GAMSAT Sample Questions Australia
What Is The Best Way That You Can Prepare For The GAMSAT ?
The best way to prepare for the GAMSAT is to break it down into three sections
For this section students should be familiar with the following types of texts as these are likely to come up in the exam – essays, poems, cartoons, dramas, editorials, graphs, figures, short stories, essays, letters, journals, and biographies. All of these types of stimulus material can be categorised into the following 4 categories:
- Prose (in all diverse types)
- Poetry (including Drama)
- Social and/or Behavioural Sciences
- Editorial Cartoon and/or Graphic Representations
Regular reading and practice are the most effective ways to prepare for this section. An e-book reader is a worthy investment. E-books can easily be downloaded through the Amazon store and unfamiliar words can easily be learnt via the inbuilt dictionary. This is a great way to improve your vocabulary through reading.
Some great readings that will help prepare you for the type of texts you will receive in Section I include:
- The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Defying Hitler – Sebastian Haffner
- English Passengers – Matthew Kneale
- Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
- The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Essays – Ian Hamilton
- A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
- The Story of My Life – Helen Keller
Students should aim to improve their by utilising the tools on www.vocabulary.com. Students should practice questions from the MCAT word list.
Section – I – Questions can also be found on readtheory.org.
Our team has released a Full Length GAMSAT Practice Test, which is identical to the actual GAMSAT exam. Students should complete all of the Section I practice questions in this test. Students should then check all answers and go back and see where they went wrong. This is the most effective and fastest way to improve your score in Section I.
The 4 ACER booklets are also a must-have resource to practise your Section I comprehension skills.
- In the exam, students are to complete two essays – both Task A and Task B.
- Essays should be at least 350 – 400 words.
- Five quotes are provided for each essay task and all of the quotes surround a common theme.
- Task A deals with socio-cultural issues and Task B deals with social and personal issues.
- A title is recommended for each essay. Be creative! The markers are looking for the best ideas. Ideas are more important than spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
- The best ideas get the best marks, so planning your essay in the first 5 minutes is the key to success.When planning your essay, read the series of 5 quotes carefully and determine the overall theme. The theme is quite obvious. Some examples of themes include: freedom, crime, poverty, wealth, punishment, science, technology, love, friendship, humour, suffering, youth, beauty, ageing, conformity, originality.
S2 – Task A
Task A is an argumentative essay. Each paragraph should be planned out.
Paragraph 1: Introduction – explanation and interpretation of a chosen quote or standpoint you have concerning the overall theme.
Students should aim for three body paragraphs. They should be Thesis, Thesis, Antithesis (or Thesis, Antithesis, Antithesis).
A concluding paragraph should then sum up and reconcile between the Thesis’ and Antithesis. Common themes that students could expect in the GAMSAT Task A include:
S2 – Task B
Task B is a personal essay. It should be written with feeling. Students need to be able to explain and visualise how other people may be feeling in different life situations.
The quotes that students receive have a personal theme, which allows students to relate the themes to their own experiences in life.
Paragraph 1: Acquaint the reader with the topic/theme and state your specific point of view.
There should be 3 body paragraphs. Each paragraph should focus on a different idea that supports your specific point of view.
A concluding paragraph should summarise the main points, then support the main view and end with a great impact on the reader.
Common topics that students can expect in the GAMSAT Task B:
This section of the GAMSAT includes physics at year 12 level and biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry all at university level. The exam consists of 20% organic chemistry, 20% physics, 20% general chemistry, and 40% biology.
Candidates are required to use their knowledge and the understanding of concepts in order to answer questions. This section involves the analysis of tables, charts, scientific information, and graphs.
It is important that students practise questions under timed conditions. The ACER booklets are a great start for practice questions.
The AceGAMSAT team have released a ‘Full-Length GAMSAT Practice Test’ which contains 110 questions that are just like the real exam, so this is definitely a valuable resource.
If you want to know how to study for GAMSAT, then the following Section 3 topic list below is extremely valuable.
These refined topic points are covered in great detail in the respective AceGAMSAT study guides.
- The Biology Bible
- The Organic Chemistry Bible
- The General Chemistry Bible
- The Physics Bible
Above all, the best way to prepare for the GAMSAT is pretty simple actually: practice, practice, practice!