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GAMSAT Section 3: How to Prepare in 2020

Section 3 of the GAMSAT ® exam, also known as ‘Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences’ is designed to test your reasoning and problem-solving skills within a scientific context.

It is the only section for which ACER provides clear guidelines on expected prerequisite knowledge, and is therefore, for some, the easiest section to prepare for. Section 3 is also the longest section of the GAMSAT ® exam and is weighted accordingly, being usually worth double Section 1 or Section 2 (exceptions do apply – make sure to check our Guide to GAMSAT ® Results to learn more).

Being doubly weighted, Section 3 of the GAMSAT ® exam is often an area to which students dedicate a lot of time and an area of particular difficulty for those with a non-science background. Conversely, it is also an area where science or biomedicine students tend to have an advantage, especially if they’ve covered similar material as part of their university studies. This guide aims to provide you with an overview and breakdown of each different area within Section 3 as well as providing you with tips on how to best prepare for each topic.

  1. What is GAMSAT ® Section 3?
  2. How to prepare for GAMSAT ® Biology
  3. GAMSAT ® Biology Topics
  4. GAMSAT ® Biology: Free Online Resources
  5. How to prepare for GAMSAT ® Chemistry
  6. GAMSAT ® Chemistry Topics
  7. GAMSAT ® Chemistry: Free Online Resources
  8. How to prepare for GAMSAT ® Physics
  9. GAMSAT ® Physics Topics
  10. GAMSAT ® Physics: Free Online Resources
  11. Further Preparation Materials

What is GAMSAT ® Section 3?

GAMSAT ® Section 3

Section Description Breakdown Duration
Section 3: Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences Biology - 40% Chemistry - 40% Physics - 20% 110 MCQs 4 Alternative Answers Reading Time Writing Time 10 Minutes 170 Minutes

As noted above, the questions are based on three discipline areas along the following ratios:

You are advised to have a level of basic knowledge equivalent to first year university levels of biology and chemistry along with a Year 12 level of physics. You can see a summarised list below for each of the different disciplines, or sign up for our Free Trial to get a full list of essential topics and key excerpts from our 1200+ page textbook along with a wealth of other resources.

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GAMSAT ® Section 3 Criteria

According to ACER, Section 3 of the GAMSAT ® exam is designed to assess your ability to do the following:

  • Identify knowledge in new contexts
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Discover relationships and make comparisons
  • Translate knowledge from one form to another
  • Formulate and apply hypotheses and make generalisations
  • Deduce consequences from models
  • Follow and evaluate a line of reasoning
  • Evaluate evidence, Extrapolate & Interpolate
  • Categorise and select information relevant to problems
  • Generate and apply strategies to solve problems
  • Estimate and recognise limits in accuracy

For more details, make sure you read ACER’s GAMSAT ® Information Booklet.

GAMSAT ® Section 3 Preparation Strategy

  1. Learn the required content and build up a solid foundation of GAMSAT ® Section 3 knowledge.
  2. Begin practising your application of this knowledge with GAMSAT ® -Style MCQs.
  3. As you become familiar with the style of MCQs, build up an MCQ Strategy.
  4. Make sure to track which areas and topics you are struggling with.
  5. Gradually build up to answering MCQs under realistic conditions (i.e. time pressure).

As is clear from above, Section 3 of the GAMSAT ® is designed to examine your reasoning and problem-solving skills rather than your recall of specific content. Don’t expect any knowledge-based recall questions – you will instead be faced with advanced-level, novel content designed to assess your reasoning skills; content often presented in the form of graphs, tables, diagrams and mathematical relationships.

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How to Prepare for GAMSAT ® Section 3

It is important to remember that the GAMSAT ® exam is focused on examining your reasoning and problem-solving skills rather than your recall of specific content. This applies in particular to Section 3 . Although the assumed knowledge is equivalent to first year university levels of biology and chemistry along with a Year 12 level of physics, you will largely be faced with advanced-level, novel content designed to assess your reasoning skills. In fact, over the past two years we’ve seen a shift in the GAMSAT exam away from content-based MCQs towards MCQs designed to test your reasoning skills with a greater emphasis on graphs, diagrams and mathematical relationships.

