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    Hey, I'm graduating from Biomed this year and I'm thinking of taking the GAMSAT in September for the 2019 Graduate Entry.

    I'm going to have 2.5 months to prepare for the exam but i'm not sure if its enough. I haven't done Physics or Chemistry for a while and I have forgotten everything. Anyone had experience with the exam? How did you find it?
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    There’s a bit GAMSAT 2018 and 2019 entry page - check that out.

    Personally, I saw it as a great opportunity to score interviews relatively easily. As you probably know, if you get the cut off score, you get an interview.

    As for the exam itself, don’t be intimidated. It’s long, for sure, but nothing you won’t be used to having done 3 years of biomed (I did biomed too, at uea).

    You should be fine for biology - it’s most graph/data interpretation.
    The chemistry is basically the relatively easy stuff - I suggest clueing yourself up with redox and organic. Look up some gamsat specific learning material - steer clear of the gold standard book thing, it’s useless IMO. Prepping for gamsat is all about training your mind to be more analytical and interpretive - it is NOT a knowledge exam. So, in terms of organic chem, you don’t need to know huge amounts of university level chemistry - just some basics you will find suggested and then learn how to apply it to different questions. You’ll see what I mean as you do practice questions.

    The same can be said for physics in a way. Learn to basic stuff, moments/ circuits etc. Learn standard form and powers etc. Again, it’s about using this bank of knowledge to apply to much weirder and seemingly complicated questions.


    You’ll come across a host of questions, especially in physics and some chem and you’ll think “how on earth am I meant to know the answer to that?”, then you’ll waste a bunch of time learning that specific material. Don’t do that - if the only thing you take from this is that it isn’t a knowledge exam! (Sorry for the repetition)

    Spend most of your time doing practice gamsat questions and coming to terms with what they’re actually testing you on.


    Also, don’t neglect section 1 and 2. All the sections are connected in the way you should approach them.

    In the last month leading up I tried to write one essay on any question a day; I spent probably 25% of my time on verbal reasoning; 25% on chemistry (mostly organic; 10% on physics (remember it only makes up 20% of the science section); the rest on bio and this and that.

    I got 66 overall. Can’t remember the split exactly, but it was something like 63, 70, 67 for sections 1, 2, 3 respectively. I got interviews at St. George’s, Nottingham and Swansea.

    Bit of a disorganised overview - hope it helps a bit.
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    Why 2.5 months? Apply in 2019 and you'll have more time to prepare. You could work as a HCA on your gap year.
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    (Original post by rickyrossman)
    Why 2.5 months? Apply in 2019 and you'll have more time to prepare. You could work as a HCA on your gap year.
    2.5m is more that enough time imo. They may have enough work experience. Deffo a good idea if not though
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    (Original post by rickyrossman)
    Why 2.5 months? Apply in 2019 and you'll have more time to prepare. You could work as a HCA on your gap year.
    Correct me if I'm wrong but the exam this September is for 2019 entry not 2018. So I'm taking a gap year anyway. So I only have 2.5 months for 2019 entry
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