I started quite late, 4 months before the HPAT because that's when I realised I wanted to do medicine.
I would recommend you start now if you can or as early as possible because to get good at the questions you mainly need lots of practice amd time.
I'd recommend to start studying for the HPAT between September and October. Build your HPAT study into your routine as if it were an extra school subject. You could take some time to familiarise yourself with the layout of the exam over the summer, but starting actual study in September will be fine (:
how the hell is starting preparation for the hpat 4 months earlier late lol?? Stop scaring people lmao.
If you want to very comfortably cruise through then starting in September is fine and doing a small bit a week and you can easily space out the exams over the few months. I recommend finding a study group just so you can see the thought processes of different people because more likely than not you will have 1 or 2 weaker sections which require more attention. Use medentry, career services are trash and just boost your confidence then you are shocked in the real thing
to put it into perspective, most people barley do any preparation, and the people that do only start around December/January which is still plenty time but you will probably have mocks and christmas tests around that time so that's why it's better to start earlier
You should start studying the HPat in 5th year only 15% of Hpat entries start in 5th year but if you want to get 90th percentile (better than 90% of people start then) I assume if your going for Medicine you could get 550 points in your sleep usually but to get it while doing the Hpat is tough personally I dropped English in the first week of 5th year and used any time Idve used on that for the HPat, you only count 6 subjects in your LC anyway so Id recommend just doing 6 subjects and the HPat, also last thing go thru the guides and DO THE PRACTICE EXAMS, dont worry youll do great!
bruh u can only drop english if you are not going to college in ireland lmao how would you know if this person wants to do college in ireland or abroad. If you fail English, maths or irish in ireland you basically can't go to college
@bigfatpusc123 Actually by dropping English I meant did Ordinary Level, but just by sitting in the OL class without doing a days hw you can still pass it easily, hell you only need an O6 so if you sat the paper in Junior Cert youd get that seeing as they give you the poems etc.
And Im gonna have to point out what dylaanjbrowne said about the HPat the keyword is 'over a long period of time' if you are bad at say Section 3, sign up with some course like MedEntry read their guides, practice, practice, practice and youll get it, if you sit the paper without practicing youll only succeed whether your a genius, but if you practice you can get it while only being a decent not a great student (as in a 550 point student instead of a 625, you still have to be sorta smart)