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HPAT Practice Exam with Solutions and Guide

Our HPAT guide and practice exam with brand new, unseen questions are made by a team of Irish-trained doctors with specialist input for various sections.

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Contents: I. Concise tips and tricks for Section I, II and III  Section I: Logical Reasoning and Problem-Solving     Approaching the 3 main types of questions (abstraction of data, dependencies, graph, multiple graphics, scientific method, pure logic principles, common pitfalls, etc)
  Section II: Interpersonal Understanding     Dealing with words you don’t fully understand, choosing between two similar answers     Unwritten rules, beliefs and assumptions of empathetic behaviour
  Section III: Non-verbal Reasoning     Discussion of the main rules (various types of series)   Tricks to do better in all sections of the HPAT     An unsafe and controversial guide to acing multiple choice questions
II. Full practice exam - with elaborate explanations

Please note  the questions are mostly hard, some are very hard, but all are designe…

Comparative: Theme or Issue

A theme or issue question doesn't vary hugely year on year. The angle is slightly different but the fundamentals remain the same. This came up in 2015:

Compare this to 2013 (it didn't appear on the 2014 paper)

Referring to the marking scheme for these and using The Great Gatsby as an example, these are the things that your answer could address:

  • approach to theme/issue by author and/or reader may be... cynical, dissapointed view of the decayed moral values
  • focus on aspects of a theme convey a negative/pessimistic/positive/optimistic view... negative view of the hollow upper class
  • narrative voice, key scenes/moments contribute to an impression... contrast the narrator's character to the hollowness that surrounds him
  • characters’ motivation/beliefs/behaviour, etc. affect readers’ impression of a theme... the importance of money, they idea it can buy love and happiness 
  • impact of language, imagery, symbols, visual and aural effects upon readers: impact of language (imagery, symbolism, visual and aural effects) shapes perceptions... is Dr T. J. Eckleburg representing God staring down at them?.. What must he be thinking?
  • plot, narrative voice, characters’ behaviour provide thought-provoking insights... Daisy's beaviour versus Gatsby's idea of Daisy
  • key moments/scenes offer revealing considerations/perspectives... how does Daisy and Gatsby's meeting reveal more about the characters?
  • lasting impression is formed by the conclusion/resolution of a theme/issue... this your chance to say what you think of Gatsby's death - why? What does it all mean?
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