As such your focus in preparing for Section 3 of the GAMSAT ® must lie in learning to apply your knowledge of the foundational content in a problem-solving setting, which is to say Problem-Based Learning (you can learn more here ). This is why a large part of your preparation for GAMSAT ® Section 3 should involve completing GAMSAT ® -Style MCQs to build up the required reasoning skills and to familiarise yourself with the GAMSAT ® question format.

Unfortunately, ACER doesn’t have a magical document of things you can memorise, regurgitate on the day and then get into medicine.

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That’s why our GradReady GAMSAT ® Preparation Courses focus on first building the foundational content before honing in on how to best apply that knowledge in the reasoning and problem-solving environment of the GAMSAT ® Exam.

  1. Build the foundational content and knowledge
  2. Apply this knowledge and develop a GAMSAT ® Exam and MCQ Strategy
  3. Practice with realistic questions under accurate conditions

Once you’ve established that solid foundation, our approach is to focus on Problem-Based Learning, all whilst letting you familiarise yourself with the question formats and helping you build up MCQ strategies. In addition, ensuring that you gradually build up to practicing under realistic conditions is invaluable as the time pressure on the day is often quoted as one of the hardest aspects of the GAMSAT ® Exam.

To get more tips on how to prepare, visit our guide on How to Study for the GAMSAT ® .

You can also sign up for our Free Trial which includes a GAMSAT ® Study Guide with a week-by-week study schedule for Section 3 (as well as Section 1 & 2) to help you plan out your preparation.

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Preparing for GAMSAT ® Section 3 from a Non-Science Background

Many students who sit the GAMSAT ® come from a non-science background, and whilst it can be daunting, the right approach and understanding of Section 3 will go a long way. As mentioned above, the GAMSAT ® exam is designed to assess your reasoning and problem-solving skills rather than your recall of specific content. That being said, it is generally recommended that students have a basic understanding of core scientific concepts, and so students from a non-science background should factor in learning such content in their study plan. At the same time, it is just as important for all students to test their understanding of these basic concepts through practice questions, and at the same time rehearse their analysis and application of information introduced in question stems. For more advice on how to approach the GAMSAT ® exam from a non-science background, check out this blog article.

How to Prepare for GAMSAT ® Biology

The process of preparing for the Biology component of GAMSAT ® Section 3 largely follows the guidelines provided under GAMSAT ® Section 3 Preparation Strategy:

  1. Learn the required content and build up a solid foundation of GAMSAT ® Biology  knowledge
  2. Begin practising your application of this knowledge with GAMSAT ® -Style MCQs
  3. As you become familiar with the style of MCQs, build up an MCQ Strategy
  4. Make sure to track which areas and topics you are struggling with
  5. Gradually build up to answering MCQs under realistic conditions (i.e. time pressure)

GAMSAT ® Section 3 Time Pressure

Although your focus should be on practicing GAMSAT ® -Style MCQs, it is also essential to build up a solid foundation of content for the Biology component of Section 3.The value in preparing this foundation can be explained through two key issues: Time and Stress.

  1. Time: If you have a comprehensive understanding of the basics of biology, you’ll be familiar with the language used and the mechanisms and concepts included as part of the MCQ Stem (the information provided in the question). This means that you can save time reading it and fill in any gaps if necessary. Rather than attempt to learn it all during the exam itself, a solid foundation allows you to build on your own knowledge and understand the context of the question.
  2. Stress: Although people feel it to a varying degree, there is no doubt that you will be stressed during the GAMSAT ® exam. The atmosphere, pressure and your own expectations can all exacerbate this sensation on the day. Making sure that you can quickly understand the principles behind questions will reduce this basal level of stress and allow you to answer questions faster and more accurately.

Note that the Biology component of GAMSAT ® Section 3 is typically the area in which students sitting the exam have the most background knowledge in. To balance this, ACER will largely avoid questions based off assumed biology knowledge, or simple recall questions, and focus on those that are designed to test the application of this knowledge.

