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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How To Write A Good GAMSAT Essay?

How To Write A Good GAMSAT Essay?

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If you’re looking to find out how to write a good GAMSAT essay, you’ve come to the right place. Section II of the GAMSAT is often a stressor for many students due to the pressure of having to produce two high quality essays in just one hour. Here are three top tips to remember when writing a good GAMSAT essay under pressure.

How To Write A Good GAMSAT Essay Tip 1 – PLAN, PLAN, PLAN!

The most important part of essay writing definitely lies within the plan. This is especially crucial when you only have a short thirty-minute period to compact all your ideas into a succinct piece of writing. It is important to remember that planning takes time, therefore do not be scared to spend ten to fifteen minutes jotting down the main arguments and associated supporting ideas at the beginning. This will not only provide a clear template for you to follow once you begin writing, but also eliminate any potential ‘mind blanks’ that can occur during your writing period. Note to stick with the plan once you are happy with it!

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How To Write A Good GAMSAT Essay Tip 2 – Keep your arguments SHORT and explanations LONG

A common mistake in section II of the GAMSAT is that candidates spend a big proportion of their essay waffling on and re-wording the same idea repeatedly. Writing an argumentative piece is just like a debate — it does not matter what your argument is, but more importantly why you believe that is the case, and how you convince the audience to take your side. Therefore it is crucial to dedicate a large part of the essay to evidence that can support your arguments to make your essay more convincing to the examiners.

How To Write A Good GAMSAT Essay Tip 3 – Open-minded approach

As a general rule, it is better to keep a reasonably neutral position in most essays because that way you are able to display your ability to view an issue from a multi-faceted approach. Being overly one-sided in an essay can leave the impression that you are narrow-minded and unable to see things from other people’s point of view. Therefore, target the essay topics with an open mind, and show your examiners that you are a critical thinker!

As we all know, practice makes perfect. Hopefully you’ve learnt the basics of how to write a good GAMSAT essay and you can keep these GAMSAT essay tips in mind whilst writing your next practice essay. Good luck!

Joyce

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Is GAMSAT Multiple Choice?

Is GAMSAT Multiple Choice?

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There are certain misunderstanding about the GAMSAT. People often ask, “It’s so long, does it involve a lot of writing?” Yes, it does, but only for a solid hour, which you will find in Section II. The rest of the exam is specifically dedicated to your answering multiple choice questions. So, is the GAMSAT multiple choice? Yes, for sure. Here are a number of tips:

  1. You will be answering questions pertaining to a stimulus, four options which will apply, A-D.

It is important to remember that two of the four answers are definitely incorrect. You should spend the first 20 seconds of the question eliminating these clearly incorrect options. The majority of your time will be spend discerning which of the remaining two is the MOST correct. 

  1. You will be required to do calculations derived from the multiple choice questions you are given.

Even though the questions are multiple choice questions there is still a physics component which will require you to perform calculations. You will do perhaps two to three steps in these calculations and pick the option which represents the most correct answer.

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  1. Multiple choice questions are frequently structured as trick questions.

Due to the fact that there are many options presented, a frequent trend found in ACER GAMSAT questions is to have a number of “trick” options inserted. This can of course be frustrating, but if you are aware that 3 out of 4 options can be specifically designed to mislead you, this will help you in both your preparation and execution on the day. 

  1. Pick the odd one out.

A good thing to keep in mind is that many times the correct option is simply the one which does not “fit” with the other three. Always try to use this as a guide.

  1. “Always pick C” is just a myth.

Every year students are told that if they just pick “A” or “B” or whatever option seems to be popular that year they are likely to get the majority of answers correct. This is a rather ridiculous rumour and rest-assured ACER is well aware of such notions floating around and will make plans to oppose such an eventuality.

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What Is The Highest GAMSAT Score

What Is The Highest GAMSAT Score?

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This is a great topic to go over mainly to dispel myths which can develop over time. A favourite of mine is the magical student who scored 100 for Section III. I have never met such a student. I have only rarely heard of such a student.  In a given year, of the thousands who sit the exam, it is possible that such students may pop up from time to time, but not in numbers which are worth exploring.

You are extremely unlikely to score 100 is any of the sections. The exam is not designed for this. In fact, hoping for, or expecting an unrealistically high score is counter-productive. Of the hundreds of students I have tutored the absolute best scored is an 84 in Section III, and only after hundreds of hour of practice and drilling on GAMSAT questions. In short, do not go in with such expectations for yourself. It makes the most sense to concentrate on the following king of configuration of marks for yourself, in terms of highest GAMSAT score. 

Section I:  Given the most students sitting the exam come from a science background it is most likely that this will be your weakest section. Given the interpretive, arguable subjective element which can be found in some of your analysis it is best to be realistic in your assessment of what will be your “best score”.  Expect a score somewhere in the late 60s, maybe early 70s.

Section II:  Though you might not think it, this section is easier to do well in than is Section I. The secret to this understanding and applying the formula for a successful GAMSAT essay. Realistically, if you are able to understand and apply this then then you are guaranteed a score from the early 70s all the way up to the early 80s. There is naturally a subjective element in how you are assessed, and you may get lucky or unlucky with your marker. Having said that, the closer you can stick to the formula, the more likely you are to achieve a score in the maximum range.

