Easy Way To Study For The GAMSAT

Easy Way To Study For The GAMSAT

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It’s no secret that the GAMSAT is a long and difficult exam. To provide yourself with the best chance of gaining entry into medicine or dentistry, there are a few simple rules that you should abide by. 

Firstly, start early and plan your study. We recommend that candidates start preparing at least 60 days prior to the exam. Utilise our list of section III topics and plan out when you will learn (and revise) each topic. This is an easy way to study for the GAMSAT, as it will ensure that you cover all of the requisite areas – including physics. 

Secondly, read what interests you. Some candidates mistakenly believe that the only way to study for sections I and II is to read The Economist and Charles Dickens novels. However, this simply is not true. Whilst knowledge regarding a variety of areas is important, an easy way to study for the GAMSAT is to read up on topics that interest you whether that be global warming, feminism or human rights. You will be better at retaining information regarding issues that you are passionate about. Thereafter, you should try to incorporate your newly gained knowledge into essays. 

Thirdly, practice studying under exam conditions. The GAMSAT is an arduous 5-hour exam with the most heavily weighted section at the end. The best candidates are those that are able to maintain a high level of concentration throughout the exam. Consequently, it is important to study from professional GAMSAT prep material and complete practice questions under mock exam conditions to accustom your brain to working consistently for multiple hours.

Finally, learn to balance study with your other life commitments. Behind every great doctor is a supportive network of family and friends. Medicine is a long journey and the ones that thrive are those that invest in their personal lives whether it be through spending time with family, having dinner with friends or even committing to a solo hike. Nobody can study all day so have some fun along the way – that is the easy way to study for the GAMSAT!

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GAMSAT Section 3 Strategies

GAMSAT Section 3 Strategies

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1. Start early

It’s no secret that there is lots of content to cover. This section cannot be crammed. Start early to ensure that you gain a strong grasp of the core concepts.

2. Plan your study

Create a study calendar and evenly allocate the different topics across the time period over which you are studying for the GAMSAT. This will ensure that you cover all the necessary content.

3. Learn physics

It will definitely be in the exam. Competition for medicine and dentistry is tough. You can’t afford to waste marks. At minimum, learn the basic concepts to give yourself a chance of deducing the correct answer. You can attempt some free GAMSAT questions with our GAMSAT Sample Test.

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4. Be creative

We’re no longer living in the dark ages. Textbooks aren’t the only way to learn. Whether it be study groups or (educational) YouTube videos, figure out how you learn best and don’t worry about what your peers are doing.

5. Be analytical

The GAMSAT tests your reasoning skills rather than your ability to memorise. Use the question stem and your own knowledge to deduce the answer to each question. Always ask yourself why an answer is or isn’t correct.

6. Practice, practice, practice

The GAMSAT is unlike any undergraduate science exam. By completing practice papers, you will familiarise yourself with the GAMSAT’s unique question style and strengthen your reasoning skills over time.

7. Time management

Each question is worth the same amount of marks. Ensure that you are allocating your time wisely to ensure that you finish the whole paper. For all you know, questions 100-110 might be really easy.

8. Don’t forget sections 1 and 2

Section 3 may be double weighted but sections 1 and 2 still constitute half of your mark. Place equal focus on all three sections to maximise your GAMSAT score. This is particularly relevant, as some schools have now moved towards placing equal weight upon the three sections.

For more advice and help, feel free to check out our GAMSAT For Beginners post.

GAMSAT Section 1 Strategies

GAMSAT Section 1 Strategies

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1. Start early

For many candidates, this will be the first English literature exam that they’ve done since high school. Text interpretation is a skill that must be developed over time. Don’t leave it till the week before the GAMSAT.

2. Read widely

The GAMSAT likes to draw from texts ranging from comics and poems to book extracts. Familiarise yourself with these different types of texts so that your ability to read and interpret them improves over time. Also ensure that you are reading a mixture of fiction and non-fiction texts.

3. Learn the basics

If the words simile, metaphor, allusion or diction mean absolutely nothing to you, it’s time to brush up on the basics of language and literary devices. This will enable you to recognise when these language techniques are being used and appreciate their impacts upon the text.

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4. Read with purpose

Every time you read a text whether it be a Charles Dickens classic or the local newspaper, analyse what’s in front of you. Consider, who wrote the text? What information is being conveyed and why? How does the text make you feel? Who is the target audience? Capitalise on these everyday opportunities to improve your analytical skills.

