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Section 1 Advice

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Section 1 Advice

Postby jonathan_u1370 » Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:56 pm

Here is my experience of Section I:

Having a solid background in English I was confident going into the GAMSAT with little comprehension practice. I did some practice with some of the GAMSAT materials out there and thought this should be fairly straight forward.

What I was not prepared for was that the comprehension materials were scientific in nature and quite heavy with information.

My advice is as follows:

1. Be prepared for scientific concepts in your comprehension questions, whether you are familiar with the science or not, being mentally prepared to face some articles with scientific background to them will help you face them more positively.

2. Read the questions first. This does two things: Firstly it makes you read with a purpose when you read the article rather than reading the article wondering what do I need to know (also enables you to avoid rereading it over and over again to make sure you absorbed everything).

Secondly it puts the questions and purpose for reading the article in your consciousness. The brain is the most advanced computer in the world: Having the questions in the back of your mind while you read it - will often result in you reading the article and coming across the answer going there is 1a, or 2b etc as you read.

That is my advidce for Section 1 preparation.

For more information look at photo reading by Paul Scheele for some more advice on reading strategies. Even if you do not master them all some of those tips are excellent.

Good Luck
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Postby GOFORMED » Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:49 pm

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Yes, I agree with you. By reading the questions first will prepare myself of what to look for when reading the passage.
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Postby gem » Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:27 pm

thanks for the advice. This section scares me. Honestly, all the sessions scare me.
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Postby jeanne_gsgamsat » Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:51 pm

This section scares me. Honestly, all the sessions scare me.

LOL When do you plan to sit the GAMSAT? A lot of reading would help in this section. We have listed a few resources in the Free GAMSAT page.

A common feedback in the recent (March 2012) GAMSAT is that the passages are really text-heavy, i.e., long and verbose passages. It would be good to get yourself used to dense reading of philosophy texts. You can try and google "evans existentialism". It's a good resource.

Good luck!
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Postby jenniferpass » Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:22 pm

Thanks for your post. Coming month I have exams and I can prepare for that. Your post will really help me in my exams. Thanks once again.
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Re: Section 1 Advice

Postby shaymaa » Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:18 pm

can you please suggest a poetry book, preferably one which has questions and key answers? I've tested myself and I am really struggling with the poetry question, hence, is something I really need to work very hard on it?

Many thanks
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Re: Section 1 Advice

Postby jeanne_gsgamsat » Fri Oct 14, 2016 1:01 pm


This is not exactly a book, but it covers most of the classic poems and poets:
- Each poem comes with explanations, study notes and guide questions.

Another resource if you want to read more poems:

Now for some tips in preparing for questions involving poems in Section 1:

1. First, knowing that you struggle in these types of questions and starting your revision this early means that you are on the right track in your Section 1 prep.

2. The first basic skill that you should develop is understanding poetry. This entails getting comfortable with the linguistic style that poets often use, symbolism, and literary devices. Read at least one poem a day but at the same time, read up on how to understand poetry. Try to google "understanding poetry" and you will find many helpful materials out there - several of which are provided by English or Humanities departments of universities.

After reading a poem, try to answer the questions in this list: ... alysis.htm. Hopefully, you will develop the habit of keeping these questions in mind so that every time you read a poem, you instantly know what you should be looking for in a poem in order to understand its meaning.

3. About 3 months before your GAMSAT exam date or as soon as you feel ready, start doing practice questions or "mini tests" that mimic Section 1 poetry questions. At the moment, Gold Standard has 2 GAMSAT Section 1 Poetry mini tests. You can try searching for any other available materials while you are still doing tip #2.

4. At least 4 weeks before your GAMSAT sitting, you should attempt about 2 full-length GAMSAT practice tests, feeling comfortable with poetry questions in Section 1.

Hope the above helps!
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Re: Section 1 Advice

Postby shaymaa » Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:28 pm

Hi Jean,
Thanks a lot, is not just helpful actually you saved me, because I wasn't sure of how to attack this weakness point. but now I know what to do, thanks again. Please, I also need some suggestions in regards to the graphs and tables questions.. sometimes am doing well and others I feel am not really able to identify the answers to the questions :? :? :? :roll: ....? by the way am already enrolled in the complete package course so if there in any materials am not aware of it yet, and you might like to refer :wink: ?

warm regards, shaymaa
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Re: Section 1 Advice

Postby jeanne_gsgamsat » Thu Oct 20, 2016 3:10 pm

Hello Shaymaa,

Glad you found the advice on Section 1 poetry questions to be useful. About your difficulties with questions involving graphs and tables, you'll be glad to know about a couple of good news!

First, GAMSAT Section 1 would only have more or less two passages and around 6 questions that require interpreting a diagram or a table. Second, this is one subject that you can study in conjunction with Section 3 to develop your reasoning skills.

1. One of the initial steps to understand graphs and tables is to review the GAMSAT Math chapters of the GS GAMSAT book. Math is the basis of graphs and tables and must be understood before moving on to GAMSAT-level practice.

2. Only after a GAMSAT Math review, you can consider the section Dr. Ferdinand created on our website dedicated to science GAMSAT-level graphs and tables, in Biology Lessons, Chapter 0. GAMSAT Biology Graph Analysis Practice Questions. Although science graphs can be very complex, it will make Section 1 tables and graph interpretation much easier. As mentioned earlier, it all begins with Math.

3. The difference between Section 1 and Section 3 is that Section 1 is heavily based on qualitative data gathered from social science research (e.g., social values and preferences, marriage systems) or theories (e.g., socialism, evolution). Knowing what each type of diagram, graph, flowchart, table, and quadrant is used for in social science research will definitely help. You might want to check this link:

4. Gold Standard currently has 4 Section 1 Graphs and Tables Mini Tests. You can find them in your online lessons page >> Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences >> 6th item in the drop down menu - Mini Tests

5. Similar to the Poetry advice, you should attempt 2 full-length GAMSAT practice tests at least 4 weeks before your GAMSAT sitting, feeling comfortable with various Section 1 questions.

:) :)
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Re: Section 1 Advice

Postby shaymaa » Thu Oct 20, 2016 3:58 pm

:D Big THANK YOU JEAN, am really appreciated I will definitely the suggestions as well as the strategies...

warm regards,
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Re: Section 1 Advice

Postby jeanne_gsgamsat » Thu Oct 20, 2016 4:23 pm

You're most welcome! :)
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worked solutions ACER practice test 1 for section 1

Postby TYJD » Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:21 am


Does anyone has the worked solutions for section 1 ACER Practice test?
Please share a link.
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