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Section III:  Here you have a very good chance of getting a high score. Realistically a high score in this section will be between 75 and 85.  You are unlikely to have the time, the focus, the energy, to complete the section with a perfect score. If you would like to get your Free Section 3 test, then click below:

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Study For GAMSAT In 30 Days

Study For GAMSAT In 30 Days

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GAMSAT is no joke! If you’re intending to prepare for the GAMSAT in just 30 days, bearing in mind the magnitude of difficulty of the exam, then consider the following commitment as your new best friend.

30 days may seem impossible at first, but remember this means that you still have 720 hours!

And, that is A LOT! Stay positive as we go through some strategies for this intense month of study. The list below will outline what you can do in the last four weeks but you don’t have to strictly abide by it. Feel free to make alternations and make it suit your strengths and weaknesses.

Study for GAMSAT in 30 days – Week 1

• Register for the exam. I know that you may not need reminding, but some people still forget this step. If you’re planning to sit the exam in September, the registrations open on mid May and close around the 23rd of July. If you read this by the time July 23 has passed, then you still have until early August to register for the next GAMSAT (held in March). However, you’ll have to pay for an additional fee.

• We recommend that you purchase some GAMSAT test preparation books and reading materials for sections 1, 2 and 3. You have to learn how to cruise your way through section 2 as not preparing will throw you off-guard in the actual sitting. Trust me; Section 2 is not your typical university essay writing.

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• Do a diagnostic test. Try answering the some sample GAMSAT questions. In this way, you can gauge what level you’re currently in and know which section you’re weak in.

• After knowing your strengths and weaknesses, you can finally move on to making your time management chart. This step is very important since this will determine whether you’ll pass the exam (not kidding). Over preparing for one section might steal all the preparation time that you should have allotted for the other sections.

• Mentally prepare yourself for what’s coming in the next weeks.

Study for GAMSAT in 30 days – Week 2

• Aha, and so it begins. Begin revising your weakest subject based on your scores in the diagnostic test. Start reading the books which you purchased last week. Follow your time management chart!

• Fine tune your weakest section (whether this is 1, 2 or 3). How? By reading and understanding the actual GAMSAT topics that will most likely come out in the actual GAMSAT exam sitting.

• Practice answering questions (or writing essays) related to the section and do it in timed conditions. We recommend that you use our Free GAMSAT quote generator, to access our unlimited database of GAMSAT essay quotes and questions.

Study for GAMSAT in 30 days – Week 3

• Start studying for your 2nd weakest section. Learn what kind of questions (or quotes if you have section 2 as your 2nd weakest) you will be asked, methods of solving, and the amount of time that you need to answer each question.

Answer practice questions and review your incorrect answers. Remember to do this in timed conditions as well.

• If you still have ‘N’ days left before the week ends, move on to the next section (relatively the easiest section for you).

• I recommend the same steps: learn the components, answer practice questions and review your incorrect answers.

Study for GAMSAT in 30 days – Week 4

• Do a practice test containing all section 1, 2 and 3 (this can either be the diagnostic test you took before or a new one). Clear out distractions and eliminate any noise. Pretend you’re in the actual sitting.

• How was it? Did you get better scores? Evaluate yourself.

• If you think that you can still do better, then go back to where you went wrong and review it one last time.

• Lastly, eat healthy food and get lots of sleep before the actual exam sitting.

Remember: You don’t have to strictly follow all of them (except the time management chart that you made). If you can do all the GAMSAT preparation before the first week ends, then you can start revising for the three sections.

Study For GAMSAT In A Month

Study for GAMSAT In A Month

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Are you looking to find out the best way to study for GAMSAT in a month? With the GAMSAT exam just around the corner, many of you may be endlessly questioning yourself, “Do I still have time to study for the GAMSAT?”

The answer definitely YES! One month is still a long time and you can still make it… Anything is possible! You just need the right mental conditioning, attitude, work ethic, and advice. To help you get through the GAMSAT here are a few tips that will help you maximise your time and boost your GAMSAT exam performance:

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6 Tips For Success!

Study for GAMSAT in A Month – Tip 1

Study smarter, not harder
Create an efficient study plan. Grab a calendar and list down all of the topics that you need to study. Now, assign a specific time and date for each of the topics.

I understand that each of us may have a different style of studying. One may allot one whole week for each of the three sections then answer the practice papers for the final week while the other may simply allocate 8 hours for each section in one whole day. Just remember that you have to give yourself at least a five-minute break in between your studying sessions (whether that may be stretching, taking a short walk, phoning a friend, listening to music or taking a nap). These breaks can increase your focus and help you retain the information that you learned.

Are you wondering what score you need for the GAMSAT? Click here to find out the Minimum Scores Needed For GAMSAT.

Study for GAMSAT in A Month – Tip 2

Create a perfect study place
Find an organised and quiet corner of your house or apartment and clear that place from distractions. The television or playstation must be out of your sight. Keep your cell phone out of reach / on airplane mode. Get rid of all the distractions. I know it’s super hard but success requires sacrifice. And sadly, this situation isn’t an exception.

Study for GAMSAT in A Month – Tip 3

Hitting two birds with one stone
If you feel like taking a long break, you can use this time to do your hobby and at the same time, learn something! You can watch film adaptations of classical books, like The Great Gatsby, Jane Eyre and Les Miserables. If you feel like reading, grab a magazine/newspaper which features the latest political issues in the world. If you feel like listening to music, use that time to clear your mind and meditate.

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Study for GAMSAT in A Month – Tip 4

Flowcharts and diagrams
If you’re struggling with understanding a particular process in which a certain book is describing to you in detail, you can try making flowcharts and diagrams. In this way, you can show yourself what happens at each stage and how this will affect the outcomes. This is particularly helpful with science content in Section 3.