5. Build your vocabulary

The benefits of an extensive vocabulary are twofold: it will enable you to better appreciate the meaning of a text and assist you in ruling out incorrect answers. A fantastic way to build your vocabulary is to read lots of fiction, as these texts are more likely to employ flowery language. As an added bonus, a large vocabulary will also benefit you in section 2 of the GAMSAT.

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6. Learn to read quickly

In the GAMSAT, time is of the essence. Learn to quickly yet efficiently scan a text to find the information that you need. This requires practice: the more you read, the faster you will become.

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Which Universities Require The GAMSAT

Which Universities Require The GAMSAT

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If you are are looking to find out which universities require the GAMSAT, then you’ve came to the right place. If you’re a tertiary student hoping to receive entry into a medical degree you will need to take the GAMSAT. The following universities offer graduate places to successful GAMSAT candidates:

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Australia

The Australian National University
Flinders University
Deakin University
Griffith University
Macquarie University
The University of Queensland
The University of Melbourne
The University of Notre Dame (Fremantle)
The University of Notre Dame (Sydney)
The University of Sydney
The University of Western Australia
The University of Wollongong

Ireland

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
University College Cork
University College Dublin
University of Limerick

United Kingdom

Cardiff University
Keele University
Plymouth University
University of Exeter
University of Liverpool
St George’s University of London
Swansea University
The University of Nottingham

In addition to this there are universities which accept the GAMSAT in Singapore and Poland. While you may not wish to travel beyond the borders of Australia for your medical education it is worth mentioning that a number of my former students have taken up medical degrees in the United Kingdom and Ireland. They have reported back to me that they are enjoying their studies.   

These listed medical schools will be the universities which will accept GAMSAT candidates. It is well worth researching their facilities, programs, alumni and staff to get a sense where you feel you may want to end up.

Also, try to discover which are the schools most likely to accept applicants. Traditionally, Melbourne University is highly selective. In contrast, the University of Queensland and the University of Notre Dame tend to accept a wider range of applicants. Doing the research now, including into whether you believe an overseas place might be a good fit for you, will make things much easier in terms of your decision-making when your results eventually come out. 

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Is My GAMSAT Score Good Enough

Is My GAMSAT Score Good Enough?

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It is often pointed out by GAMSAT candidates that it is hard to know how to interpret GAMSAT scores.  First of all, as you should no doubt know from other posts, the exam breaks down in the following fashion:

Section  I:  75 Questions in 100 minutes, 25% of your mark

Section II:  Two essays in one hour, 25% of your mark

Section III:  110 questions in 170 minutes, 50% of your mark

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Before we answer the questions ‘Is my GAMSAT score good enough’, we need to start with the basics. It is necessary to score a mark of above 50 in each of the sections. What this means is that you cannot hope to depend on any particular section to save the day. If you score well in two of the sections, but abysmally in the third, it will mean you are ineligible for an interview, or for a medical / dental place.

So, remember, it is about overall success, not your weighted score, or a strong result in Section III for instance.  This last example is a classic mistake. First of all, it is possible that your plan of scoring very well in Section III, may go awry. The configuration of topics may not be what you expect after all.

Similarly, it is possible that the level of difficulty found in the questions may exceed your expectations.

Finally, even if you score well in Section III, if you score below the minimum for the other two sections your application will be effectively invalidated. So, the big lesson is to remember to try to score well across the board.

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There are number of pieces of advice to follow in terms of looking at your scores:

1. An offer is based on what percentile your mark falls in.

When I sat the GAMSAT, in the early 2000s, a successful applicant to the University of Melbourne Medical School could have a score as low as a 63. This was based on the fact that fewer people sat the exam at that time, and that scores were generally lower. Now more people sit, and thanks to more resources being available for students, scores are higher.  You want to score as high as possible given that the average score continues to climb. 

2. Score above a 65 overall.

Even though it is hard to estimate what would place you in the higher percentiles, and hence achieve an interview offer, it is important to remember that scoring a 65 or below is very unlikely to get you an interview. Where once a 60 would have been sufficient, a 65 should be your absolute minimum overall score.

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Is It Possible To Do Well In GAMSAT Without Physics 

Is It Possible To Do Well in GAMSAT Without Physics

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Is It Possible To Do Well In GAMSAT Without Physics 

Year after year, the same thing holds true for almost all GAMSAT candidates. Regardless of their background, be it a humanities degree, or one in the sciences, they are all intimidated by physics as a topic area of Section III. Technically they really should not be. So, is it actually possible to do well in the GAMSAT without Physics?

