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How to Prepare for the GAMSAT

The secret to preparing for the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test ( GAMSAT ® ) lies in the approach. The GAMSAT ® is designed to ‘assess the capacity to undertake high-level intellectual studies in the medical and health professional programs’, and it does this by assessing your analytical and critical thinking skills. Make no mistake, the GAMSAT ® Exam is focused on examining your reasoning and problem solving skills rather than your recall of specific content and in this respect, it requires a different approach to preparation compared with a typical university assessment.

Preparing for the GAMSAT ® exam can be best summarised as the following:

  • Learn the required content and build up a solid foundation of GAMSAT ® knowledge
  • This process can take various forms. For example: Covering the foundational physics concepts required for the GAMSAT ® exam or building up a Section 2 Essay Idea Bank.
  • Begin practising your application of this knowledge with GAMSAT ® - Style MCQs or practice essays, depending on the section you’re preparing for.
  • As you become familiar with the style of MCQs, build up a MCQ Strategy.
  • If you’re writing essays, make sure to get constant feedback and criticism.
  • Make sure to track which areas and topics you are struggling with and set them aside to review.
  • Gradually build up to answering MCQs or writing Section 2 Essays under realistic conditions (i.e. time pressure)
  • Stimulate sitting the GAMSAT ® exam under accurate conditions - An online exam set to time, or better yet a mock exam.

The above is only a summary - The below guide is designed to provide you with further tips and information on how you can organise and approach your GAMSAT ® prep to give you the best chance of success.

  1. GAMSAT ® Exam Preparation Overview
  2. How to Study for the GAMSAT ®
  3. GAMSAT ® Study Schedule
  4. How Hard is the GAMSAT ® ?
  5. How long does it take to study for the GAMSAT ® ?
  6. Retaking the GAMSAT ® Exam
  7. Balancing GAMSAT ® Study and Work
  8. Do I need to study for the GAMSAT ® ?
  9. Further GAMSAT ® Study Tips
  10. Further Preparation Materials

GradReady GAMSAT ® Preparation Strategy

Here at GradReady, we organise our GAMSAT ® Preparation Strategy under three key stages:

Step Description
Build the foundational content and knowledge Our GradReady Students have access to our 1200+ pg GAMSAT ® Textbook as well as over 25 hours of videos to provide them with all the tools they need to establish this essential foundation. In addition, if you ever need any further help with a particular concept or subject, our GetClarity system allows you to directly contact a GAMSAT ® Tutor who specialises in your area of query anytime you need it - it’s basically like having a personal tutor at your fingertips.
Apply this knowledge and develop a GAMSAT ® Exam and MCQ Strategy We ask our students to prepare for our live classes by reviewing the content beforehand, in order to allow our GAMSAT ® tutors to focus their time on teaching you to develop an Exam Strategy and providing you with the skills to take MCQs apart.
Practice with realistic questions under accurate conditions GradReady students have access to up to 9 Intelligent Online Exams as well as the most realistic Mock Exam out there, featuring percentile reporting for your overall performance and a breakdown for each section that compares you to thousands of GradReady students, past and present.

To learn more about our GAMSAT ® Preparation courses and compare their different components, view an in depth comparison here: GradReady Course Comparison

If you’re not sure which course is best for you, try our Course Recommender.

GAMSAT ® Exam - Preparation Overview

The GAMSAT ® Exam is broken down into three major sections and we have three separate guides that provide specific tips on preparing for each section:

  1. Section 1: Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences

    75 MCQs, 110 Mins (including 10 mins reading time)
    This section is designed to assess reading comprehension and the ability to apply this comprehension and understanding of the humanities in a MCQ environment. Questions contained within Section 1 are variable in their content, length, and difficulty. There may be interpretation of cartoons, analysis of poetry, comprehension of extended passages from famous works of literature, and questions relating to political understanding.

    Visit our Section 1 Guide: How to Study for GAMSAT ® Section 1

  2. Section 2: Written Communication

    2 Essays, 65 Mins (including 5 mins reading time)
    For this section, you are provided with two sets of stimuli (in the form of four to five quotes, per stimulus), which relate to several themes, from which you must create an essay response per stimulus. This section generally calls for the application of argumentative writing for one essay, and the utilisation of more creative, or reflective, writing for the other.

