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Australian Graduate Medical Schools -
Admission Requirements

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The medical school application process is long, complicated and most of all stressful, but in the end, utterly rewarding if you’re successful. This guide will provide you with a rough idea of a timeline to the year as well as presenting past GAMSAT ® and GPA requirements for different Graduate Medical Schools around Australia.

The Admissions Requirements for the majority of universities falls under one of the following categories:

  • GAMSAT ® & Interview
  • GAMSAT ® , GPA & Interview
  • GAMSAT ® , GPA, Portfolio & Interview

It’s important to remember however that the information provided below is only intended 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.

  1. Australian Graduate Entry Medical Schools
  2. Medical Admissions Timeline 2020
  3. GAMSAT ® Score Cutoffs - Is my GAMSAT ® Score Good Enough?
  4. Graduate Entry Medicine - Admission Requirements
  5. Australian Graduate Medical Schools - Criteria and Weightings
  6. Place Types at Australian Graduate Medical Schools
  7. Medical School - What Does it Involve?
  8. How to Order your Preferences
  9. Useful Resources

Australian Graduate Entry Medical Schools

As of 2020, 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).

Of these 12, ten are members of the GAMSAT ® Consortium and their medical courses are participants in GEMSAS (Graduate Entry Medical Schools Admissions System). GEMSAS acts as a single hub for applications to the ten medical schools that make up its members. It manages applications, calculates grade point averages (GPAs) and applies individual school selection rules to allocate and organise interview and course offers to candidates around Australia. For more details, you can visit their website and review their most recent admissions guide.

Students wanting to apply to graduate medical schools through GEMSAS should always read the up-to-date GEMSAS guide, as it not only provides important information about how to lodge applications, but also provides a run down on the specific selection criteria and entry pathways for each GEMSAS graduate medical school.

Two Medical Schools, the University of Sydney and Flinders University, are not part of GEMSAS, but still require the GAMSAT ® exam as well as separate, direct applications.

Medical Schools that require the GAMSAT ® exam include:

South Australia

In addition, the GAMSAT ® is required for the following courses:

University of Sydney:

University of Western Australia:

Monash University is the final Medical School to provide a Graduate Entry Medical Program. However, the GAMSAT ® Exam was removed as an admissions criteria in 2017, and is no longer required. Note however that domestic applicants for the Graduate Entry Medical Program at Monash University must have completed one of the approved bachelor degrees at Monash University - that is to say that external domestic applicants are no longer accepted.

For more details on the Monash University Medical School, you can visit their website.

Medical Admissions Timeline 2020

Australian Medical Schools Admissions Timeline

Medical Applications Timeline 2020

Event Dates
Application Period. Submit your application through GEMSAS.University of Sydney. Flinders University & Monash Uni are not part of GEMSAS April - June 2020
Interview Offers Released July - September 2020
Interviews are held August - October 2020
Medical Offers Released September - December 2020
Additional Offers made to fill vacancies December 2020 - January 2021

The above timeline provides you with a rough guideline to important dates throughout the year - Note however that it is important that you check the specific milestones and obtain up-to-date information from the appropriate medical institutions. GEMSAS publishes a comprehensive admissions guide every year - You can check out the recently-Keep an eye out for the 2021 admissions guide which should be published in April 2020.

Check for other key dates on the GEMSAS website here: Key Dates 2020

For non-GEMSAS Medical Institutions, it is important to review their specific information as their timelines will offer differ slightly from the GEMSAS ones.

