How To Prepare for GAMSAT Section 2 (Written Communication)

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The GAMSAT Section 2 is the ‘Written Communication’ section, it tests a candidate’s ability to select, develop and organise ideas, and to communicate them in writing, concisely and effectively. This section is the weirdest section to prepare for but you can increase your chances of achieving a high score by preparing smartly.

The main difficulty with the GAMSAT Section 2 is timing, you have 1 hour to write a two essay. I found this really hard. When preparing for Section 3, make sure you grasp the following:

  • How To Plan
  • Structuring Your Essay
  • Timing

These are the three elements you need to work on to prepare effectively for the GAMSAT Section 2. I’ll cover each element in more detail.

How To Plan: For each essay, I recommend spending the first ten minutes breaking down the question and planning your essay. Do not start writing your essay straight away! Put together a few bullet points that you want to discuss in your essay and arrange them in a logical order. Decide which bullet points you’ll discuss in the Introduction, Body and Conclusion.

Essay Structure: Make sure to have a  clear structure. You want a clear introduction, body and conclusion. Practice writing essays in this format. 

Timing: Practice writing essays in 30 mins, I recommend spending 10 mins planning, 6 mins on Introduction, 10 mins on  the body and  4 mins on the conclusion.

I strongly recommend the Gold Standard GAMSAT textbook for more essay advice, the book has good examples and tips on how to tackle questions . You can look inside the Gold Standard textbook on Amazon here.


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