Study for GAMSAT in A Month – Tip 5

Practice Sample GAMSAT exam papers
Get to know your new lifesaver! Practising through sample GAMSAT exam papers is one of the most efficient ways of preparing for the actual sitting. You can also replicate the type of pressure you’ll be in by answering the exam papers with a stopwatch. Doing this at least three or four times a week can help you get rid of your anxiety and mentally prepare for the exam. We recommend to practice as many GAMSAT sample questions as possible!

Study for GAMSAT in A Month – Tip 6

Take care of your health
Yes, that’s right. All of the above tips that teach you how to study in GAMSAT in a month, will be all for nothing if you don’t take care of your health.

Even through your busy study schedule, you must always find the time to eat healthy and nutritious foods. Plenty of fruits and vegetables are highly recommended.

Note: Do not forget to check out more of our blog posts that can provide more tips and strategies to help you study for GAMSAT in a month.

In a final note: Don’t forget to get your free GAMSAT test before you go!

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How To Start Studying For GAMSAT

How To Start Studying For GAMSAT

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Wouldn’t it be great if you started studying for GAMSAT earlier than the rest of the pack? Let’s cover exactly how to start studying for GAMSAT!

We all know that studying early isn’t something that anyone can do at the drop of a hat. Most of us prefer to procrastinate and enjoy our free time. Then, Bam! Before we know it, it’s only a few weeks before the big exam.

And then, the regrets start streaming in. If this scenario sounds all too familiar to you, then read on below to learn the three steps that will help you begin your GAMSAT preparation!

Let’s get started.

How To Start Studying For GAMSAT

How To Start Studying For GAMSAT Tip #1: Know the Exam Details

First off, you need to jot down the exam details from ACER’s (Australian Council for Educational Research) website. Get the essential details such as:

  • Registration dates
  • Exam fees
  • Location of testing centres
  • Weighting or percentage of the final marks
  • Exam requirements
How To Start Studying For GAMSAT Tip #2: Know the Exam Format

Find out the format of Sections 1, 2 and 3. Also, get the details of the coverage including the type of questions that you should expect. Afterwards, look for some great resources and materials on the internet (free). These materials should feature the topics that the exam is going to cover. You can view the complete list of GAMSAT science topics by reading our blog post below:

Section 3 Syllabus – https://www.acegamsat.com/gamsat-science-syllabus/

Lastly, gauge what level you’re currently in by attempting a diagnostic test. You can download our free GAMSAT mock exam below:

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Knowing these things will help you mentally prepare for the exam.

Another important aspect of studying is to become very clear on how to write a great essay for Section 2 of the exam. You can download our free GAMSAT Essay Strategy Guide below:

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How To Start Studying For GAMSAT Tip #3: Create a time management chart

This is one of the most effective ways of starting your preparation for the GAMSAT. If you have attempted our Section 3 mock exam (l highly recommend you to), this would allow you to determine which subjects you’re currently weak and strong in for section 3. By knowing so, this will help you in creating the perfect time management chart. You can estimate how much time you should allocate to each of the science subjects that the exam is going to cover.

You can start this task by knowing exactly how many days you have left before the exam. Then, list down all the topics and assign a certain number of days that you’re going to allot for that topic. Keep in mind that you should also allocate time for section 1 and section 2 practice, practising old exams, breaks and free time. Breaks will help you relax and achieve optimal learning (this is extremely important).

 

Best GAMSAT Preparation Advice

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GAMSAT is known to be a very difficult exam and trust me when I say that thriving on last-minute cramming won’t do you any good. If you’re only months away from sitting the GAMSAT and you’re not sure where to start, then you should read some of the best preparation tips for Sections I, II and III that will help you get going and stay on track:

Best GAMSAT preparation advice for Section I: Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences

Keep in mind that GAMSAT questions in section I are more inclined to test your reasoning. The questions do not focus on your level of knowledge do not put a great deal of importance in memorising facts. You might need to start working on your comprehension skills since this section won’t give elementary-level texts. Reading old/classical novels and poetry will greatly help you in this area. In addition, you will also encounter some data and statistics-based questions which are vague and confusing if you’re not used to reading scientific articles. So, I highly suggest that you download scientific articles and read the results and discussion section.

It’s helpful to keep in mind that the GAMSAT is a time-pressured exam. It’s always a good idea for you to allot only a definite amount of time for each question as you will have an average of 1.3 minutes for each question. If you don’t know the answer by the time ends, then it is advisable to just skip to the next question. You should also try to replicate the environment and pressure that you will be in once you take the exam. You can try answering the GAMSAT past papers with a stopwatch (under timed conditions). By doing so, you’ll become familiarised with the conditions and become less nervous in the actual GAMSAT sitting.

Before we move to strategies for section II, feel free to check out our complete GAMSAT study courses below:

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Best GAMSAT preparation advice for Section II: Written Communication

In this section, you will be given exactly one (1) hour to write down two essays. ACER (the company that runs the exam) will provide 5 quotes for one essay (task A) and another 5 quotes for the second essay (task B). Students will then need to determine the common theme in each set of quotes in which to base their essay on. There is no better way to get around this section than to become familiarised with a wide variety of possible topics and to practice writing essays about these topics.

