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GAMSAT 2022: Everything You Need to Know

Thinking about taking the GAMSAT ® Exam in 2022? You’re not alone. It’s estimated that at least 10 000 students worldwide will take the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT ® ) this year.

Make sure that you know when and how to register by reading our guide to the GAMSAT ® Exam in 2022 below. If you’re completely lost and need an overview of the GAMSAT ® , visit our guide: What is the GAMSAT ® ?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and corresponding social distancing programs that have been implemented worldwide, the information on this page may not always be up-to-date. It is highly recommended that you check the ACER website for the most accurate information.

  1. When is the GAMSAT ® Exam?
  2. How do I register for the GAMSAT ® Exam?
  3. 2020-2022 Changes to the GAMSAT ® Exam
  4. How long are my GAMSAT ® Results Valid?
  5. GAMSAT ® Exam Test Locations
  6. Medical Admissions Process 2022
  7. GAMSAT ® Preparation Materials

When is the GAMSAT Exam?

The GAMSAT ® exam runs on two separate occasions in 2022:

2022 GAMSAT Exam Dates

March GAMSAT ® exam September GAMSAT ® exam
Test Date
18 – 23 March 2022
5 – 9 September 2022
Registration Opens
Early November 2021
Mid May 2022
Registration Closes
Monday 31 January 2022
10 AM GMT
9 PM AEDT
Friday 22 July 2022
1 PM BST
10 PM AEST
Late Registration Closure
Wednesday 9 February 2022
10 AM GMT
9 PM AEDT
Friday 29 July 2022
1 PM BST
10 PM AEST
Refund/Deferral Request Closure
Wednesday 9 February 2022
10 AM GMT
9 PM AEDT
Friday 29 July 2022
1 PM BST
10 PM AEST
Cost
AUD$515
AUD$515
Late Fee
AUD$100
AUD$100
Results Available
Late May 2022
Mid November 2022

If you’ve just missed out on the GAMSAT 2022 registration closure dates, late registrations are accepted up to a certain point but will require a late fee - an additional payment of $100

GAMSAT ® Results are generally released about 2 months after sitting the exam - Around late May for the March sitting and mid-November for the September Sitting.

To learn more about how GAMSAT ® Results are calculated and see a list of past release dates visit our guide: Understanding your GAMSAT ® Results

March/May vs September GAMSAT Exam - What’s the difference ?

Apart from the difference in when you can apply with the results from these exams (see How long are my GAMSAT ® results valid? ), there’s technically no difference in how your performance is measured and scored. The transition towards a digital format has now been confirmed by ACER as permanent. Nevertheless, it still requires the same fundamental preparation as the previous paper format as they are essentially designed to test the same skills and the results are standardised to be comparable across all sittings. For further details on the digital format, visit our guide here: What is the GAMSAT ® exam?

There is no penalty or different weighting applied to a September GAMSAT ® Exam score on medical school entry applications.

Many students view the September GAMSAT ® exam as a second chance to obtain a satisfactory result for the next calendar year without having to wait a whole year in between attempts and there are certain advantages to this:

  1. It provides you with extra time to consolidate further on preparation put into the March GAMSAT ® exam
  2. It allows you to make a second attempt on the actual exam in the same year with the benefit and experience of having already sat the GAMSAT ® Exam

Alternatively, some students also view the September GAMSAT ® exam as a ‘Practice GAMSAT ® Exam’ with the aim of working on flaws in their approach and familiarising themselves with the exam before they sit the exam ‘properly’ in the March of the next year.

One additional thing to consider is location, the March exam (being the more popular sitting for the application deadline in the same year) has more venues than the September exam. This means that when you decide which GAMSAT ® sitting you should attend, you may need to factor in travel and any associated costs, especially if the exam is held in your city only in March. While online proctoring has been used in the past for the May 2020 exam (likely due to the lack of resources and planning for the COVID-19 pandemic), it is unlikely that the GAMSAT ® will use this format again. Candidates are now expected to attend the exam at the locations specified by ACER.

Ultimately it is up to you whether or not you take either of these approaches but it is important to remember that any results for the September GAMSAT ® exam are equally valuable to those of the March GAMSAT ® exam, and the results of either can be used in your Medical School Entry Applications.

How do I register for the GAMSAT Exam?

