What Is The GAMSAT?

What Is The GAMSAT?

Becoming a doctor might have been your childhood dream or inspired by a life-changing visit to the emergency room. For some, the title Dr confers a sense
of honour, and for others, a stable job with security. No matter your motivation, admission into postgraduate Medicine in Australia, Ireland, and the UK
requires you to sit the Graduate Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT). Such is the popularity of the GAMSAT, it is now required for entry into certain
medical programs in Israel, Poland, Singapore, and the USA.


Offered twice a year in March and September, the GAMSAT is a cognitive test developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Those
familiar with the GAMSAT know it’s a monster of an exam divided into three sections:


Section I: Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences
Section II: Written Communication
Section III: Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences


Traditionally, the GAMSAT was facilitated in a paper format; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the test had been moved online. The structure and
content of the GAMSAT exam had changed considerably during the pandemic but such was the age of uncertainty, it could be forgiven. Testing centres are
now more numerous and due to the digital nature of the exam, is accessible right across the world. Fast forward to 2023 and ACER has settled on an all-day
5.25-hour exam consisting of 62 questions for Section I, 2-typed exams for Section II, and 75 questions for Section III. You can sample our free trial GAMSAT
here and receive the latest updates on the exam (including much more free material!) via our dedicated GAMSAT home.


The structure and content of the 2023 GAMSAT exam.

 

Number of
Questions
Total Test Time
Section I
Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences
62  100 minutes
Section II
Written Communication
2 65 minutes
Section III
Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences
75 150 minutes

 

You might think sitting the GAMSAT is form of capital punishment, but ACER argues its purpose is to assess your ability to understand and analyse material,
and to think critically about issues. Since candidates with non-science backgrounds are eligible to sit the exam, the GAMSAT purposefully tests a wide content base to minimize bias. A recent study commissioned by ACER suggests that students with non-science backgrounds perform better in Section’s I and II than students with science backgrounds. However, candidates with a physical science background tend to perform better overall on the exam.

 

A science degree is not always a prerequisite and universities encourage applications from people who have achieved academic excellence in other fields.
Though, success in GAMSAT will be difficult without a good knowledge and ability in the biological and physical sciences. To be eligible, you need to have
completed a Bachelor or an undergraduate honours degree or be in your penultimate (second-last) or final year of study, at the time of sitting the test.
Fortunately, there is no limit to the number of times you may sit GAMSAT.

 

Entry into Medicine can be divided into two parts: the application process and the interview process. The process of applying for admission to postgraduate
Medicine is separate from the process of registering to sit GAMSAT. There are a total of nineteen postgraduate medical school streams in Australia, twelve of
which requiring a GAMSAT score for entry. Ten of these medical schools utilise the Graduate Entry Medical School Admissions System (GEMSAS) to process
applications.

 

When you receive your GAMSAT results, they will show an Overall GAMSAT Score and a score for each of the three test sections. Generally, most medical
schools rank applicants with this overall score (you must score a minimum of 50 overall, with no individual section below 50), whereas other universities take
an average of the three GAMSAT sections. All medical schools consider your weighted or unweighted Grade Point Average (w-GPA and uw-GPA, respectively)
in some form, so it helps to have at least a credit-average to be competitive. And to add another layer of complexity, some schools require a portfolio,
situational judgement test, and/or personal statement for consideration of an interview offer. Additionally, if you have lived in an Australian rural area, you
may be eligible for consideration in rural schemes. The Australian Government currently defines “rural origin” as residency for at least 10 years cumulatively
or any 5 years consecutively in regional/rural or very remote communities (Modified Monash Model area, MM2–7).

 

Some exceptions include:

  • The University of Queensland has introduced tertiary level science prerequisites.
  • Entry to Doctor of Dental Surgery and Doctor of Optometry at the University of Melbourne does not require an interview.
  • Entry into Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Sydney does not require an interview. Dubbo stream candidates must submit a Personal Statement for applications to be considered.
  • Selection into the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at the University of Western Australia is based on academic achievement and specific prerequisites only.
  • The University of Notre Dame Australia (Fremantle and Sydney) rank applicants for interview by the standardised result of GPA, unweighted GAMSAT, Casper score, and bonus points, weighted 30:30:30:10.
  • The University of Wollongong additionally requires the submission of an Admissions Portfolio and a valid Casper score.
  • Macquarie University additionally requires the submission of a Personal Statement.