Some of the GAMSAT topics are covered in the follow post – Topics for Section 2 of the GAMSAT

It is very important that you know a little (or more) about everything. You should also commit to your memory the three significant things that you should watch out for when writing an essay: content, organisation and mechanics. Well-written essays can give you good marks and may compensate for your scores in the other sections. If you still have time after you finish constructing your essays, read and review it once again to assure that you don’t have any misspelled words or grammatically incorrect sentences!

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Best GAMSAT preparation advice for Section 3: Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences

You’re background in science will come into play in this section. However, this won’t particularly require you to recall all of the facts that you learned during your college years. It is only crucial that you know how to apply certain scientific concepts in the given questions. Furthermore, the questions won’t give you the formulas that you’ll need to compute for the answer, so it’s imperative that you go back to memorising the basic formulas in physics.

For this section, remember that you only have 1.5 minutes for each question. And if you’re lost and don’t know the answer, it is better if you cross off at least two wrong answers. In this way, you can increase your probability of ‘guessing’ the correct answer.

The best GAMSAT preparation advice I can give is that by answering the GAMSAT practice papers and practising writing essays about significant topics, you are putting yourself in a position for success. Most improvements come from practice!

In this way, you’ll get to evaluate yourself and at the same time, know the topics you’re weak in. This will also give you an idea on how much study time you should allot for each subject.

And finally, here are some free questions for the GAMSAT below. Happy studying… and practising!

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GAMSAT Entry Requirements

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What are the GAMSAT entry requirements? To sit the exam you must be finished with school and attending university. You can be any age. You can be an Australian citizen or a non-Australian. You will need to pay $505 to register for the exam and your GAMSAT score is valid for 2 years. The exam is held twice a year, in March and September. Typically you will need to register for the exam around 7 weeks before the exam date.

To achieve entrance to medical school based off their GAMSAT marks a student will be required to:

GAMSAT Entry Requirements #1:
Not score below a 50 in any given section of the GAMSAT.

Students will not only need to score such overall that they are placed in around the 70th percentile and above, but they will also have to ensure that in no section does their score dip below a 50.  Even though their average may be high, if they fall too low ever in a single section it calls into question their overall aptitude as a candidate and thus makes them ineligible.

GAMSAT Entry Requirements #2:
Achieve an overall score of around 66 and above.

To get an interview students will be required to place around the 70th percentile and above.  25% of their mark comes from their Section I score. 25% comes from their Section II mark. 50% comes from their Section III mark. These combined will hopefully result in students being placed in the upper percentiles. 

GAMSAT Entry Requirements #3:
Possess a GPA of above 6.0.

There are exceptional cases of course, but you should hopefully have a converted GPA of above 6.0/7. If the student’s GPA is somewhat on the lower side then it is even more imperative that they score in a higher percentile than around 70th or 75th. On balance this will illustrate that they are a strong candidate.

Most universities take into consideration your GAMSAT score, GPA, and interview score when determining to offer a place in their medical or dental programs.

Click here to find out more information about the minimum GAMSAT requirements for each University.

GAMSAT Entry Requirements #4:
Be prepared for the unique interview format found in medical entrance.

Assuming that the student has a good GPA, that they score well, and they do not “aim too high” in their preferences they are very likely to get an interview. If the student does receive an offer then he or she must be prepared for the unique format by which they conduct multiple short interviews will small panels over roughly an hour. These are called the MMI’s and this format requires specific preparation. The student should not assume that their GAMSAT score alone is enough to guarantee them a medical place.

Now you know the 4 GAMSAT entry requirements, it’s time to begin your preparation:

Read this post out to get started – GAMSAT Preparation For Beginners

GAMSAT Section 2 Essay Writing – A Complete Guide For Success

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GAMSAT Section 2 Essay Writing – Part 1

Getting your head in the game: Understanding and approaching Section II of the GAMSAT

What is asked of me in Section II of the GAMSAT?

Section II of the GAMSAT asks students to compose two pieces of writing in response to two separate sets of stimuli (quotes). You must complete your two pieces of writing within 60 minutes (you also have 5 minutes of reading time). Theoretically, the pieces of writing can be anything (including argumentative essays or creative pieces such as a short stories, poems, or journal entries) so long as they are written in response to one or more of the given GAMSAT quotes and deal effectively with the themes raised in the quote.

This post covers some of the most common themes for section 2 of the GAMSAT.

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Why does this section of the GAMSAT exist?

The precise answer to this question is of course impossible to know! However, if we are to put ourselves in the shoes of those composing the test, there are a few possible explanations for the inclusion of Section II in the GAMSAT. Possible explanations include:

  • The need to examine students’ written communication skills, thought processes and ability to synthesise various points of view;
  • The importance of strong written communication, logical thinking and self-reflective skills in the context of being a medical student/ doctor; and
  • The importance of being able to think under pressure and perform a complex task within a limited amount of time, and prioritise aspects of that task, in the context of being a medical student/ doctor.

By putting yourself in the shoes of those who have designed and written the GAMSAT, and considering why certain elements have been included, you will be better positioned to streamline your preparation and achieve the best possible score in Section II.

What kinds of critical thinking and/or reflective skills should I attempt to demonstrate in Section II of the GAMSAT?

As a follow on from the above points, it pays to think carefully (and critically!) about what kinds of skills you should endeavour to demonstrate in Section II of the GAMSAT. Understanding the kinds of thinking skills required of you before you begin your preparation will not only help you to focus your study, but it will also assist you in feeling calmer as these are skills that you already have (well, pretty much!).