The GAMSAT ® Exam is administered and assessed by ACER . One of the most important things you can do if you’re thinking about registering for the GAMSAT ® Exam is to read the ACER GAMSAT ® information booklet . The booklet covers all the information and finer details required for sitting the GAMSAT ® Exam – in the lead-up, on the day and after the test, as well as some information on applying to medical schools.

In order to enrol for the GAMSAT ® Exam you can simply register on the ACER Website .

In terms of eligibility, ACER advises:

GAMSAT ® is available to any person who has completed a Bachelor or an undergraduate honours degree, or who will be enrolled in their penultimate (second-last) or final year of study, at the time of sitting the test Quotes rht

ACER (Eligibility)

How many times can I take the GAMSAT Exam?

There is no limit on the number of times you take the GAMSAT ® Exam and many students do in fact sit the exam twice or more. If you have taken it multiple times, you may choose which result to include in your application. Universities will not have access to the scores that you choose not to submit.

Am I allowed a calculator or dictionary?

A calculator is not allowed for any section of the test and standard english dictionaries are not permitted either. An exception applies to those whose first language was not english - You are permitted to bring a printed bilingual dictionary into the exam for use in Sections I and II only.

How do I prepare for the Exam Day itself?

The GAMSAT ® Exam Day is long and exhausting and it’s important that you’re well rested and mentally prepared for the exam. You’ll need to remember to bring specific items on the day as well as plan out your travel there and back.

For tips on how to get yourself set for the big day, read our guide here: Preparing for GAMSAT ® Exam Day

2020-2022 Changes to the GAMSAT Exam

We have witnessed unprecedented changes to the GAMSAT ® Format in the last 2 years due to COVID-19.

The implementation of social distancing restrictions and lockdowns around Australia and the world have forced the exam to move away from a paper format to a digital format from 2020 onwards.

Current GAMSAT ® Exam Structure

Description Breakdown Duration
Registration Pre-testing procedures should be faster as there will be fewer candidates per testing venue than in previous years. However, it is not possible to guarantee start and finish times just in case unforeseen delays occur. - ~1 hour
Section 1: Reasoning in Humanities Tests critical reasoning skills as well as the ability to draw conclusions based on evidence with stimuli derived from a variety of non-scientific texts. Reading Time 62 MCQs 8 Minutes 92 Minutes
Section 2: Written Communication Tests your general knowledge and ability to draw on prior knowledge under pressure to construct a cohesive argument or reflection. Reading Time Writing Time 5 Minutes 60 Minutes
Lunch Take a well deserved break! Consider bringing your own lunch as the break only lasts 60 minutes and purchasing food is not always an option. - 60 Minutes
Section 3: Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences 40% Biology, 40% Chemistry, 20% Physics Reading Time 75 MCQs 8 Minutes 142 Minutes

ACER has now also released their 2022 GAMSAT ® Information Booklet with details on the format of the exam. The key change? ACER has yet again updated the format of the exam - Section 1 will now consist of 62 MCQs over 100 minutes instead of 47 MCQs over 70 minutes.

From 2020 onwards, the GAMSAT ® exam will be delivered as a digital test at multiple venues over a set time period, usually about 2 weeks.

GAMSAT is offered twice a year, in March and September. GAMSAT which was previously delivered as paper based test will be delivered as a digital test from 2020 onwards. Quotes rht

ACER ((Information Booklet)

ACER will randomly allocate candidates to testing venues and sessions in their selected test centre location. This is subject to candidate demand and the availability of testing venues at that location. ACER advises to register early as places may be limited.

Candidates should be aware that, if changes to government restrictions for COVID-19 mean the exam can no longer be conducted at an allocated test centre, ACER will contact all affected candidats by email with further instructions. ACER notes as well that “should you choose not to, or cannot, undertake a sitting of GAMSAT ® at a test centre that can remain open and host the GAMSAT ® under the relevant restrictions, in those circumstances ACER is under no obligation to provide alternative arrangements for you to undertake the GAMSAT ® ”.

The structure of the GAMSAT ® Exam has undergone several revisions, outlined in detail below. For the current format, there is a 60 min break between Section 2 and 3. Although the total testing time is 5.25 hours, ACER recommends that students should anticipate being at the test centre for 8 hours with the lunch break and administrative time.

