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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…

Paul Durcan Sample Answer & Notes: Rich Insights Into Human Experience

Durcan communicates rich insights into human experience using language that is both accessible and appealing. Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with reference to the poetry of Paul Durcan on your course.
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Paul Durcan’s poetry is recent, novel and refreshing. His insights are presented grotesquely and cuttingly at times, but his poetry is full of balanced subtlety on closer examination. The poet writes unreservedly and openly about personal and social issues. His subject matter touches upon many sensitive aspects of the human experience: love for one’s wife and children, love for one’s country, religious faith, breakdown of marriage, difficulties in his relationship with his father and homelessness to name a few. His language is different to what one expects from a poem: it is both simple and complex in its own unique way, but invariably accessible and appealing. I would like to elaborate on this statement using the poems Nessa, “Windfall”, 8 Parnell Hill, Cork, The Difficulty That Is Marriage, Wife Who Smashed Television Gets Jail, Parents, En Famille, 1979, Madman and Sport.

For the full set of notes and a sample answer as well as a comprehensive overview of how to approach this and any other such essay, check out our brand new download covering Nessa, “Windfall”, 8 Parnell Hill, Cork, The Difficulty That Is Marriage, Wife Who Smashed Television Gets Jail, Parents, En Famillie, 1979, Madman, Sport, Six Nuns Die In Convent Inferno, The Girl With The Keys To Pearse's Cottage, The Arnolfini Marriage, Ireland 2002 and Rosie Joyce.

It is a 44 A4 page (10,000 word) pdf document with only the most relevant material for your English Higher Level A1. 

The indicative essay takes up the last 7 pages. The essay is deliberately extra long to give you ample food for thought and prepare you for the exam rather than just one essay title.

The rest is a step-by-step detailed deconstruction of the process of writing this particular essay:

✓ how to start 

✓ how to address the question 
✓ how to develop and illustrate your argument 
✓ how to link it all up...

providing you with a toolkit to crack any Paper II essay title.


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