Aptitude test just what the doctor ordered

Ireland“In response to Elizabeth O’Dwyer (Letters, August 20) who queries whether the introduction of the HPAT is a ‘dumbing down of the Leaving Cert’, the only truly controversial issue surrounding HPAT is that it had not been introduced sooner. Since the nationwide publication of the heartbreaking tales of students, this letters page has heard mainly from overly-proud, sympathetic parents and others who are in denial about what exactly makes exceptional doctors. The Leaving Cert awards the reaming off of information from text book to paper. If it’s verbatim, it’s 600 points …” (more)

[Adam Ruxton, Independent, 22 August]

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