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Your Ticket to Higher GAMSAT Scores

A high enough science GPA, strong reasoning skills and a love for writing essays and reading books will usually result in a great GAMSAT score even if you study only using a telephone directory, a fishing rod and Simpson's Season 3. For most students, quality prep materials and a disciplined GAMSAT study schedule (average 3 to 6 hours per day for 3-6 months) are needed to get the score to be accepted to medical school.

As part of our free GAMSAT resources, we'd like to add these tips and shed some light to an underrated aspect of this process: your personal notes.

It is the answer to the question: I know I studied that 2 months ago, how could I forget it? Or worse, being caught in the library by a friend who asks "what are you studying?" and then you flip back a couple of pages to find a title that tells you the topic. Yikes.

Of course the central dogma of GAMSAT prep is content review -> GAMSAT practice tests -> full-length exams. (We think one of them occurs on a ribosome; if you haven't reviewed bio yet, please ignore that comment.)

When starting your content review, if you read a chapter, it should result in a half page or less of notes. Ideally, you read the chapter like it's the last time you will ever see it (even if it is 6 months before the real test). Every line you read is a decision: Do I know this already? Is this related to something else I read? Is this really relevant to the GAMSAT?

The notes you write are more like hieroglyphics than course notes. You are trying to write study tips or notes that trigger an idea. For example, you should never have notes with F = ma because presumably you know that already (or if you have a non-science background, once you read the chapter reviewing forces, Newton's 2nd Law will be branded in your neurons!). But you may have read a chapter or seen questions where Newton's Laws were applied in unfamiliar ways: this presents a need to take a brief note that triggers the concept.

What's the point? Studying is an active process. You can't sit in front of a book and demand: "Learn me now!" While you read you are continually asking questions, relating facts and taking very, very, very brief notes (for selfish reasons, we call them your Gold Notes!).

You read those notes 2-3 times per week and then every day in the weeks leading up to the exam. You never forget, not because you are some memory freak on 60 Minutes, but because you have seen the same content dozens, if not hundreds, of times. You were not spending most of your time studying. You spent most of your time consolidating.

You finished a full length exam? One-half to one page of Gold Notes should have been created. After all the ACER GAMSAT practice tests, you have about 5 pages of truly Gold Notes. What do you look at the night before the real exam? (ummm, rhetorical)

Because your notes are sometimes conceptual but always built on active studying, it means that you can even take notes from your Section 1 and 2 experiences so you grow in awareness for all 3 sections.

Our last GAMSAT study tip for today: Studying too much can sometimes be as serious a mistake as not studying enough. We feel that an early taste of ACER is important to inform you as to how to study actively. To help you to avoid the rumors and have confidence not to chase after Nernst but rather master the basic fluids concepts, equations, etc. Basic GAMSAT-think.

Oh yeah, Disclaimer: everyone is different and no animals were harmed during this post.

Gold Standard's GAMSAT Guide

To help you prepare for the exam, Gold Standard GAMSAT has assembled comprehensive information on GAMSAT scores, topics covered, preparation advice, free GAMSAT sample questions and other study resources.

  • What is the GAMSAT? - GAMSAT-prep.com's detailed guide about the GAMSAT
  • GAMSAT Scores - A complete resource that explains how the GAMSAT is scored and other questions relating to GAMSAT scoring
  • Free GAMSAT Resources - A comprehensive guide on preparing for each section of the GAMSAT with links to relevant study resources
  • Australian Medical Schools Admission Requirements - A comprehensive list of GAMSAT scores and GPA scores for graduate entry medicine (GEM) programmes in Australia and Australasia
  • Free GAMSAT Study Schedule - Even if you don't own any of the Gold Standard GAMSAT materials, this study schedule remains helpful as it details the subjects covered for review and practice on a daily basis.
  • GAMSAT Study Tips on Efficient Note-taking - One of our popular resources! Read tips on how to consolidate your review by creating brief notes a.k.a. Gold Notes that will be vital in your daily review in the lead up to the real exam.
  • Free Monthly GAMSAT Webinars - Take advantage of our free monthly online seminars (webinars) using a problem-based learning approach on the different topics in the GAMSAT and get a chance to win a GAMSAT giveaway.
  • Non-science Background GAMSAT Preparation - Dr Ferdinand (author of The Gold Standard GAMSAT books) outlines the 70/30 formula to get a high score. Also includes a link to advice on related topics.

Free GAMSAT practice:

  • Free GAMSAT Practice Test - This abbreviated, timed practice test includes all three sections with instant scaled scores and helpful worked solutions.
  • GAMSAT Practice Question of the Day - Develop your GAMSAT reasoning skills with daily practice, one subject at a time
  • GAMSAT Physics Sample Questions - 15 free GAMSAT Physics sample questions with answers and worked solutions to hone your basic problem-solving skills and understanding of Section 3 material
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