    Visit our Section 2 Guide: How to Study for GAMSAT ® Section 2

  3. Section 3: Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences

    110 MCQs, 180 Mins (including 10 mins reading time)

    • Biology - 40%
    • Chemistry - 40%
    • Physics - 20%

    The GAMSAT ® Exam website advises that first year tertiary levels of biology and chemistry is assumed, along with year 12 level of physics. Section 3 is built upon long, complex passages in which you must work to unpack the relevant information and solve the presented problem. It is also double weighted (exceptions apply - visit our Guide to GAMSAT ® Results to learn more), making it the most important section in the GAMSAT ® Exam. In addition, the majority of universities across Australia require a pass in all three sections, so practising and perfecting strategies for Section 3 is imperative. It is important to note that although any direct recall-type knowledge of the sciences is not required, a working ability with the sciences at the required level is essential in understanding the questions.

    Visit our Section 3 Guide: How to Study for GAMSAT ® Section 3

    For my information about the GAMSAT ® Exam itself, visit our guide: What is the GAMSAT ® ?

How to Study for the GAMSAT ®

The GAMSAT ® exam can be incredibly overwhelming and it can often feel like a challenge in and of itself to just start your GAMSAT ® prep. There’s also the question of how long it takes to study for the GAMSAT ® , which we’ve addressed separately below: How long do I need to study for the GAMSAT ® ? .

The confusion exists primarily because there are a wide range of diverse and often conflicting opinions as to how to best prepare for the GAMSAT ® Exam. Here at GradReady, we’ve tried to filter out all the noise, simplify the process and broken it down into the following no-nonsense approach to help you start your GAMSAT ® preparation. This best thing about this approach is that it can be adapted as a general set of principles to how you, as an individual, study best, and provides you with a framework to best prepare for the GAMSAT ® exam.

  1. Plan a GAMSAT ® Study Schedule
  2. Organise your GAMSAT ® Study to be effective
  3. Target your GAMSAT ® Study
  4. How to Practice for the GAMSAT ®
  5. Maximise your Spare Time

Plan a GAMSAT ® Study Schedule

The most crucial aspect of studying effectively for the GAMSAT ® exam is planning - This is the key first step to help you start preparing for the GAMSAT ®. Planning study by month, by week, by day, and often by hour, is typically necessary to ensure that you’re well covered on all the sections of the GAMSAT ® exam and allows you to achieve the necessary amount of question-based practice.

Setting goals using the SMART algorithm is an important aspect of the planning stage, and this acronym stands for the following (with GAMSAT ® -type example/questions to reflect upon):

S: Specific
Is studying clinical pharmacology specific study for the GAMSAT?

M: Measurable
Where does this specific part of study end? Reading a certain number of pages, chapters, etc.? Or answering a certain number of questions?

A: Achievable
Is it realistic to achieve this? Can you read every piece of English-translated classic literature prior to the exam?

R: Relevant
Are these readings/questions relevant to the GAMSAT? Are these questions, which require direct knowledge recall, relevant for study?

T: Time-sensitive
Are these goals defined by time? Complete by the hour/day/week?

SMART goals are a great tool to ensure that you remain focused on what matters in your preparation and making sure that you make real, measurable progress.

When planning your study, a good approach is to set up a calendar or journal, and start at the very last date – usually when the next GAMSAT ® exam is, and work backwards.

  1. First, put in reminders – ‘Exam Day in 1 week’, ‘1 month’ etc. This can include other major milestones/deadlines.
  2. Then schedule set times for study – say Sunday afternoons, one weeknight evening per week etc.
  3. Increase the frequency the closer you get to the exams – even up to several hours a day.

For further tips on planning your time, check out the suggestions here: Balancing GAMSAT ® and Work

For a better idea of how much time you should aim to spend on your preparation, check out the section below: How much should I study for the GAMSAT ® ?

GAMSAT ® Study Guide

Our GAMSAT ® Study Guide contains a week-by-week study schedule for each section to help you plan out your preparation, as well as key excerpts from our 1200+pg Textbook. Sign up to access the study schedule with tips on sitting the exam as well as a 14 pg Essay Writing Guide: Free GAMSAT ® Study Guide

Organise your GAMSAT ® Study

Once you’ve setup a study schedule you can begin to plan the details of your study sessions – this will help you set goals for your study, and help you avoid getting bogged down trying to work out which things to prioritise.

