I did the HPAT and got 179 which is like the top 89% so I reckon I've got some credability in what I say.
A few things to knock over first, prep courses are generally shit, how would I know? I went to 2 one in 5th year one in 6th year and I learned basically nothing. The prep course just gives you practice material, reminds you timing is key and can give you optimal guessing strategies. They're a waste.
Second, I NEVER used medentry I thought it was a waste of money, personally. All I used was the 4 practice tests that are available on the HPAT website and I used these relatively close to the date of the test too, I'd advise you do the same.
Thirdly, the HPAT is an IQ AND EQ test, you can't study for it, you can only get used to the types of questions and finding patterns etc. this is important for later.
The HPAT is broken into 3 sections:
Section 1 is worth 40% of the marks and revolves mainly on you picking a correct answer out of 4 in a test based in logic on a situation applied to you. These are tests which I'd advise you look at puzzles for, doing puzzles based in situational circumstances to improve problem solving is the best way to get used to these questions, people who are more logically minded tend to be better at these. My strategy was a "visualise then execute" where I'd imagine the scenario play out in my head and from that imagining I'd put in what I thought was right.
Section 2 is worth 40% of the marks and revolves mainly on you picking a correct answer out of 4 in a test based on emotions and "reading the room." These are tests that I'd advise you to, under your breath, speak the sentences to yourself as if you were acting out the scene. This helped me a lot with determining the moods of the characters and the interpretation of the scene as a whole. This section tests your EQ and is best for creatively minded people. It mostly relies on common sense, if you can't read the rooms mood I'm afraid you won't do great on this.
Section 3 is worth 20% of the marks and revolves mainly on you picking a correct answer out of 5 in a test of pure logic and patterns. Honestly, the best way to solve this is find all the things that change from pattern to pattern and attempt to organise them from there based on if the question asked for middle of sequence, the end of the sequence etc. It's pure logic, solving puzzles as practice helped me personally.
Remember to always put down an answer.
Remember to not panic as all questions are weighted equally.
NEVER go backwards to a section when it's done.
DON'T leave a question blank, you'll probably end up accidentally shading it in and you'll be one question behind for the rest of your answers.
Good luck! Hope this helps!
Hey, I did the HPAT last February and here are the tips I would give anyone sitting it next year :)
Buy the official ACER practice papers. You get Practice Paper 1 as part of the registration fee but if you want you can also buy Practice Papers 2,3,4 and also some additional questions. Although these papers are easier than the real thing I found that the question style was the most accurate reflection of what the actual exam was like.
Practice your timing. You’ve probably heard this a million times but is so so important to put yourself under time pressure from the start. The timing in the exam is brutal (especially in section 1) so it’s best to get used to it early.
If you have MedEntry I would recommend focusing on the full length exam papers rather than on the practice drills. The drills can be useful for quick revision but the full exams are much more useful in the long run. Leading up to the HPAT I would do a practice exam every Saturday and then spend Sunday correcting and reviewing it.
Review your mistakes. Once you finish a practice exam it can be tempting to move on to the next one straight away. Don’t do this. You must spend time reviewing the exam and finding out why you got certain questions wrong. Personally I had a small notebook where I would write down all my mistakes to ensure I didn’t make the same mistake again in the future.
Don’t neglect section 3. Even though it is only worth 20% you must spend time on it. It is the easiest section to improve as well. The patterns seem impossible at first but after practicing questions you will realise that they are not that bad. At the start of 6th year I was terrible at this section (<40 percentile) but I did loads of practice questions and it ended up being my best section in the actual HPAT.
Best of luck :)
I started studying at the start of September in 6th year and I think that was enough time. Tbh in order to do well in the HPAT it’s not about how much time you spend studying, it’s how you spend your study time. Looking back I wish I had spent more time reviewing Section 1 and perfecting my timing because I could’ve gotten a way better score in it than I ended up getting. I also wish I spent more time reviewing my mistakes and seeing where I went wrong rather than just completing loads of practice exams. Basically what I’m trying to say is use whatever study time you have left wisely!
You can't study for the HPAT full stop. All you can do is practice similar questions via the practice papers they give and by getting better at problem solving and by getting used to the timing/need to guess at times.
Don't bother putting lots of hours into it man, you won't be well off doing that. I put in about 12 hours MAX in the 2 weeks leading up to the HPAT itself and during the 2 years I'd say a total of 16 hours max including the 2 weeks before the HPAT.