About HPAT Ireland

The Health Professions Admission Test – Ireland (HPAT – Ireland) is an admissions test used to assist with the selection of students into medicine and health professions degree programs.

You will need an 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)*

HPAT – Ireland measures a candidate’s logical reasoning and problem solving skills, nonverbal reasoning and the ability to understand the thoughts, behaviour and/or intentions of people.

The test 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. The test does not test academic knowledge and candidates do not require special understanding of any academic discipline.

HPAT – Ireland is independently administered by ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research). ACER has an excellent international reputation and a track record in the development, management and research of selection tests for undergraduate medical and health related programmes.

* In addition to completing HPAT - Ireland, candidates applying to the MSc Occupational Therapy (Professional Qualification) and the MSc Speech and Language Therapy (Professional Qualification) at the University of Limerick are required to sit a 1 hour Written English component.