The following points are key to follow:

  1. Set a start and end time
  2. Determine when breaks are to be had
  3. Write down exactly what you are going to cover in that time
  4. Study in a location that is associated with study, and separate the areas for relaxation and play. For example, studying in bed is a poor idea, as it is associated with sleep.

A common erroneous belief is that the longer the time spent studying, the more you will cover. In fact, it is more likely that you will absorb information more effectively in the long-term if you take small breaks every 45 minutes. Break up your study and restore your mental energy. A useful time management technique is Pomodoros - You can learn more on our blog here .

In addition, get into the habit of studying at the same times each day to establish a good routine. Routine is particularly important in times of high stress such as right before exams. If you have a routine that involves study, eating and sleeping at the same time each day, it eliminates the stress that comes with uncertainty. It also trains your brain to concentrate better between these times. If you are more of a morning person, get up at 7am and study until mid-afternoon. Alternatively, if you’re a late night studier, assign study time between 3 and 10pm for example. Ideally, you don’t want to be studying any later than 10pm to allow you a proper night sleep - unless of course you only thrive on late night study!

Goals help you stay focused and allow you to monitor your progress, as created through the SMART template above. At the beginning of the day, write a list of all the things you aim to complete in the day. As you sit down in each session (which, as above, should be ~45 mins), write down exactly what you want to achieve in that time (for example, “complete 30 Section 3 MCQs”). The key to making this skill a successful one is being realistic! Don’t try and be ambitious, if you have heaps to do, don’t rush it, just take a bit more time to do it.

Target your GAMSAT ® Study

You need to know what to actually study, and this can be the hardest part of studying for the GAMSAT ® exam. It’s important to make sure that your familiar with the content and structure of the exam. To learn more, you can read our introductory overview: What is the GAMSAT ® ?

Make sure that you’re familiar with each Section of the GAMSAT ® exam, and work out where your strengths and weaknesses lie. For more information you can refer to the specific guides for each individual section below, which contain section-specific tips as well as a breakdown of the content:

  1. GAMSAT ® Section 1: How to Prepare
  2. GAMSAT ® Section 2: How to Prepare
  3. GAMSAT ® Section 3: How to Prepare

Our GAMSAT ® Study Guide also contains a week-by-week study schedule for each individual section to help you plan out your preparation, with schedules for 3 months and 2 month of study. Sign up for the study schedule here: Free GAMSAT ® Study Guide

How to Practice for the GAMSAT ®

Once you’ve worked out what, when and how to study, it’s time to begin practicing. Practice of GAMSAT ® -type questions is a vital component of GAMSAT ® study, and may be approached following a familiarisation with the test content/areas that are assessed.

It’s important to remember that the GAMSAT ® is an exam that tests your reasoning and problem solving skills rather than your recall of specific content - As such, it's pointless to try and study for it as if it were a knowledge-based exam. In this respect, practice of GAMSAT ® - type questions can often be the most valuable use of your time in that it allows you to develop problem-solving skills and familiarises you with the style of questions you’ll face on the day. To learn more, visit our introduction to the GAMSAT ® : What is the GAMSAT ® ?

Vitally, you should acquire as many practice resources as they can – MCQs and Essay Stimuli. Find tests online by googling the topic, or use the materials from GAMSAT ® Preparation Courses. It is also highly recommended that you save and use ACER’s Practice Exams as the final step of your preparation.

The GAMSAT ® exam requires a lot of mental stamina, and it is recommended that you eventually work up to practising under exam conditions.

  • There’s no point in trying to force yourself to stick to the time limits of the GAMSAT ® exam to begin with - It’s more important to develop a strategy and build up your familiarity with the questions and content to begin with.
  • As you begin to get comfortable with the style of questions and content, you should start applying time pressure by writing essays under timed conditions, and answering a bulk of MCQs in a similar fashion.

As part of our GradReady GAMSAT ® Preparation Courses , we focus on this vital first step of guiding you to develop tried and tested MCQ & Exam Strategies and then subsequently build up your stamina through our extensive Online Intelligent MCQ Bank and Practice Exams.

However, it is also vitally important that you reflect and assess how you are tracking with the questions and essays.