When sitting the GAMSAT ® Exam, students are allowed 2 pieces of paper per session; i.e. 2 sheets for Section 1 & 2 and 2 sheets for Section 3. In regards to other equipment allowed during the exam, this is comprehensively covered in pages 11-13 of the ACER Information Booklet . Also outlined in the information booklet is that students should make sure that they have the correct identification documents prepared before exam day, as well as their Admission Ticket.

Previous GAMSAT ® Exam Structures

Paper GAMSAT ® Exam Structure

Section 1 Section 2 Section 3
Number of questions 75 2 110
Reading Time 10 minutes 5 minutes 10 minutes
Writing Time 100 minutes 60 minutes 170 minutes

A quick glance of the numbers above should reveal that the paper GAMSAT ® Exam was a real marathon, with around 6 hours of testing time - Students could in fact expect to remain at the venue for roughly 8-9 hours including administrative time and the 1 hour lunch break.

That is not to say that the new digital format is any less gruelling - Indeed there are additional challenges posed by the digital test, including an inability to directly annotate questions as well as the added element of eye strain from viewing a device screen for such an extended period of time.

May 2020 Online GAMSAT ® Exam Structure

Section 1 Section 2 Section 3
Number of questions 40 2 60
Total time for Section (reading and writing time will be incorporated) 60 minutes 65 minutes 120 minutes

Interestingly, this particular sitting was delivered remotely with online proctoring. In addition, Section 1 & 2 was conducted in a different session from Section 3. Students could sit Section 1 & 2 on a particular day and Section 3 roughly a week later.

It now appears that the format of the May 2020 Online GAMSAT ® Exam will remain a one-off occurrence, reflective of the unique and challenging circumstances at the beginning of 2020 and COVID-19.

2021 GAMSAT ® Exam Structure

Section 1 Section 2 Section 3
Number of questions 47 2 75
Total time for Section (reading and writing time will be incorporated) 70 minutes 65 minutes 150 minutes

From September 2020 onwards, the GAMSAT exam moved to a computer based test delivered in supervised test centres, rather than remotely. The above exam structure ran from September 2020 - September 2021, and included a 30 mins lunch break rather than a 1 hour lunch break. Due to the shortened duration, ACER ran two sittings a day, with a morning sitting at around 7 AM and an afternoon sitting at 2PM.

How long are my GAMSAT results valid?

Your GAMSAT ® results are valid for 2 years. For example, if you sat the exam during March 2022, the result will be valid for your 2022 application for a medical or health sciences program commencing in 2023; it will also be valid for your 2023 application for a program commencing in 2024. However, it will not be valid for your 2024 application for 2025 entry. Note that the below information is specific to Australian universities and the details may differ, particularly for students based in the UK - Students in the UK should check the details on ACER’s website here.

Currency of GAMSAT ® Results

Application Details Valid Results
Apply 2022 for 2023 Commencement March GAMSAT®: 2021, 2022
September GAMSAT®: 2020, 2021
Apply 2023 for 2024 Commencement March GAMSAT®: 2022, 2023
September GAMSAT®: 2021, 2022
Apply 2024 for 2025 Commencement March GAMSAT®: 2023, 2024
September GAMSAT®: 2022, 2023

On the other hand, results from a September Sitting cannot be used for an application in that same year for commencement in the subsequent year. For example, if you sit the September 2022 GAMSAT ® Exam, you will only be able to use the results of this exam for application in 2023 for a program commencing in 2024, and for application in 2024 for a program starting in 2025. You won’t be able to use this result for an application in 2022 for 2023 entry. This is because medical school applications, which require submission of GAMSAT ® scores, start around May with offers for interviews being made from August to September (see Timeline below).

If you’re applying in 2022 for a course commencing in 2023, ONLY the following results can be used: September 2020, May 2021, September 2021, March 2022.

To learn more about how GAMSAT ® Scores are actually calculated, visit our guide: Understanding your GAMSAT ® Scores

When should I sit the GAMSAT Exam?

We recommend that you should, at the latest, sit the GAMSAT ® exam during the year prior to the year of your medical school application. For example, if you are applying in 2023 for entry in 2024, then you should sit the exam in September 2022 at the latest. The reasoning here is that if you perform poorly, you have another chance with the next March sitting to achieve a good score for your 2023 application.