GAMSAT ® Biology Topics

We can organise the Biology topics that we regularly see in the GAMSAT ® exam into the broad topics below.  Remember, when looking at these topics you only want to know the principles underpinning the biology. It is unlikely that you’ll be asked any direct recall questions, but the principles and ideas are often incorporated into MCQ Stems.

  1. Biomolecules & the Cell
  2. Enzymes, Cellular Metabolism & the Central Dogma
  3. Cell Division
  4. Nervous System
  5. Musculoskeletal System
  6. Cardiovascular System
  7. Respiratory System
  8. Gastrointestinal System
  9. Renal System
  10. Endocrine System
  11. Immune System
  12. Genetics & Evolution
  13. Reproductive System
  14. Experimental Design and Data Analysis

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How to Study for GAMSAT ® Biology

The list of GAMSAT ® Biology topics above should provide you with a good place to start your GAMSAT ® study. However, the next question is, how do you begin to build this foundational knowledge and then start answering questions?

  1. Content: Develop an appreciation of the processes and principles.
  2. Questions: Answer GAMSAT ® -Style Questions and develop your problem-solving skills.
  3. Discussion: Test your understanding and way of approaching questions with other students.
  4. Exams: Develop your exam technique and learn to cope with time pressure.
  5. Review: Make sure you understand why you answered a question incorrectly.

Learn the Content

As stated above, a foundation of content is essential. It doesn’t need to be in-depth knowledge, rather an appreciation of the processes that underpin each system of the body and a familiarity of the vocabulary used in each section. It’s best to focus on active learning and engaging with the content. This usually involves comparing concepts, answering questions, and manipulating the content, rather than writing out paragraphs and trying to memorise details.

Different modes can be utilised: Books, Videos and Diagrams. The point is to learn through a medium that is engaging for you.

Practice Questions

This is the most important way to prepare for the Biology section of the GAMSAT ® exam. Ideally you revise the content at the beginning and then spend the majority of your GAMSAT ® study answering MCQs. The GAMSAT ® exam is about applying knowledge and interpreting problems and these skills improve with practice, so practice!

GradReady has over 4000 MCQs in our Intelligent MCQ Bank which features an online learning system that tracks your performance across 43 different categories of topics and helps you identify your strengths and weaknesses. To test our MCQ Bank for yourself, sign up for our Free Trial now and get access to 50 free MCQs.

Discuss the Questions

Having people you study with and being able to discuss answers to GAMSAT ® questions is a great way to check if your logic is sound. If you can defend why something is wrong or right, then you’ve understood the problem and solved it in a logical way. This can most easily be done in groups following a set of MCQs or a practice exam. For more tips on how to build your own GAMSAT ® Study Group click here: Organising a Study Group.

Sit Practice and Mock Exams

This is less about question technique and more about time. You need to be able to answer questions to get a good score, so you need the time to be able to adequately do this. Developing your endurance and time management skills during the marathon that is the GAMSAT ® exam is absolutely crucial and shouldn’t be overlooked. As you approach exam day, allocate time to stimulate a real GAMSAT ® exam day in GAMSAT ® conditions. It familiarises you with the time pressure, and makes the day feel less alien which all leads to improved concentration and mental endurance.

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You can also opt to sit a Mock Exam. GradReady runs Mock Exams across Australia before the March GAMSAT ® exam. Do a test run with the closest experience to the real thing, followed by a day-long review of each question in the Mock Exam. You’ll receive an Overall Percentile Score in addition to individual scores for each section.The Mock Exam is included in all of our Attendance Courses but can also be purchased separately. To learn more click here: GradReady GAMSAT ® Mock Exam

Review your Answers

Once you have completed a set of MCQs or an exam, review what you got wrong and write down why. Did you read it wrong, interpret the problem incorrectly, or have flaws in your knowledge? Once you have found the issue, create a plan to fix it.

If you misread a double negative, be aware that you have been doing this and create a strategy to mitigate it (e.g. underlining negative terms within questions/stems as you go through the exam). If it’s content, then make sure to revise the area that you’re struggling with.

GAMSAT ® Biology: Free Online Resources

Our GAMSAT ® Free Trial includes an in-depth, day-by-day study guide for different areas of the GAMSAT ® exam: Humanities, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. You can also find a wealth of further free resources including 50 free MCQs.