  • Get a friend or family member to mark your essay, and be gracious in accepting feedback! Utilise this feedback, and improve. Furthermore, another tip is to read you essay aloud to ensure that it sounds well-structured and sensical.
  • Go over the MCQs you got wrong in detail and work out why this was the case - Was it just a simple error or was it something you need to revise again? Look at the questions you got wrong overall - Do they point to a particular area of weakness? It can be helpful to make a list of topics you’re struggling with and revisit them when you have the energy to do so.

Our Online Intelligent MCQ Bank is designed to help you with this and analyse your performance with the most advanced technology on the market. Our proprietary online system allows you to track your performance across 43 subcategories of MCQs to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, whilst also providing you with all the relevant resources (textbooks chapters and videos) at the click of a button. You can even get tutor assistance with any MCQ through our GetClarity System. To learn more, click here.

Maximise your Spare Time

Got half an hour to spare on the train? Reading is one of the easiest ways to maximise your spare time and study for the GAMSAT ® exam as you can do it anywhere, anytime.

Many students who are from a science-based background may find the humanities sections (1 and 2) particularly difficult, as they focus upon a very broad and thorough grounding in the humanities. Reading poetry, opinion pieces, scientific journals, political analysis or novels is all extremely helpful. Reading improves vocabulary, increases awareness of socio-economic and political issues, and fosters creativity for essay-based writing. Some good sources for reading (in terms of political coverage and a news source – it’s also important to be up-to-date in current affairs for the humanities sections in the GAMSAT ® , not to mention the medical interviews):

  1. The Conversation: http://theconversation.com/au
  2. The Economist: http://www.economist.com/
  3. The Ethics Centre: http://www.ethics.org.au/home
  4. The Guardian , The Independent , The Atlantic etc.

In essence, anything that will broaden your knowledge base can be useful. However, make sure you’re not just skimming over things. Analyse what the author is saying and form opinions on the content. To get more tips on preparing for the humanities sections of the GAMSAT ® exam, visit the below guides:

  1. GAMSAT ® Section 1: How to Prepare
  2. GAMSAT ® Section 2: How to Prepare

The overall point is to find ways to incorporate study into your daily routine – read the paper with breakfast or read blogs at lunch instead of scrolling through social media. There are a number of apps that can help with your reading, including ones that send you a poem a day to read. Another tip is to follow newspapers, websites and other sources of information on social media. Their posts will pop up in your newsfeed, prompting you to read, even while procrastinating.

Our newly updated GradReady Online Learning Management System now features a mobile-friendly experience. Because our system is proprietary, we are able to constantly make updates in line with student feedback to ensure that students are getting the best learning experience possible. With our new update, you can now utilise our Intelligent MCQ Bank whenever and wherever your phone goes. You can read our textbook or view our course videos on the go and maximise your spare time.

To test out our new online learning system, sign up for our free study guide today to get access to a study schedule for each section of the GAMSAT® as well as a 14 pg Essay Writing Guide: GAMSAT ® Free Study Guide.

How Hard is the GAMSAT ® ?

The time pressure is consistently voiced as one of the major difficulties of the GAMSAT ® exam, which highlights the importance of practicing plenty of tests under exam conditions to enhance time management skills. The exam runs for approximately six hours, but in every section, students will generally struggle to complete the allotted questions. Passages and questions are verbose and syntactically complex, and it takes a while to comprehend the questions at a baseline.

The GAMSAT ® exam is not a matter of simple memorisation and regurgitation, like many other major exams in high school and university. It tests your ability to apply various concepts from more than one discipline to solve problems. The GAMSAT ® exam asks candidates to complete a complex thinking and problem-solving within a very short amount of time. It is not seen as technically complex, and can be effectively prepared and studied for.

However, it is vastly different from other exams in that it tests logical understanding, reasoning, pattern recognition, and problem solving, which is not common in other types of examinations. This is the biggest factor that makes the GAMSAT ® exam difficult, coupled with the intense time restrictions.

How long does it take to study for the GAMSAT ® ?

Students often ask how much time they should spend studying for the GAMSAT ® exam but the quantitative ‘amount’ of study that any candidate should do is a complex question, and not accurately answered – various candidate-specific factors obviously influence the amount of revision that is required to firstly understand the basic concepts in the GAMSAT ® exam.

