Free GAMSAT Example Essays

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Writing GAMSAT ® practice essays is arguably the most important aspect of preparing for Section 2 of the GAMSAT ® Exam. Regularly writing essays allows you to develop and practise your essay writing skills and is something you should aim to start from early on. It’s important to get into a routine: Whether you aim to type an essay once a week or once a day, every bit counts.

We’ve prepared a handy GAMSAT Essay Writing Guide you can download which includes all the information on this page, as well as some extra tips and even more example essays to help you get a head start on your preparation for Section Section 2 of the GAMSAT ® Exam. Start preparing today!

GAMSAT Essay Writing Tips

However, simply just writing GAMSAT ® essays is not enough - It needs to be done in a structured fashion to ensure that you get the most out of your preparation. To help with this process, you can use the following GAMSAT ® essay tips:

  1. You need to get feedback on your essays - It is vital that you get your friends, family, tutors and anyone else to read these essays, and be modest and inviting of critique.
  2. You need to possess a great deal of self-critique. After every essay you write, read it aloud to yourself and listen to see if it makes sense.
  3. Don’t feel the need to write under time pressure from the word go. It’s more important that you develop and improve your essay writing skills before gradually applying realistic time pressure.
  4. Make sure you type your practice essays! With the new digital format of the GAMSAT ® exam confirmed as a permanent change, it’s important that you get accustomed to typing your responses. For many this may be an advantage, but for some, working on your typing speed may be an important consideration - Note as well that there is no spell check function. You will still be able to use provided sheets of paper for planning and brainstorming if necessary.
  5. You need to vary the type of essays that you write! You should make sure you try argumentative, personal reflective essays, fictional creative essays , poetry, and any other medium that can work in the GAMSAT ® exam.

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GAMSAT Essay Writing Guide

  1. Understand the Theme: Read the quote and make sure that you look for the related ideas, not just the main theme.
  2. Brainstorm Ideas: Use whatever techniques you find the most useful and make the most of the Idea Bank that you’ve prepared.
  3. Create a Thesis: What is your main message? Is it clear? Is it communicated regularly?
  4. Choose a Structure: Consider what is most appropriate for the theme and explore your options.
  5. Plan Body Paragraphs Thematically: Plan your topic sentences and the main points of your thesis.
  6. Be Clear & Succinct: Write in logical and well-phrased sentences that can be easily understood by a marker who will be reading your essay at a fast pace.
  7. Support What You Write: Each topic sentence needs to have some form of ‘evidence’ or reasoning to support what you contend.
  8. Always Come Back to the Thesis: If in doubt, word your paragraph in such a way that the ‘supporting evidence’ demonstrates the topic sentence AND the thesis.
  9. Review your Essay: Review what you have written and ensure it makes sense. Do a quick fly-by of your writing to ensure it is logical and communicates what you are actually thinking.

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GAMSAT Essay Structure

ACER does not provide any guidelines in regards to an essay structure, minimum word count, or how long your GAMSAT ® Section 2 essays should be. However, a maxim that holds true even for the GAMSAT ® Exam is Quality over Quantity.

The quality of what you write is much more important than the quantity and as such, you should focus on what you write about and your expression and organisation of ideas. A basic guideline to your GAMSAT ® Essay Structure is:

  • An Introduction
  • 3 Body Paragraphs
  • A Conclusion

Note however that this example structure is not necessarily applicable to every type of essay. If you were to write a creative piece, the structure of you GAMSAT ® Essay could certainly be more flexible. The main factor to take into account is how best to organise your ideas to ensure that your arguments are conveyed logically and coherently.

A common piece of advice is to aim for about 500 words, but the most important point is to focus on the quality of your essay rather than the quantity. If you can express an idea clearly and effectively in less words then do it.

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GAMSAT Section 2 Essay Topics

Section 2 of the GAMSAT ® Essay consists of two different essays (usually called Task A and Task B), each in response to their own set of stimuli. These prompts are presented as a set of quotes (usually 5), with each set centred around a common theme.

