GAMSAT Trial Exam

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By sitting this trial exam under timed conditions, you will get an idea of what to expect in the actual gamsat exam. This gamsat trial exam contains questions which are just like the real exam. All of the questions contained in our gamsat trial exam have been carefully created to match the difficulty of the questions in the real exam.

Structure Of The Exam
Section 1: Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences – 75 Multiple Choice Questions
Section 2: Written Communication  – 2 Essay Questions
Section 3: Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences – 110 Multiple Choice Questions

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GAMSAT Section 2 Tips

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One of the most challenging aspects of section 2 is not knowing what the theme (or themes!) of the quotes will be. It can seem overwhelming to think about the vast subject matter that the examiners may draw upon. The following aims to help you feel slightly better prepared in terms of the topics that may be presented to you in section 2, and to feel more confident in tackling the theme no matter what it is on the day.

Learn to see any theme from a variety of perspectives

The first point of this point is that you should attempt to develop your ability to consider any topic from a variety of perspectives. I often challenge students that I tutor in section 2 to imagine that the theme is a cube. Once a cube is visualized, I ask students to practice trying to rotate the cube in their head, allowing them to view the theme from a variety of perspectives. This is an excellent mental exercise to try, and can be used alongside other brainstorming strategies such as mind-mapping. For example, the theme might be imagination, and you might rotate your cube to come up with various angles on this theme including (but not limited to!):

  • What is the role of imagination (in the lives of individuals/ in society as a whole)?
  • What are the benefits of being able to utilise imagination?
  • What are the possible risks/ negative aspects of having imaginative faculties?
  • Does imagination allow for escapism, and is this escapism ‘true escapism’ or a false sense of having overcome the limitations of our physical lives?
  • Does imagination have a role in human development (e.g. in childhood)?
  • Does imagination operate in fields which are traditionally perceived as ‘scientific’ (e.g. creativity in engineering)?

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 Write what you know

Almost everyone has heard the saying ‘write what you know’, and if you haven’t, it is a great one to become acquainted with! It simply refers to the fact that many people often write much better (i.e. more clearly and persuasively), when they write about something that they are familiar with. For example, if I was writing an essay about being able to overcome adversity, I would probably do a much better job crafting an argument using the example of Frieda Kahlo, whom I know a little bit about, than using the example of Martin Luther King (whom I know relatively little about!). You can often use the same example in a variety of contexts, and this is a great skill to practice in the lead up to the exam.

Hopefully, these two strategies will assist you in dealing with the unpredictability of section II!

Keep practicing and best of luck on exam day!


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GAMSAT Essay Themes

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So, you are completing practice essays and perfecting your structure. You might also be (understandably!) wondering how you are meant to deal with the vast number of themes that might arise in section II, and considering how you should approach type A and B quotes (is there even difference, you ask?). If you are at this stage, then this is the guide for you!

Firstly, the difference between ‘type A’ and ‘type B’ sets of quotes…

Note here that I have referred to type A and B ‘sets of quotes’ rather than ‘essays.’ This was intentional! Sometimes there is the perception that there is a certain ‘type’ of essay that must be written in response to either type A or B quotes, but the reality is that you could craft an effective response for either styles of quotes using a variety of essay styles, including a persuasive essay style or reflective/ creative essay style. The most important thing is to find a style and structure that you understand and can utilise effectively.

Ok, back to the different between type A and B quotes! Type A tends to focus on an issue that is perhaps more ‘objective’ (in that is can be observed playing out in society) and is often a more political issue (think democracy, the environment, terrorism, the legal system etc.), whereas type B quotes usually refer to something that is more subjective (in that many people will have different, individual views on the matter that they have developed over their lives) (think trust, love, relationships, childhood, optimism etc.)

Ok great. Are there any ways of predicting what the theme will be?

The short answer is no! Unfortunately there is no way of predicting what kinds of themes will be included in section II in a given year. It would appear, however, that often at least one of the themes relates to something that is quite topical. This does not necessarily mean that the topic has been apparent in the media in the last week or month or even year. It might be something that has been going around for a while, and the assessors feel as though it would raise interesting ideas for candidates to consider. Currently, for example, you might consider democracy and its utility (in the wake of the US election), gender equality (pretty much always quite topical), or themes surrounding gender identity and sexual orientation (an area which is currently receiving a lot of attention, especially in the field of research). 

So, what are some examples of type A and B themes?

