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The Definitive Guide to GAMSAT Results 2019

You’ve put in the hard yards preparing for the GAMSAT ® exam, going over all the foundational content, worked on your exam and problem solving technique and practised, practised, practised. Finally, after all that effort, you sit the exam and you get your GAMSAT ® results back and you think - What on earth do they mean? Is my GAMSAT ® Score good enough?

  1. What do your GAMSAT ® Scores mean?
  2. When are GAMSAT ® results released?
  3. What is a good GAMSAT ® score?
  4. GAMSAT ® Score Cutoffs - Australian Graduate Medical Schools
  5. Medical School Applications and Entry Requirements
  6. Improving your GAMSAT ® score - Free Resources

What do your GAMSAT ® Scores mean?

When you get your GAMSAT ® results back, you will be presented with an array of numbers: A score for each individual section and an overall score that is calculated from each of these. The scores themselves will be expressed on a scale of 0 to 100 and it’s important to remember that these are not percentage marks.

The following weightings are given to each section in determining your overall score:

GAMSAT ® Results Formula

  • Overall Score = (1 x Section I + 1 x Section II + 2 x Section III) / 4
  • *This formula means that your Overall GAMSAT ® score is 50% Science and 50% Non-science. Note that the University of Melbourne and University of Sydney weight all three sections equally
  • Overall Score = (1 x Section I + 1 x Section II + 1 x Section III) / 3

Now these scores may not be quite what you are expecting. It may be that you are certain that you got essentially every question in the test itself correct, but having received your GAMSAT ® results, they are not nearly as high as you expected. This is not cause for alarm however because these are not your raw scores but are in fact scaled. This is a result of ACER’s calculations based on the distribution of all the raw scores. It may be that a large proportion of applicants did very well and so to ensure that the scores are nicely distributed, they will be scaled up and down. These scores are what Universities use to rank your application and will ultimately decide if you have a place in their Graduate Entry Medicine Course.

These numbers are not your percentile. The percentile is a separate number you will be given that essentially takes your scaled scores and ranks them compared to everyone else who sat that session of the GAMSAT ® exam. This will be much easier for you to interpret as it will give you a sense of comparatively how well you did on the day. Check out the section below on understanding the GAMSAT ® Percentile Curve to learn more!

How are GAMSAT ® Results calculated?

As noted above, your GAMSAT ® scores will not be a facsimile of the questions that you got right on the day in that they do not directly correspond to the amount of questions you answered correctly. Because it would be impossible or impractical to write a precisely equivalent examination each year, your results are scaled to allow for comparison across different exam sittings.

Whilst the specifics of how scores are calculated are reasonably inscrutable and the process is intentionally opaque on behalf of ACER, we can make some general insights into how they are calculated. The results are based on what is called Item Response Theory (IRT).

Item Response Theory (IRT) : Simply put, a form of statistical manipulation intended to take into account factors such as:

  • Cohort Capability
  • Exam Difficulty (This measure is usually assessed by ACER for each individual section)

The marks are adjusted so that an equivalent performance in any given GAMSAT ® exam will score within an appropriate tolerance margin.

For example:

  1. A particular student may score 70% correct answers in the first half of the year.
  2. Then with an identical quality of performance they may score 90% correct in the second half of the year because it is an easier paper.
  3. These would be manipulated so that they both earned a GAMSAT ® score within perhaps 10% or less to ensure that the test is still considered valid and equivalent from year to year.
  4. This in turn allows universities to accurately compare GAMSAT ® results from across different sittings, and therefore different candidates, regardless of when they sat the GAMSAT ® exam.
  5. For this reason, it is the section and overall scores that Universities will consider, not the percentile ranking.

For more background on Item Response Theory (IRT), click here.

When are GAMSAT ® results released?

The GAMSAT ® Exam will take place on two separate occasions in 2019.

2019 GAMSAT ® Exam Release Dates

March GAMSAT ® exam September GAMSAT ® exam
Test Date
23 March 2019
11 September 2019
Registration Opens
Early November 2019
Mid May 2019
Registration Closes
2 Feb 2019, 9 PM AEDT
23 July 2019, 10 PM AEST
Late Registration Closure
11 Feb 2019, 9 PM AEDT
1 Aug 2019, 10 PM AEST
Results Release
Late May 2019
Mid November 2019

To learn more about sitting the GAMSAT ® Exam in 2019, visit our guide to everything you need to know for the GAMSAT ® 2019: GAMSAT ® Preparation 2019

GAMSAT ® Exam results are generally released within 2 months of the sitting. The past dates have been compiled in the table below.

