gamsat

The Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) is an admissions test required for entry to graduate medical programs in Australia, and to some undergraduate and postgraduate medical programs in the UK. It is also accepted by Duke-NUS as an alternative to the MCAT.

The GAMSAT is a paper-and-pen test comprising of three sections, each designed to assess the following abilities:

Section I: Reasoning in Humanities and Social Science

Interpretation and understanding of ideas in social and cultural contexts.
Section II: Written Communication

Produce and develop ideas in writing, pertaining to both socio-cultural issues, as well as more personal and social issues.
Section III: Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences

Problem solving within a scientific context, using first-year university knowledge of Chemistry and Biology, and knowledge of Physics taught up to age 18.

Candidates receive a score for each of the three sections (section III is weighted twice), together with an overall GAMSAT score. The overall score is a weighted average of the three section scores. Each of the four GAMSAT scores is expressed on a scale of 0 to 100.

Sections
Questions
Duration
Scoring
Reasoning in Humanities
75 multiple choice
100 minutesScale of 1 - 100
This is a scaled score, not a percentage mark
Written Communication2 written tasks60 minutes
Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences110 multiple choice170 minutes
Total6 hours 55 minutes
Including 25 minutes of reading time and 1 hour of recess time
Scale of 1 - 100
The overall score is an average of all three sections, with twice as much weightage given to Section III

FREQUENTLY ASKED GAMSAT QUESTIONS

What is a good GAMSAT score?

Generally speaking, a good GAMSAT is above 65, with a roughly accompanying 80th percentile placement or better.

How long is my GAMSAT score valid for?

GAMSAT scores are valid for up to 2 years.

How often can I sit for the GAMSAT?

You may sit for the GAMSAT any number of times.

When is the GAMSAT held?

The GAMSAT is held in March and September each year. For students based in Singapore, the test is only held in Singapore in March.

When will my results be available?

GAMSAT scores are typically released within two months of the test sitting.

Which schools require the GAMSAT?

The following schools recognised by the Singapore Medical Council (as of 1 January 2020) require the GAMSAT:
AustraliaUnited Kingdom
Australian National University
The University of Melbourne
The University of Queensland
The University of Sydney
The University of Western Australia
Cardiff University
University of Dundee
University of Liverpool
University of London, St George’s
University of Nottingham

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