Note that the following lists are by no means exhaustive! They are simply suggestions in order to get your brain pumping and for you to build on!

Sample Type A GAMSAT Essay Themes:

  • Technology
  • The scientific endeavor
  • Human rights
  • Diplomacy
  • Conflict/ warfare
  • Evolution
  • Space exploration
  • Medicine
  • Stem cell research
  • Multiculturalism
  • Censorship
  • The media and/or social media
  • Religion
  • Bureaucracy
  • Justice

Sample Type B GAMSAT Essay Themes:

  • Imagination
  • Childhood
  • Death
  • Art
  • Marriage
  • Love
  • Trust
  • Optimism/ attitude
  • Perception
  • Ageing
  • Parenthood
  • Change 

Hopefully this post has left you feeling better prepared to deal with any theme thrown your way!

Happy essay writing!


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GAMSAT Writing Advice

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As I have said multiple times before (and am clearly about to say again), there is no single correct way to approach section II. There is no one perfect method. In fact, using a method or structure that you do not understand or that does not fit with your way of thinking may land you in an uphill battle and cause you to produce suboptimal essays. Anyway (rants aside), the following post aims to identify some two common pitfalls that you might encounter as you prepare for section II and how to overcome them.

Pitfall #1: Covering a very small proportion of the theme (i.e. writing a very specific essay)

For example, let’s pretend that the theme of imagination is represented by the iceberg below. If you were to write an entire essay (perhaps in response to a single quote) that looked only at how imagination allows us to overcome limitations present in our lives, you might be able to cover a vast amount of ideas on the function of imagination and this notion in general. However, what you might end doing, depending on your writing ability, is only dealing with a tiny bit of the imagination iceberg sticking out of the water at the top (the ‘red box of death’)! Obviously this is to be avoided.

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How to fix it:

If you think you often end up ignoring a large chunk of the theme, consider a ‘layer cake’ image when composing your thesis and thinking of your examples. Can you explore issues/ examples that relate to your thesis on an individual, group and societal level, or would you need to expand your thesis in order to do this?

gamsat writing advice Basically, thinking of cake is helpful when preparing for section II.

Ok, where were we?

Pitfall #2: Not linking your body paragraphs back to your thesis

This is an extremely common area of weakness in students that I tutor. Many students will develop an excellent thesis, and identify wonderful and persuasive arguments to use to flesh out that thesis. They even select good examples that illustrate their argument and explain these well. Their paragraphs often lack conviction and cohesion, however, because they fail to explicitly tie what they have just said (often really well!) in their body paragraph back to their thesis and the points that they have already established in their essay.

How to fix it:

Become a master at the linking sentence. This final sentence of your paragraph is critical to ensuring that your essay as a whole is persuasive and logical. Ensure that this sentence also includes persuasive language (e.g. ‘The above examples of social prejudice powerfully exemplify the capability for discriminatory behaviour amongst human beings and the deleterious effects of this for individuals and society’).

I hope that the above advice is beneficial to you, and assists you in overcoming challenges that you may be experiencing in your preparation.

Happy essay writing!

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GAMSAT Section 1 Reading Tips

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Like many a GAMSAT candidates before you, you may be wondering how to best prepare for section I. It may seem like a daunting task, and you may be wondering what in fact you can do to feel more capable of answering the endless brainteasers that section I seems to provide. Obviously practice questions are critical, and you should get your hands on as many of these as possible. However, section I is also testing your ability to read effectively and efficiently, so it makes sense to put some time into honing your reading skills in the lead up to the exam.

Tip #1: Read, read and read some more (even if you don’t enjoy it or think that you are not improving)

Obviously reading is a skill that is developed over many years of practice, and not an ability that you can reform overnight. However, the more you read, the better you become at obtaining the most essential pieces of information, and picking up on the more subtle aspects of a text. Reading extensively will also help you in section II, as the more you read the more you learn and are able to emulate effective styles of writing that you have encountered.

Tip #2: Make a list and start a ‘text library’  

Make a list of the different text types that appear in section I, including poetry, argumentative pieces (e.g. essays, letters to the editor etc.), excerpts from fictional works (short stories, novels etc.), song lyrics, plays, cartoons (often political) and diagrams. In section I you are presented with a variety of different text types, and part of the challenge is being able to interpret them confidently and accurately. Once you have made your list (and you can add to it as you study and encounter new text types), get yourself a scrap-book (or folder on your ipad/ tablet/ whatever) and start collecting examples of the text types you have identified.