GAMSAT ® Biology: Exam Tips

Our experienced tutors have provided the below GAMSAT ® Biology exam tips:

  • Remain Calm: It sounds simple but the pressure on the day of the GAMSAT ® exam can often get to students. Understand that you have put in the time and effort, that you are well prepared, and should have faith in your own ability.
  • Develop a system or method to read and answer questions: This is commonly known as an MCQ Strategy or Exam Strategy and is one of the most important things we cover as part of our courses. This is important as it provides you with a tried and tested process to tackling questions which can help minimise stress on the day.
  • Know your Strengths and Weaknesses: Some students prefer to answer their strongest areas first, e.g. biology and chemistry first and then physics last. The essential point is to recognise your weaknesses and avoid wasting time on questions you know you will struggle on – move on to the next question and come back later if you have time.

How to Prepare for GAMSAT ® Chemistry

The process of preparing for the Chemistry component of GAMSAT ® Section 3 largely follows the guidelines provided under GAMSAT ® Section 3 Preparation Strategy:

  1. Learn the required content and build up a solid foundation of GAMSAT ® Chemistry knowledge
  2. Begin practising your application of this knowledge with GAMSAT ® -Style MCQs
  3. As you become familiar with the style of MCQs, build up an MCQ Strategy
  4. Make sure to track which areas and topics you are struggling with
  5. Gradually build up to answering MCQs under realistic conditions (i.e. time pressure)

However, the Chemistry component of the GAMSAT ® exam differs in that is much more focused on the application of concepts, that is to say the ability to apply theories and ideas to individualised problems. This is actually advantageous to students as it means that if you can simply learn some basic principles and then refine how you apply them to answer questions. In addition, the content differs from GAMSAT ® Biology in that there is also a level of maths required. You can expect to see equations, make approximations and apply a level of pattern recognition.

GAMSAT ® Chemistry Topics

We can organise the Chemistry topics that we regularly see in the GAMSAT ® exam into the broad topics below. Remember, when looking at these topics you only want to know the principles underpinning the Chemistry. It is unlikely that you’ll be asked any direct recall questions, but the principles and ideas are often incorporated into MCQ Stems.

  1. Atoms
  2. Arithmetic and Stoichiometry
  3. Electronegativity and Bond Polarity
  4. Electrons and Chemical Bonds
  5. Gases
  6. Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  7. Acid and Bases
  8. Electrochemistry
  9. Common and Special Organic Reactions
  10. Stereochemistry and Projections
  11. Biochemistry
  12. Spectroscopies, Spectrometry and Laboratory Techniques

How to Study for GAMSAT ® Chemistry

Again, the process of preparing for GAMSAT ® Chemistry is near identical to that of preparing for GAMSAT ® Biology. For more details you can read the section above: How to Study for GAMSAT ® Biology. Nevertheless, you can find some additional tips below:

  1. Content: As with the Biology Section, its best to establish a foundation of knowledge to begin with and then develop your problem-solving skills in the context of this applying this knowledge.
  2. Questions: As previously discussed, this is the best way to improve your analytical skills. Once you have completed them, note down the areas/topics you are struggling with and allocate more time to these.
  3. Exams: Important in allowing you to familiarise yourself with the time pressure of the GAMSAT ® exam and developing the mental endurance necessary to focus for the entirety of the exam.
  4. Review: Review your correct and incorrect answers and see what you’re doing well and what needs improvement. Once you have identified your weaknesses create a learning plan to address these. The process of review is ongoing and will continue throughout the entire process of GAMSAT ® preparation. It allows you to focus your studies and get the most out of the effort you put in.

Another important factor in studying for the Chemistry component of the GAMSAT ® Exam, and really, with any section at all, is creating a study schedule. Having one allows you to keep track of your progress and make sure that you hit your key goals.

For example -

  • Monthly Goal: Completing 400 MCQs, 2 ACER booklets and 2 Online Practice exams
  • Weekly Goal: Look at what you want to get done for Chemistry, whilst taking into account the other sections you need to prepare for. For example set yourself a certain amount of topics to revise and then aim to complete ~20 Questions for each topic.