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

GAMSAT ® Cutoffs - Australian Graduate Entry Medical Schools

Available Places in 2020 GAMSAT ® Cutoffs
CSP 1 BMP 2 Full-Fee
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
ANU
64 26 203
60 56 60 62 60 66 65 63
UNDS
43 17 607
54 53 53 53 60 59 56 58
USYD
167 68 653
67 67 68 69 67 69 68 69
UOW
50 17 173
56 57 54 57 54 64 59 60
Griffith
100 40 303
64 64 57 58 60 61 66 61
UQ-CSP
100 40 2103
66 66 68 66 70 73 71 636
UQ-Rural 5
- - -
64 61 61 64 68 68 68 606
Flinders
61 25 0
61 60 58 60 60 59 60 61
Deakin
93 37 153
55 58 57 59 59 63 59 58
UniMelb
169 68 954
59 59 60 63 63 66 65 63
UNDF
71 29 0
51 52 55 55 55 58 55 61
UWA
46 17 103
58 58 58 58 58 62 67 65
MQ
0 60
- - - - - - 62 63
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.
  • 5Up to 28.5% of places at UQ are given to rural background students.
  • 6In 2019, UQ introduced the MMI as part of their admissions process which may help explain the drop in cutoff scores. Prior to this, the GAMSAT ® Score was the only criteria UQ used to rank students for medical offers.
  • 7At UNDS, up to 10 of the full-fee places are open to International applicants.

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 the section below on the different admissions criteria and weightings. As always, it’s best to get in contact with the relevant medical institutions for further details and up-to-date information.

GAMSAT ® Score Calculation

GAMSAT ® Results Formula

For more information on how GAMSAT ® Scores are calculated and what they mean, visit our guide to understanding your GAMSAT ® Results.

In terms of using these cutoffs, although they’re able to provide a rough guide, it’s important to understand that it’s nigh impossible to predict the cutoff scores for this year due to the multitude of factors that go into determining these. For example consider the potential influence of the cohort itself:

Say that everyone from Melbourne that sits the GAMSAT ® does really well, then proceed to all apply for UniMelb. What’s UniMelb’s cut-off for that year going to be? Astronomical.

Additionally, non-GEMSAS schools ( USyd and Flinders ) tend to pool applicants who can and want to travel there to interview separately, so it skews the GEMSAS cutoffs year-to-year, depending on which medical schools are ‘in vogue’. It’s these year-to-year geographical nuances in scores and applications that make it nigh impossible to predict the GAMSAT ® cutoffs for the next round of applications.

Currency of GAMSAT ® Results

Application Details Valid Results
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
Apply 2022 for 2023 Commencement March GAMSAT ® : 2021, 2022
September GAMSAT ® : 2020, 2021

Recall as well that your GAMSAT ® results are valid for 2 years, and if you’re planning on applying in the near future, make sure that you’ll have valid results to use. To learn more about sitting the GAMSAT ® Exam this year, visit our guide to the GAMSAT ® Exam 2020.

Graduate Entry Medicine - Admission Requirements

Your GAMSAT ® Score is generally just one aspect of your overall application, and unfortunately, students can all too often place too much emphasis on the GAMSAT ® exam and neglect the other areas of their application.

The criteria to select applicants for interviews used by Australian Graduate Medical Schools can be broadly summarised into three different categories:

Note that this does not include Monash, which does not use the GAMSAT ®.

GAMSAT ® Only Medical Schools

These are the medical schools that use only your GAMSAT ® Score to rank applicants for an interview.

These medical schools consist of:

As a rule, these schools also generally use GPA as a hurdle requirement. For further details, you can refer to the table below.

For these schools, the GAMSAT ® Cutoffs provided above hold greater relevance given that they are the single piece of information for these schools that determines whether or not you get an interview, or in the case of UQ, whether or not your application is accepted. As noted, the cutoff scores are only a guide and are based off the minimum scores required to receive a CSP (Commonwealth Supported Place). Applicants from rural backgrounds can be accepted with a lower GAMSAT ® score to incentivise our national requirements for a more rounded, representative medical cohort.

As to be expected, there are always nuances to these figures, and it’s important to check with the relevant institution for up-to-date information. Flinders University for example reserves up to 75% of places for Flinders University Graduates and may invite applicants whose GAMSAT ® score is under the cutoff for interview if they have exceptional GPAs. You can learn more by reading their admissions guide here.

