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Hey just wanted to pop in give my 2 cents about the gamsat. I read a lot of these forums before I sat it and they did freak me out as a bit as some people said they had revised for 5 hours a day every day for 6 months etc...I revised maybe an hour a day (not every day) for 2 months and got 71. I agree with mincepiemmmm that its not necessary to fork out for an expensive course (I really wish they didn't exist, I think it's pretty *****y they do- no judgement if you can afford it though)- but I did use the Des O'Neill books which i attribute my score to (especially section 2). I got a photocopied version from ebay for £25, and printed it out in sections at work.
For section 1 I worked through the majority of the question bank in the Des O'Neill book. By checking the answers you start to get a feel for what they are looking for. Some people say reading is very helpful for this section and section 2. I think reading widely is useful anyway but if you're short on time I wouldn't worry too much about that. I think it helps a lot to do practice questions and you just get a sixth sense for what they want.
For section 2 I actually didn't practice writing any essays which was a bit risky but I didn't have the time. I got 75 though. I read a lot of the examples in the Des book and made notes on what they recommended. I wouldn't have had a clue what the GAMSAT markers were looking for without having had that guidance!
For section 3 I got the Letts revision guides to guide the curriculum. Mostly it was just refreshing my knowledge, but physics I had to learn from scratch a bit. It's very useful being comfortable with your mental maths as you won't have time to double check working out and can't spend ages doing simple sums either. Particularly with this section (although applicable to the others too) you have to get in the mindset. The best way to improve your score is to answer as much as possible- some questions of course will require a bit more time, but if you're struggling, move on. If you know balancing equations takes you ages for example, leave those out.
On the day: don't panic, walk there to get your blood flowing, sit up straight in your seat, breathe deeply and smile; its just an exam, there's always next year ! Good luck!
Aw sweet! I am glad you did amazingly well. Just wanted to enquire about the Des O'neil books you mentioned. Do they have any titles ? Forgive me if this is an obvious question, this would be my first Gamsat sitting and I have 7 months to prep alongside other commitments.
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Hey just wanted to pop in give my 2 cents about the gamsat. I read a lot of these forums before I sat it and they did freak me out as a bit as some people said they had revised for 5 hours a day every day for 6 months etc...I revised maybe an hour a day (not every day) for 2 months and got 71. I agree with mincepiemmmm that its not necessary to fork out for an expensive course (I really wish they didn't exist, I think it's pretty *****y they do- no judgement if you can afford it though)- but I did use the Des O'Neill books which i attribute my score to (especially section 2). I got a photocopied version from ebay for £25, and printed it out in sections at work.
For section 1 I worked through the majority of the question bank in the Des O'Neill book. By checking the answers you start to get a feel for what they are looking for. Some people say reading is very helpful for this section and section 2. I think reading widely is useful anyway but if you're short on time I wouldn't worry too much about that. I think it helps a lot to do practice questions and you just get a sixth sense for what they want.
For section 2 I actually didn't practice writing any essays which was a bit risky but I didn't have the time. I got 75 though. I read a lot of the examples in the Des book and made notes on what they recommended. I wouldn't have had a clue what the GAMSAT markers were looking for without having had that guidance!
For section 3 I got the Letts revision guides to guide the curriculum. Mostly it was just refreshing my knowledge, but physics I had to learn from scratch a bit. It's very useful being comfortable with your mental maths as you won't have time to double check working out and can't spend ages doing simple sums either. Particularly with this section (although applicable to the others too) you have to get in the mindset. The best way to improve your score is to answer as much as possible- some questions of course will require a bit more time, but if you're struggling, move on. If you know balancing equations takes you ages for example, leave those out.
On the day: don't panic, walk there to get your blood flowing, sit up straight in your seat, breathe deeply and smile; its just an exam, there's always next year ! Good luck!
Can you please message me in regards to the resources you used for the preparation? Or just send me link or names of it. Just to point me i n the right direction. Thanks
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Aw sweet! I am glad you did amazingly well. Just wanted to enquire about the Des O'neil books you mentioned. Do they have any titles ? Forgive me if this is an obvious question, this would be my first Gamsat sitting and I have 7 months to prep alongside other commitments.
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Can you please message me in regards to the resources you used for the preparation? Or just send me link or names of it. Just to point me i n the right direction. Thanks
Ah thanks! I don't want to sound boastful- just want to give people confidence that it can be done if you're focussed with your time. Not an obvious question- it's a bit confusing getting your head around all the prep guides (I heard a lot of mixed things about the gold standard one). I think it's called the Des O'Neil GamsetPrep Red series? They aren't releasing any new editions, think the one I got was the latest edition from a few years ago, but it was still applicable. The quality wasn't amazing as it was a photocopy but on the whole it was fine, and for such a small fraction of the price it was great. I guess different things will work for different people, but that did work for me.

