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Achieve 3 months GAMSAT prep in 1 month

At some point during your GAMSAT prep it might feel like you’re spending countless hours “studying” without getting much productive work done. This can be incredibly frustrating, and a drain on time and energy. It’s not easy preparing for the GAMSAT, and the truth of the matter is that for most students they will never ever feel “fully ready” to take the actual test. Nonetheless, imagine if you could accomplish 3 months worth of “studying” within a month? It sounds too good to be true but think about it for a second. Is it possible to design an efficient study plan where you spend less time studying but still get more done? that’s [Read More]

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10 Great Alternatives to GAMSAT Khan Academy

The following are alternatives for the GAMSAT Khan Academy resource that have been recommended by students that took the exam, we encourage you to check them out during preparation for the GAMSAT. Khan academy is a great resource to prepare for the GAMSAT. However, we recommend also using multiple sources to learn concepts inorder to develop a well rounded understanding. 1. BBC Bitesize The BBC Bitesize is a great tool to to help with revision and learning for all the sciences. Find free videos, step-by-step guides, activities and quizzes in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. It is a really good introductory resources for non-science students looking to build their foundation in [Read More]

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The GAMSAT Study Plan Adopted by High Scoring Medics!

We’ve spent the last 18 months working on the GAMSAT Virtual Tutor and interviewed over 100 high scoring candidates to get some insight into their study plan for the exam. The GAMSAT study plan I share in this article is the exact approach I used to prepare for the exam and it’s amazing to discover its a similar approach used by many of the top scoring  students I had the pleasure to speak with during the research of the book. So what is this GAMSAT study plan then? Step 1: Recognise This is the first step and It involves recognising your strongest and weakest areas in the GAMSAT. It is [Read More]

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How to prepare for GAMSAT Section 1

The GAMSAT Section 1 is the ‘Reasoning in Humanities & Social Sciences’ section,  it consists of 75 multiple choice questions  based on vignettes drawn from a variety of materials.  GAMSAT section 1 tests a candidates ability to understand and analyse written and graphically presented material. We reached out to top scoring candidates that performed well in the exam to get their advice on preparing for the section, these are 10 of the most common strategies: 1. Start with ACER Questions These are official GAMSAT practice questions provided by ACER, they are designed to give you an idea as to what to expect in each section. Use them to learn the question-types [Read More]

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How to prepare for GAMSAT Section 2

We spoke with Rebecca Stiles, a former GAMSAT candidate that scored 88 in GAMSAT Section 2, she shares her tips on how to prepare for it:  #1. Don’t worry about time Write as many essays as possible during preparation, at one point Rebecca was writing 1 essay per day at one point. She recommends using a GAMSAT Quote Generator during practice. “Take however long you need to write 2 essays. Eventually you’ll get faster, and that’s when you try to get it within the 1 hour time frame“. #2. Get good at Essay Planning & Structuring Rebecca admits that her essay writing skills were not amazing, however she did focus [Read More]

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How to prepare for GAMSAT Section 3

The GAMSAT Section 3 is the ‘Reasoning in Biological and Physical science’ section,  it consists of 110 multiple choice questions to be completed in 170 mins. GAMSAT section 3 tests a candidate’s reasoning and understanding of key scientific concepts. The examiners can use different kinds of stimuli including text, tables or graphical displays of data. According to the official GAMSAT booklet students can expect questions to test scientific understanding in the following disciplines – Biology (40%), Chemistry (40%) and Physics (20%). The level of subject knowledge required generally corresponds to the first year of university studies in biology and chemistry, and A-level/Leaving Certificate/Year 12 in physics. The test however focuses [Read More]

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Not Seeing any improvement in GAMSAT Section 1 practice? Try This!

It is a common problem for students to notice  no improvement in GAMSAT section 1 practice. In this article we share a helpful preparation strategy to help identify the problem. It is a very common issue during GAMSAT section 1 practice to attempt loads of questions without much in-depth assessment of their process. However,  the key to improving is by going into as much detail as you can about each answer option and reflecting on your train of thought; you can find underlying causes and recognise patterns in performance. This isn’t easy to say the least, and its best done supervised with an experienced tutor or diverse study group of more than [Read More]

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GAMSAT Section 1 tips From experienced GAMSAT tutors

During the creation of the GAMSAT Virtual Tutor we spoke with a lot of GAMSAT tutors to get some additional GAMSAT section 1 tips. We asked them to recommend 1 tip every student should adopt during prep for a 70+ score. In this article we will share the most common GAMSAT section 1 tips shared by experienced tutors to help with your preparation. We have narrowed down 8 of the most practical tips, they are as follows: Tip #1. Expose yourself to different texts or materials i.e. articles, journals, opinion articles, poems. After reading an article try to summarise it in your own words, refer back to sentences or pieces of text to [Read More]

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GAMSAT Essay Marking Guide (2020 updated)

There is a lot of misinformation online about how to write GAMSAT essays. This article dispels a lot of the poor advice online and offers a proven GAMSAT essay marking guide. GAMSAT candidates are required to write two thirty-minute essays for the written communications section. Each writing task (Task A and Task B) is in response to a statement, quote, or idea relating to a common theme. The theme will be general rather than specific in nature. The first task (Task A) usually deals with socio-cultural issues while the second (Task B) usually deals with issues that are more based more on one’s perspective and belief. According to the ACER [Read More]

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1000+ Free GAMSAT Questions (2020 updated)

Sorry for the clickbait LOL! The truth of the matter is, there is NO such thing as Free GAMSAT questions that are to the same standard as what you will find in the real test! So why bother? You can scour the internet as much as you like but you’ll eventually realise that they are no such thing as good quality GAMSAT questions that are free. Best to come to this realisation now rather than months into your GAMSAT preparation. We spent hours reviewing websites that offer free GAMSAT questions to prepare for section 1 and 3, though they can be helpful for conceptual understanding, they are not to the same standard.  [Read More]