Tip #3: Use your library to practice your reading and textual interpretation skills

Read each of the texts that you have collected, and afterwards, ask yourself the following questions and document the answers:

  • What is the purpose of the text? (E.g. To persuade, inform etc.)
  • Who wrote the text and what were they trying to achieve?
  • How does the writer’s context influence the meaning of the text?
  • How does your context as the reader of the text influence the text’s meaning?
  • Could I represent the ideas conveyed in a flow chart?
  • What is the overall meaning of the text and how does this compare to the meaning conveyed by its individual components? (E.g. The idea contained in the individual components of an essay versus the overall thesis of the essay.)

Tip #4: If there is a text type that you struggle with, read more of it!

If you typically struggle with poetry, find examples of poetry online and also read criticisms and appraisals of the same works, in order to compare the meaning you obtained from a text with the meaning obtained by someone else. If you tend to struggle with older texts, find some novels written 50 years ago and read these. Once you are comfortable, look for something from the last century, and practice reading this. The more you expose yourself to a text type that you find challenging, the better you will become at interpreting that type of text in the exam.

I hope these tips assist you in your section I preparation.

Happy studying!


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GAMSAT Humanities – Graphical Representation Questions

From: Matthew
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The GAMSAT humanities section is the first section of the exam (reasoning in humanities and social sciences). This section tests student’s reasoning abilities with a range of different types of texts. The different stimulus material given in section 1 can be categorised into 4 groups – prose, poetry, social and behavioural science, and graphical representations.

The following questions are in the category of Graphical Representations.

Graphical Representations In GAMSAT Humanities

Questions 1-4

Read and assess the following definition of the vesica piscis and representation images 

The vesica piscis is a shape that is the intersection of two circles with the same radius, intersecting in such a way that the center of each circle lies on the perimeter of the other. The name literally means the “bladder of a fish” in Latin. The shape is also called mandorla (“almond” in Italian). The term is also used more generally for any symmetric lens.

The mathematical ratio of the height of the vesica piscis to the width across its center is the square root of 3, or 1.7320508… (since if straight lines are drawn connecting the centers of the two circles with each other and with the two points where the circles intersect, two equilateral triangles join along an edge). The ratios 265:153 = 1.7320261… and 1351:780 = 1.7320513… are two of a series of approximations to this value, each with the property that no better approximation can be obtained with smaller whole numbers. Archimedes of Syracuse, in his On the Measurement of the Circle, uses these ratios as upper and lower bounds:

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Oddly enough the vesica piscis in total form resembles a Venn diagram and is known in geometry as a “fillet.”  Note the connections, bladder of a fish, the symbol of astrological Pisces, et. al.

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The vesica piscis has been the subject of mystical speculation at several periods of history, and is viewed as important in some forms of Kabbalah. More recently, numerous New Age authors have interpreted it as a yonic symbol and claimed that this, a reference to the female genitals, is a traditional interpretation. One author claims that the total solar eclipse inspires images of the vesica piscis. The ancient Egyptians practiced sacred geometry based on the shape. Architects and artists copied the solar eclipse/vesica piscis and its mathematics in their sacred buildings and artwork to reflect their religious beliefs. This ancient tradition was passed on through the centuries by the Freemasons.

In Christian art, some aureolas are in the shape of a vertically oriented vesica piscis, and the seals of ecclesiastical organizations can be enclosed within a vertically oriented vesica piscis (instead of the more usual circular enclosure). The cover of the Chalice Well in Glastonbury (Somerset, United Kingdom) depicts a stylized version of the vesica piscis designThe vesica piscis has been used as a symbol within Freemasonry, most notably in the shapes of the collars worn by officiants of the Masonic rituals.  It was also considered the proper shape for the enclosure of the seals of Masonic lodges. The Vesica Piscis is also used as a proportioning system in architecture, in particular Gothic architecture. The system was illustrated in Cesare Cesariano’ Vitruvius, which he called “the rule of the German architects”.  Below is a 13th Century representation of “Christ in Majesty” from the evangelists:

A complex combination of vesica pisces has been named by sacred geometry promulgators “The Flower of Life”:

1. Based on passage information, the vesica piscis is also known by a host of other names.  Which of the following is it NOT known as?  Which is the EXCEPTION?
A bladder of a fish
B mandorla
C asymmetric lens
D fillet

2. Based on passage information, the symbol has been used in a number of cultural contexts.  Which of the following has it NOT been used in?  Which is the EXCEPTION?
A Freemasonry
B Gothic architecture
C Sacred geometry
D Surrealistic art

