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The Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT), was developed by the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) in conjunction with the Consortium of Graduate Medical Schools.

About the GAMSAT

It is a standardized test to assist Graduate Medical Schools in the UK, Ireland and Australia, to select students for medical programmes. GAMSAT tests student’s ability to comprehend and analyse materials, organize and present ideas, and to apply critical reasoning skills across various subjects.

The GAMSAT Test Format

The questions in GAMSAT exams are taken from various sources, which require students to read and comprehend the passage, interpret graphical displays of information, use mathematical relationships and apply reasoning skills to a given set of data.

GAMSAT is branched into 3 separate timed sections, designed to test students in the area of :

  1. Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences
  2. Written Communication
  3. Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences
Reasoning in Humanities and Social Science

This section tests students how well they can comprehend ideas in social and cultural contexts. Various texts such as passage of personal, imaginative expository and argumentative writing, are used as stimuli. Also, some units may have ideas and information in visual and tabular forms.

Questions in this section will have varying degrees of complex verbal processing, conceptual thinking, logical and plausible reasoning and objective and subjective thinking.

Written Communication

This section tests  students on their capability to produce and develop ideas in writing within two 30 minutes writing tasks. The theme for each task will be general in nature. The first task will be based on socio-cultural issues and the second task will deal with more personal and social issues.

Written Communication is assessed on two criterias :

  1. The quality of thinking of the theme
  2. the control of language; grammatical structure and expression.
Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences.

This section tests students from 3 discipline areas; Chemistry, Biology and Physics. The questions form these three areas are integrated throughout the section and in multiple choice format.

Students will be given stimulus in formats such as text, mathematical, graphs, tables and diagrams.

Also, students will be tested on reasoning and problem solving ability within a scientific context, recall and understanding of basic science concepts. Students should be able to identify knowledge in new context, analyse and interpret data, discover relationships, translate knowledge and apply hypotheses, make generalisations, deduce consequences from models.

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