Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test
The GAMSAT was developed by the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) in conjunction with the Consortium of Graduate Medical Schools.
It is a standardized test to assist Graduate Medical Schools in the UK, Ireland and Australia, to select students for medical programmes. GAMSAT tests student’s ability to comprehend and analyse materials, organize and present ideas, and to apply critical reasoning skills across various subjects.
The questions in GAMSAT exams are taken from various sources, which require students to read and comprehend the passage, interpret graphical displays of informations, use mathematical relationships and apply reasoning skills to a given set of data.
GAMSAT is branched into 3 separate timed sections, designed to test students in the area of :
- Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences
- Written Communication
- Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences
Reasoning in Humanities & Social Science
This section tests students how well they can comprehend ideas in social and cultural contexts. Various texts such as passage of personal, imaginative expository and argumentative writing, are used as stimuli. Also, some units may have ideas and information in visual and tabular forms.
Questions in this section will have varying degrees of complex verbal processing, conceptual thinking, logical and plausible reasoning and objective and subjective thinking.
This section tests students on their capability to produce and develop ideas in writing within two 30 minutes writing tasks. The theme for each task will be general in nature. The first task will be based on socio-cultural issues and the second task will deal with more personal and social issues.
Written Communication is assessed on two criteria:
- The quality of thinking of the theme
- the control of language; grammatical structure and expression.
Reasoning in Biological & Physical Sciences
This section tests students from 3 discipline areas; Chemistry, Biology and Physics. The questions form these three areas are integrated throughout the section and in multiple choice format.
Students will be given stimulus in formats such as text, mathematical, graphs, tables and diagrams.
Also, students will be tested on reasoning and problem solving ability within a scientific context, recall and understanding of basic science concepts. Students should be able to identify knowledge in new context, analyse and interpret data, discover relationships, translate knowledge and apply hypothesis, make generalisations, deduce consequences from models.
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