3. The ratio of the vesica piscis is represented mathematically as:
A 265:153 = 1.7320261… and 1351:780 = 1.3720513
B 265:153 = 1.7320261… and 1531:780 = 1.7320513
C 256:153 = 1.7320261… and 1351:780 = 1.7320513
D 265:153 = 1.7320261… and 1351:780 = 1.7320513

4. The BEST definition of the vesica piscis is
A the intersection of two radii with the same circle, intersecting in such a way that the center of each perimeter lies on the circle of the other.
B the intersection of two radii with the same circle, intersecting in such a way that the center of each circle lies on the perimeter of the other.
C the intersection of two circles with the same radius, intersecting in such a way that the center of each circle lies on the perimeter of the other.
D the intersection of two circles with the same radius, intersecting in such a way that the center of each perimeter lies on the circle of the other.

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Answers To GAMSAT Humanities – Graphical Representation Questions

1. Correct Answer: C – asymmetric lens. A trick question – it is referred to as a “symmetric lens.”  All A, B, & C are not exceptions.

Correct Answer: D – Surrealistic Art is never mentioned in the passage, while the other answers are. A close reading or rescan will affirm this.

3. Correct Answer: D – a close comparison will indicate this to be correct.  A mix-up type of question. 

4. Correct Answer: C – another mix-up type of question with subtle substitutes made.  A rescan or close reading will affirm C.


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GAMSAT Score Needed For Medicine

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The GAMSAT score needed for medicine will depend on the University you are applying for. The team at AceGAMSAT have compiled a list of minimum GAMSAT scores for both medicine and dentistry entry.

These GAMSAT scores have been compiled from the entries submitted by students on the Paging Dr forum.

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GAMSAT Writing – How to Supercharge Your Essays

From: Matthew
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There are plenty of great posts and other sources getting around that discuss the fundamentals of GAMSAT writing for section 2. And of course, such fundamentals are important! The following post, however, is aimed at those of you who feel confident in terms of the basics (i.e. composing a thesis in response to the quotes and implementing an essay structure) but would like to know how to really give your essays some punch. (If you want a crash course in the basics though, please see one of our earlier posts such as GAMSAT Essay Tips, GAMSAT Written Communication and/ or Section II Preparation.)

GAMSAT Writing Tip #1: Rethink and rewrite your thesis before you start writing

A common ability of students who write excellent GAMSAT essays is being able to critically evaluate the utility of their thesis before they start writing their essay. This is a very useful skill in that it allows you to double check whether your thesis will allow you demonstrate a well-reasoned, sophisticated and empathetic point of view before you commit to a particular thesis and use up your time writing an essay that answers it. This ability comes naturally to some people, but if it doesn’t, try using the following questions to ‘test’ your thesis before committing to it.

  • Is my thesis too narrow or too broad in terms of allowing me to explore interesting and diverse facets of the topic, or will I end up basically saying the same thing multiple times?
  • Does my thesis allow me to explore the heart of a topic or have I painted myself into a corner in the sense that my thesis is so specific that I am looking at just the tip of the iceberg?
  • Is there a more argumentative/ punchy/ concise etc. way that I could phrase my thesis?
  • Am I even interested in what I am about to write about?
  • Do I actually agree more with the rebuttal to this thesis (if yes, flip your thesis and use your original arguments as your rebuttal!)?
  • Am I actually going to say anything even remotely interesting or insightful if I use this thesis?

If the answer to any of the above questions is no, then it’s time to revamp your thesis into something that will facilitate a better essay!

GAMSAT Writing Tip #2: Rethink your examples

Students often pick examples that are a little bit ‘meh’ (as the expression goes!). By this I mean that students often pick an example that illustrates what they are trying to say, but it is perhaps not the most effective/ powerful/ interesting example of the particular idea/ concept/ argument they are trying to express.

Take for example (no pun intended), the following topic sentence and example:

Human beings must take responsibility for the technology they have created in order to ensure that such technology does not negatively affect their lives. Motor vehicles are an example of where this idea is relevant; if we do not have legislation that regulates the use of cars, they will end up causing harm to humans through motor vehicle accidents.