So, what kinds of skills do they want candidates to demonstrate? Section II of the GAMSAT is basically asking you to read and comprehend a number of quotes (these may be statements or questions) that often provide multiple points of view on a particular topic, and to then synthesise these disparate (different) views into an integrated piece of writing. This piece of writing should demonstrate critical and reflective thinking skills (more on the balance of each of these for either ‘type A’ or ‘type B’ essays later). This means that you must be able to understand not only your own perspective on a topic and why you hold that perspective, but also demonstrate comprehension of the multitude of possible opinions others may hold on a particular topic and why they feel this way.

In preparing for Section II, it is important to be able to distinguish between critical thinking and reflective thinking skills.

  • Critical thinking is (in very basic terms) simply the ability to look at an idea objectively and consider it from multiple angles (including its strengths and weaknesses, how it interacts with other things and the kinds of conclusions that can be drawn from it).
  • Reflective thinking (also in very basic terms) is also a form of critical thinking, and is the process of asking yourself why you have arrived at a certain conclusion or how certain experiences you have had might have shaped or informed your opinions and attitudes.

Keeping the goals of critical and reflective thinking in mind at all times as you prepare and practice for Section II will help you develop a clear vision of what you are trying to demonstrate via your essays and help you visualise your overall goals for Section II.

This post covers some important steps to take for your GAMSAT essay preparation.

Where should I start in my GAMSAT Section II preparation?

With this article of course! This guide is a great way to structure you preparation for GAMSAT Section II, and we hope that we have broken the task down into bite-sized chunks that are easy to achieve! In preparing for GAMSAT Section II, we suggest the following approach (please note that this is just an overall suggestion, and that you are of course free to jump ahead to sections of the book that you feel will be most beneficial to you depending on your current level of preparation and confidence).

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How should I allocate my time for Section II of the GAMSAT?

When preparing for the GAMSAT itt may seem that you have hundreds of tasks to achieve and no time to achieve them! Given that you have another two sections to prepare for, it is important that you ask yourself how much of your total GAMSAT study time you should put into preparing for Section II. Are you a confident writer who usually finds expressing your ideas under pressure to be quite easy? Perhaps spend more time on other sections of the test that you think you might find more challenging. However, if you are pretty much freaking out about Section II but have your sciences sorted to a tee, it makes sense to make Section II a priority.

Remember that while you want to maximise your score in each section, most universities require you to pass all sections in order to be eligible to apply. It is also important to remember that Section II of the GAMSAT is often a very effective way of boosting your overall GAMSAT score; while you cannot control what questions you get in Sections I or III, you can ensure that you have a structured, reliable and effective approach to Section II, meaning that no matter what the topics are, you will perform excellently.

And, like the old and slightly musty saying goes, failing to plan is planning to fail. It sounds a little doomsday, but a little bit of planning can go a long way, especially in terms of managing your stress and ensuring that your study targets are reasonable. Remember the principles of SMART (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely) goal setting, and that more study does not necessarily equal better study.

In case you were thinking of not making a study plan, ways to make a study plan include using:

  • your phone/ tablet/ email calendar;
  • a time-management app (there a lots of free ones);
  • an Excel Spreadsheet;
  • a large piece of card with some gridlines drawn on/ sticky notes representing each day/ week;
  • an A4 piece of paper with sticky notes with goals that you can move around/ update; or
  • some kind of random piece of paper/ wrapping paper/ something eaten and regurgitated by a dog/ literally anything you can write on (you get the picture).

Below is a sample week by week GAMSAT planner that you might want to use to plan your Section II study alongside your study for Sections I and II. Note that you might obviously have more objectives (e.g. more individual topics that you would like to revise per week for Section III) and you might like to set out your table to include, say, all of the days of the week. There is a blank version of this table (template 1) contained in the ‘templates’ section at the back of this guide for you to utilise in planning your GAMSAT study.

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GAMSAT Section 2 Essay Writing – Part 2

Approaching the quotes: Making sense of the stimuli in GAMSAT Section II

What stimuli do I get in Section II of the GAMSAT?

As noted above, you will receive a number of quotes (these might be statements or questions) that all relate to a particular topic and will all (usually!) address a variety of views on that particular topic. You are then instructed to compose a piece of writing in response to one or more of these quotes.

Type A versus type B quotes in the GAMSAT

Perhaps the first major point to make about the two sets of quotes provided is that they are (usually!) slightly different in terms of the kinds of topics that they revolve around. ‘Type A’ quotes (these may be the first or the second set of quotes) usually relate to an issue that is perhaps more ‘objective’ in that it affects society as a whole and is usually something political (if such a broad and arguably unhelpful term as ‘political’ may be used!). Examples of type A themes include the environment, political frameworks (e.g. democracy, utilitarianism etc.), war/ conflict, terrorism, diplomacy, healthcare and asylum seeking (to name just a few).

Type B quotes on the other hand, trend to refer to an issue that is perhaps more subjective, and operates on more of an individual level. This is not to say that the issue does not have societal implications, but that individuals (rather than groups of indivipeduals) often have highly diverse views regarding these issues. Examples of Type B topics include love, trust, relationships, optimism, faith, imagination and childhood (again, just to name a few examples).

From this distinction, it is possible to say that historically at least, type A quotes tend to lend themselves to more of an argumentative style of writing (i.e. perhaps the most straightforward and widely adopted approach is that of an argumentative essay), while type B quotes are better explored using a more reflective and/or creative writing style. Of course this distinction is by no means a rule! Theoretically, you can write any style of piece in response to either set of quotes.