 

Not to worry, we have done the hard part for you and summarized the important information for select medical school entries below. More information can
also be found on the official ACER and GEMSAS webpages.

 

In Australia, your GAMSAT results are valid for four years (or two years when applying at the University of Sydney), i.e., to apply in 2023 for a course
commencing in 2024, only the following results can be used: September 2019, May 2020, September 2020, March 2021, September 2021, March 2022,
September 2022, and March 2023. If you sat the March test in 2023 you can use the results obtained to apply for a graduate entry course commencing in
2027. If you sit the September test in 2023, you may use the results obtained to apply for a graduate entry course commencing in 2028.

 

Admission to a Graduate-Entry Program in the UK

Applications for the twelve medical schools — Exeter, Keele, Liverpool, Nottingham, Plymouth, St Andrews Dundee, St George’s, Sunderland, Surrey,
Swansea, Ulster, and Worcester — must be made through UCAS.

 

Candidates applying for the graduate-entry programs must also fulfil the following criteria:

  • Have, or be predicted to receive, at least an upper second-class honours degree.
  • Be classed as a home student, which includes nationals from the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

 

To apply in 2023 for a course commencing in 2024 only, the following results can be used: March 2022, September 2022, March 2023, and September 2023.

 

Applicants are selected for admission into the graduate-entry programs based on undergraduate Honours degree, GAMSAT score, and Interview. Some
exceptions include:

  • Plymouth medical and dental, and Exeter medical programs based on performance in GAMSAT and in an interview, only.
  • Applicants to the University of Surrey who pass preliminary shortlisting and reach the threshold level in GAMSAT are invited to 1-hour MMI interview.

 

Key dates for Graduate-Entry Program admission in the UK:
By 15 October 2023: Submit UCAS application form.
December 2023 – April 2024: Interviews for admission.
March – June 2024: Offers made to successful applicants.
August – September 2024: Programs begin.

 

Admission to a Graduate-Entry Program in Ireland

The CAO processes applications for admission to graduate-entry medicine and veterinary medicine in Ireland for the RCSI University of Medicine & Health
Sciences, University College Cork, University College Dublin (Medicine and Veterinary Medicine), and University of Limerick.

 

To apply in 2023 for a program commencing in 2023 only, the following GAMSAT results can be used: September 2021, March 2022, September 2022, and
March 2023.

 

Key dates for Graduate-Entry Program admission in Ireland:
Closing date for CAO applications 2023: 1 February 5pm GMT.
Closing date for late applications: 1 May at 5pm GMT.
Closing date for change of mind applications: 1 July at 5pm GMT.
Early August 2023: Offers made to successful applicants.

 

Overwhelmed yet? The friendly team at the Institute of Medical Education is here to help! In addition to providing comprehensive GAMSAT preparation
packages, we also oversee your medical school applications and guide your choices. If you are lucky enough to receive an offer for interview, our Interview
Mentorship Program will give you the best chance at entry. We want to make sure you focus all your attention on GAMSAT and interview preparation, so get
in contact with us today and we can lead this journey together.

 

GEMSAS and non-GEMSAS Australian medical school places available for postgraduate Medicine entry in 2024, including Commonwealth Supported Places
(CSP), Bonded Medical Program (BMP), and Domestic & International Full-Fee. Note: Australian medical schools must offer at least 25% of CSP to students
from a rural background.

 

 