Previously for admission to UQ, your GAMSAT ® Score alone determined your success, however they have now introduced an interview process. Selection for interview at UQ this year will be based on your unweighted average GAMSAT score, with GPA being used as a tiebreaker if need be. We can see the effect that the addition of the MMI has had on the UQ cutoff scores - You can refer to this table to see the recent drop. For more information, make sure to read this year’s GEMSAS guide.

GAMSAT ® and GPA Medical Schools

The majority of schools use what is known as a combination score to rank applicants for an interview that is calculated using an applicant’s GPA and GAMSAT ® Score. The calculation may differ between medical schools depending on what GPA scale they use, but it can be essentially summed up as below:

GAMSAT ® & GPA Combination Score Formula

GPA
7

+

GAMSAT ® Score
100

=

Combination Score

In addition, the formula above assumes that the GPA and GAMSAT ® Score are equally weighted, and although this is generally the case, it is always important to check with the relevant medical school for further details.

For example, if we take student John, who has a GPA of 6.63 and a GAMSAT ® Score of 67, his overall combination score can be calculated as:

6.63
7

+

67
100

=

1.6171

Medical schools will calculate the overall combination score for each applicant and rank them accordingly, and the rankings will determine who receives an interview offer and who doesn’t. As your GPA is calculated over a smaller scale, a higher GPA will be more valuable to your combination score than a higher GAMSAT ® . Therefore, these schools generally tend to favour those with very high GPAs (> 6.5) and slightly lower GAMSAT ® scores. Review the table below for a list of combination score cutoffs.

Postgraduate Studies and GPA Calculations

For many applicants, calculating their actual GPA according to each specific university can be confusing. We’ve linked the GEMSAS GPA Calculator at the bottom of this page, which students with current applications can utilise.

For students who have completed post-graduate studies, having an idea of how each university interprets your GPA can be even more difficult. The below table summarises the different types of postgraduate study and how they may be considered by different universities. The exact information is best found in the GEMSAS guide and from the universities themselves.

Postgraduate Study Use in GPA Calculations
Honours
  • Most universities will use, depending on level of completion.
  • If completed before interview offers, will be included in GPA calculations for all universities.
  • If half complete, i.e. Honours Semester 1 results are out, these will be used (for some universities) together with Bachelor degree results for GPA calculation for interview offers.
  • If no Honours results are available before interview offers, they will only be used to confirm any conditional or provisional offer for medical school place (for most universities).
  • Graduate Diplomas
  • UQ, UWA, UNDA (Fremantle and Sydney), and Macquarie may use in GPA calculation
  • Postgraduate Diplomas
  • UQ may use in GPA calculation
  • Masters by Research
  • UQ and Macquarie may use in GPA calculation
  • Griffith may allocate GPA of 7.0 for each year completed (up to two)
  • UWA and ANU may allocate bonus GPA marks for completion
  • Masters by Coursework
  • UQ, UWA, ANU, UNDA (Fremantle and Sydney), and Macquarie may use in GPA calculation
  • PhDs
  • UQ and Macquarie may use in GPA calculation
  • If completed, Griffith and UWA may allocate overall GPA of 7.0
  • ANU may allocate bonus GPA marks for completion
  • GAMSAT ® , GPA & Portfolio Schools

    There are currently 3 medical schools in Australia that include a portfolio in the assessment process:

    By including a portfolio, these medical schools will get to gauge who you actually are through your life experiences and values. As such, a strong portfolio with an impressive array of skills and fluencies can compensate for less-than-adequate GPA and GAMSAT ® scores, and because of this, the cutoffs for these universities tend to be lower. However, it is important to note that there are no clear guidelines on how portfolios are marked.

    Nevertheless, a portfolio is a great way to show you have that characteristics and experiences to ensure you’ll one day make a great doctor, and it’s worth also noting that even once applications are submitted, you should continue to search for opportunities over the coming year that may contribute to your portfolio should you miss out this time and have to apply again. Be proactive and build on your activities now so that you’re making the most of the often-long road to securing a place. Becoming a better person at the same time is just collateral construction.