The above example is good, but there might be multiple, perhaps more powerful example of this idea that could be listed to more convincingly prove the point. The paragraph could instead be…

Human beings must take responsibility for the technology they have created in order to ensure that such technology does not negatively affect their lives. There are multiple examples of where this argument holds true, including the responsible use of technologies that enhance our convenience to ensure that lifestyle diseases do not increase in prevalence, the regulated use of weapons such as firearms, and controlled use of man-made substances such as pharmaceuticals.

Rethinking your examples, and using more than one, can really add significant punch to your paragraphs. 

The above tips are just two ways of reinforcing your GAMSAT essays to make them more robust and sophisticated.

Stay tuned for additional tips!

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How To Pass The GAMSAT – Maximise Score In All Sections

From: Matthew
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Want to learn how to pass the GAMSAT? Well… First things first: There is no one magic secret to passing the GAMSAT. The instructions are not located in a single book, nor do you need to attend a super-expensive weekend lecture course to make it through the exam. Phew. Now that we have cleared that up, let’s get on to what you can (easily and relatively inexpensively) do to help yourself perform at your best in every section of the exam.

Note that the following advice has been split up into the relevant sections of the test!

Section I: Become a comprehension guru

Practice active reading and become a master at taking the most from a text in the shortest amount of time.

Every time that you are doing a practice question (or reading anything for that matter!) consider what themes and perspectives it contains. Consider what the author’s purpose was, and how you would explain the overall meaning of the text if you needed to explain it to a friend. Even think about what questions you might expect to get in relation to a piece of text as you are reading it by considering what is challenging about the information (e.g. are there multiple characters in the narrative, or is a lot of the writer’s meaning implicit rather than explicit?).

Identify the text types that you have trouble with the practice these!

In order to make the most of your study time, it is imperative that you identify which text types you find most challenging and hone in on these. Avoid spending time on opinion pieces, for example, if you find these easy, and instead go for questions on text types (poetry is hard, am I right?) that you find most difficult. Remember that you are practicing thinking skills not memorising questions, so don’t practice skills that you already have down pat.

Watch the clock

Section I requires very close attention to time management. Time management is important throughout the exam, but especially so in section I because it can be easy to get sucked into ‘solving’ a particular question or wrapping your head around a particularly confusing section of text. Become good at knowing when to persist and knowing when the clock says that you must move on.

How To Pass The GAMSAT – Section II

Know that Gamsat essays are a unique breed

Out of all of the advice that I give students for section II, I would say that arguably the most important piece of knowledge is the understanding that Gamsat essays are not quite the same as essays written in other contexts. Try viewing the essays as ‘mini-essays’ that demonstrate to the marker that you know all of the basic ingredients of an essay (introduction with a thesis, body paragraphs, rebuttal and conclusion) and can use these to form an intelligent and empathetic argument.

How To Pass The GAMSAT – Section III

Have a systematic way of studying, but remember that you are being assessed on thinking skills, not just theory

There are many different ways of approaching section III. Some students like to work through many of the different theoretical concepts assessed in section III using a very structured method such as an online training course or Gamsat preparation textbook. These are excellent ways of ensuring that your revision is methodical and thorough!

Bear in mind, however, that if you are struggling to come to grips with the ocean of knowledge that seems to be assessed in section III, the test is also examining scientific thinking skills, not just specific pieces of knowledge. It may be worth investing in a few sessions with a section III tutor (or even just a mate who has done well in section III) and gaining some insight into how others have reasoned their way through much of section III without necessarily having a complete knowledge of the underlying theory.

I hope that this post has given you some ideas on how to pass the gamsat by succeeding in each section of the test, and some objectives to keep in mind when studying.

Best of luck!

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GAMSAT Section 1 Questions Unit 6 – Free!

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Fristly, if you have not attempted the previous Unit 5 then click the link below before you get started on this unit.

Here’s the link – GAMSAT Section 1 Questions Unit 5

Evaluate and assess this discussion on the basic nature of knowledge.

GAMSAT Section 1 Questions Unit 6


Questions 1-2

Evaluate the political implications of the cartoon below

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1. The political tone of the cartoon is expressed through:
A Burlesque
B Contempt
C Irony
D Spite

2. The quote at the top of the cartoon assumes the statement is:
A logically valid
B arguable
C inconsistent
D circular reasoning

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Answers – GAMSAT Section 1 Questions Unit 6

1 Correct Answer: C – Irony – we know that what is represented by the speaker is not really what is meant. A, B & D can be deduced to be incorrect quickly.

2 Correct Answer: A – logically valid.  While the quote is B – arguable, this is not the assumption made. C & D are distractors.


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