Latest revelations raise yet more questions about HPAT – Mitchell O’Connor

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 10th, 2014 by steve

“Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire TD and Chair of the Fine Gael Internal Education Committee, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has today (Monday) said that the latest revelations about the HPAT (Health Professionals Admissions Test) raise yet more questions about the medical school entrance exam …” (more)

[Sarah Meade, Fine Gael, 10 March]

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Shift towards teaching and health at third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 10th, 2014 by steve

“Arts degrees remain the most popular choice for college applicants, but official statistics suggest teaching and health professions have become increasingly attractive …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 March]

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Medical entry test under investigation after course questions were used in exam

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 10th, 2014 by steve

“The highly competitive medical school entrance examination, the HPat, is being investigated amid claims that students who attended a popular preparation course had seen and been coached in how to answer some of the questions that appeared in the exam …” (more)

[Grainne Faller, Irish Times, 10 March]

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Decision on HPAT due by end of 2014

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 7th, 2014 by steve

“The number of students sitting the HPAT exam to gain entry to medicine seems to be falling, with the figure for 2014 down slightly on previous years …” (more)

[June Shannon, Irish Medical News, 7 March]

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UCD leads way with merger or collapse of 35 degree courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 24th, 2014 by steve

“University College Dublin has been leading the way in reducing degrees for Leaving Certificate students to pick from, but says it does not automatically mean CAO points drop …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 February]

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HPat exam not working, says Minister for Health

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 1st, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Health James Reilly has attacked the HPat exam, sat by those seeking entry to medical school, and also suggests that doctors’ training should be shortened …” (more)

[Paul Cullen, Irish Times, 1 October]

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Boys outperform girls for medical school

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2013 by steve

“Boys are outperforming girls academically in the quest for medical school places even though girls generally do better in the Leaving Certificate, according to a new study …” (more)

[Paul Cullen, Irish Times, 18 September]

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Highly motivated students found way to beat the system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 28th, 2013 by steve

“They said it couldn’t be done. Two cornerstones of the Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT) were that it was not possible to prepare for and that repeating was fruitless …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 June]

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Hpat changes to reduce advantage to repeat applicants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 28th, 2013 by steve

“Changes to Hpat, the exam used for entry to university medical schools, are aimed at reducing the potential advantage to applicants who repeat the exam …” (more)

[Joanne Hunt, Irish Times, 28 June]

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Is it time to scrap the points system once and for all?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 17th, 2013 by steve

“College lecturers, students, teachers and parents all complain about the Leaving Cert points race. But, until now, successive ministers and colleges have resisted the temptation to break it apart and try something new …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 16 January]

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HPAT has had little impact – RCSI President

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 22nd, 2012 by steve

“The President of the RCSI has indicated that the addition of the Health Professionals Admission Test (HPAT) for entry into medical school has not had any visible impact …” (more)

[Dara Gantly, Irish Medical Times, 22 October]

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Medicine test repeats could end

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 23rd, 2012 by steve

“The future of the controversial HPAT aptitude test for entry to medicine is now being considered as part of the overall reform of the points system …” (more)

[Independent, 22 September]

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Medical school aptitude test change delayed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 22nd, 2012 by steve

“Medical schools have delayed making changes to the controversial aptitude test used to select entrants but acknowledge that its use is causing a number of distortions for young people who wish to become doctors …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 September]

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Report recommends that HPAT system be included in review

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 21st, 2012 by steve

“An interim report from the five Irish medical schools on the HPAT (Health Professionals Admissions Test) recommends that the HPAT system be included in a review on the admissions process being carried out by the Irish Universities Association …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 21 September]

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HPAT fails to broaden entry to medicine courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 21st, 2012 by steve

“A new method for selecting students for the country’s medical schools has failed to broaden entry to the sector, and is having unintended and expensive consequences…” (video)

[RTÉ Six One News, 21 September]

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HPAT system not broadening entry to medicine courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 21st, 2012 by steve

“A report into the HPAT medical entry system has found that it has failed to broaden entry to the sector. It is also having unintended consequences that are a significant hidden cost to the Exchequer …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 21 September]

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Decision on future of HPAT is urgently needed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 20th, 2012 by steve

“Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire TD, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has called for an urgent decision to be made on the future of the HPAT (Health Professionals Admissions Test), which must be completed by Leaving Certificate students hoping to study medicine at third level …” (more)

[Sarah Meade, Fine Gael, 20 September]

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HPAT deprives 111 students of places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“A significant number of students who successfully repeat the HPAT exam exit another third level course such as pharmacy, to study medicine thereby denying other students a place on those courses, the HPAT review will report …” (more)

[June Shannon, Irish Medical Times, 18 September]

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Why the HPAT system has failed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn has had three months to consider the report from the review team of experts in medical education on the first three years of the HPAT. This is the test that all applicants to medicine in Ireland must take, on top of securing the requisite points in the Leaving Cert …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 18 September]

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Mitchell O’Connor questions fairness of HPAT test for aspiring medical students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 17th, 2012 by steve

“Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has today (Sunday) questioned the fairness of the HPAT (health professionals’ admission test), saying it has become a revenue generator for online coaching courses and is further skewing the points system …” (more)

[Sarah Meade, Fine Gael, 17 September]

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