I got it on ebay, that seller is no longer active. But I'm sure with some clever googling you should be able to find it?
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Hi, Id love to take a look at the GRADMED material also please!!
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I'm taking the March 2018 gamsat, I keep hearing that the themes for section 2a/b overlap each year, anyone know what these are?
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I work full time in London too!! I am really keen to see if anyone wants to get together and do GAMSAT/UKCAT revision?? I am planning on applying to start graduate medicine in September 19!

Anyone in SE London?


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Hi All ,

Thought I'd start this thread . Planning to (depending on how confident/prepared ) sit GAMSAT 2018 March or September . Also planning to start a MSc in Sept 2018 .

I have decided to start from scratch .
Section III- A level Chemistry /A level biology/A-level Physics , doing the revision guide books.
Section I/II - Lots of reading , news/Ted talks /Poetry /Cartoons/Private Eye /New Statesman /Independent /Evening Standard.

Today I made a mistake of looking at the Gamsat-prep mock questions , feels like I am horribly short of pattern recognition . But I'll keep my hopes high.
Also thinking of Chemistry A-levels /stumbling block being the practical exams. This requires a lot of organisation of time.

Oh Yes and I have a full time demanding job too...May the lord help me .

Any fellow londoners out there ?. please give me a shout .
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Yea I've made one but twas from here tho for £15. I mean it's a secure stuff but if you wants him to send you the stuff first check then pay.. that's what I did
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Yea I've made one but twas from here tho for £15. I mean it's a secure stuff but if you wants him to send you the stuff first check then pay.. that's what I did
It is quite hard to know whether someone is being truthful and gumtree advises people to not wire money. So I might just leave it.
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Hi....i am selling des oniel course if you are interested? thanks
Hi, have you sold the material yet? I am interested🙋*♀️
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I work full time in London too!! I am really keen to see if anyone wants to get together and do GAMSAT/UKCAT revision?? I am planning on applying to start graduate medicine in September 19!

Anyone in SE London?
I also work full time, really struggling to find time but I am trying my best. I would have loved to team up with someone for revision but I live in North London. How are you managing so far?
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I also work full time, really struggling to find time but I am trying my best. I would have loved to team up with someone for revision but I live in North London. How are you managing so far?

Not great ha! trying to get my head into the GAMSAT books! Well I work in SE London but am happy to travel if you want to meet somewhere e.g. coffee shop and try working a plan out?
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Anyone want to set up a whatsapp group for gamsat prep?
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Hi, have you sold the material yet? I am interested🙋*♀️
Hi ...i still have it..pm me for further information please...thanks
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I also work full time, really struggling to find time but I am trying my best. I would have loved to team up with someone for revision but I live in North London. How are you managing so far?

Well I’ve not got to far yet to be honest!! Brought all the materials though. Where in north London you at? I’m trying to get a few of us together?
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Hi ...i still have it..pm me for further information please...thanks
Thanks for getting back to me. I got the Des O'Neill one from ebay. In the near future I might need the Gradmed ones but right now I am skint.😐
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Well I’ve not got to far yet to be honest!! Brought all the materials though. Where in north London you at? I’m trying to get a few of us together?
I live in Hackney
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Hey! I have digital copies of all the Des O’Neill material if anybody wants to buy any of those? Just send me a message if you do!

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I live in Hackney
Ive got a few of us meeting at Clapham Junction on Monday evening if that isn't too far for you? Happy to travel nearer to you next time?
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Hey,

What aides are you allowed to take into the GAMSAT? Can you take a calculator and highlighters or is it restricted to just pens and pencils?

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Ive got a few of us meeting at Clapham Junction on Monday evening if that isn't too far for you? Happy to travel nearer to you next time?
Clapham is quite far but somewhere like King's Cross might work. Let me know about your next meet up hopefully I can join in.
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