However, in a practical sense, in trying to determine how much time you need to prepare for the GAMSAT ® exam, it is much more important that you study up to a point where you are able to answer GAMSAT ® - style questions quickly and accurately. This means you should aim to do a few practice tests (at least). It’s recommended that you start your GAMSAT ® prep early in order to give you time to identify your weaknesses. This subsequently means that you’ll have a considerable amount of time to improve them, which is important especially if you are a cautious candidate or a candidate from a non-science background. To learn more on preparing for the GAMSAT ® exam with a non-science background, visit our blog here: GAMSAT ® Preparation for Non-Science Backgrounds

Nevertheless, the GAMSAT ® exam is a diverse test, and even biomedical undergraduate and science undergraduate students should start studying early, as even they may require tutelage and direction in certain areas – especially the humanities, which is a general weak point for students with such a background.

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Overall, we recommend that you start 6 months prior to sitting the GAMSAT ® exam – i.e in September if you are sitting the March GAMSAT ® exam. The reasoning is that you don’t know what you'll need to work on until you seriously start to plan your preparation for the GAMSAT ® exam. 6 months should be enough time for you to work on your weaknesses without suffering from preparation fatigue. Remember: Even starting with one or two hours a week early on can make a huge difference to your preparation later down the line as the exam draws nearer.

For tips on how you can start studying for the GAMSAT ® exam, read the section above: How to Study for the GAMSAT ®

Retaking the GAMSAT ® Exam

The competitive nature of the admissions process and the incredible cut-off scores seen for contemporary applications means that a re-sit and hopefully a corresponding score boost is often necessary to improve a student’s chances in the subsequent year. It is extremely difficult to rebound back into the GAMSAT again, as it is such a draining affair - Especially as most people are taking holidays and relaxing over the holiday break! However, students should be comforted in the fact that they know what to expect, they have a better feel for what’s high-yield study, and they feel the pressure to motivate further revision.

It is best to go back to basics when you are looking to re-sit the GAMSAT, and this means goal-setting with the SMART template. You should think about all the things you want to cover for each section and write it down. Then, order and prioritise these study items, set their achievement within a goal-based framework, and then start planning. You should then ensure that you make a note of when to commence addressing GAMSAT ® Exam-style questions and when to do the official ACER practice exams.

For those who have experienced a GAMSAT exam before, you have already gone through the arduous motions, and know exactly what to expect – though this shouldn’t be a cause of comfort and induce a slackening off. You know exactly what you need to do and what to improve on, so there are no excuses. Strong self-care, planning, and effective goal setting are crucial - You have a major advantage in being there before.

Balancing GAMSAT ® Study and Work

The thought of having to work full-time while studying for the GAMSAT ® exam can be enough to deter the best of us making a start on our preparation - However, although you might not have as much time, if you’re organised and motivated, there’s nothing stopping you from excelling in the GAMSAT ® exam. The secret is in the planning: Check out the section above on Planning out your GAMSAT ® Study.

Here are some extra tips for those of you currently in this situation:

  1. Figure out your non-negotiable commitments and then plan around them.
  2. Be prepared to sacrifice your weekends and some social engagements.
  3. Start big: set up a monthly planner and populate with landmarks (eg. source materials for base knowledge/revision, mastering MCQs, attending prep courses, completing practise exams)
  4. Then think small: Get into a weekly routine that takes all of your activities into account. Set aside a day for timed essay writing and use weeknights for revision and MCQ blocks - Divide your time according to your strengths and weaknesses.
  5. Plan your approach for each subject area and work it into the study plan you’ve developed.
  6. Mix it up - Don’t just study one subject area or you’ll start to lose focus and concentration.
  7. Be realistic - Remember to keep your goals SMART.
  8. Track progress through your understanding of concepts, time management, weighting of scores (eg. proportion of correct answers by subject area), rather than just raw scores. Most practise tests will vary in difficulty, so don’t get too bogged down in your actual marks.
  9. Accept that you will have strengths and weaknesses. Try to prevent your weaknesses from being your Achilles heel, but don’t be disheartened if you never quite master physics.
  10. Arrange leave – If you can, get some leave approved for the week or two before GAMSAT ® Exam. You’re under no obligation to tell your employer what you’re doing, but having that time for dedicated GAMSAT ® Exam study without work distractions can be a lifesaver.

