Students who want to study in Ireland must meet minimum English language requirements to be eligible, unless they are for an English language course.
According to Immigration regulations students must reveal their capacity to fully partake in their chosen course through the English medium. In this regard they need to satisfy the Visa Officer. Therefore, regardless of educational background and nationality, it is highly recommended for all applicants to undertake the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) English language test, and provide original certificate with your visa with application."
Minimum scores for all accepted examinations including IELTS are set out on the INIS website. Any certificate which has not been issued within two years of the expected start date of the course is considered to be invalid. In case, if the IELTS requirement for a course that was chose by a student is higher than the standard minimum for visa purposes, students should submit the proof to the immigration authorities that they had met the college's requirements.
Universities and Colleges have specific language requirements for admission, though these vary from one course to another. One should contact the International Office or Admissions Office at the institution to know more details regarding that particular course.
International English Language Testing System is the most widely recognized language exam in Ireland.
Apart from this other commonly recognized exams are Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE), and English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP).
You should ensure that you apply to a recognized English language course. At the most, the student can stay for three years for the purpose of attending courses at non degree and language level.
Ireland is not based on any curriculum or subject areas; hence the students need not underwent intensive preparation and acquire any special knowledge. However, as with any other test answering questions of a similar type under similar time constraints is helpful.
The purpose of HPAT is to assess the general skills and abilities of a student. To operate most effectively in this career graduates will need to be flexible and spontaneous. They should have good thinking skills. Finally they should have a well developed ability to understand and respond to patients’ needs and individual situations.
For the above reasons HPAT – Ireland has been developed as a test that is based on the student’s immediate response, but not on academic curriculum or study of particular subjects.