The level of difficulty which they can expect from physics questions is of a lower order than the level of complexity expected in biochemistry or organic chemistry. They can expect questions which would equate to those found in the year 12 syllabus, perhaps a few topic areas which might be found in first-year foundational physics class at university. 

Regardless of this fact students are intimidated by what they believe to be the breadth of topics they must cover for physics, as well as the concern that they will be expected to do complex calculations. These fears are unnecessary. While there is a relatively wide range of questions found in the physics portion of the GAMSAT, remember that many of them are related. Impulse relates to linear motion. Kinetic energy relates to gravitational potential energy. And so on.

Also, remember that given that you will not be allowed a calculator during the GAMSAT, none of the calculations you must do will require the use of a calculator. Here are number of topics you should learn for physics and the other topics in section 3.

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  • If you do not cover physics you are making yourself vulnerable in Section III.

It is important to remember your marks are likely to be between a 55 and maybe the early 70s. There are guaranteed to be Section III questions which you will find very difficult and may not be able to answer, despite your preparation.  The easiest way to solve this problem is to prepare for physics to ensure you can put in a very solid effort on questions which are relatively easy to answer. 

  • Focus as much on studying graphs and tables as you do on theory and calculations.

GAMSAT questions for section III should only take around a minute and a half to get through. Given this, it is useful to focus on how you can use visual cues or trends to help you narrow down your number of potential answers. 

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  • Keep in mind the level of working required.

Always remember that the level of scientific knowledge expected for the physics portion is technically the most basic of all of the science work which will be expected of you in Section III.

GAMSAT Knowledge Requirements

GAMSAT Knowledge Requirements

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If it were expected that you have an evolved knowledge of all of the topic areas found in the GAMSAT you’d likely have to study for a decade before you could even sit the exam. This would be impractical, and leave you exhausted before you even commenced your medical degree. Hence it is likely that you may have a distorted view of what are the GAMSAT knowledge requirements. You are not supposed to know ALL biochemistry, ALL physics, ALL biochemistry. Here is a lists of dos and don’ts in relation to your knowledge requirements for the exam. 

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  • You should and must spend time learning about the writing techniques which will enable you to come up with terrific essays for Section II. This is easily achieved as the formulas for both are straightforward. This is an area in which you can and should acquire the necessary knowledge.
  • You should not waste too much of you preparation on Section I topics which concern logic. Spend your time instead learning the basic rules of logic. This applies equally to the philosophy texts you will need to analyse for Section I. You can use your logic skills on these as well. 
  • You should have a detailed knowledge of all of the basics of biochemistry – cellular respiration, photosynthesis, protein synthesis – to a moderate level of detail.
  • You do not need to know anything beyond a basic first year knowledge of physics.
  • You should know all of the essentials of genetics.
  • You should not bother with a detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Most of this information will be provided to you on the day of the test in any case. 
  • You should know about organic chemistry to a basic approaching intermediate level.
  • You do not need to know about quantum physics to a degree any more sophisticated than would be covered in a basic first or second year chemistry class.
  • You should be able to do basic mental calculation which might come up in physics. Not being able to use a calculator is not a sufficient reason to arrive at the exam incapable of doing intermediate level mental arithmetic.

If you want to find out the exact topics that can arise in the GAMSAT, then check out the GAMSAT syllabus we have put together:

As always be sure to utilize the following resources provided by us.  Both will help you immeasurably in determining the level of detail you will need to attain for all of the topics you will be covering.

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GAMSAT For Non Science Background Students

GAMSAT For Non Science Background Students

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The GAMSAT is a non-discriminatory exam. Anyone who is a university student can sit it, you can be any age (assuming you have left school), and from any academic background. Inevitably many people attracted towards the GAMSAT will be biomedical students, or perhaps Bachelor of Science students.

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What about GAMSAT for non-science background students? Well, every year ballerina’s, actors, plumbers, novelists and general humanities students sit the GAMSAT, and many of them pass and receive places. I myself was a humanities student when I spontaneously sat the exam and received a medical place.

