GAMSAT Preparation Courses Syllabus

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Science Review (Section 3) Course
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Comprehensive Section 1, 2, 3 Course

GAMSAT Courses Perth : January 23, 24, 25, 25, 2023 (Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu)
GAMSAT Courses Adelaide : February 6, 7, 8, 9, 2023 (Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu)
GAMSAT Courses Melbourne : January 30, 31; February 1, 2, 2023 (Mon/Tue/wed/Thu)
GAMSAT Courses Sydney : February 6, 7, 8, 9, 2023 (Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu)
GAMSAT Courses Brisbane : February 13, 14, 15, 16, 2023 (Sat/Sun/Mon/Thu)

Time: 9 am - 5 pm daily
Tuition fee: $199 for one day or $597 for three or four days

Please note: We have added a 1-day bridging course which runs on the second day of our Comprehensive Section 1, 2, 3 Course. Science students can spend the day with Section 1 and 2 practice and evaluating strategies. Non-science students will cover basic science topics to prepare for the next 2 days of review.

Below you can find course locations, a GAMSAT science syllabus, and course schedules for students wishing to purchase our Gold Standard GAMSAT Science Problem-based Learning Course. If you wish to choose to attend for just one day ($199), or if you wish to bundle this 3-day science PBL course with our mock exam courses, then click here: GAMSAT Preparation Courses The preceding link also provides information regarding how to prepare for class, what you should bring to class, and a description of the founding principle of all Gold Standard GAMSAT content: problem-based learning.

Learn from our Experience

Our Section 3 (science) GAMSAT course is taught by Dr. Ferdinand who is the author of the Gold Standard GAMSAT textbooks; has nine years of experience teaching GAMSAT courses; and he produced more than 100 GAMSAT YouTube videos with step-by-step worked solutions for the official GAMSAT practice materials (published by ACER). Join us for problem-based learning with an experienced GAMSAT expert.

Locations: Seminars are held on the following campuses: UQ Sport Centre (within the University of Queensland), St Andrew’s College at the University of Sydney, The Royal Melbourne Hospital and University College at the University of Melbourne, Lincoln College at the University of Adelaide, University Hall at the University of Western Australia (Crawley Campus), Imperial College London and National College of Ireland.

Besides the course syllabus and schedule, Dr. Ferdinand will have small group sessions organised before class or lunch or after class so that he can be available for further discussions. Students will be assigned which small group they are in on the morning of the first day. Printing of practice problem sets is included in course tuition. Small class sizes are assured in Adelaide. For more information regarding the full-length Virtual Reality GAMSAT practice exam and review in Australian mainland capital cities, click here: GAMSAT Practice Test. For courses in Dublin, click here: GAMSAT Ireland Grinds

Please note: bring your ACER GAMSAT practice booklets (or e-book access with your electronic device or print-out) so that if time permits, worked solutions can be presented in class.

GAMSAT Course Syllabus

The following topic list (syllabus) is meant to be comprehensive but not exhaustive nor definitive. Consider it a guideline for topics that we are expected to cover as a result of stimulus material reviewed in class and course materials. You may also use the following GAMSAT science syllabus as a guide if you are pursuing self-directed learning. All of our courses and materials,including the Gold Standard GAMSAT textbooks, follow the natural flow to learn GAMSAT science which is the following order: GAMSAT Math (basic algebra), Physics, General then Organic Chemistry, and ultimately, Biology. Also note that a key GAMSAT skill is the analysis and interpretation of graphs, diagrams and tables, which is an integral part of our courses and videos.

PHYSICS - Scalars and Vectors, Force and Motion, Displacement/Time/Acceleration Graphs, Weight and Units (SI System), Friction, Applying Newton's Laws, Trigonometry, Projectile Motion, Work, Circular Motion, Work-Energy Theorem, Energy and Entropy, Momentum, Law of Torques, Fluids, Fluids in Motion, Archimedes' Principle, The Atom, Nuclear Reactions, Radioactive Decay and Half-Life, Electricity vs. Gravity, Electric Circuits, Kirchoff's Laws, Characteristics of Waves, Diffraction, Optics, Sound, Doppler Effect, Electromagnetism, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Reflection, Refraction, Thin Lens, Snell's Law, The Critical Angle

