Identifying and prioritising your weakest section is respectively the second and third step in the preparing for the GAMSAT, do not make the mistake of practising hundreds of questions with no strategy or idea where your natural capabilities lie. Take the time to first identify which of the three sections you struggle with the most.
The only reliable way to identify your weakness is by using the official sample and practice questions you receive when you register for the GAMSAT. You can also purchase more practice material once you’ve registered. I recommend attempting the questions timed as if you are taking the live exam and see how well you perform.
You want to take note of the questions you get wrong, the topics you struggle with and the question-types you find most difficult.
Any questions you aren’t 100% sure, take note as well. You need to be objective and critical, look for gaps in your skills and take notes of them, I noticed it took me ages to plan an essay and had forgotten some Physics fundamentals. What is your weakness?
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Once you have identified your weakness you can then prioritise, you want to make your weakest section the priority. The table below is a rough breakdown of how I prioritised the GAMSAT sections and the amount of practice time I dedicated to each section.
|Section||Order of Priority||Hours of Practice|
|Section II||1st (weakest)||30 hours|
|Section I||2nd||25 hours|
|Section III||3rd (Strongest)||15 hours|
Notice I spent twice as much time improving my written communication (Section II) than my reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences (Section III). It doesn’t make sense spending the same amount of time preparing for both sections as I was a lot stronger in Section III. I worked so hard on my essay writing skills, took the time to read a great deal of material and practice summarising my opinions on what I read.
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For more information on the GAMSAT sections, you can check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the exam, here.