Having a schedule allows you to revisit concepts multiple times over your GAMSAT ® study. Spaced repetition has a plethora of evidence behind it for being an effective way to develop your content base and your analytical skills.

For more advice on how to schedule and plan your GAMSAT ® study, you can visit our guide here: Planning your GAMSAT ® Preparation.

You can also sign up for our Free Trial which includes a GAMSAT ® Study Guide with a week-by-week study schedule for Section 3 Chemistry (as well as Section 1 & 2) to help you plan out your preparation.

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GAMSAT ® Chemistry: Free Online Resources

Download our GAMSAT ® Study Syllabus for a full list of Section 3 topics as well as tips and advice for Section 1 and 2:

GAMSAT ® Chemistry: Exam Tips

Our experienced tutors have provided the below GAMSAT ® chemistry exam tips:

  • Read the Questions correctly: MCQs that form part of the GAMSAT ® Chemistry Component of the exam will often swap the units. For example, this could be from Celsius to Kelvin or mmol to mol. Pay attention to detail.
  • Underline and breakdown large pieces of text into digestible notes along the side: This saves you re-reading the entire stem when answering several questions based off it.
  • Annotate: Especially when it comes to organic reactions, being able to recognise patterns and follow parts of the reaction can help simplify what initially may seem quite complicated.
  • Visualise: If you struggle to answer a GAMSAT ® MCQ purely from the words, create flow charts, rules, and diagrams summarising the question stem.
  • Equations: If an equation is provided, it’s likely there for a reason. Even if you don’t need it for maths, make sure you can understand the relationships between different parameters.
  • Develop a system or method to read and answer questions: This is commonly known as an MCQ Strategy or Exam Strategy and is one of the most important things we cover as part of our courses. This is important as it provides you with a tried and tested process to tackling questions which can help minimise stress on the day.
  • Know your Strengths and Weaknesses: Some students prefer to answer their strongest areas first, e.g. biology and chemistry first and then physics last. The essential point is to recognise your weaknesses and avoid wasting time on questions you know you will struggle on – move on to the next question and come back later if you have time.

How to Prepare for GAMSAT ® Physics

The process of preparing for the Physics component of GAMSAT ® Section 3 largely follows the guidelines provided under GAMSAT ® Section 3 Preparation Strategy:

  1. Learn the required content and build up a solid foundation of GAMSAT ® Physics knowledge
  2. Begin practising your application of this knowledge with GAMSAT ® -Style MCQs
  3. As you become familiar with the style of MCQs, build up an MCQ Strategy
  4. Make sure to track which areas and topics you are struggling with
  5. Gradually build up to answering MCQs under realistic conditions (i.e. time pressure)

Physics is perhaps the most feared GAMSAT ® topic, especially since the majority of medical school hopefuls come from a bioscience background and might not have done physics since high school. Many students adopt the strategy of ignoring physics questions and trying to “wing it”, or simply guessing, thinking that, after all, “physics only makes up 20% of GAMSAT ® Section 3 questions and there are more important subjects to study”.

This is generally an unwise strategy – GAMSAT ® marks are allocated based on question difficulty and thus, some correct answers in those physics questions that few people might have tried can give you the advantage that gets you into medical school. To learn more about how your GAMSAT ® scores work you can visit our guide: Understanding your GAMSAT ® Results.

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With that said, it might be worth reflecting on why physics is such a difficult subject in the GAMSAT ® exam. Apart from lack of familiarity with the subject, time pressure and having to perform mental calculations are challenges even for those with a background in mathematical sciences. These considerations should give you an indication on how to study for the GAMSAT ® Physics questions.

As with other sections of the exam, your study goal should be to become familiar with the patterns of questions so that you have a rough idea about how to answer it in the first 20 or so seconds; if you are unable to find an answer in that short time span, at least make sure you have an idea on how to make a sensible guess.