Past GAMSAT ® Results Release Dates

Year March GAMSAT ® exam September GAMSAT ® exam
2018
May 18, 2018
November 8, 2018
2017
May 18, 2017
November 10, 2017
2016
May 12, 2016
November 10, 2016
2015
May 11, 2015
November 12, 2015
2014
May 16, 2014
November 18, 2014
2013
May 17, 2013
November 19, 2013
2012
May 18, 2012
November 22, 2012

Naturally once you have the GAMSAT ® Exam out of the way, your thoughts will shift to your impending results - The fruits of all your labours and what will ultimately decide what you do over the coming twelve months and beyond.

Because GAMSAT ® scores are individual, and in the interests of protecting individual privacies, ACER will contact you personally when results come out. You can expect to receive an email through the address that you registered with when you applied to sit the GAMSAT ® exam. This email will contain instructions and a personalized link to access your results online.

When you follow your instructions, you will be taken to your personalized scorecard that will display your individual section marks as well as your overall calculated score.

GAMSAT Results

In case of any updates or changes, it’s best to consult the ACER Website for up-to-date information.

What is a good GAMSAT ® score?

What determines a ‘good’ GAMSAT ® score is relative to the university course that you want to get into as well as your specific cohort, but it is possible to give examples. For the March 2018 GAMSAT ® Exam, the average score was 58.

March 2018 GAMSAT ® Exam - Average, Good and High Scores

Overall Score Percentile Result
58
50 th
Average
62-63
75 th
Generally Good*
74
98 th
Very High
*As always, whether or not a score is considered ‘good enough’ depends on the cutoffs for the particular Medical Schools you intend to apply to. Make sure to consult the relevant institution websites for further details.

It’s important to note as well that the specific scores related to certain percentiles will fluctuate from year to year between different GAMSAT ® Exam sittings.

You might often hear that a high GAMSAT ® score is over 65, but it’s important to note that this really depends on what university course you want to get into and the cutoffs themselves fluctuate from year to year. As such, it’s not really accurate to say that there is universal GAMSAT ® Score that can be deemed to be ‘good enough’ to get into any medical school of your choosing, and in that sense, the magical figure of 65 can be a little misleading.

What defines a good GAMSAT ® Score will ultimately depend on factors such as your GPA and the medical institution you intend to apply to. You can find further information of past cutoffs in the section below, GAMSAT ® Score Cutoffs , as well as further details on our Guide to Graduate Medical School Entry Requirements in Australia. Nevertheless, it’s always best to check with the relevant medical school for further details.

Why can your GAMSAT ® Score vary between sittings ?

The key reason why ACER manipulates and scales your GAMSAT ® score is to ensure that results remain comparable across different sittings by compensating for factors such as cohort performance and exam difficulty. However, this very scaling can of course lead to variation in your results between different sittings.

A number of variables are responsible for ultimately calculating a GAMSAT ® score and because of this, it is understandable that your score may be different when you sit two tests. Let us use a hypothetical example. Let us say that in each of two tests you scored the exact same number of correct answers. But in the second test your scaled scores and your percentile are different. The variables that could affect this are as follows :

  • If the rest of the cohort performed better in the second test, your scaled score and percentile would be lower. The inverse would be true is the cohort performed worse.
  • If the test was deemed easier for calculation purposes you would have a lower score and percentile, whilst again the inverse would be true if the test were deemed harder.

Overall, the IRT (Item Response Theory) that ACER applies to your GAMSAT ® results is designed to account for these two factors and ultimately provide a comparable score for Universities to use. This manipulation can cause variation in your results across sittings - Even if you feel that you’ve performed the same as last time, your scores may be better due to an increased difficulty or poorer cohort performance across the most recent GAMSAT ® exam.

What is the GAMSAT ® Percentile Curve?

The essential purpose of the curve is to establish comparatively how well each individual performed on a particular sitting of the GAMSAT ®

March 2018 GAMSAT ® Exam Percentile Curve

GAMSAT Percentile Curve

The process for determining the percentile curve is determined is as follows:

  1. Once the ‘raw’ overall scores are calculated and scaled, they are spread out so that the person who scored the highest mark is at 100 and the person who scored the lowest mark is at 1.
  2. These are the highest and lowest “percentiles” respectively. This means that the former scored higher that 99.99% of all other applicants, with the inverse true for the former.
  3. To fit the raw marks onto the percentile curve, the average and median scores are calculated and the raw scores then equally spread around that point.

What this means is that the majority of people (>95%) will rank somewhere around the middle of the curve, the 50th percentile, with increasingly fewer the farther you go in each direction. This has implications for your marks. In the lower third of the curve three marks might be the difference between the 20th percentile and the 40th percentile. So too in the top third. However in the middle third, three marks might be the difference between the 50th percentile and the 55th.

This is most easily visualised with an example of the curve as seen above. You can also review the score distribution curve below.