Success in the GAMSAT is, very much, about your natural intellectual, logical capabilities. In fact, it could be argued, humanities students have an advantage over non-humanities students. They have the required skill sets to perform strongly in Sections I and II. They can learn, in an allotted period, much of the required knowledge for Section III. So long as they hone their logic skills, their ability to analyse reams of technical scientific information, they stand a good chance of a respectable to good score in Section III. Hence, do not subscribe to the myth that those from a non-science background have no chance to achieve medical entrance.

Here are a few tips to help students worried about being of a non-science background.

  • 50% of the GAMSAT is in your favour.

Half of the GAMSAT is pure science. Equally, half of the GAMSAT involves writing, reading and aesthetic analysis.  This is great news for you. While much of Section I is still quite technical, there are many analysis skills which you can easily bring to bear to assist you in elimination, breaking a text down into it working units, and so forth.

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  • Even science students do not find Section III easy.

Section III is long, complicated, and can even confuse or discombobulate science students. They do not necessarily possess a significant advantage over you. Always remember test-taking skills, logic, and an ability to successfully break text down into smaller and smaller units which you can successfully analyse. This can bring any GAMSAT candidate success, regardless of their background.

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GAMSAT For Medicine

GAMSAT For Medicine

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This is the “main attraction” so to speak. The majority of students sitting the GAMSAT are hoping to achieve graduate entry to medical school.Here are some general pieces of information which may assist those hoping to achieve graduate entry:

  • The Grade Point Average (GPA) will be measured by considering the last 3 years of the applicant’s undergraduate coursework. It may also include their honours year. Weightings will be applied by weighting the first of the years by 1, the second year by 2 and the final year by 3. If the student is in an honours year then is will count as the final of the three years.
  • Generally students will be required to achieve an overall GAMSAT score of 65-67 to qualify for an interview. Lower scores can attract an interview, however they must be balanced with a high weighted GPA.

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  • Score in any of the three sections should not drop below 50.While certain universities require section scores of above at least 55 it is certain that a student’s individual section scores cannot drop below 50.
  • As per the published entry requirements for the Doctor of Medicine, shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview for this course.The Multi Mini Interview format consists of eight separate interview stations. Each station takes five minutes and comprises several questions on the same topic. The whole interview process will take 50 minutes.All up you will need to be present for a couple of hours for the process to be completed.

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  • Final offers for medical places are based around a combination of the student’s GPA, GAMSAT and interview performance.The process of determination takes around a year, when the time between the GAMSAT and final offers are taken into account.If sitting the September GAMSAT it is important to remember that an offer for an interview will not be received until approximately a year from that time.
  • Each year competition increases for medical places. In the past 15 years the number of students sitting the exam has trebled.In short, students should be aware that they need to try and achieve the highest possible GAMSAT score in order to be competitive.

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GAMSAT Essay Help

GAMSAT Essay Help

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1. Practice

Writing is a skill that is developed over time. With practice, your brain becomes more accustomed to formulating and articulating arguments under time pressure such that your writing skills improve. Do not leave section 2 until the week before!

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2. Read widely

Given the multitude of possible themes for section 2, it is important that you build your knowledge base. Read about a variety of topics ranging from politics to global warming to fiction novels to ensure that you have a large bank of ideas to fall back on.

3. Plan your essay

Before you start writing, decide upon a thesis for your essay and plan the content of your paragraphs. This will prevent you from any nervous waffling that could confuse your reader and lower your GAMSAT score. 

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4. Use a title

Better yet, utilise a captivating title. Let the reader know that you’ve correctly identified the theme and that your essay will be more interesting than the thousands that they’ve read before yours. 

5. Structure

A popular structure is introduction, argument, counterargument, synthesis and conclusion. However, any logical structure is fine provided that it assists the reader in understanding your essay. There is no gold standard. Simply choose one that works for you.

6. Evidence

The best arguments are always backed by evidence. Each paragraph should have at least one example that demonstrates why a particular idea is correct. However, don’t waste your time memorising statistics. The fact that WWI started in 1914 rather than 1915 will not dramatically impact your essay.

7. Be succinct

One hour, two essays: there’s no time to waste. If you’ve made your argument and supported it with evidence, move on. 

8. Grammar

Correct usage of grammar, punctuation and spelling is essential. Extensive errors are distracting for the reader and your GAMSAT score will suffer accordingly. 

9. Write clearly

Ensure that your handwriting is legible. If it can’t be read, it can’t be marked. In any case, it’s good practice for when you get to write your own scripts!

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