The GAMSAT is a standardized multiple-choice test to assist Graduate Medical Schools in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and Duke-NUS in Singapore to select students for medical programmes.
It draws upon a wide ranging skill set and subject knowledge, and places great emphasis on reasoning ability and critical thinking.
Even if your first degree is in a non-scientific field of study, you can still sit GAMSAT and succeed in an application for admission to one of the graduate-entry programs.
However, although the exam focuses on your reasoning skills, do note that prior knowledge of biology and chemistry at the first-year undergraduate level, and physics at A-level is expected.
At 5.5 hours long, the GAMSAT is shorter than the MCAT, but certainly still incredibly long for a standardised test. Unlike the MCAT which is offered several times a year, GAMSAT is usually offered twice a year, in March and September. You’ll get your GAMSAT score via email, once the testing period is over. For the September sitting, you can expect results from late November. For the March sitting, results are usually sent at the start of July. There’s no limit to the number of times that you can sit GAMSAT, and the scores are valid for a period of 2 years.
Questions on the GAMSAT are based on material drawn from a variety of sources. They typically require you to read and think about a passage of writing, interpret graphical displays of information, use mathematical relationships and apply reasoning skills to tables of data.
Here’s what you need to know about the GAMSAT test format: