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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Students get just one shot at entry test for medicine

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 15th, 2012 by steve

“Students planning to study medicine will only get one chance to sit the controversial Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT) aptitude test under a new plan. The days of repeating HPAT to boost chances of gaining entry to medical school are coming to an end …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 September]

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Guidance counsellors want Hpat medical school entry test scrapped

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 14th, 2012 by steve

“The new entry and selection test for entry to university medical schools – known as the Hpat – should be abandoned, according to the Institute of Guidance Counsellors …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 14 September]

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HPAT

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 6th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn if he will provide, in tabular form, the number of students who have sat the HPAT exam each year since its inception; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 4 July]

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Medicine entry test fails to level the playing field

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 6th, 2012 by steve

“In appointing new board members to the State Examinations Commission last week, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn talked up the Irish exam system. Its integrity and openness, he said, was recognised worldwide …” (more)

[Brain Mooney, Irish Times, 6 June]

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Test for medical school entry

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 5th, 2012 by steve

“Sir, – I read with interest the article by Seán Flynn about medical school entry (Front Page, June 1st). I was a member of the Irish Universities and Medical Schools Consortium, representing TCD, UCD, UCC and UCG, which met the ‘expert group’ appointed by the then government …” (more)

[Shaun R McCann, Irish Times, 5 June]

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Reilly urges scrapping of medicine aptitude test

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 2nd, 2012 by steve

“Health Minister James Reilly has called for the controversial HPAT aptitude test for entry to medicine to be abolished. The minister told the Irish Independent that all it had done is create a new industry around a second exam for students who want to become doctors …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 June]

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Medical school entry test fails to widen access to profession

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 1st, 2012 by steve

“The new entry and selection test for entry to medicine – known as the Hpat – has done little to widen access to the profession, according to a draft review for the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 1 June]

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It’s not the points, it’s the system, that’s a problem in the points system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 31st, 2012 by steve

“Irish second level school students are now in the early stages of their school leaving examinations, with oral language and applied science examinations ongoing and the main written exams starting Wednesday 6th with English Paper 1 …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 31 May]

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HPAT

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 10th, 2012 by steve

Deputy John Lyons asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to reform the HPAT entry exam to Irish medical schools; his views on whether those who can afford expensive preparatory courses are at an advantage when sitting the exam; his views on whether there is a more equitable assessment process that could be instituted; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 9 May]

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Minister wants to scrap test for medical schools

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

“Health Minister Dr James Reilly wants to axe the controversial aptitude test for those who want to study medicine. Students who get 600 points in their Leaving Cert have ‘bloody earned’ their right to study medicine, he said …” (more)

[Eilish O’Regan, Independent, 18 February]

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Getting in to medical school

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 6th, 2011 by steve

“Sir, – While academic achievements are obviously an important component of the process of entry into medical school, assessment of candidate’s qualities ‘outside the classroom’ is also an important aspect of the selection process in other countries. The disadvantage is that the process demands time, energy and logistic support …” (more)

[Peadar G Noone, Irish Times, 6 September]

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Getting in to medical school

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 5th, 2011 by steve

“Sir, – In many discussions concerning entry to medical school, there is an implication that achieving a large number of points in the Leaving Certificate and being a well-rounded person, suitable for a medical career, are mutually exclusive …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 5 September]

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Abandon HPAT

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 5th, 2011 by steve

“Since 2009, entry to university to study medicine has involved not only a good Leaving Certificate result but also high points in a new test (HPAT). Recently, there have been reports of the fact that students with much lower Leaving Certificate points than in previous years have secured places in medicine …” (more)

[Gordian Barry, Independent, 5 September]

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