Preparation material

ACER produces the only official HPAT – Ireland preparation materials. There are currently two types of preparation materials available: six publications in the form of e-books and an automatic scoring service for the Written English test (UL applicants only). Except as otherwise required by law, no refunds will be given for the purchase of any HPAT – Ireland preparation materials.


The publications are only available in the form of e-books; hard copies are not available. The HPAT – Ireland registration fee is inclusive of the Practice Test with worked solutions. This practice booklet normally retails at €22.00 but is provided to candidates as part of their registration at a reduced rate. Each practice publication will be accessible as soon as your payment is received successfully.

Practice Test 1 - 4  are equivalent to a full test and will take approximately 2.5 hours to complete under exam conditions. Additional Practice Questions and Additional Practice Questions 2 contain a collection of approximately 60 questions each that can also be used for additional practice. The e-books contain different selections of material and are designed to give examples of the types of questions asked in the HPAT – Ireland test and of the skills and knowledge tested. Answers are given to all questions in each e-book, and worked solutions are provided for Practice Test and Practice Test 3.

Though similar in format the e-books contain different selections of material and are designed to give examples of the types of questions asked in HPAT – Ireland and of the skills and knowledge tested.

The purchase of an e-book (including the Practice Test e-book provided as part of your registration) entitles you to:

  • Make 2 hard copies of the e-book which will be imprinted with your name and identifying details.
  • Unrestricted access to the e-book you have purchased for 12 months commencing on the date the e-book is made accessible to you for the sole purpose of reading the e-book.

Automatic scoring for Written English (UL application only)

The automatic scoring service for Written English allows UL applicants to submit two essays addressing two specific tasks. The essays are then automatically scored and a percentile band and a score range are provided on completion of both tasks. Please note, detailed feedback and critiquing of your writing is not provided.

To enable automatic scoring several hundred responses to the tasks were marked using a criterion-referenced analytical marking guide. Responses were hand marked (double marked and adjudicated where necessary) using a marking guide. The scores were Rasch analysed and a measurement scale was calibrated. Finally, the scores were loaded to the automatic marking system to create a computer model that replicates manual scoring and can ‘mimic’ the way markers assign scores to the tasks.

The purchase of the automatic scoring service for Written English entitles you to:

Provision of two essay tasks: one Task A and one Task B.
Provision of a single Written English score range, for example 51-59, and percentile band. Please note that you will only be able to submit your responses once.
Submit your completed essay tasks within 12 months from the date of purchase.

The practice materials are available for purchase here.