Otherwise, you can consider the following:

  • First Year:You might be considering having a ‘practice run’ but it’s important to remember that your results won’t be valid for admissions. Nevertheless, there is merit in this idea as a big part of the GAMSAT ® Exam is exam technique and having experience of it is a huge help - You’ll need to weigh up the actual cost of the exam and the potential benefit and ensure it doesn’t distract you from your uni work - Your GPA is important too!

  • Second Year:As the penultimate year for a three-year degree, this is often the time most students start thinking about the GAMSAT ® Exam. If you do well enough and obtain a competitive score, you can put off thinking about admissions for a year and just focus on your degree (and working on your GPA). If there’s room for improvement then you’ve got another shot next year (or even earlier if you’re able to sit the September GAMSAT ® Exam)

  • Third Year:Sitting the GAMSAT ® Exam in third year, you’ve got the benefit of an almost locked in GPA, and therefore may have a little more time to devote to the exam. You’re also older and wiser and probably have far better exam technique. If you’re in a health or medical science degree, you’re increasingly familiar and comfortable with all that pesky ‘assumed knowledge’. However, the trade-off is that if things don’t go as planned, you’ll need to have ‘plan b’.

The difficulty of the GAMSAT ® Exam cannot be overstated and most students do sit the exam twice or more. Unfortunately it’s not just a question of preparing but also preparing for the right things and in this respect, you can check out our GAMSAT ® Free Trial, for detailed week by week plans of how you should be spending your time and tips on the best preparation strategy as well as free practice MCQs.

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You can also visit our guide on how to effectively study for the GAMSAT ® Exam with breakdowns for each individual section: How to Study for the GAMSAT ®

GAMSAT Exam Test Locations

Australian GAMSAT Exam Test Locations 2022

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ACER is running the GAMSAT ® exams in the following cities around Australia:

Test Date Locations
March 2022 GAMSAT ® Exam
Adelaide Melbourne
Albury Newcastle
Alice Springs Perth
Brisbane Sunshine Coast
Canberra Sydney
Darwin Townsville
Dubbo Wollongong
Hobart Whyalla
Wellington (NZ)
September 2022 GAMSAT ® Exam
Adelaide Dubbo
Albury Melbourne
Brisbane Perth
Canberra Sydney
Darwin Townsville
Wellington (NZ)

The test is held over an allocated period at all test locations. Places are limited and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. As such, if you intend to sit the GAMSAT ® exam it’s important to register early. When registering, you’ll only be able to select a preferred test centre, and in the event that your chosen centre is no longer available, ACER will book your exam at the nearest available test location. Please be aware that the September exam offers less locations.

There are additional testing locations in other cities throughout the UK, USA, Ireland, and Singapore. A complete list of these testing locations can be found in the ACER GAMSAT information booklet.

Medical Applications Process

Medical Applications Timeline 2022

Event Dates
Application Period. Submit your application through GEMSAS. University of Sydney . Flinders University & Monash Uni are not part of GEMSAS April - May 2022
GAMSAT Results Released Late May 2022
Interview Offers Released August - September 2022
Interviews are held September - October 2022
Medical Offers Released September - December 2022
Additional Offers made to fill vacancies December 2022 - January 2023

The GAMSAT ® exam is merely the first step in your journey through the Medical School Applications Process. To get a timeline and learn more about the different criteria and cutoffs for Graduate Medical Schools around Australia, visit our guide: Australian Medical Schools - Entry Requirements

GAMSAT Preparation Materials

Now that you’re aware of all the key dates for 2022, make a start on your preparation with our guides and free resources:

  1. What is the GAMSAT ® ?

    Everything you need to know about the GAMSAT ® Exam from structure and overview to which universities require the GAMSAT ®

  2. How to study for the GAMSAT ® Exam

    A breakdown of how to approach study effectively and how to set up a GAMSAT ® study schedule

  3. How to prepare for GAMSAT ® Section 1

    An overview of what to expect in Section 1 of the GAMSAT ® Exam and how to prepare.

  4. How to prepare for GAMSAT ® Section 2

    An overview of what to expect in Section 2 of the GAMSAT ® Exam, how to prepare and how to perfect your essay technique.

  5. How to prepare for GAMSAT ® Section 3

    An overview of what to expect in Section 3 of the GAMSAT ® Exam and how to prepare for each of the topics - Biology, Chemistry, & Physics.

  6. Get Access to:
    • 50 Free MCQs
    • Week-By-Week Study Guide
    • Complete Session 3 Topic List
    • Recorded Webinars
    Free trial