What is GAMSAT and why is it important?
GAMSAT stands for Graduate Medical School Admissions Test, which makes perfect sense because that’s exactly what it is.
The GAMSAT is designed to assess a broad range of knowledge in students who are applying for medical and health professional graduate programs in Australia, Ireland and the UK.
Without sitting the GAMSAT, you may not be eligible to gain admission into such courses.
The GAMSAT is divided into three sections, each designed to assess different areas of knowledge and intellect, varying from written communication to biological and physical science.
The three sections of the test are:
- Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences
- Written Communication
- Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences
The first two sections are closely connected, as you will often be required to formulate opinions and judgement of texts read in Section 1 and write about these texts in Section 2.
Section 3 is completely separate from the other two sections and requires you to have a basic knowledge of scientific principles.
The GAMSAT is offered twice a year in March and September.
If you’d like to know more about the specifics of the GAMSAT exam, such as the cost, your eligibility, preparation material, registration details and key dates, continue reading!
The GAMSAT exam
Beyond assisting universities to select students for admission in medical and health graduate programs, the purpose of the GAMSAT exam is to assess your ability to analyse and understand materials drawn from a variety of sources.
Much like the undergraduate equivalent, the UMAT, the GAMSAT will test your ability to clearly express your thoughts and thinking process in a logical and effective manner. Particularly in the case of the Written Communication section, the GAMSAT will ask you think critically about a number of sources.
In addition to testing your communication skills and logical thinking, the GAMSAT will also assess your problem solving ability across a range of subjects, typically in relation to sections 1 and 3 of the test, Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences and Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences, respectively.
The problem solving aspect of the test is key to your final score as each of the universities involved in designing the UMAT view problem-based learning techniques as key to modern medical practice and curricula.
Building your problem solving skills is the best way to prepare for the GAMSAT and to do well on the exam.
Wondering how to prepare for the GAMSAT?
This can be a confusing task as it’s similar to the UMAT in the fact that it’s not based on a core curriculum or course structure in any strict sense.
However, given the GAMSAT is for entry into graduate programs, it will require a basic knowledge of scientific reasoning that will have been taught in the first year of tertiary studies.
This could be basic scientific principles and theories you will have learned during your first year of undergraduate studies or even your last year of secondary school.
Preparation can involve diving back into the old textbooks and refreshing your foundation level knowledge.
You can find how to prepare for GAMSAT via our GAMSAT preparation blog.
GAMSAT Practice Test
Questions on the GAMSAT can vary from section to section and even within each respective section. You will be required to interpret a passage of writing or a graphical display, use your practical knowledge and learned skills to solve problems, and answer multiple choice questions using logic and reasoning.
To sufficiently prepare, youl will need to sit GAMSAT practice papers and answer GAMSAT practice questions.
When you register to sit the GAMSAT, you will be provided with a practice paper. However, in the meantime, you can try some of our GAMSAT sample questions.
At Crimson, we offer a number of services to help you prepare for the GAMSAT including private tuition and GAMSAT workshops, as well as classes run by expert tutors.
If you'd like some help, take a look at what an expert GAMSAT tutor can do for you.
GAMSAT vs UMAT
The difference between the GAMSAT and UMAT and which you should sit is wholly dependent on what stage of your further education journey you are at.
If you’re completing high school and hoping to gain admission into medicine, then you will sit the UMAT.
Alternatively, if you have already sat the UMAT, gained admission into medicine and are looking to graduate from your undergraduate degree in the coming months, you need to take the GAMSAT in order to gain admission into a graduate program and continue your education.
How to interpret GAMSAT results?
Once you’ve completed the GAMSAT, there is about a two month wait before you will receive your results.
For privacy reasons, your GAMSAT results won’t be sent to you via email. However, you’ll receive an email notification when your results are released and you can access them via your online ACER account.
You’ll receive your respective grade for each of the three sections, as well as your overall score.
But it’s not just a matter of adding the individual grades together. Your overall score is the weighted average of the three sections, which is then scaled in relation to all other students who sat the GAMSAT.
This is a very short explanation of what is quite a complicated scoring process. For a more detailed explanation, including an equation of how the score is calculated, visit our GAMSAT results page.
Which university courses require the GAMSAT?
There are a number of universities and courses that require you to sit the GAMSAT.
In order to sit the GAMSAT, you must be first be eligible for the university course which you are applying to.
Here’s the list of universities and their respective courses that require you to sit the GAMSAT:
Australian National University
The University of Queensland
The University of Melbourne
The University of Notre Dame (Fremantle)
The University of Notre Dame (Sydney)
The University of Sydney
The University of Western Australia
- Podiatric Medicine
The University of Wollongong
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
University College Cork
University College Dublin
- Veterinary Medicine
University of Limerick
University of Exeter
University of Liverpool
St George's University of London
The University of Nottingham
Universities of St Andrews and Dundee in partnership with University of the Highlands and Islands (ScotGEM)
Duke-NUS Medical School
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
- Medicine (International Health)
Jagiellonian University Medical College
Poznan University of Medical Sciences