One of the key steps in preparing for Section 2 of the GAMSAT
exam is getting into the habit of writing GAMSAT
essays regularly - The earlier, the better. To help you do this, we’ve put together a free and comprehensive GAMSAT
Quote Generator with over 90 Section 2 Essay Prompts, covering 40+ themes.
Take advantage of our GAMSAT ® Quote Generator to get you started on your GAMSAT Essay Writing Preparation - Click the generate button to display a new random essay prompt!
The first step to writing your GAMSAT ® essay is to dissect and understand the themes presented to you. This is not always as straightforward as it seems - There are often multiple themes included within a set of quotes. Nevertheless, the process can be summarised as below:
After this process you should have a “word cloud” that points to the key overarching theme - However, it’s important to note that the stimuli are often designed such that there are a number of sub-themes that may be relevant. The point here is not to limit the scope of your writing but to expand it and bring in other relevant ideas - In fact it’s fine to draw on either the overarching theme or a sub-theme, so long as you demonstrate that you have actively engaged with the stimuli.
Let’s look at a worked example below:
What are some themes you can identify? Let’s break it down quote by quote:
|I don’t know half of you half as well as I shouldn’t like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.||
Relationship & Friendships
Community & Social Norms
Commentary on modern relationships
|After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.||
Forgiveness & Reconciliation
|Water cannot be cut and blood is thicker than water.||
|It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.||
Commentary of social interaction
|Isn’t everyone a part of everyone else?||
Community & Society
Individualism vs Collectivism
As you can see there are multiple themes that you could draw from the above stimuli - It’s important to note that you don’t need to write about a theme that is presented in all of the quotes provided, you can choose a theme that may only appear once or twice in the stimuli.
Developing and practising your essay writing skills is arguably the most important aspect of your Section 2 Preparation, and something you should aim to start from early on. Indeed, a lot of the preparation for Section 2 of the GAMSAT ® Exam should revolve around simply writing a lot of essays, at least one a week. However, this advice comes with several caveats:
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. It is of utmost importance to be criticised and then learn from your mistakes. GradReady has an essay marking service where you can get 10 essays marked by our expert tutors with personal feedback within 72 hours. Learn more here.
You need to possess a great deal of self-critique. After every essay you write, you must read it out loud to yourself, and listen if it makes sense. You can find some free example Marked GAMSAT ® Essays here.
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.
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. Even though it’s recommended you write an argumentative essay, you are able to write in almost any style in the ‘reflective’ essay segment – this is meant to be a creative endeavour and demonstrate that you can identify, and express emotions of the characters involved.
Make sure to also sign up to our GAMSAT ® Free Trial to watch a recording of our GAMSAT ® Essay Writing Workshop! Check out the 10 minute excerpt below:
For more free advice and materials make sure to check out the list below:
A breakdown of how to approach study effectively and how to set up a GAMSAT® study schedule.
An overview of what to expect in Section 2 of the GAMSAT® Exam, how to prepare and how to perfect your essay technique.
Download our Essay Writing Guide and read through our free Example Essays featuring low, medium and high quality responses with feedback from tutors.