Medical School CSP BMP Domestic
Full-Fee
International
Full-Fee
Comments
GEMSAS University of Queensland 96 39 195
  • Approximately 270 places are available for domestic students
  • Provisional cohort of 135 (including rural and BMP quotas)
  • No set quota on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • International includes UQ-Ochsner
  • Up to 60 places available for rural candidates in the Central Queensland – Wide Bay region and up to 30 in the Darling Downs – Southwest region
GEMSAS
Griffith University 142 56 35
  • 80 of the available CSP and BMP places include BMedSci Pathway (Griffith University and University of Sunshine Coast)
  • Eligible candidates can apply for the First Peoples Health Pathway and Griffith University Rural Priority Access Scheme
GEMSAS
University of Notre Dame (Sydney) 43 17 60
  • Applicants of demonstrated rural background will receive bonus points
GEMSAS
University of Notre Dame (Fremantle) 71 29
  • Places for international students are not available through GEMSAS
  • Applicants of demonstrated rural background will receive bonus points
  • Applicants who have resided cumulatively in Western Australia for 10+ years may receive bonus points for interview ranking
GEMSAS
University of Melbourne 178 71 106
  • Places are available to eligible Chancellor’s Scholars applicants and
  • Guaranteed Entry Full-Fee applicants
  • 30 places are available via the MD Rural Pathway
  • Applicants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent can apply for priority access via The University of Melbourne Indigenous pathway
  • Graduate Access Melbourne is available for applicants based on their level of disadvantage.
  • International students residing outside of Australia at the time of application may apply using an MCAT score
GEMSAS
Deakin University 86 35 15
  • Up to 5% of domestic places held for Indigenous applicants who apply through the Indigenous Entry Stream
  • Rural applicants: 25% of places reserved for rural applicants and 30 domestic places are reserved for the Rural Training Stream
  • International applicants may apply with GAMSAT or MCAT scores
GEMSAS
University of Wollongong 49 20 15
  • Students will be placed at either Wollongong or Shoalhaven campuses for the first 18 months of the program
  • A minimum 39 places available for Rural Entry pathway
  • 4 places available through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pathway
GEMSAS
University of Western Australia 74 29 20
  • 30% of places are available for rural applicants
  • Up to 10% of places are available for Indigenous students
  • 28.5% of all domestic medical places are BMPs
GEMSAS
Macquarie University 50 20
  • All places in the Macquarie University Doctor of Medicine are full-fee
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants can apply through the Indigenous pathway
  • International students residing outside of Australia at the time of application may apply using an MCAT score
GEMSAS
Australian National University 64 26 20
  • 40 of the available places are reserved for students through an ANU pathway program
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants can apply through the Indigenous entry pathway
Non-GEMSAS
University of Sydney 225 70
  • The intake is usually 300 students each year
  • 24 student places in the Dubbo Stream are only available to students eligible for a CSP
  • Indigenous and Rural Applicants Facilitated Entry Scheme available
Non-GEMSAS
Flinders University
*2023 guide shown.
2024 details published
late May 2023
75 6
  • A maximum 75% of the total places available are for Flinders University graduates
  • At least 28% of CSP are available for applicants who come from an Australian rural background
  • Up to 5 places are reserved for eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants
  • 4 places are available to Humanitarian Visa holders
  • A 2023 entry GAMSAT score of 78 was required for Non-Flinders Graduates/Non-Rural/Non-Humanitarian Visa candidates for interview

  

 

GEMSAS and non-GEMSAS Australian medical schools that require a GAMSAT score for postgraduate entry in 2024. Note: w= weighted and uw= unweighted. 

 

 