GENERAL CHEMISTRY - The Atom, The Periodic Table, Chemical Bonds, Hydrogen Bonds, Ionic and Covalent Bonds, Lewis Dot Structures, Multiple Bonds, Resonance, Molecular Polarity, Hybridization, Hybrid Orbitals, Gases, Avogadro's Law, Equation of State, Graham's Law, Liquids, Maxwell's Distribution Plot, Boiling, Melting Points, Le Chatelier's Principle, Solutions, Phase Diagrams, Raoult's Law, Boiling, Freezing Point Changes, Acids and Bases, Titrations, Oxidation Numbers, Solubility Product, Thermochemistry, Calorimetry, Thermodynamics, Hess's Law, Rate Law, Graphs: Reaction Orders, Energy Diagrams, Electrolysis, Electrochemical Cell

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY - Stereochemistry, IUPAC Nomenclature, Principles of Reaction Mechanisms (follow R, R’, R’’, R’’’, etc.), Alkanes, Alkenes, Alkynes, Alcohols, Ethers and Esters, The Carbonyl Group, Acetals/Ketals, Substitution, Carboxylic Acids, The Tetrahedryl Intermediate, Amides, Amino Acids, Protein Structure, Carbohydrates, Lipids, Elimination, Free Radicals, Redox Reactions, Aromatic Rings, Spectroscopy, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Elimination vs. Substitution

BIOLOGY - The Eukaryotic Cell, Plasma Membrane, The Cell's Interior, DNA, The Cell Cycle, Protein Synthesis, Viruses, Prokaryotes vs. Eukaryotes, Bioenergetics, The Neuron, The Nervous System, The Endocrine System, The Circulatory System, Blood Composition, Lymphatic and Immune Systems, The Digestive System, The Excretory System, Gametogenesis (Meiosis), Genetics.

Virtual Reality Mock Exams & Review

Day 5: GAMSAT Practice Test VR-1 : Full-length Proctored Mock Exam
09:00 - 09:30
Preliminary information, preparing documents
09:30 - 11:10
Section 1: Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences
11:10 - 12:10
Section 2: Written Communication (2 essays)
12:10 - 01:10
Lunch, Selected Small Group Tutorials
01:10 - 04:00
Section 3: Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences
04:00 - 04:30
04:30 - 05:00
MCQ Correction and Discussion

Day 6: GAMSAT Practice Test Review and Targeted PBL
09:00 - 10:45
Section 1 Strategies; Open Floor to Student Questions, Section 1 and 2
10:45 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:00
Section 2 Strategies; Volunteers Read Essays which are Critiqued and Scored
12:00 - 1:00
Lunch and Selected Small Group Tutorials
1:00 - 2:45
Section 3 Strategies; Discuss Worked Solutions
2:45 - 3:00
3:00 - 5:00
Section 3 Strategies; Discuss Worked Solutions + PBL

Day 7: Continued GAMSAT Practice Test Review and Targeted PBL
Continuing the review of the worked solutions is the basis of this brand new session. We continue to use PBL to further develop exam-level reasoning and strategies directed to advanced and recently trending GAMSAT topics (9 am – 5 pm).

Day 8: 2nd GAMSAT Practice Test VR-2 : Full-length Proctored Mock Exam
09:00 - 09:30
Preliminary information, preparing documents
09:30 - 11:10
Section 1: Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences
11:10 - 12:10
Section 2: Written Communication (2 essays)
12:10 - 01:10
01:10 - 04:00
Section 3: Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences
04:00 - 04:30
MCQ Correction
04:30 - 05:00
Open discussion, Final tips

GAMSAT Australia Course Dates

Virtual Reality Mock Exams & Review

January 22, 23, 24; March 14, 2020 (Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat)
January 29, 30; February 14; March 14, 2020 (Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat)
February 5, 6, 7; March 14, 2020 (Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat)
February 12, 13, 14; March 14, 2020 (Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat)
February 19, 20, 21; March 7, 2020 (Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat)
August 26, 27, 28; September 5, 2020 (Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat)
February 29; March 14, 2020 (Sat)

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