What is the GAMSAT 2021?

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Anna Scott

The Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) is one of the aptitude tests used to select students for graduate-entry medicine degrees in Australia and across the world. The GAMSAT is designed to test a wide range of skills needed for a successful career in medicine, including your critical thinking, analytical skills and time management. In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know about the Australian GAMSAT 2021.

What format will the GAMSAT 2021 take?

The GAMSAT is slightly different to other medicine aptitude tests, such as UCAT ANZ, as it is taken over the course of an entire day. The GAMSAT exam is 4 hours 45 minutes long in total, including 19 minutes of reading time. You’re also given a 30 minute break midway through as a chance to fuel up for this exam marathon!

The GAMSAT 2021 is divided into three sections:

GAMSAT Section 1: Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences

You’ll have 70 minutes (including 6 minutes of reading time) to answer 47 multiple choice questions based on a variety of stimuli. You’ll be tested on your ability to interpret ideas based on both visual illustrations and written passages.

GAMSAT Section 2: Written Communication

This section requires you to write two written essays. You’ll have a total of 65 minutes to complete this section with 5 minutes of reading time – so each essay should take you about 30 minutes to complete. Task A tends to be focused on social and cultural issues, whereas Task B is usually more personal.

GAMSAT Section 3: Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences

The final section is made up of 75 science-based multiple choice questions. You’re given 150 minutes to answer all questions, with 8 minutes of reading time. The questions are divided between the three sciences with 40% of questions relating to biology, 40% to chemistry and the final 20% focused on physics.

Where can I take the GAMSAT in Australia?

There are a number of GAMSAT test centre locations around Australia where the GAMSAT exam is sat. There are:

  • GAMSAT Test Centres in Adelaide
  • GAMSAT Test Centres in Ballarat
  • GAMSAT Test Centres in Brisbane
  • GAMSAT Test Centres in Canberra
  • GAMSAT Test Centres in Dubbo
  • GAMSAT Test Centres in Darwin
  • GAMSAT Test Centres in Hobart
  • GAMSAT Test Centres in Melbourne
  • GAMSAT Test Centres in Perth
  • GAMSAT Test Centres in Townsville
  • GAMSAT Test Centres in Sydeny
  • GAMAT Test Centres in Wollongong

Note: the September 2021 GAMSAT UK will only be held in Adelaide, Brisbane, Dubbo, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

How much does it cost to take the GAMSAT?

The GAMSAT exam costs $515 to sit in Australia.

If you miss the GAMSAT deadline to register, you can still sit the exam but you’ll have to pay a late registration fee of $100 on top of the standard registration fee. You can find more information about how to pay and register for the GAMSAT Medicine here.

How is the GAMSAT scored?

Each of the three GAMSAT sections is scored on a scale from 0 to 100. These are not percentage marks but are scaled based on raw score. This means that universities can directly compare GAMSAT scores from different sittings.

Your overall GAMSAT score is a weighted average of these three individual section scores. This is calculated as:

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Some universities will use your unweighted average instead. This means Section 3 will be worth the same amount as the other two sections. Make sure to take a look carefully at how your chosen universities use your score!

How will l know my GAMSAT 2021 score?

You’ll receive an email with your GAMSAT results after the GAMSAT testing period is over. So for the September 2021 GAMSAT you can expect to receive your results in mid November time.

Can I retake the GAMSAT?

Yes! There is no limit to the number of times you can take the GAMSAT. Your GAMSAT score will be valid for two years. As there are two sittings per year this means you have four possible opportunities to take the exam for each application cycle.

This means that for courses that begin in 2022 entry GAMSAT test scores from September 2019, May 2020, September 2020 and March 2021 will be valid. Universities won’t know if you’ve taken the test more than once and you can decide which score you’d like to forwarded on to them.

Conclusion

The GAMSAT Medicine is a crucial part of your application to medical school. It’s one of the key ways that medical schools decide which applicants to invite to interviews. While the exam can seem initially intimidating, it is completely possible to score very highly with some careful GAMSAT preparation. Check out our GAMSAT top tips and preparation guide to learn more.

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