One of the most important areas in preparing for the GAMSAT ® Exam that students often forget is the art of looking after oneself. It can often feel overwhelming but it’s important that you practice self-care, physically, emotionally, and mentally.

We can all lose our connections to the exterior world - We become insular, focused on the infinitesimally minute details. It’s important we don’t become so myopic that our vision for the future blurs; it’s important to maintain a view of the larger portrait before us.

How do you do it? Maintain your connections through text message and face-to-face contact with friends and family. Set aside the time to spend valuable and meaningful time with those people who form important support structures in your lives.

Moreover, part of effective study for GAMSAT ® Exam is safeguarding against burnout and loss of interest. Ensure you’re well connected to those who are willing to support you through the emotional distressing times and haul you out of depressive shadows or anxious whirlpools. If you find yourself caught in a dark place, secondary to GAMSAT ® Exam study or a mixture of life’s throngs, empower yourself with the courage to seek help and speak with a guidance counsellor, your family doctor, or a trustworthy individual who can empathise with your situation and provide some way out.

At the end of the day, we’ve all got different priorities and commitments, so you need to figure out what works for you. But by planning ahead and being prepared for a hectic few months, you can at least tackle everything head on.

Do I need to study for the GAMSAT ® ?

According to a review of 50 scientific studies with more than 130,000 participants, the answer is a resounding yes. In fact, preparation for any sort of test works and preparation courses are especially helpful - there is no reason to believe that the GAMSAT ® exam would be any exception.

Here's an excerpt from an August 2015 Harvard Business Review Article explaining why test preparation works:

A review of 50 scientific studies with more than 130,000 participants shows that practice boosts performance on pretty much any kind of test, for three reasons. First, it decreases anxiety. As you’d imagine, the more trial runs you’ve had, the more confident and calm you’ll be when taking a high-stakes test, because the various formats and questions, as well as the entire experience, will seem more familiar. You’ll also discover what you don’t know, so you can brush up and feel more prepared. Second, practice makes proven test-taking strategies, such as skipping and revisiting difficult questions, come more naturally when the pressure is on. You’ll learn to ignore irrelevant information and make fewer errors in interpretation. And third, repeated test taking can help you develop the very qualities that employers measure. Quotes rht fc4a2d6275c1db20d771e38f5a531b382ce3293bece20bdbc74d6aaf05f8c98a

Harvard Business Review (Ace the Assessment)

Applying the above concepts to the GAMSAT ® exam - here's why GradReady GAMSAT ® Preparation Courses work:

  1. Firstly, you need to be reminded of the concepts tested in the GAMSAT ® exam. The GAMSAT ® exam covers a vast breadth of knowledge, from social sciences to essay writing to life and natural sciences. You become very rusty at anything you don’t use on a regular basis; the chances are that you will have at least a few major “rust spots”. GradReady's extensive set of technology enabled resources allows you to most efficiently identify which parts you need to brush up on.
  2. Secondly, you should familiarise yourself with the test. You may have a good knowledge base, but you need to put the knowledge into context. The way that the GAMSAT ® exam assesses your knowledge is not always straightforward. GradReady's large question bank and number of online exams - augmented by our suite of advanced online tools - allow you to be completely familiar with the test and easily work on your weaknesses.
  3. Thirdly, you would benefit immensely from the insights of our experienced GAMSAT ® exam tutors , all of whom scored well at the GAMSAT ® exam. While there is no substitute for hard work, our experiences have taught us that most students can work smarter – both in terms of how to study and approaching the GAMSAT ® exam questions.

Let's look at this another way - imagine that you are driving to your lodge in a small town during a trip in a new country. Maybe you think that your brain and a map are all you’d need, and that you’d make it to your destination easily. But that's only in theory. In reality, you probably stopped to ask for directions, you were probably confused and distracted by the various foreign road signs and driving norms, and you probably had to turn back a few times due to mistakes. In reality, the drive was a lot more difficult than you thought, and a local person, who is more familiar with the roads will always get to the destination faster and make less wrong turns than you would - even if you’re a renowned rally driver. But it's ok, you weren't in a race; you weren't completing against the local person.

