The admissions test selected by the Irish Medical Schools is called HPAT-Ireland (Health Professions Admission Test-Ireland). The test measures a candidate’s logical reasoning and problem-solving skills as well as non-verbal reasoning and the ability to understand the thoughts, behaviour and/or intentions of people.
It is designed to complement academic achievement by providing assessment of skills in the areas of reasoning understanding and working with people. HPAT-Ireland has a strong focus on general skills and personal abilities. These skills have been identified as important for a competent health professional. It does not test academic knowledge and candidates do not require special understanding of any academic discipline.
This test is independently administered by ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research). ACER has an excellent international reputation and a commendable track record in the development, management and research of selection tests for undergraduate medical and health-related programs.