Re: Gamsat Exam Structure

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Feeling confused about Gamsat exam structure? Never fear, the following post is here! In this blog post we will cover the basic structure of the Gamsat exam, in addition to helpful hints and tips to help you navigate the contents of each section.

What is the overall structure of the Gamsat exam?

The overall Gamsat exam structure consists of three sections (sections I, II and III), which each aim at testing (fairly) separate skills. Each section is allocated a unique amount of time, and the format of the questions changes slightly depending on which component of the exam you are completing.

Ok! Let’s start with Section I!

Section I consists of 75 multiple choice questions that assess reasoning in the humanities and social sciences. You are provided with a variety of stimulus types (ranging from newspaper articles and short story excerpts, to comics and diagrams) and then asked to answer 75 multiple choice questions within 100 minutes. You also have 10 minutes reading time. This section is basically testing your comprehension and critical thinking skills (i.e. your ability to interpret written information, critically analyse this information and then use this information to answer questions).

Hints and tips for Section I

  • Balance your time between reading the stimuli and answering the questions
  • Use a process of elimination to answer questions (i.e. it is much easier to ask yourself what is wrong with each answer versus which answer is the correct answer)

Right…What about Section II?

Section II consists of two extended response-style questions which you are required to complete within 60 minutes. You also have 5 minutes reading time. In Section II, you are provided with two sets of 5 quotes, and asked to write an extended piece of writing in response to each set of quotes. Most people will write an argumentative essay and/ or a reflective essay for this section, but theoretically, you could write anything (i.e. a short story, journal article etc.). You are essentially being assessed on your ability to formulate an argument and compose an extended piece of writing.

Hints and tips for Section II

  • Ensure that you know the features of the type of piece of writing you are going to produce (e.g. if you are going to write an argumentative essay, make sure that you know what is expected of this text type)
  • Become a master of time management to ensure that you can comfortably get through both of your pieces of writing on exam day
  • Practice as many essays as possible using our free Random Quote Generator

Ok great! So what is Section III about?

In the final element of the Gamsat exam structure, you are asked in Section III to answer 110 multiple choice questions in 170 minutes covering topics pertaining to the biological and physical sciences. You have 10 minutes reading time. The questions cover physics, biology and chemistry, and are basically testing your scientific thinking skills.

Hints and tips for Section III

  • Have a plan when approaching your revision (trying to revise all the topics that might possibly come up can be overwhelming!)
  • Consider doing practice questions in favour of theory revision as you get closer to exam day
  • Get a feel for the questions in the real exam with our free GAMSAT Practice Test

We hope that this post has helped you to demystify the Gamsat Exam Structure and helped you on your way to Gamsat success!

Happy studying

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