategies he eventually scored in the 99th percentile in the exam and was offered a place in
medicine in UCD. He is now entering the fourth year of his studies in Belfield.

Conor has spent the past 3 years teaching HPAT, originally in small groups and one-to-one before moving
on to larger class groups, and he began working with HPizzle in 2018. Students to date have described Conor
as having an in-depth personal understanding of the struggles they face with the HPAT and how best to
combat them.




How Does the Points System Work?

Your HPAT score will be combined with your Leaving Cert results to determine if you are offered a place in undergraduate medicine in one of the five participating universities in Ireland. Scores above 550 will be rounded up to the nearest 5 points and moderated as per the table below:

For example, a score of 558 will be rounded to 560 and result in a score of 552.
Note: this adjustment only applies to candidates for medicine and not for other courses.

HPAT 2017 Results




Source: https://hpat-ireland.acer.org/
From the above graphs, we can see for example that a student who performed better than 90% of candidates in 2017 received a score of 181.


LC 625, HPAT 75th percentile = 565 + 167 = 732
LC 580, HPAT 80th percentile = 556 + 172 = 728
LC 530, HPAT 99th percentile = 530 + 205 = 755

Entry Requirements for Medicine 2017

UCD 734
Trinity 731
UCC 730
RCSI 729
NUIG 724

Points vary from year to year e.g. since I’ve started coaching students for the HPAT, entry points for UCD have gone from 747 (2013) to 731 (2014) to 736 (2015) to 730 (2016) to 734 (2017). This does not necessarily mean the standard is changing or that interest is increasing or declining or that the exam is getting easier or harder.

The HPAT is marked by ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research) who change the marking scheme on an annual basis which influences the points that are awarded for a particular centile score. It is best not to worry too much about points going up or down and instead to focus on improving your own scores in each of the practice tests that we will do in class and as homework over the year.

The bottom line is that you are competing against the 2500 or so other candidates who are sitting the HPAT and you need to be in and around the top 20% with a Leaving Cert > 550 points to put yourself in a good position.

What is the Structure of the Exam?

You have to answer 110 questions in 150 minutes.
All questions are in multiple choice format with 4 or 5 options.
Only 1 is correct.

The exam is divided into three sections:

Section 1: Logical Reasoning & Problem Solving (40%)
Section 2: Understanding People (40%)
Section 3: Non-Verbal Reasoning (20%)

Section 1
Skills: comprehend, draw logical conclusions, reach solutions by identifying relevant facts, evaluate information, pinpoint additional or missing information, and generate and test plausible hypotheses
Questions are based on a brief text or piece of information presented graphically

Section 2
Skills: understand people and their thoughts, feelings, behaviour and intentions
Questions are based on a scenario, dialogue or other text representing interpersonal situations

Section 3
Skills: reason in the abstract, solve problems in non-verbal contexts
Questions are based on patterns or sequences of shapes

More information about all things HPAT is available at https://hpat-ireland.acer.org/