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GAMSAT

The GAMAT is part of the selection process for students entering Graduate Entry Programmes of certain university medical and health science courses.

The Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test, or GAMSAT, is a test administered by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in Australia. It is a part of the selection process for admission to the Graduate Entry Programmes of Australian universities in medicine, dentistry, optometry, physiotherapy, podiatry, pharmacy and veterinary science courses.

Unlike the UMAT, which is for undergraduate students, candidates sitting for the GAMSAT must have a recognised bachelor's degree, or equivalent, already completed.

The GAMSAT is held once a year in Australia, in late March or early April, and usually requires registration by late January. The test takes a full day and is comprised of three sections:

  • Section I - 75 humanities and social sciences questions (100 minutes)
  • Section II - 2 essays assessing written communication (60 minutes)
  • Section III - 110 physical science questions (170 minutes)

Section III is given a double weighting by all universities except the University of Melbourne, which weights all three sections equally.

Most universities with graduate-entry medical programs have a rigorous entry procedure, beginning with three requirements:

  • Completion of any bachelor's degree
  • Achieving prerequisite marks in the bachelor's degree
  • Obtaining a prerequisite GAMSAT cut-off score

Once these criteria are fulfilled, a candidate can then apply to a university offering a medicine, health science, dentistry, or veterinary science course. They may then be invited to attend an interview, which is conducted by established medical practitioners and education professionals.

The objective of this interview is to assess the candidate's personal qualities, ethics, verbal reasoning skills, and motivation to study medicine at the university. If successful, and statistically, one-half to two-thirds of candidates are, the candidate may then be offered a place at the university in their chosen course.

The GAMSAT is used by all ten graduate-entry medicine courses in Australia. These include:

  • Australian National University
  • Deakin University
  • Flinders University
  • Monash University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Notre Dame (Fremantle)
  • The University of Notre Dame (Sydney)
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Sydney
  • The University of Western Australia
  • The University of Wollongong

Generally speaking, the GAMSAT requires the following levels of knowledge:

  • Biology and Chemistry - 1st year university level
  • Physics - Australian Year 12 level
  • English - HSC Standard English level

Visit the ACER GAMSAT Website

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