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Ok, got that. But why should I spend time thinking about the GAMSAT quotes rather than just getting on with writing my essay?

 It is extremely tempting to glance fairly briefly at the quotes, think of a couple of ideas, and then jump straight into writing. This is only natural as you know that you have only a limited amount of time, and understandably want to get on to writing your essays as quickly as possible. Indeed, this is what a large number of candidates will do.

If you would like to maximise your chances of performing excellently in Section II however, it is critical that you train yourself during your preparation time to slow things down and allow yourself sufficient time to comprehend the quotes. This means having enough time to read them, explain them to yourself as though you were deconstructing them for someone else, and generate ideas that emerge from each quote. This may seem like a lot of work to do within just a few minutes, but this is what you are training yourself to do by studying for Section II. Over time you will become quicker at deconstructing the quotes and identifying ideas contained in them for use in your essays. 

Great. Can you give me a step-by-step approach to reading the GAMSAT quotes?

Yes! The following is a step-by-step approach to reading and deconstructing the quotes contained in each set of stimuli.

  • #1: Read the quotes individually and attempt to explain each one back to yourself in everyday language. Be specific here and be honest with yourself! Do not just pick out buzzwords (“oh this is about democracy and it being bad”), but instead force yourself to really explain the quote to yourself as though you were explaining it to a friend or family member (“this quote is saying that while democracy has strengths, it also has many weaknesses”). If you do not understand a quote, do not panic! You do not have to write about anything that you do not understand. Do your best however to get hints from who said the quote and when they might have said it in order to create some context and perhaps understand what is being said.
  • #2: Identify what the overarching theme is. Try to summarise the topic in just one word (e.g. government, leadership, memory or sacrifice). This is a critical step, because it allows you to step back and put a label on the overall topic that is being featured in the quotes.
  • #3: Identify sub-themes. Once you have taken note of what the overall theme is, ask yourself whether there are sub-themes that relate to the overall theme, and whether these might feature in more than one of the quotes. For example, if the overarching theme is government, a sub-theme might be corruption; if the overarching theme is memory, a sub-theme might be painful experiences. Identifying sub-themes is a way of putting your brain on track to start considering how you might construct a thesis and sub-arguments to go with it.
  • #4: Identify whether you are dealing with type A or type B quotes. Now that you know what the theme and sub-themes are, ask yourself whether this represents more of a type A or type B theme. Protip: some themes seem to exhibit characteristics of both type A and B themes! If this is the case, do not panic! Just try to decide whether the topic would lend itself to more of an argumentative or reflective approach and go from there.

Here is a short post covering an easy way to structure your GAMSAT essays.

Linking what you know to the theme (how to create a ‘toolbox’ of ideas)  

So, you have worked out what kinds of quotes you are dealing with and the themes they contain. The next step is to link what you already know (from your life experiences, education, profession etc.) to the theme. Many students feel that in preparing for Section II of the GAMSAT they need to attain more knowledge and that they will really struggle with a theme that is political because they are not really interested in politics. From the outset, it is important to acknowledge that you already have an extremely unique and engaging perspective, simply because you are you and nobody else has the same set of experiences that you have had!

While educating yourself and reading widely is always good, and may come in handy depending on the topics you encounter on exam day, realise that you already have a lot of wisdom and understanding simply from experiencing life as a human being! Do not overlook the unique perspective that your ethnicity/ culture/ choice of profession/ life experiences etc. empower you with, and remember that your perspective is valid and intriguing.

That being said, the more you have given thought to various things (be these issues/concepts/ events), the easier you will find tapping into your ideas and presenting them in a coherent piece of writing within a limited amount of time. You can also experiment with writing about the same or similar topics/ examples in response to various sets of quotes, to practice applying what you know to a different set of ideas. If there is something that you are routinely interested in (e.g. feminism, technology, the law etc.), feel free to write about it. You do not (and should not) write about anything that does not interest or make sense to you. In doing so you will set yourself up for an uphill battle, rather than writing about something that honestly interests you. A word of caution here, however, about writing about topics that you may have written essays on before (e.g. for high school or university): While this is often a great idea (as you already have an understanding of a topic), avoid trying to make the thing you want to write about ‘fit’ within the theme that has been given. It is often very evident that a candidate has tried to do this, and has not effectively integrated their topic/ examples into the theme. You want to ensure that your thesis is somewhat original but that it goes to the heart of the topic (rather than skirting around the edges focusing on a finer aspect of a bigger topic…more about this later though!).

A great way of keeping track of topics that you have thought about/ enjoy writing about is to keep a ‘toolbox’ of ideas. This might just be a piece of card that you write a list of topics on, or it could be constructed more elaborately as a mind map linking various themes and examples to show how various ideas may be applied in a variety of settings.

You can check out our short blog post about how to supercharge your GAMSAT essay

GAMSAT Section 2 Essay Writing – Part 3

Generating a thesis: Getting from the GAMSAT quotes to a rip-roaring argument  

This section will cover the basics of thesis composition, as well as more advanced concepts relating to fine-tuning your thesis statement and questions that you can ask yourself in order to evaluate the strength of a thesis statement before you start writing. Ok, let’s get started!

What is a thesis? 

A thesis is simply a statement or question that your essay will address. Think of your thesis as the one sentence that the reader could highlight and know immediately what your essay is going to be about. A thesis (for the purposes of Section II) should ideally be contained in a single sentence, and convey a contention or idea that you will attempt to resolve, prove or explore in the course of your essay.

