Key dates for 2023 CAO applications

Published date24 January 2023
Publication titleIrish Times (Dublin, Ireland)
The Hpat test will take place via online proctoring (monitored by camera at all times before and during the test) from applicants' homes over a 4½-hour session from Friday, February 17th to Saturday, February 25th

February 21st, 22nd and 25th will be reserved for candidates who encounter technical difficulties and need to sit Hpat on an alternative date after informing ACER of any technical issues occurring at the initial Hpat testing session.

Hpat applicants will require a desktop computer or laptop with a working built-in or external webcam and microphone, with internet speed of at least 2Mbps down and uploads in order to sit test from home in 2023.

Hpat-Ireland is also required for entry into the MSc occupational therapy and MSc speech and language therapy (both professional qualifications) at UL. February 3rd (12pm): Online facility to amend CAO course choices becomes available for a late fee of €10 until March 1st (5pm). Only those who have omitted a restricted application course need to use this facility. February-April: Interviews and portfolio presentations for restricted application courses take place in a manner (mostly online) in conformity with Covid-19 regulations during this time period. Following these assessments, applicants learn if they are approved for consideration for a place on each programme. Marks are awarded in many cases, which are added to an applicant's CAO points score in August, to determine offers of places. March 1st (5pm): This is the closing date for completion of the mature applicant section of the CAO form for those seeking places under this classification. It is also the final date for CAO applicants to add any restricted application course choices, and to complete the online sections of the application process under the Hear (Higher Education Access Route) and/or Dare (Disability Access Route to Education) schemes. The Hear scheme is the admissions route for school-leavers who for social, financial or cultural reasons are underrepresented at third level. Dare is the supplementary admissions scheme offering a small number of places on reduced points to school-leavers with a designated disability. Who gets those places is at the discretion of each course director and may favour those with specific disabilities, or who qualify for both Hear and Dare. March 4th (noon): Late application facility opens for those who have not as yet applied to the CAO, at a cost of €60. It remains open until May 1st at 5pm. March 15th (5pm)...

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