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How to write a GAMSAT essay

Posted by Mat on Apr 24, 2019 12:54:00 PM

So far in this series of articles we have looked at an introduction to successful GAMSAT preparation and an overview of GAMSAT Study techniques. The next few articles will focus on the individual sections themselves with this article concentrating on writing the ideal GAMSAT essay.

Section II of GAMSAT can be a challenging section for those who are unprepared. The section requires the candidate to write two complete essays in 60 minutes. Instead of the luxury of simply colouring in the circles on an MCQ sheet, Section II presents candidates with the challenge of synthesising a novel response in the shape of a formal essay. More challenging is that the candidate does not know what the topic will be, and the fact that there are two essays that need to be written.

Writing strong GAMSAT essays requires sophisticated skills in two domains: essay structure and composition, and content. The importance of these two proficiencies are emphasised officially by ACER:

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UCAT Verbal Reasoning Tips

Posted by Mat on Feb 22, 2019 10:13:55 AM

In this article, we will discuss the approach and tips to verbal reasoning in the UCAT. In this test, the candidate has 21 minutes to answer 44 questions.

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Topics: UCAT, Undergraduate Medicine, UCAT Preparation, UCAT Verbal Reasoning

GAMSAT Key Concepts in Biological Science

Posted by Mat on Feb 15, 2019 9:13:55 AM

In your study of physiology and biology, you will no doubt have come across the concept of organisms being based on organs which are in turn based on cells. Not all cells are the same and it turns out that complex life requires a rich diversity of cell types. In order to understand biological systems most students will have studied the cell, its specialist components, and their functions. From here, students typically study the different forms of cells (prokaryotes vs eukaryotes etc.) and the different forms of life (single-cell organisms vs multicellular complex life).

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Topics: gamsat, gamsatpreparation, gamsatsection3

How to perform in UCAT

Posted by Mat on Feb 8, 2019 9:54:23 AM

In order to perform in any context, it pays to understand the nature of and rationale for the particular assessment. Therefore, prior to commencing UCAT preparation, it is important candidates understand the purpose and aim of the assessment tool with which they will engage.

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Topics: UCAT, Undergraduate Medicine, UCAT Preparation

GAMSAT Key Concepts in Chemical Systems

Posted by Mat on Feb 1, 2019 10:59:24 AM

In the previous blog-post and webinar, we discussed the key principles which underpin the
phenomena witnessed in the physical sciences. In this discussion we referred to the hierarchy of

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Topics: gamsat, gamsatpreparation, gamsatscience

GAMSAT Key Concepts in Physical Science

Posted by Mat on Jan 18, 2019 11:09:24 AM

GAMSAT candidates often ask how to study for GAMSAT Section III. A useful way to begin can be to focus on the physical sciences and work your way up.

The physical sciences lie at the heart of all the other disciplines relevant to Section III of GAMSAT. This is reflected in the hierarchy of sciences:


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Topics: gamsat, gamsatpreparation, gamsatscience, gamsatsection3

Graphical Interpretation in GAMSAT

Posted by Mat on Jan 4, 2019 3:28:55 PM

In previous webinars and articles, we have assessed various aspects of GAMSAT and the topics, themes, and concepts pertaining to the exam. In these articles, we have commenced with an enquiry into the nature and rationale of the topic – we will do the same here with graphs as it is necessary to review this prior to considering graphs in the context of GAMSAT.

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GAMSAT Study Techniques

Posted by Mat on Nov 22, 2018 4:25:54 PM

Often members of the Academic Faculty of the METC Institute are asked, how should I study for the GAMSAT?

In order to answer this question, one has to first consider the nature and rationale of the exam. This article will focus on Section 3 of the GAMSAT as typically students reference this section when making such queries. Unlike university examinations which are designed to assess acquisition of knowledge, Section 3 of GAMSAT is written to test for competencies in problem solving via the application of knowledge. This often involves novel contexts that students have never seen. While the context is often new, the principles underpinning the assessment item should be familiar to students who have studied for the exam.

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How to Prepare for GAMSAT

Posted by Mat on Nov 7, 2018 12:36:07 PM

This post is the first in a series that will detail the ideal approach to GAMSAT. While the ideas and approaches discussed in this series will make your GAMSAT preparation more efficient and ultimately successful, it is hoped that they may also enrich other aspects of your present and future life. The principles discussed in the series are amenable to application in virtually any other challenging endeavour.

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