HPAT is a 2.5-hour online multiple-choice assessment independently developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
HPAT - Applicant Quick reference
You will need a HPAT–Ireland score to apply for admission to any of the following courses:
- National University of Ireland Galway – Undergraduate Medicine
- Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Undergraduate Medicine
- Trinity College Dublin – Undergraduate Medicine
- University College Cork – Undergraduate Medicine
- University College Dublin – Undergraduate Medicine
- University of Limerick
- MSc Occupational Therapy (Professional Qualification)
- MSc Speech and Language Therapy (Professional Qualification)
For information about specific courses and admission requirements, please refer to the relevant university websites.
HPAT–Ireland is available to any person who is applying to study a course for which HPAT–Ireland is a prerequisite, and who is able to meet the academic entry requirements set by the universities. Eligible test-takers must either be in their final year of school or have completed their school leaving certificate prior to 2024.
International/non-EU students may be exempt from taking HPAT–Ireland. Please contact the universities to which you intend to apply directly, or check their websites for information.
HPAT is administered as a remote computer-based test through by ProctorU. Test takers can sit HPAT from any suitable location that meets the technical requirements of the test.
ProctorU is a leading global provider of comprehensive testing and assessment services.
|Standard Registration fee||€156.80|
|Written English (UL applicants only)||€10|
|Exceptional late fee||€110|
|Refund administration fee||€55|
|No Show fee||€90|
Designed to accelerate your intake of high ability university students
Simple and easy to implement and use
Accessible online to students located anywhere in the world
Designed to complement academic achievement
Valid & reliable indicators of student capability
Special understanding of any academic discipline is not required
Specifically designed for an international school context
Assess problem-solving, logic and interpersonal skills
- 2.5 hour computer-based test
- 114 multiple choice questions
- Written English can also be added
Logical Reasoning and
Involves comprehending and analysing information to formulate a solution or plausible hypotheses.
Assesses the ability to identify, understand, and, infer the thoughts, feelings, behaviour and/or intent of others.
Designed to assess the ability to reason in the abstract and solve problems in non-verbal contexts.
Assesses the ability to create a fluent, creative and organised piece of writing in response to a prompt.
Gain valuable insight into test takers' problem-solving, non-verbal and logical reasoning skills
ACER and ProctorU
ACER is a not-for-profit independent organisation and one of the world's leading providers of educational advice, products and services. ACER develops HPAT–Ireland and provides results to test takers and participating universities.
ProctorU is a leading global provider of comprehensive testing and assessment services. HPAT–Ireland is administered through ProctorU.
Perfectly designed for prospective medical and allied health students.
Understanding HPAT–Ireland Scores
The process of scoring HPAT–Ireland is complex. Each of the 3 HPAT–Ireland scores is expressed on a scale of 0 to 100. These are not percentage marks. You will receive a score for each of the 3 sections, together with an overall score and an overall percentile ranking to indicate your performance compared to other HPAT–Ireland test-takers sitting in the same year as you.
Equity and Fairness
HPAT–Ireland is developed to rigorous professional and technical standards. Test questions are designed by a team of ACER test writers who are expert in their subject areas. The content, style and duration of the test are determined to ensure the testing program is relevant, fair, valid and reliable.
ACER: bringing international expertise to tertiary level
ACER is a not-for-profit educational research organisation with a mission to improve learning. ACER has an excellent international reputation and track record in the development, management and research of selection tests for undergraduate medical and health related programs.