    Additional Criteria & Requirements

    All Graduate Entry Medical Schools in Australia will fall into one of the above categories (with the exception of Monash). However, beyond looking at an applicant’s GAMSAT ® Score, GPA or Portfolio, there are several other factors that some universities consider and it’s important to check with each medical institution for up-to-date details and exact information. Some notable examples include:

    • Some universities may consider sub-quotas (sets of places set aside for special applicants) or bonuses for rural, Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander and previous healthcare applicants. For these individuals, cut-off scores will be slightly lower.

    • The University of Melbourne and Macquarie University requires certain prerequisites.

      • Generally, for Macquarie, students must have successfully completed units in human anatomy and physiology, and must have done so within 10 years of intended enrolment in their graduate medical course. This may involve non-award units. The university will approve (or not) students’ proposed units in April, and beforehand publish a ‘Prerequisite Checker’ that may be accessed through the GEMSAS guide.
      • Similarly, UniMelb require students to have successfully completed specific subjects in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry at the level of second-year undergraduate study. They also require this to be within 10 years of commencement of the medical degree. They publish a list of relevant undergraduate subjects at UniMelb, as well as lists of approved subjects from other Australian and international universities on their website. Alternatively, students can submit documentation to have their proposed prerequisite subjects assessed.
      • According to the most recent GEMSAS guide, UQ will also be implementing tertiary prerequisite subjects from the 2022 intake onwards. More information (which they state may be updated and should be checked frequently) can be found on their website.

    • Moreover, USyd have also stated that they will be introducing assumed knowledge in physiology, anatomy, and molecular/cellular biology for students entering from 2020 onwards. They have stated that a ‘Foundation Knowledge Course’ will be accessible online for students that covers the assumed knowledge.

    • As mentioned above, Flinders University reserves up to 75% of places for Flinders University Graduates. They also have a lot of sub-quotas for different entry pathways, which you can read more about on their website and in their application guide.

    • Deakin has multiple bonuses available for:

      • Rural Applicants
      • Prior Clinical Experience
      • Prior Work Experience
      • Financial Disadvantage
      • Deakin Study Bonus
    • As outlined above, a number of Universities take into account postgraduate studies in the calculation of GPA:

      • UQ
      • Griffith
      • ANU
      • UWA
      • UNDF/UNDS
      • MQ (GPA will be used as a tie-breaker if applicants are ranked equally based on their GAMSAT and MMI results)
    • Before 2019, final medical school offers for the University of Queensland were made based on GAMSAT ® scores alone (with a cut-off hurdle for GPA Scores). However from 2019 onwards, the University of Queensland has introduced MMIs as part of their selection process. In fact, we can see this change reflected in the drop in GAMSAT ® Cutoff Scores this year - You can refer to this table to see the recent drop. For more information, make sure to read this year’s GEMSAS guide.

    • For 2020 entry University of Wollongong will be using an online, scenario-based judgement test called CASPer as a hurdle requirement for interview ranking

      • The test aims to assess traits such as empathy, communication and ethics
      • There are specific times at which the CASPer test must be completed in May and June
      • The scores may also be used for ‘additional evidence’ in final place offers
      • You must register for CASPer separately to your GEMSAS application
      • All of this, and more information, can be found in the 2020 GEMSAS guide

    This above list is by no means exhaustive and it’s important to check with the relevant medical institutions for specific details.

