The GAMSAT is the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test. It is used in Australia, New Zealand and the UK for admission into a range of health science courses including medicine and dentistry. It was devised over a decade ago to replicate the MCAT, however has since evolved from a knowledge test into an aptitude exam, making it easier for non-science students to perform well. The GAMSAT is 6 hours long and broken down into the following sections:
Students who are in their final or final-minus-one year of an undergraduate degree, or up to ten years after completion of their undergraduate degree.
Candidates can opt to take the GAMSAT on the 24th or March or 12th of September. For a given academic year, the GAMSAT can be taken twice.
Candidates must apply to the Australian Council for Educatin Research (ACER) online registration system to register and then book a test. Registrations begin in November and end at the start of February for the March exam.
Candidates can choose to sit the GAMSAT in major metropolitan and regional sites.
Major Testing Centres
Results are received mid-may for the March GAMSAT and November for the September GAMSAT. Expect these results to hold currency for one year.
Yes, all postgraduate medicine programs require the GAMSAT.
It's impossible to predict your own GAMSAT Score from test material. The score is calculated from (1x your section 1 results, 1x your section 2 results and 2x your section 3 results) /4. Your score in each of those areas is relative to everyone else's score, and is thus not something you can calculate yourself.
The GAMSAT can be sat in March or September. The March sitting corresponds to a quiet period in the first semester of University. The September sitting corresponds to a much more busy period towards the end of semester two
The GAMSAT is not a problem solving exam like the UCAT. It requires you to study in the areas of biology, chemistry and physics, and requires you to develop your essay-writing skills.
Preparation is key to performing to your best in the GAMSAT. Unlike curriculum-based testing, the GAMSAT tests skills, your application of logical reasoning, and your application of first principles. Whilst we believe the earlier the better, we would advise the average candidate to start preparing upto a year in advance. Most students will start preparing in the summer holidays preceding their test year.
The ACER website has more information for your perusal: https://gamsat.acer.org/
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