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A Student’s Experience Sitting HPAT Online 2021 (Plus Some Tips!)

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I just sat HPAT 2021 online – and what a relief to have it over with! Overall it was as I expected with no major surprises, having done practice exams on MedEntry’s online platform.
Check in process
The check in process was similar to what was outlined in the ProctorU video emailed to us by ACER. I logged into the ProctorU site, and when the countdown reached 0, I was able to start the session. After some technical checks, a photo was taken of my ID, and then I was connected with a proctor. I couldn’t see the proctor but could hear them. They were very friendly and talked me through the process. I had to show the four walls of my room, the door, and where my mobile phone was. I also had to show a full view of my table, and the two pieces of blank scratch paper.  HPAT Exam Papers
There was an app that opened on my computer where I could communicate with the proctor by typing my questions and responses. There was a bit of a delay between me typing a question and getting an answer.
The Proctor took control of my computer and did some checks. Then they asked me to log into the ACER app and unlocked my test. When I clicked start, some instructions were displayed, and then I pressed begin when I was ready.
The test
The test was as expected, and probably easier than the MedEntry exams overall, which was nice. There were no major surprises, except that there were a couple of typos / errors in the exam! I’m sure ACER will pick up on these and fix them. After my time expired for each section, I had the chance to take a mini break before proceeding to the next section.
My tips
Here are my tips for sitting HPAT online 2021:
1. Be patient and manage stress
It can take time for the technical checks to occur and for the proctor to respond. It is easy to panic and think there is something wrong, but this will not help with your performance. Instead, use the time to meditate by deep breathing, and focus on the reasons you should feel confident. The proctors are very friendly and helpful, and should be able to fix any problems that occur.
2. Don’t begin each section until you are ready
You can start the exam and each section of HPAT when you are ready. This gives you the chance to take a moment to breathe, recoup, and get ready for the upcoming section. Perhaps you can even say a mantra to yourself before the next section – ‘you’ve got this!’ – or something similar, to put yourself in the right mindset. HPAT Practice Questions
3. Use the platform to your advantage
I found that I could highlight text with my mouse which was useful for section 1 in particular – it allowed me to highlight relevant parts of the data or text for easy reference. Also, in section 3 the questions were all divided up into sections, like in the ACER demo platform, so I started with the questions that I felt most confident with (i.e. not pick the middle!). It was helpful to have the digital countdown timer clock and the question navigation so I could see at a glance how much time and how many questions I had remaining.
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