    Australian Graduate Medical Schools - Criteria and Weightings

    Medical school Minimum GPA Minimum GAMSAT * Bonuses / sub-quota Criteria for INTERVIEW offer Criteria for FINAL OFFER of place Unofficial minimum scores (2020 Entry)++&
    Rural & indigenous Postgraduate
    GPA GAMSAT Portfolio
    GPA GAMSAT Portfolio Interview
    ANU
    5.6
    55
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    50% 50%
    25% 25% - 50%
    CSP: 1.594 BMP#: 1.487
    UNDS1
    5
    50
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    33% 33% 33%
    50% 50%
    CSP: 1.544 FFP: 1.543
    USydw
    5.0(UAC)
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    Hurdle 100%
    - 50% - 50%
    CSP: 1.443 BMP#: 1.267
    UOW5
    5
    50
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    30% 30% 40%
    - - 50% 50%
    CSP: 1.514 BMP: 1.497
    Griffith**
    5.0^
    50
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    50% 50%
    25% 25% - 50%
    CSP: 1.579 BMP#: 1.477
    UQw
    5.0
    50
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    Hurdle `100%
    25% 25% - 50%
    CSP: 1.436 BMP#: 1.403
    Flinders
    N/A
    N/A
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    Hurdle 100%
    33% 33% - 33%
    CSP: 1.457 BMP#: 1.426
    Deakin3
    5
    50
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    50% 50%
    25% 25% - 50%
    CSP: 1.534 BMP#: 1.497
    UMelb 2
    54
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    50% 50%
    25% 25% - 50%
    CSP: 1.616 BMP#: 1.544
    UNDF1
    5
    50
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    33% 33% 33%
    50% 50%
    CSP: 1.52 BMP#: 1.46
    UWA**
    5.5^
    55
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    50% 50%
    33% 33% - 33%
    CSP: 1.647 BMP:#: 1.479
    MQ2
    5.0
    50
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    50% 50%
    Tiebreaker 50% 50%
    FFP: 1.534
    • 1UNDF/UNDS may consider scores below the minimum where applicants are competitive in other areas.
    • 2Prerequisites apply (check the UMelb & MQ website for more information).
    • 3Deakin also offers a bonus for financial disadvantage and prior clinical experience in a health discipline.
    • 4The University of Melbourne calculates GPA according to the following ratio - (Final Year-2: Final Year-1: Final Year) : (1:2:2)
    • 5The University of Wollongong have introduced an online test called 'CASPer', which will be utilized as a primary hurdle requirement for interview ranking
    • ^A GPA of 7 is awarded to masters by research and PhD studies (NB: UWA award this for PhDs only).
    • *Overall minimum scores are listed, but all universities also require a minimum section score of 50 in each section (discretionary for UNDS/UNDF).
    • **Griffith University and UWA use unweighted GPA Scores
    • wUMelb, UQ and USYD weight each section of the GAMSAT equally.
    • ++ 2020 entry unofficial minimum scores drawn from self-reported scores in the PagingDr forum ( pagingdr.net ). In most instances, the scores listed ignore bonuses (rural etc.), but some scores may include such bonuses and may be for bonded or full-fee place types and will be marked accordingly. Many medical schools do not publish official cut-off scores so these should be used as a guide only.
    • &Some scores listed here are derived by combining GAMSAT/GPA score (GPA/7 + GAMSAT/100) which is roughly used to rank applicants.
    • #These scores includes rural and other bonuses
    • CSP - Commonwealth Supported Place.
    • BMP - Bonded Medical Place. For more details see here.
    • UAC - University Admissions Centre. For more details visit the USYD Website or the UAC site.

    Finally a word on Monash University. Although this particular medical school does offer a Graduate Medical Course, a GAMSAT ® score ceased being necessary from 2017 onwards. Any applications will be instead assessed on three factors:

    1. Academic Record (WAM)
    2. MMI (Multi-mini Interview)
    3. Situational Judgement Test - This is a computerised test that presents the test-taker with realistic, hypothetical scenarios and asks them to identify the most appropriate response or to rank the responses in the order they feel is most effective.

    Most importantly perhaps, entry will only be open to candidates who have completed certain degrees at Monash University:

    • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (including double degrees)
    • Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Science (dependent on completion of designated units)

    For more details, visit the Monash University Medical School Website

    Place Types at Australian Graduate Medical Schools

    There are three main types of graduate medical student ‘places’ in Australia. These are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs), Bonded Medical Places (BMPs), and Full-Fee Paying Places (FFPs). The table below summarises what each means and who may be eligible. Students should always check with the universities and the GEMSAS guide for the most up-to-date information regarding the numbers and requirements for each type of place. There are other entry pathways that are not outlined in the table below, such as those for Indigenous Australians. This information is also provided by individual universities and in the GEMSAS guide.

