How the HPAT works in boosting points
HPAT stands for the Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT), an aptitude-style test administered by the Australian Council for Educational Research. Leaving Certificate points are combined with the HPAT-Ireland score to assess entry to medicine. A minimum of 480 Leaving Certificate points is needed to be in contention, and the maximum HPAT score is 300. Each band of five Leaving Certificate points between 550 and 660 is worth only one point for the purpose of entry to medicine, meaning an effective maximum of 560. About 3,200 students sat the HPAT-Ireland test in February.