One of the best things about GradReady’s Online GAMSAT ® Practice Exams and live Mock Exam day are that they actually provide you with an Overall Percentile Score as well as individual breakdowns for each Section. Your performance is analysed and compared to thousands of other GradReady Students past and present, letting you know how you stack up.

March 2018 GAMSAT ® Score Distribution Curve

GAMSAT Distribution Curve

Naturally medical schools cannot accept every applicant, so it is a safe bet that you should be aiming to be better than average. This means that you want to be better than the 50 th percentile. For the March 2018 GAMSAT ® Exam, this roughly equates to a GAMSAT ® score of 58. Even better would be to aim for the top 25% of applicants. A score of roughly 62 will put you in the 75 th percentile. A score of 74 will place you around the 98 th percentile. There have been confirmed reports of students scoring above 80, however naturally the theoretical top is a score of 100.

GAMSAT ® Score Cutoffs - Is my GAMSAT ® Score Good Enough?

As of 2019, there are currently 13 Medical Schools that provide a Graduate Entry Medical Program, 12 of which require the GAMSAT ® exam (or MCAT® Exam for international students). To get a list of these schools and learn more about admissions requirements, visit our overview of the Medical School Applications: Australian Medical Schools - Graduate Entry Medicine.

GAMSAT ® Cutoffs - Australian Graduate Entry Medical Schools

Available Places in 2018 5 GAMSAT ® Cutoffs
CSP 1 BMP 2 Full-Fee
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
ANU
64 26 203
60 56 60 62 60 66 65
UNDS
43 17 60
54 53 53 53 60 59 56
USYD
162 65 803
67 67 68 69 67 69 68
UOW
51 18 153
56 57 54 57 54 64 59
Griffith
101 39 303
64 64 57 58 60 61 66
UQ-CSP
100 40 2103
66 66 68 66 70 73 71
UQ-Rural 6
- - -
64 61 61 64 68 68 68
Flinders
61 25 20
61 60 58 60 60 59 60
Deakin
93 37 123
55 58 57 59 59 63 59
UniMelb
179 71 954
59 59 60 63 63 66 65
UNDF
71 29 10
51 52 55 55 55 58 55
UWA
55 15 3
58 58 58 58 58 62 67
MQ
0 60
- - - - - - 62
Note: Although some universities release official GAMSAT ® average and minimum scores for each year, the majority do not. As such, this data is based on a combination of officially available information and information collated from forums such as PagingDr. Unless indicated otherwise, the scores below relate to CSP places and exclude rural and sub-quota places.
  • 1CSP - Commonwealth Supported Place
  • 2BMP - Bonded Medical Place. Click here to learn more.
  • 3These full-fee places are allocated to International students only and are not applicable for domestic students
  • 4For the University of Melbourne, these full fee places include both international and domestic applicants. Unless otherwise labelled, the full-fee column refers to full-fee places for domestic students.
  • 5This table still contains the available places in 2018 as the number of places in 2019 has yet to be released.
  • 6Up to 28% of places at UQ are given to rural background students.

It’s important to note that your GAMSAT ® Score only makes up one component of your application, and there are various other factors that need to be considered. For more information, you can refer to our guide on the different Admissions Criteria and Weightings for graduate entry medical schools around Australia: Australian Medical Schools: Entry Requirements.

As always, it’s best to get in contact with the relevant medical institutions for further details - The above table is meant to serve as a guide and does not replace the personal responsibility of each applicant to obtain up-to-date and objective information from medical institutions regarding their medical school applications.

Medical School Applications and Entry Requirements

Your GAMSAT ® results are valid for 2 years, and if you’re planning on applying in the near future, you can use the following results:

Currency of GAMSAT ® Results

Application Details Valid Results
Apply 2019 for 2020 Commencement March GAMSAT ® : 2018, 2019 September GAMSAT ® : 2017, 2018
Apply 2020 for 2021 Commencement March GAMSAT ® : 2019, 2020 September GAMSAT ® : 2018, 2019
Apply 2021 for 2022 Commencement March GAMSAT ® : 2020, 2021 September GAMSAT ® : 2019, 2020

To learn more about sitting the GAMSAT ® exam in 2019, visit our guide to GAMSAT ® Preparation 2019

To learn more about applying for Graduate Entry Medical Schools in Australian and the different admissions criteria and weightings, visit our guide: Australian Medical Schools - Entry Requirements.

Improving your GAMSAT ® Score - Free Resources

Now that you understand what your GAMSAT ® Scores mean, it’s time to set a target and start preparing. The below free resources might be helpful:

  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. 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
    • Key Excerpts from our 1200+pg Textbook with an extensive breakdown of what you need to know for each section.
  7. GAMSAT ® - 10 Year Retrospective Review

    If you’re curious, read through this 10 year review of the GAMSAT ® Exam with a detailed analysis of candidate results in 2014.