    Type of place What it means Who is eligible
    CSP
  • Constitute most graduate medical school places
  • Places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government, so students only pay a contribution
  • NZ and Australian citizens
  • Permanent residents of Australia
  • Australian citizens and permanent residents may utilise HECS-HELP to pay their upfront fees
  • NB: according to GEMSAS, most schools are obliged to fill 25% of CSPs with rural background students
  • Bonded Medical Place (BMP)
  • Government initiative to send trained doctors to areas of workforce shortage
  • The student accepts a bonded medical school place and contractually agrees to work for a specific period in a place of workforce shortage after internship
  • The exact requirements have changed a number of times, and depend on when the contract was signed
  • Return of service period is now 12 months (with specifics that should be checked on the
  • government website )
  • Australian citizens
  • Permanent residents of Australia
  • New Zealand citizens who held a New Zealand Special Category Visa on or before 26 Feb 2001
  • Full Fee-Paying Place (FFP)
  • Places that are not subsidised by the Australian government and therefore require the student to pay the entirety of the fees upfront
  • Depends on the specific medical school
  • Most have FFPs for international students only
  • UNDA, UniMelb and Macquarie offer FFPs for domestic students
  • Medical School - What Does it Involve?

    Whilst each graduate medical school in Australia is different, there are a few aspects about medical training that you can expect to experience if you become a medical student. After all, completing graduate medical training allows you to work as a doctor throughout the country.

    Firstly, medical school can generally be split up into ‘pre-clinical’ and ‘clinical’ phases, referring to when learning is primarily university-based versus clinical placement-based.

    In the pre-clinical phase, tutorials are often structured as problem-based learning. This means that classes will be guided and presented around an example of a patient scenario. Some universities will structure further learning around this, for example anatomy laboratories. Students will also need to learn the relevant communication and clinical skills for becoming a doctor, such as how to take a pain history or how to perform a cardiovascular examination. It is also common for students in their pre-clinical phase to have some exposure to clinical placements.

    In the next phase, transitioning from learning in tutorials and lectures to the clinical environment can be challenging, but is nonetheless rewarding and develops important knowledge and skills.

    Universities time their rotations differently, however generally students will spend the most time placed in the main specialties (general medicine, surgery, general practice etc.) and less in the more niche specialties. Universities also offer (or even mandate) rural clinical school training, where students can spend a period of their course placed in a regional or rural area. There may also be options to attend elective placements interstate or overseas that students may organise themselves.

    How to Order your Preferences

    It’s near impossible to conceive of a way in which you can ‘play the system’, in regards to GEMSAS preferencing. All offers are coordinated centrally via GEMSAS and if a medical school doesn’t want you, you’ll get passed onto your next preference for consideration. Below are some tips - Remember, don’t overthink it!

    Each applicant’s eligibility and competitiveness will be assessed for their number one preference. If the applicant does not meet the requirements or is not highly ranked enough to gain an interview offer at their first preference, they will be assessed for their second preference. If the applicant is then not eligible or highly-ranked enough for their second, they will be assessed for their third and so on (until an interview offer is made or all preferences are exhausted).

    After interviews, the above process will be repeated using interview scores in the calculations (according to each school’s selection rules). However, a student cannot be accepted for a graduate medical school position at a school that is higher on their preference list than the school they interviewed at. For example, if you complete an interview at your fourth preference school, your application for a final offer will be considered for your fourth, then if unsuccessful your fifth preference and so on. It will not be considered for your first, second, or third preferences in such a case.

    Clearly, it is important to choose your preferences wisely. Below are some tips on how you might choose to order your preferences:

    1. Rank all medical schools on a blank piece of paper based on where you actually want to live/attend/thrive/survive
    2. If you do not want to live somewhere, do not preference it
    3. If you end up with more than 6 preferences on that page, cut out the ones for which you would be least competitive

    Useful Resources

    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. Understanding your GAMSAT ® Results

      Covers everything you need to know about your GAMSAT ® Results - From how scoring works to the results release dates.

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