GAMSAT Section 2 Task A Themes:

  1. Freedom
  2. War
  3. Punishment
  4. Science
  5. Technology
  6. Crime
  7. Poverty
  8. Wealth
  9. Humour

GAMSAT Section 2 Task B Themes:

  1. Friendship
  2. Love
  3. Beauty
  4. Youth
  5. Ageing
  6. Suffering
  7. Originality
  8. Conformity
  9. Wisdom

GAMSAT Section 2 Questions

Theme: Truth

  1. Gossip, as usual, was one-third right and two-thirds wrong. (L.M. Montgomery, Chronicles of Avonlea)
  2. The truth is rarely pure and never simple. (Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest)
  3. Truth is a matter of the imagination. (Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness)
  4. You don't destroy what you want to acquire in the future. (Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay)
  5. To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow - this is a human offering that can border on miraculous. (Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage)

Theme: Justice

  1. Being good is easy, what is difficult is being just. (Victor Hugo)
  2. I don't want tea, I want justice! (Ally Carter, Uncommon Criminals)
  3. It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one. (Voltaire, Zadig)
  4. Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it. (William Penn)
  5. Keep your language. Love its sounds, its modulation, its rhythm. But try to march together with men of different languages, remote from your own, who wish like you for a more just and human world. (Hélder Câmara, Spiral Of Violence)

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GAMSAT Section 2 Example Essays

Even with all of the above tips and topics, it can be difficult to start writing without an idea of what a GAMSAT ® Essay should look like. That’s why we’ve decided to provide an example essay below with feedback provided by our tutors to help you make a start on your preparation for Section 2 of the GAMSAT ® Exam.

GAMSAT Section 2 Task A Example Essay

Task A Example Essay Question

  1. Don’t forget your great guns, which are the most respectable argument for the rights of kings. (Frederick the Great)
  2. The people are that part of the state that does not know what it wants. (G W F Hegel)
  3. Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything. (Joseph Stalin)
  4. Win or lose, we go shopping after the election. (Imelda Marcos)
  5. Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms which have been tried from time to time. (Winston Churchill)

Task A Example Essay: Medium Standard Essay

  • The people are lead to believe that their votes decide the power, however the real power resides with those who count the votes. Whether the power is attained by corruption or manipulation, the people have little say even what they try to stage a backlash. Examples of corruption aren’t hard to find, but the frustrating case of Robert Mugabe is a strong example. Constant broken pre-election promises try to manipulate the people even at a staged constituency. Time and again tyrants pop up to demonstrate clearly how compromised the electoral process can sometimes become.
  • The strings of bad decisions made by Robert Mugabe have devastated Zimbabwe, whilst somehow benefiting him and his family. In 200 President Mugabe enacted the removal of white ownership of farmland. His plan was to give the land to the native Zimbabwean’s to make them more successful and therefor give them more of the power. This was an important promise and made him very popular with his countrymen. During the crossover period, Mugabe’s family ended up with 39 farms, with the rest going to un-experienced Zimbabweans. The result was a complete slump in food production and in return a failing economy for Zimbabwe, forcing them to abandon their currency in 2009. Ironically the white farmers had been very effective in their farming and had bolstered the economy. In the 2010 election, despite being generally despised by many Zimbabweans, Robert Mugabe won another term by a giant 60% of the votes. It seems unlikely he would win reelection given the circumstances. Corruption among the voting officials who were under the control of Mugabe is suspected but few are willing to question his authority.
  • It’s partially expected by citizens of democratic countries that pre-election promises are seldom kept. However when a candidate is making promises that would highly benefit you and your community, it’s hard not to jump on their bandwagon. In the 2013 election, the Labor party promised millions to rural communities to fund different community projects which would have provided stimulation for their economy. However since winning the election and releasing the budget, those promises have been revoked in order to cut costs. Resulting in thousands of rural citizens feeling manipulated by false promises made by the Labor party.
  • Most recently in WA, an alleged 1800 people have voted multiple times at different polling stations in the 2013 election. Before this, thousands of votes had believed to have simply vanished so a new election was to be held, but in light of this new information an additional investigation is being held. This is an example of the people trying to take back the power. Although it is illegal, most would not consider it to be any less morally wrong than corruption or manipulation especially on a huge scales such as the examples of Robert Mugabe and the Labor party. Voting is only a human invention, and it can be easily manipulated just like any other human invention.
  • Tactics of politics are harsh. With emotional and physical tries to power, its not a surprise that votes feel the need to use the same tactics in order to win back the power. Examples can be found all over the globe with Zimbabwe and Australia just scratching the surface. In the words of Joseph Stalin – “Those who cast the votes deiced nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.”