GAMSAT ® Physics Topics

  1. Motion (1D and 2D Motion, Acceleration and Graphs)
  2. Newton’s Laws (in particular Equilibrium) and Torque
  3. Energy, Work and Conservation of moment
  4. Physics of Liquids (especially Pressure, Archimedes’ Principle, Buoyant Force)
  5. Electricity and Magnetism (electrostatic and magnetic forces)
  6. Electric Circuits
  7. Optics
  8. Radioactive Decay and other exponential-type mathematical laws
  9. Mathematical Operations, Fractions and Scientific Notation
  10. Mathematical Functions (especially logarithmic and trigonometric functions)

Even if you have started early, learning everything to the level required in the GAMSAT ® exam might be difficult – especially if you are starting from scratch with physics. If your time is very limited, it is a good idea to focus on the topics covered in the GAMSAT ® papers sold by ACER. These topics are the ones listed above.

This is not an exhaustive list but should cover quite a lot in the GAMSAT ® exam. An additional piece of advice: It is suggested that you acquire some “cultural” knowledge of physics, or in other words, learn about the important historical experiments and how physics’ principles are used in biology or chemistry research (e.g. one GAMSAT physics question we’ve seen in the past was based on the design of a mass spectrometer).

Make sure you also download our GAMSAT® Physics Formula Sheet:

How to Study for GAMSAT ® Physics

Again, the process of preparing for GAMSAT ® Physics is near identical to that of preparing for GAMSAT ® Biology. For more details you can read the section above: How to Study for GAMSAT ® Biology. Nevertheless, you can find some additional Physics tips below:

  1. Content: Develop an appreciation of the processes and principles.
  2. Questions: Answer GAMSAT ® -Style Questions and develop your problem-solving skills.
  3. Discussion: Test your understanding and way of approaching questions with other students.
  4. Exams: Develop your exam technique and learn to cope with time pressure.
  5. Review: Make sure you understand why you answered a question incorrectly.

It is important to understand that there is no one-size-fits-all model. The best way for you to study GAMSAT ® Physics will depend on your learning style and what you are comfortable with. That said, a few principles apply:

  • Avoid just solving questions mindlessly and moving on to the next problem. Try to grasp the pattern for certain types of physics problems.
  • For example, many physics questions involve time evolution where an initial state is given and a final state is obtained through a time evolution equation. You can develop such insights by solving many problems on the same topic and appreciating how one physics equation/principle can be applied to many different situations.
  • Focus on solving problems quickly. For example, learn to leave mathematical simplifications to the last step of solving a problem, learn when units conversion are unnecessary (e.g. in many problems involving torque). Finally, once you solve a GAMSAT ® Physics question your job is not finished – try to find alternative ways that would have saved you time.
  • Develop an understanding of simple physical systems and their variations. For example, what happens to the total current in a circuit when you add one resistor in parallel? Does it go up, down, or stay the same? Many GAMSAT ® Physics questions are designed to be answered quickly by one being able to answer such questions without flinching.

GAMSAT ® Physics: Free Online Resources

You can also sign up for our Free Trial which includes a GAMSAT ® Study Guide with a week-by-week study schedule for Section 3 Physics (as well as Section 1 & 2) to help you plan out your preparation.

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GAMSAT ® Physics: Exam Tips

Our experienced tutors have provided the below GAMSAT ® Physics exam tips:

  • Be familiar with concepts: Many GAMSAT ® Physics Questions can be solved without any calculation, simply by thinking about the physics concepts. Many students think of physics as “memorising formulas” and pay little attention to its conceptual framework; however, the GAMSAT ® relies on students being familiar with the physics concepts to be able to solve a question under pressure and in a short amount of time.
  • Check what options are given: Check what options are given: ‘unphysical’ answers can be eliminated just by glancing at the question.
  • Keep your calculations tidy: Keep your calculations tidy: it saves you time and make silly mistakes less likely
  • Highlight/write down the data given in the question: This helps you to avoid re-reading the question many times.

For further general GAMSAT ® Preparation and GAMSAT ® Exam tips, you can visit our overall breakdown of how to study for the GAMSAT ® : How to Prepare for the GAMSAT ® Exam

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 study for the GAMSAT ® Exam

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

  4. How to prepare for GAMSAT ® Section 1

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

  5. How to prepare for GAMSAT ® Section 2

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

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