Medical School Program
Offered
Minimum GPA
Requirements

Portfolio/
Personal 
Statement/ 
Casper

Interview
Selection
Comments
GEMSAS University of Queensland Medicine uw-5.0/7.0 uw-GAMSAT and
GPA
  • All 2020 results will be used in GPA calculations
  • GPA assessments are weighted by credit value of the subjects rather than the year in which the subjects were completed
  • PhD and Master’s by Research given maximum GPA of 7.0, if completed by July 2023
  • Must complete two prerequisite biological science courses
  • Sitting the GAMSAT is not compulsory for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants
  • UQ awards two adjustments to the uw GAMSAT scores of Rural Background Students
  • Applicants are ranked for invite to interview within the pathways they apply i.e., CQ-WB RMP, DD-SW MP, or Greater Brisbane pathway
  • Applicants will be interviewed via Zoom in MMI format in September 2023
    GEMSAS
      Griffith University Medicine uw-5.0/7.0 Overall GAMSAT
      and GPA
      • All 2020 results will be used in GPA calculations but scores can be omitted at the request of the applicant
      • PhDs and Master’s by Research receive automatic GPA of 7.0, if completed by July 2023
      • For a completed Combined Bachelor/Masters degrees, the GPA will be calculated using the final three years of the combined degree
      • Postgraduate Diplomas are not considered in GPA calculations
      • Griffith University Multiple Station Admissions Assessment interview is scheduled for Wednesday 20 September 2023 and will be held online
        GEMSAS
          University of Notre Dame (Sydney) Medicine w-5.2/7.0 uw-GAMSAT, GPA,
          Casper score, and
          bonus points
          • All 2020 results will be used in GPA calculations
          • Calculate GPA on most recently completed three years FTE of study including Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, and Masters by coursework if completed by 31 July 2023
          • Candidates are ranked for interview by the standardised result of four components weighted 30:30:30:10 (GAMSAT, GPA, Casper score, and bonus points for rurality and Higher Degree by Research, respectively)
          • 10-year cumulative residency in Western Australia also confers bonus points for UND Fremantle
          • Approximately 200 applicants will be interviewed for UNDF and 300 applicants for UNDS via online MMI format (7 stations) in September 2023
          GEMSAS
          University of Notre Dame (Fremantle) Medicine w-5.0/7.0 âś“ Casper uw-GAMSAT, GPA,
          Casper score, and
          bonus points
          GEMSAS
          University of Melbourne Medicine,
          Dentistry,
          Optometry
          w-5.0/7.0 uw-GAMSAT and
          GPA; interview for
          Medicine, only
          • All 2020 results will not be considered in GPA calculation; however, Honours will be considered
          • Re-ranking may be undertaken for a small number of applicants with a high level of performance in a PhD or Masters qualification (strict quotas apply)
          • Applicants will be interviewed via MMI format (8 stations, five minutes in duration)
          • Prerequisite courses must be considered for Dentistry and Optometry. Minimum 65 WAM for Optometry
            GEMSAS
              Deakin University
              Medicine
              w-5.0/7.0 Overall GAMSAT
              and GPA
              • All 2020 results will be excluded from GPA calculations
              • Calculate GPA on most recently completed three years FTE of study (by July 2023) including Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters by coursework
              • A Higher Degree by Research will not be considered in the GPA calculation, but may meet the requirements for currency of qualification
              • Applicants may be eligible for interview offer bonuses: rural residency (4–8%), prior clinical experience (4%), work experience (2%), financial disadvantage (2%), and Deakin graduate (4%)
              • Rural Training Stream applicants are required to submit a written application
              • 220 applicants will be interviewed via MMI format (6 stations, five minutes in duration)
                GEMSAS
                  University of Wollongong
                  Medicine
                  w-5.5/7.0
                  hurdle
                  âś“ Portfolio
                  âś“ Casper
                  Standardised
                  Overall GAMSAT
                  and Portfolio
                  • All 2020 results will be used in GPA calculations
                  • Graduate Diploma and Masters by Coursework results included in the 3-year GPA calculation, if completed by 31 December 2023
                  • GPA and Casper scores will be used as a qualifying hurdle for interview offers
                  • Casper score is combined with interview and portfolio score to decide final offers
                  • Portfolio assesses leadership, capacity to work with others, service ethic, high-level of performance, and rural residency
                  • 160 applicants will be invited to interview via online MMI format from 25 September 2023
                    GEMSAS
                      University of Western Australia Medicine,
                      Dentistry
                      uw-5.5/7.0 Standardised
                      Overall GAMSAT
                      and GPA
                      • All 2020 results will be used in GPA calculations
                      • Domestic applicants who were successful in obtaining an interview for Medicine 2023 entry averaged a GPA of 6.75 and GAMSAT of 70.19
                      • Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Masters by Coursework used in a 3-year GPA calculation whether complete or incomplete
                      • Applicants with a PhD or Doctor of Dental Medicine from UWA receive automatic GPA of 7.0
                      • Masters by Research applicants (by 31 July 2023) receive a 0.2 GPA bonus
                      • There is no 10-year rule for entry to UWA i.e., applicants with degrees older than 10 years are considered
                      • Structured interviews will be held in-person in Perth, from 24 September – 08 October 2023
                        GEMSAS
                          Macquarie University
                          Medicine
                          w-5.0/7.0 or
                          65 WAM
                          âś“ Personal
                          Statement
                          Overall GAMSAT
                          (or MCAT), GPA,
                          and satisfactory
                          Personal
                          Statement
                          • All 2020 results will be used in GPA calculations
                          • Graduate Diploma, Coursework Masters (if completed by 31 December 2023), PhD, and Master’s by Research will be used in GPA calculation
                          • A 3% bonus (maximum 5%) will be applied to the w-GPA of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, rural, and Macquarie University Bachelor of Clinical Science applicants
                          • The Indigenous Pathway offers case-by-case application consideration for interview and offer, optional submission of GAMSAT results, and support through the interview process
                          • Up to 20 interview places will be reserved for Macquarie University Bachelor of Clinical Science graduates / final year students
                          • Applicants will be interviewed via face-to-face MMI format on Saturday 23 September 2023 (international applicants will be offered a modified MMI via videoconference)
                            GEMSAS
                              Australian National University
                              Medicine
                              w-5.6/7.0 Standardised
                              Overall GAMSAT
                              and GPA
                              • All 2020 results will be used in GPA calculations
                              • Graduate Diploma and Masters by Coursework results completed by 31 December 2023 included in 3-year GPA calculation
                              • Applicants may be eligible for interview offer bonuses (only the highest applies): Honours (2%), Master’s (2%), and PhD (4%)
                                Non-GEMSAS
                                  University of Sydney Medicine,
                                  Dentistry
                                  w-5.0/7.0
                                  hurdle
                                  âś“ Dubbo Medicine
                                  Stream Personal
                                  Statement
                                  No Interview
                                  • Applicants must have GAMSAT test results obtained in the past two years
                                  • Indigenous and rural applicants: minimum w- GPA of 4.5 required to apply
                                  • The scores for each section of the GAMSAT will be used to rank applicants for offer, only
                                  • For equally ranked applicants, an Interview or Situational Judgement Test may be required
                                    Non-GEMSAS
                                      Flinders University
                                      *2023 guide shown.
                                      2024 details published
                                      late May 2023
                                      Medicine
                                      w-5.5/7.0
                                      advised hurdle
                                      Overall GAMSAT
                                      score
                                      • GPA is calculated from a Bachelor degree, only Offers determined by GAMSAT, w-GPA, and a passing interview score
                                      • A maximum 75% of the total places available are for Flinders University graduates; the 2022 intake included 64% Flinders University graduates