Task A Example Essay Correction and Feedback

  • This essay is well written and appears to make a sound argument by incorporating some well informed examples.
  • There is no major flaw with the written expression in this essay. While sentences in some cases can be shortened and written in a more direct manner, this is not a major criticism of the essay.
  • The structure of the essay also follows the basic argumentative essay structure, however, the first big issue with this essay which prevents it from a high mark is that the quote that the writer has selected is not compatible with the second example that they have provided. This example talks about a political party changing its tune after an election, it is not clear how it furthers the argument that the electoral process itself is compromised in some way.
  • The content of this essay appears well informed. However, the writer has made a crucial mistake in saying that the Labour party won the 2013 election. It was the Liberal party. If this mistake was made once in the text it could be dismissed as a typographical error under the time pressure, however it is repeated.
  • This essay is quite good, and it has chosen a challenging argument to present. However, it can be improved by a better selection of content that goes directly to the argument that the writer is trying to make.

GAMSAT Section 2 Task B Example Essay

Task B Example Essay Question

  1. Creativity is the defeat of habit by originality. (Arthur Koestler)
  2. Create like a god; command like a king; work like a slave. (Constantin Brancusi)
  3. Truth and reality in art do not arise until you no longer understand what you are doing. (Henri Matisse)
  4. You are lost the instant you know what the result will be. (Juan Gris)
  5. An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. (Edwin Land)

Task B Example Essay - High Standard Essay

  • Creation is a power no mortal man should be gifted with. And it’s exactly that. A gift. It can give rise to ugly life forms capable of destruction yet it can also wondrously design and improve our small insignificant lives. A gift not bestowed upon me and perhaps for good reason.
  • The power of creation is given to those who sit on the outskirts of our society, like outcasts and the insane. These poor souls, if poor is the best fitting word, let their minds wander aimlessly and ironically discover and churn out fantastical and absurd ideas. How blissful.
  • Desperation summons creative too. When we are pushed to the extremes and our normal ways fail, new ideas spawn almost spontaneously. When there is no other option but to be creative, we find ourselves stumble upon the new and the amazing.
  • Regardless, there is a very good reason being creative is not easy. It's not for everyone. Chaos would conspire. Creativity is power. Power corrupts the mind. Corruption is fatal. But just for a minute, let's indulge and pretend we possessed the power of creation. What to do? What should I create? I would not create equality amongst equality amongst race or world peace or a cure for aids. That’s not out of the hexagon enough for me. It's not that I do not support world peace or todays real issues, but someone with a smaller capacity for creation can do that. A child. A dying war veteran. I’m going to create something unfathomable. It's my duty, my unspoken agreement to create something for more unimaginable. Good or evil? Black or white? The answers to these questions are never easy.
  • Who knows. Let drugs and hallucinogens do their work there. Because I can’t create anything of such a nature. I’m skin and bone. Not god. Not even a demi-god. I’m not burdened by the gift of creation. But god knows someone is. What a frustration to wait for the day they realize, what a terror to see what follows.

Task B Example Essay Correction and Feedback

  • This essay is challenging and different. It prompts the reader to read again and each time new meaning can be derived from the words. The written expression in this essay while simple and effective is different. It can be read as a form of dramatic monologue and the writer has carefully selected each word and sentence length to ensure that the essay is read in a dramatic tone.
  • The structure of this essay is almost similar to a free verse poem, in that there is no real structure, however there is cohesion between each paragraph and the writer’s ideas on the issue are easy to follow.
  • This essay is considered a high standard mainly because of the content and original perspective on the theme. The poet reflects of what creativity is but in a way that is not often executed by students in the strict exam conditions.
  • Each paragraph of the essay covers a different twist on what creativity means. It challenges the reader to consider the writer’s opinions and stands out from other essays. Also note that although this essay is a high standard response, the length of the response is much shorter than the other examples. This is a good demonstration of how quality is more important than quantity.

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