The GAMSAT Structure And Timing

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The GAMSAT is developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in conjunction with the Consortium of Graduate Medical Schools to assist in the selection of students to participate in the graduate-entry programs in Australia, Ireland and the UK. The exam tests your ability to understand and analyse material, how you think critically about issues and, in the case of the Written Communication section, how you organise and express thoughts in a logical and effective way. The questions in the exam are based on material drawn from a variety of sources. They typically require you to read and think about a passage of writing, to interpret graphical displays of information, use mathematical relationships or apply reasoning skills to tables of data.

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The GAMSAT structure  is divided into three sections:

  1. Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences (Section I)
  2. Written Communication (Section II)
  3. Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences (Section III)

The GAMSAT test day is made up of 5.5 hours of testing time, a total of 25 minutes of reading time, and a one hour break.

The table below has been copied from the ACER website, it shows the GAMSAT structure:

Section Number of questions Reading time in minutes Writing time in minutes
Section I, Reasoning in Humanities 75 10 100
Section II, Written Communication 2 5 60
Section III, Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences 110 10 170

Note: There are no breaks between Section I and II. There is a one hour break between Section II and Section III. Also be aware that  you cannot use the bathroom during reading time and in the last ten minutes of each section.

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For more information on the GAMSAT structure, you can check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the exam, here.


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