Your thesis not only acts as a guide for the reader, but also acts as a guide for you as you are writing your essay; you can constantly refer back to your thesis to ensure that you are on track in terms of what you are writing about. Forcing yourself to contain your thesis in a single sentence also challenges you to consolidate in your own mind what you are going to be writing about and why you are writing about it. Generating a thesis statement can be tricky, meaning that by doing so, you are demonstrating a level of thought and clarity that can significantly elevate your essay in the reader’s eyes.

How do I come up with a thesis for Section II of the GAMSAT?

Formulating coherent and intriguing thesis statements takes practice! Do not despair if you find expressing the entire idea behind your essay in a single sentence to be challenging. Many students find that while thinking of a thesis statement is difficult at first, it becomes easier with time and a skill that significantly enhances the overall persuasiveness and clarity of their essays. Read this blog post to learn about 9 tips for persuasive GAMSAT essay writing.

This post also covers a few short tips for GAMSAT section II.

While some people may find that a sentence summarising their argument pops conveniently into their head seconds after they have read the quotes and thought of some examples, others may find that this is not the case. Those who struggle to automatically generate a thesis statement may find that all they have is a variety of ideas and nothing really stringing them together. The trick is to become good at various ways of phrasing a thesis, and substituting out elements of the statement (or question) in order to ‘supercharge’ your thesis and elevate it above the very first thing that popped into your head.

So, what are some examples of how a thesis may be phrased in Section II of the GAMSAT?

A thesis may be phrased as a statement, a concessional statement (contains an ‘admission’ that something is true, but then suggests that a contrary perspective is still stronger despite this truth), or as a question. There are of course many more kinds of thesis statement, but these are the types that will be largely focused on in this book.

Type of thesis

Examples

StatementApples are a significantly better fruit than oranges.

 

Trust is more important than initial attraction in forming effective and enduring human relationships.

 

Concessional statementWhile oranges are a nutritious and delicious fruit, apples are a superior choice for many reasons.

 

While initial attraction plays an important role in strengthening human interaction, trust is perhaps more important in forming enduring relationships.

 

QuestionAre apples really better than oranges when it comes to school lunches?

 

Is trust really more important than initial attraction when it comes to forming successful and enduring human relationships?

 

Once you have an understanding of possible ways that you can phrase your thesis, you can then envisage in your mind the kind of statement that you might want to generate. In trying to come up with a thesis, there are a variety of questions that you can ask yourself, including:

  • do I want to say something positive, negative or neutral about topic x;
  • do I want to compare topic x to topic y;
  • do I want to ‘admit’ a fact and then state that a contrary perspective is still superior (concessional thesis); and/or
  • is there a subtheme that I would particularly like to focus on/ explore?

By answering these questions, you can assist your brain in developing a thesis statement.

The following is a worked example of how this process could occur mentally using some of the questions above.

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You could go through such a process multiple times (using a variety of different questions) in order to create multiple thesis options which you can then evaluate and ‘supercharge’ before you start writing (see below!).

This still seems really hard! How can I become better at generating a thesis statement if the above questions don’t help? 

If asking yourself questions similar to the ones above does not assist you, there are plenty more strategies to try!

Mind mapping for the GAMSAT 

While it may seem as though there is not enough time in the exam to be constructing elaborate diagrams, there is plenty of time to do this while you are studying for Section II. One of the ideas behind mind mapping is that the process of creating the maps will over time assist your neural pathways to the extent that you will be able to create maps without actually writing them out. There are lots of different ways to mind map, and it is important to find a method that works well for you. The basics, however, are quite straightforward, in that you are trying to use some kind of visual representation to help your mind consider novel aspects of an idea, topic or concept, and move past mental ‘roadblocks’ that you might have. You can look online or elsewhere for mind mapping resources, but you can try the simple approach below to get started.

  1. Write the overall topic contained in the quotes in the centre of your page and draw a shape around it (there is a theory that our brains like smooth, flowing connectors, but use whatever works for you to link your ideas and track your thought processes).

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  1. Ask yourself whether you know of some general ideas that relate to trust. These ideas might be taken directly from the quotes, or they might be ideas that occur to you when you think of the theme. Write these around the central theme.

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3. Add in ideas/ examples that may be used to expand upon these general ideas relating to trust.

 

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  1. Use your mind-mapped ideas to form a thesis. You may want to achieve this by grouping positive/ negative ideas on a topic, or grouping ideas that would work well together under the same thesis.

(A thesis that strings together the highlighted ideas might be, for example, Trust is essential to individual fulfillment in terms of forming successful relationships, enhancing self-confidence and the ability to take risks and seek new opportunities.)

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‘Idea flipping’ for the GAMSAT

Another way of generating a thesis statement is to implement ‘idea flipping’. This is basically a way of flipping or reversing your current perspective on a topic to free up more possible angles. Some examples of idea flipping include:

  • Devil’s advocate (What if I argue the complete opposite perspective to what I am thinking/ would I actually agree with the conflicting perspective more?);
  • Removal (What if the concept didn’t exist/ thing wasn’t there? What would happen if the thing wasn’t even there? Would a thing’s absence illustrate its purpose?); and
  • Necessary-unnecessary (Could I view something that is commonly seen as essential as unimportant? Could I look at a perspective that is completely novel compared to how most people view something?).

Ok. I have a thesis. How do I know it’s a good one before I start writing?

