GAMSAT Section 3 Syllabus: Most Commonly tested topics

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Not sure where to begin with GAMSAT section 3 revision? Here are a list of the most commonly tested topics in recent exams.

According to the official booklet…” the level of knowledge required for the GAMSAT section 3 corresponds to the first year of university studies in biology and chemistry, and A-level/ Leaving Certificate/Year 12 in physics”.

Unfortunately, that’s all the information we are given! There is no official GAMSAT section 3 syllabus or knowledge guide.

But not to worry, we ‘kinda’ got you covered 🙂

We spoke with a few candidates that took the exam recently (Sept 2017, March 2018 and Sept 2018) to create the list below based on what they could remember from taking the test. Please use it as a checklist, preparation must not be based solely on the information provided in this article. The examiners change the balance of topics every year.

Tip: Best practice is to start preparation with the official ACER booklets to help identify topics and gaps in knowledge. Read more for tips on how to prepare for GAMSAT section 3.


  • Cell Biology, Structure and Cell Division
  • Enzymes – actions and factors affecting rate of reaction, inhibitors
  • Macromolecules – Structure and Metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids.
  • Body systems – Respiratory, Excretory, Nervous, circulatory, reproductive, lymphatic, digestive, Immune system etc
  • Homeostasis and negative feedback e.g thermoregulation
  • Genetics – Mendelian inheritance, monohybrid and dihybrid cross, Chromosome structure and components, chromosomal inheritance.
  • Microbes, bacterias and viruses – overview and treatment of diseases
  • Embryology – Foetus development and pregnancy
  • Immunology – Immune system components and mode of function
  • Endocrinology and hormonal pathways.


  • Atom and molecules
  • The Periodic Table
  • Bonds – Chemical Bonds, Hydrogen Bonds, Ionic and Covalent Bonds
  • Equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and its applications
  • Thermodynamics – 1st law of thermodynamics, energy, pressure, entropy
  • Acids and bases
  • Electrolysis
  • Lewis Dot Structures
  • Multiple Bonds
  • Resonance
  • Molecular Polarity
  • Hybridization
  • Hybrid Orbitals
  • Gases
  • Avogadro’s Law, Equation of State
  • Graham’s Law
  • Liquids
  • Maxwell’s Distribution Plot
  • Boiling points and Melting Points
  • Le Chatelier’s Principle
  • Solutions and Phase Diagrams
  • Raoult’s Law
  • Titrations
  • Oxidation Numbers
  • Solubility Product
  • Calorimetry
  • Hess’s Law and Rate Law
  • Energy Diagrams,
  • Electrolysis and electrochemical Cell


  • Alkanes, Alkenes and Alkynes
  • Stereochemistry – Isomerism, meso compounds etc
  • Substitution Reactions – SN2 and SN2 mechanism
  • Elimination Reactions – E1 and E2 reactions
  • Nomenclature and stereoisomerism in alkenes
  • IUPAC Nomenclature
  • Carboxylic Acids, the tetrahedryl Intermediate, Amides
  • Amino Acids and Protein Structure,
  • Free Radicals
  • Redox Reactions
  • Aromatic Rings
  • Spectroscopy
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance


  • Motion and forces – Newtons law, momentum, force, acceleration, elasticity, pressure and associated calculations
  • Conservation of Energy – changes in energy, power , work and associated calculations
  • Waves – properties, reflection, refraction, sound, ultrasound; conduction, convection and radiation
  • Electricity and their circuits – voltage, current, series and parallel circuits, short circuits, diodes, transformers and associated calculations
  • Atomic Structure – half-life, nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, atoms, isotopes and ions
  • Radioactive delay – atoms, nuclear radiation and energy
  • Heat and Temperature – energy sources, temperature changes and efficiency

We will continue to update this list after each GAMSAT test to help provide a more comprehensive breakdown. If you have taken the GAMSAT recently please do share the topics that came up in the comments section below.

Recommendation: There are prep companies that have taken the time to extrapolate past papers and booklets provided by ACER to create an unofficial GAMSAT section 3 syllabus. The best ones include:

  1. GradMed GAMSAT Syllabus: Click here to view
  2. AceGAMSAT Section III syllabus: Click here to view

You can use these lists of topics, but do not rely too heavily on them. For science students, your preparation should instead be focused on developing and applying the knowledge you already have. Non-science students should start going over the official ACER questions to identify weak areas, balanced with the list of topics provided in this article and prep companies.

For more GAMSAT preparation tips check out the blog. Also, join hundreds of students and take the 30-Day GAMSAT Challenge to kickstart your exam preparation. Goodluck!

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