GAMSAT was originally developed as a test for Medical School applicants in Australia, where Medicine was a Graduate Entry course. It has since been adopted by a number of Graduate Entry Medicine courses in the UK.
The test evaluates the abilities and skills that you’ve gained through prior experience and learning. It covers basic science, as well as the general skills of problem-solving, critical thinking and writing.
The UK Medical Schools which require GAMSAT for their Graduate Entry courses are:
GAMSAT is a day-long test, divided into three sections:
It used to be a paper test, but it’s now taken digitally.
GAMSAT is usually offered twice a year, in March and September.
If you want to sit the GAMSAT in the UK March, your choice of test centres is limited to two: London or Liverpool. But sitting the test early gives you the chance to resit later in the year, if you need to. Registration for the March sitting opens in November and closes January 31.
The September GAMSAT is available at more test centres. You can register between mid May and mid July.
GAMSAT costs £268 to sit in the UK. If you register late, you’ll have to pay a fee of £60. The price is different in Ireland (€341) and Australia ($515).
You’ll get your GAMSAT score via email, once the testing period is over. For the March sitting, results are usually sent at the start of July. For the September sitting, you can expect results from late November.
There’s no limit to the number of times that you can sit GAMSAT. This means you could sit it in March and then resit it in September, if you need to – and again the next year.
If you take GAMSAT more than once, you can choose which results to use in your application for Graduate Entry Medicine.
The best way to prepare for section 1 and 2 is to read as widely as possible. Keeping abreast of the latest medical news is a good idea – but your prep could also include reading novels and poems, as well as periodicals. When you do this, try to find the meaning in what you’re reading and practise forming opinions and judgements from the text.
To prepare for section 3, it’s wise to work through preparation materials that you can find online (or from the test provider ACER). Practise answering example questions to hone your GAMSAT test skills. You should also look into some A-Level Physics, plus first-year university Chemistry and Biology texts.
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