Applicants to undergraduate medicine are no doubt aware that 5.15 pm on Sunday next, January 20, is the standard closing date for registration for HPAT (the Health Professional Admissions Test), which is used as part of the selection procedures for medicine by the five undergraduate medical schools in the Republic of Ireland – NUI Galway, RCSI, TCD, UCC, and UCD.
The test is devised by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Around 3,000 applicants apply to medicine through CAO annually.
Registrations for the test opened online at HPAT's website in early November last. The normal fee for the test is €115 (which covers the provision of the HPAT – Ireland Practice Test with worked solutions).
There is a late registration period from January 21 to February 1, for an additional late fee of €65. An exceptional late registration period applies up to February 4 where the additional late fee is €100.
The test itself, HPAT Ireland, will be held on Saturday March 2.
Test centres will be located in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Sligo and Waterford.
CAO applications must precede HPAT registration because in order to register for HPAT – Ireland, all applicants must first have their CAO number.
Sunday, January 20, at 5.15pm on is also the last date by which CAO applicants can avail themselves of the online discounted €25 application fee.
Open days today and tomorrow: Bray Institute of Further Education, Bray, Co Wicklow, holds an open day today, Friday January 18, from 10am-4pm. GMIT (Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology) hosts a CAO Information event on its main Galway campus tomorrow, Saturday, January 19, from 11am-1pm. University of Limerick Department of Nursing & Midwifery hosts a dedicated open day tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am-2pm LITT (Limerick Institute of Technology Tipperary) holds an 'Explore Day' at its Thurles campus tomorrow, Saturday. Registration is required for this event.