HPAT – Ireland is divided into three sections designed to assess performance in the areas of;
|No. of Questions||Allotted Time|
|Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving|
|MCQ, 4 alternate responses, mostly text based, a few in tabular/diagrammatic form|
|MCQ, 4 alternate responses, completely text based|
|MCQ, 4/5 alternate responses, completely visual material|
(Uni of Limerick applicants only)
|2 essay tasks, one argumentative with sociopolitical issues, one reflective with more personal issues|
- Section 1: Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving
This section consists of information drawn from a variety of materials, presented in the form of text passages and/or diagrams/tables. The candidate is required to find test hypotheses, locate missing information and form logical conclusions. All analysis and inference must be made on the basis of the given information. No prior knowledge is required to solve Section 1 questions, and assumptions are strictly not advised.
- Section 2: Interpersonal Understanding
This section consists of texts in the form of passages, dialogues and so on, representing interpersonal communication. The candidate is required to analyse and understand the thoughts, feelings and actions of the characters, and form inferences based on the analysis. Understanding of human relationships and empathy is essential to solve these questions.
- Section 3: Non-verbal Reasoning
This section consists of patterns and sequences, all in visual form. The candidate is required to identify the patterns and sequences.
- Section 4: Written English
This section consists of two writing tasks. The first task in argumentative, and the topics deal mostly with sociopolitical and/or cultural aspects. The second task is reflective, and the topics invite personal reflection. The candidate is required to put across their thoughts logically and coherently, reflecting social/political/personal awareness. Ideas and opinions, no matter how controversial, are not judged as long as they are coherently expressed and adequately supported.