                                       

                                      GEMSAS and non-GEMSAS Australian medical school evaluation of domestic offers for postgraduate Medicine entry in 2024.

                                       

                                       GEMSAS Medical School GPA % GAMSAT
                                      %
                                      Portfolio/Personal
                                      Statement/Casper %
                                      Interview %
                                      GEMSAS University of Queensland ÂĄ 25 25 50
                                      GEMSAS Griffith University 25 25 50
                                      GEMSAS University of Notre Dame (Sydney) 50*
                                      50*
                                      50*
                                      50
                                      GEMSAS University of Notre Dame (Fremantle) 50*
                                      50*
                                      50*
                                      50
                                      GEMSAS University of Melbourne 25 25 50
                                      GEMSAS Deakin University 25 25 25 (rural written application) â‚® 50
                                      GEMSAS University of Wollongong 50 §
                                      GEMSAS University of Western Australia
                                      30 (22.5) ‡
                                      20 (15) ‡ 50 (37.5) ‡
                                      GEMSAS Macquarie University 50 50
                                      GEMSAS Australian National University 25 25 50
                                      Non-
                                      GEMSAS
                                      University of Sydney 100†
                                      Non-
                                      GEMSAS
                                      Flinders University 33 33 33

                                        

                                      ÂĄ Eligible CQ-WB RMP or DD-SW MP applicants are ranked in merit order within each tier, with offers made to eligible applicants from Tier 1 first
                                      *Applicants are ranked for interview by combining the scores calculated from the GPA, uw-GAMSAT, Casper and bonus points
                                      â‚® Rural Training Stream tiers include a combination of GPA, GAMSAT, and written application scores. Note: Tier 1 does not consider a GAMSAT score for offers
                                      ‡ Rural entry requirements, including a 25% rural rating
                                      § Casper score is included and weighted equally to the Interview score. Note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are not required to sit Casper
                                      †Should it arise that applicants are ranked equally, further selection tools such as an Interview or Situational Judgement Test may be used