FAQ about registering

Q Where can I sit HPAT - Ireland?
A Test centres will be located in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Sligo and Waterford. Every effort will be made to accommodate applicants at their preferred test centre. However, as capacity in some test centres may be limited, places in those venues will be allocated on a first-come basis. It is important that candidates register early to ensure they are able to get their choice of test location.

Q How much does it cost?
A Registration for HPAT-Ireland is available online only. The registration fee for the HPAT–Ireland test in 2018 is €130.00 (all taxes and charges included) per candidate. An additional fee of €25.00 applies for all UL applicants who are also required to complete the Written English component. The registration fees cover online registration for the test, materials required for the paper test, provision of test results to the candidate and the transfer of results to the CAO and UL. This fee is also inclusive of the HPAT – Ireland Practice Test with worked solutions. The practice booklet normally retails at €22.00 but is provided to candidates as part of their registration at a reduced rate. All payments must be made in EURO. The preferred method of payment is by credit card. Late registrations will be accepted until 1 February 2018 at 5.15pm GMT. on payment of a late fee of €70 in addition to the standard registration fee. Exceptional late registrations will be accepted until 3 February 2018 at 5.15pm GMT on payment of the exceptional late fee of €105 in addition to the registration fee. An exceptional late registration will only be accepted from candidates who have submitted their application to the CAO by 1 February 2018 at 5.15pm GMT. It will NOT be possible to register for HPAT - Ireland after registrations close at 3 February 2018 at 5.15pm GMT.

Q How will I know if my registration is successful?
A After completing your registration and payment, you will be sent two emails. The first will be a receipt of payment. It will contain a receipt number and your customer number. Please quote the customer number (which is also your candidate ID) when communicating with the HPAT - Ireland Office. The second email will be an email confirming your registration with your personal details. Please check your details carefully and advise the HPAT - Ireland Office immediately by email hpat-ireland@acer.org if there are any errors. If you do not receive a confirmation email, this may be because you have entered your email address incorrectly, or because you have a Hotmail or Yahoo account which has blocked our emails or treated them as spam. To rectify this problem, please include hpat@acer.org in your email address book.

Q Does registering for HPAT - Ireland mean I've applied for university?
A No, you need to submit an application to CAO or the University of Limerick in the usual manner. The closing date for CAO applications is 1st of February 2018. To contact the CAO go to http://www.cao.ie/index.php. For information about applications to the University of Limerick, please go to http://www.ul.ie.

Q How do I apply for Special Testing Conditions
A If you have a visual, hearing, physical or other impairment which means the standard manner in which the test is set up requires change, e.g. alternative format or additional rest breaks, you should apply for special testing conditions online via your account as soon as possible after registration. All such requests must be submitted no later than 3 February 2018 at 5.15pm GMT and be accompanied by a letter (no more than one year old) from a registered health practitioner outlining your condition and the kind of support needed. Applicants with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties should accompany their statement with a copy of an appropriate educational psychologist’s report, no more than 3 years old, for consideration. Note: There is no possibility of special consideration being given to test results. In no circumstances will scores be adjusted to account for any perceived disadvantage.

Q Can I sit HPAT - Ireland on another date?
A No, there is only one sitting of HPAT - Ireland each year.

Q Will I be penalised if I sit the test more than once?
A No, you may sit HPAT-Ireland as many times as you wish, as long as you are a bona fide applicant each time.