Now look at the GAMSAT ® exam. The GAMSAT ® exam is the drive. Some people say that all you need are the general skills that you’ve picked up throughout your life - that is your brain and map in our previous scenario. But that's only in theory. In reality, you need guidance, you would benefit from being taught to recognise the various conventions and question types in the GAMSAT ® exam, and you do not have the time to constantly go back to correct your mistakes. In reality, if you are familiar with both the core concepts and how to approach questions based on those concepts, you will always do better than someone who is not.

Our GradReady GAMSAT ® Preparation Courses show you what it means to be truly familiar with the GAMSAT® exam, and that's why our students do so well - Check out our statistically significant student results over the last 4 years to learn more: GradReady Student Results.

Further GAMSAT ® Study Tips

If you’re looking for further tips on how to prepare for the GAMSAT ® , visit our blog for weekly articles and insight on sitting the GAMSAT ® and the Medical Journey in general. The below are some hand-picked articles that you might find helpful:

Further Preparation Materials

  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. Understanding your GAMSAT ® Results

    Covers everything you need to know about your GAMSAT ® Results - How the scoring works, result release dates and even GAMSAT ® score cutoffs.

  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. GradReady Free GAMSAT ® Study Guide

    Get access to the most comprehensive study guide out there:

    • Separate week-by-week study schedules for GAMSAT ® Humanities, Biology, Chemistry and Physics to help you focus on your areas of need
    • 14 pg Essay Writing Guide to help you ace your Section 2 Essays
    • Key Excerpts from our 1200+pg Textbook with an extensive breakdown of what you need to know for each section.

GradReady GAMSAT ® Preparation Courses

Course Key Features Description
GradReady GAMSAT ® Online Courses
Online (Essentials) 4000+ Intelligent MCQ Bank
1200+ pg Textbook
6 Online Practice Exams
Designed for students who are unable to make our attendance classes, this course gives you the essentials to succeed.
Online (Comprehensive) 10 Marked Essays with Personal Feedback
GetClarity: Tutor Assistance when you need it on whatever you need it on
All the features of our Online (Essentials) Course plus Marked Essays and on-demand Tutor Assistance with our GetClarity system
GradReady GAMSAT ® Attendance Courses
Attendance (Essentials) 8 Day Course - 50+h of Learning
Interactive Classes capped at 21 students
Mock Exam and Subsequent Review
Includes all the Online Resources included in our Online (Essentials) Course.
Attendance (Comprehensive) 8 Day Course - 50+h of Learning
10 Marked Essays with Personal Feedback
GetClarity: Tutor Assistance when you need it on whatever you need it on
Our most popular course: Includes all the live classes and Mock Exam as well as access to our Online (Comprehensive) resources
Attendance (Complete Care) 8 Day Course - 50+h of Learning
6 x 1 h Private Tuition sessions with expert Tutors in your areas of weakness
Everything you need to succeed - Includes private tutoring sessions in addition to the Attendance (Comprehensive) Package

To learn more about our GAMSAT ® Preparation courses and compare their different components, view an in depth comparison here: GradReady Course Comparison

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If you’re after a single feature, such as our Textbook, or access to our 4000+ Intelligent MCQ Bank, or if you want to customise your preparation, you can do so here: GradReady GAMSAT ® Custom Course.

At GradReady, we pride ourselves on providing students with the Best Results at the Best Value:

  • Our team is consistently reinvesting in our internal operational technology to ensure that we're constantly improving our efficiency and productivity. The end result for our students is that we stand head and shoulders above our competition in the comprehensiveness of the tools we offer and the effectiveness of our teachings - all at the best value.
  • We believe in a data-driven approach - using student performance data to fine tune our practice questions, study content and teaching styles has allowed us to achieve unparalleled results for our students.
  • We are the only provider with Statistically Significant Proven Results - Our students have achieved an average improvement of 24 Percentile Points and a 90% Medical School Admission Rate over the last 4 years.
  • We achieve these results through our interactive teaching style and adaptive online learning technologies. Our classes are capped at 21 students, and taught by a specialist tutor for each subject, tutors who are themselves Medical Students who have sat the GAMSAT ® .
  • Our online systems make learning into a science and we are the only provider with a proprietary online system that uses algorithmic-assisted, targeted learning - Unlike other providers who purchase a 3rd Party System, the targeted system that we've developed tracks your performance, quickly identifying your weaknesses and pointing you to the most relevant materials and even tutor assistance.

To learn more about our courses and compare us to the competition visit: GradReady GAMSAT ® Preparation Courses