How do I Prepare for GAMSAT 2021?

It is so important to adequately prepare for GAMSAT 2021. Preparation will help you to achieve higher marks. It will also help to build your confidence and reduce your anxiety on the day. Read this article to discover how best to prepare for the GAMSAT 2021!

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Steps to prepare for the GAMSAT 2021:
1.     Register for the GAMSAT 2021

The first step is to register for the GAMSAT. This can be done online, here. Registrations for the September 2021 sitting close on Tuesday 20th July 2021 1 pm BST or 10 pm AEST. So make sure to get this done as soon as possible!

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2.     Start preparing early

It’s difficult to say how far in advance you should begin preparing as it will depend on your current level and background knowledge. The exam covers humanities, essay writing and science so you may find differing sections easier, depending on your background and previous studies. However, in general, it’s recommended to start at least 3 months before.

3.     Make a study schedule

To remain focused, make a realistic study schedule. Graduate students tend to lead busy lives, whether they’re in full time employment or finishing another degree, it can be hard to find time to set aside for the GAMSAT. Try to make a realistic study schedule and stick to it. Even an hour of study each week will help to improve your grade.

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4.     Familiarise yourself with the exam and the different sections

The GAMSAT consists of 3 sections

SectionNo. of QuestionsReading timeWriting timeTotal time test
Section 1: Reasoning in Humanities47 MCQs6 minutes64 minutes70 minutes
Section 2: Written Communication2 Essays5 minutes60 minutes65 minutes
Section 3: Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences75 MCQs8 minutes142 minutes150 minutes

5.     Revise the content and the theory

  • Revise the different question styles in section 1, these can be found in our ‘10 Top Tips for Section 1’ guide.
  • Look over common essay themes and create idea banks.
  • Learn each of the topics that arise in section 3, these can be found in our ‘10 Top Tips for Section 3’ guide.
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6.     Practice GAMSAT MCQ questions and write essays

Familiarise yourself with MCQ style questions; you are presented with 4 answer options for each question in the GAMSAT. There are tips and tricks to answering MCQs and practising them will allow you to learn to use ‘process of elimination’ and will also help you to spot common traps.

7.     Get feedback and help

Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback and help. It can be great to get friends and family to read your essays, additionally our tutors are able to provide this. Check out our website and find out how a tutor can help you to achieve top marks to help you get into medical or dental school.

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8.     Track your progress and highlight specific areas of difficulty

The only way to improve is to work on your weaker areas. Make note of recurrent topics that you are finding difficult. This may be a specific style of question 1, e.g. poetry, or a topic in section 3, e.g. radioactivity.

Spend extra time on the areas you have found to be most difficult. Practising will help you to discover these then take time to work on these, by using online resources, tutoring, look at our specific guides for each section.

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9.     Start practising MCQs and essays under exam conditions

As you approach the exam, begin practising under GAMSAT conditions. This means putting away the calculator, dictionary and Google! It’s also a good idea to time yourself and stick to the timings used in the GAMSAT.

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10.  Increase your reading in your spare time

As mentioned in top tips for section 1 and 2, reading in your spare time will help to increase your reading time. Additionally, reading various books, newspapers and magazines will give you ideas for your section 2 essays.

The GAMSAT is a long exam (4.45 hours) and has various different aspects. It can be a daunting challenge but preparation is key. Check out our other blogs for top tips for each section and please get in touch if you’re considering tutoring.

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What is the best way to prepare for GAMSAT?

Follow the following top 10 tips to prepare for GAMSAT 2021: 1) Register, 2)Start Preparing early, 3)Make a study schedule, 4)Familiarise yourself with the exam and the different sections, 5)Revise the content and theory, 6)Practice GAMSAT MCQ questions and write essays, 7) Get feedback and help, 8)Track your progress and highlight specific areas of difficulty, 9) start practising MCQs and essays under exam conditions, 10) Increase your reading in your spare time.

When should I start preparing for GAMSAT?

Start preparing for the GAMSAT at least 3 months before you intend to sit the test.

How long does it take to prepare for GAMSAT?

It’s difficult to say how far in advance you should begin preparing as it will depend on your current level and background knowledge. The exam covers humanities, essay writing and science so you may find differing sections easier, depending on your background and previous studies. However, in general, it’s recommended to start at least 3 months before.

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