Once you have a thesis in mind, it may be extremely tempting to start writing straight away. And who can blame you! You finally have a sense of direction and the clock is ticking!

One thing that students who write excellent Section II essays often have in common, however, is the ability to evaluate their thesis before they actually use it as the basis of an essay. This allows them to look at their chosen direction objectively, and consider whether a different thesis would serve them better in terms of the essay that it facilitates and the marks that they are going to get for ingenuity, creativity etc. A key part of your preparation for Section II is practicing strategies that allow you decide whether a thesis is worth your time and effort before you get halfway through your essay and realise that it perhaps could have been different or better.

In terms of evaluating your thesis, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does the thesis allow me to explore the ‘heart’ of the topic? (I.e. is this thesis centered on key ideas/ issues that relate directly to the major theme of the quotes, or is it obscure and thus only addressing finer details of the overall theme?)
  • Does the thesis allow me to explore novel aspects of the overall theme? (This is not to say that your thesis cannot explore major, obvious issues that are at the heart of the theme, but rather that your thesis in some way allows you to address the issue from a more unique perspective.)
  • Does my thesis allow me to talk about the ideas and examples that I would like to discuss? (It is important to ensure that your thesis can actually act as a scaffold for the ideas and examples that you would like to cover; if it does not, then you should consider rewording it.)
  • Does my thesis actually contain a contention? (I.e. a statement/question etc. that you can attempt to resolve in the course of your essay. If it doesn’t really present a contention, consider changing your wording or language so that your thesis represents something that can be ‘proven’ during the course of your essay with examples and explanations.)
  • If you read your thesis, would you be interested enough to read the rest of the essay? (It is important that your thesis actually intrigues the reader to the point that they are interested in reading the rest of your essay.)
  • Do I actually agree with my thesis? (Obviously you can adopt a perspective in an essay that you do not personally agree with, and at times this may be necessary! However, if you can write a thesis that you actually agree with, the tone of the essay is often more convincing and you will not be ‘pushing the cart up the hill’ so to speak!)

How can I link my thesis to specific ideas contained in the GAMSAT quotes?

 It is somewhat artificial for this guide to have included how to link specific ideas contained in the quotes to your thesis after having talked about how to generate a thesis. This is because your thesis should reflect the ideas contained in the quotes that you would like to discuss (and vice versa). However, a book needs an order and most people like to think of a thesis and then decide upon the subject matter of each body paragraph afterwards, so we have gone with this order!

The ‘reversible reaction’ model for the GAMSAT

A useful way of visualising the relationship between the ideas contained in the quotes and your thesis is to see the two as involved in a reversible reaction. On the one side, you have your thesis, but it will change if the ideas contained in the quotes that you would like to discuss change, as it will no longer effectively support those ideas; Similarly, if your thesis changes, it may no longer be an appropriate scaffold for ideas in the quotes that you had previously gravitated towards.

 Thesis ↔ Ideas contained in the quotes

Example 1:

V1: Apples are better than oranges ↔ Portable, less acidic, associated with health

V2: Apples are no better than oranges ↔ both are nutritious, need variety, individual preference

Example 2:

VI: Trust is necessary to human relationships ↔ Allows for longevity, individual confidence, resilience

V2: Trust is just one ingredient to successful relationships ↔ Multiple factors needed for successful relationships, can have trust but relationship still fails, trust is complimented by attraction

Explanation: In Example 1 above, two versions (V1 and V2) of a thesis and corresponding ideas that they support are given. In V2, the thesis had to be changed slightly to support the different ideas (and corresponding perspective) that have been included. Example 2 gives a slightly more serious demonstration of the same process of altering your thesis depending on what ideas you would like to discuss.

The Grid Method for the GAMSAT

Another strategy that you can use to pair the ideas and examples that you would like to explore with a thesis and check that they line up is the grid method. This basically just involves a simple 6 square grid that allows you to visualise the ideas (topic sentences) and corresponding examples that you would like to use, and see how these line up with your thesis.

  1. Start by drawing up a quick, 6 square grid.

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  1. Write your thesis above the grid.

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  1. In the left hand side of the table, write down the key ideas (either stemming from the quotes or your own mind) that you would like to explore in ‘proving’ your thesis. These will form the topic sentence (TS) of each body paragraph.

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  1. Now fill in the right hand side of the grid with the examples that you would like to use to explore/ illustrate each topic sentence.

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You can also fill out the left and right columns of the grid out of order, and then fill in each ‘gap’ as you think of it. Once everything is written out, you can check whether your thesis facilitates an effective exploration of the ideas and examples that you would like to include (i.e. if I read my thesis, would I begin to think about the kinds of topics that I plan to talk about and not be shocked/ surprised by anything that was listed as a discussion point in the intro or that came up later?).

*Note that in the templates section at the back of this guide, the 6 square grid is upgraded to a 9 square grid that you can use to map out your rebuttals, in addition to your topic sentences and examples (template 2).

The idea behind the grid method is that while you may need to write it out in full when you first start planning and writing your essays, as you develop you will be able to perform effectively the same process faster and in your head. Some students like to jot down a very simple grid on the first page of their exam booklet, as they find it invaluable in saving them stress and time in the planning phase of writing their essay on exam day. Either way, it is about finding what works for you and ensuring that you have a mental process for conceptualising specifically what you are going to write about and how you are going to do that before you start your essay. The grid method is also a great way of efficiently practicing responding to a variety of quotes without writing out full essays, especially as you get closer to exam day.

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