#1

Hi,
I have just finished a degree in biological and biomedical science at NUI maynooth with a 2.1. I did 1st year physics and two years of chemistry as part of the course. I am considering sitting the gamsats to get into graduate medicine. I'm just wondering if any one has any advice ? knows how much study is needed , how hard is it to get into graduate medicine ???

Jammyc Registered User
#2

Take a look around at the other threads on here and on newmediamedicine. Though looking at sample papers, the GAMSAT looks tough. Science section (III) looks doable but still needs a fair bit of revision.

I'm considering doing it myself next March, I'll be in 3rd year of my degree then so I can redo if I mess it up I guess.

Can anybody vouch for any particular course of guidebook for the GAMSAT. I have access to plenty of material for section 3, but sections 1 and 2 I'm very wary of.

GerMaguire Registered User
#3

I too am considering sitting the 2012 GAMSAT although I think I've surpassed considering and have decided to go for it. I have just finished my degree in NUIM but I don't have a science background I studied Anthropology and Spanish, so I am not too concerned about section 1 and 2 more so section 3. Any advice would be really appreciated as well as any pointers on which textbooks are good? GAMSAT says the only one they endorse are ACER! But I was looking at a few others that seemed helpful like "The Gold Standard". Does anyone know of any prep courses or study groups? Also study time Ive been told to spend approx 6 months studying for the GAMSAT? Although I don't know how realistic this is?!

jtsuited Registered User
#4

GerMaguire said:
I too am considering sitting the 2012 GAMSAT although I think I've surpassed considering and have decided to go for it. I have just finished my degree in NUIM but I don't have a science background I studied Anthropology and Spanish, so I am not too concerned about section 1 and 2 more so section 3. Any advice would be really appreciated as well as any pointers on which textbooks are good? GAMSAT says the only one they endorse are ACER! But I was looking at a few others that seemed helpful like "The Gold Standard". Does anyone know of any prep courses or study groups? Also study time Ive been told to spend approx 6 months studying for the GAMSAT? Although I don't know how realistic this is?!

I did my degree in Anthropology and Sociology in NUIM (good times), and decided to take a swing at the gamsat in December/January.

It was almost ten years since I did leaving cert biology and chemistry, so pretty much had to start from scratch for section 3 and cover everything in 3 months.

Got a 61 in March despite completely and utterly fcuking up on the day(seriously) so 6 months would probably be more than enough time.

Get the ACER materials before you do anything else, and practice UNDER EXAM CONDITIONS (if I had done this correctly I would have scored a hell of a lot higher - my mental stamina was abysmal on the day of the exam by the time the dreaded section 3 rolled round).

Actually before you get the ACER materials, get the griffiths gamsat ebook. There's no science in it, but read it cover to cover and you'll know EXACTLY what you're going to have to do.

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Jammyc Registered User
#5

So aside from people selling things and whatnot. I'm thinking maybe we should put up a definitive list of materials to help for GAMSAT based on personal use and worth.

I cant say a whole lot myself, but I'm currently going through Griffiths GAMSAT Review and as a non-science student, its pretty damn helpful for sections 1 and 2 and it gives a pretty good overall view of section 3.

I've seen elsewhere about getting Philosophy books and such to read, but are they much benefit or could someone get up to the same standard by reading general fiction/keeping up to date with news/doing sample papers?

littlesquirrel Registered User
#6

I think you can get by with just being uptodate with whats going on around the world reading newspapers and whatnot the irish times is great with things like that!Practice writing as many essays as you can!

I'm finding the MCAT 1001 for verbal reasoning is really good for the section 1!

the ozimed papers are great for getting used to doing GAMSAT! The ACER books are a must!

For Section 3 chemistry for dummies, physics for dummies and organic chemistry are brilliant for people with both science and non-science background well that's in my own opinion!

Des O'Neill course notes for all three sections are really good expensive but good!

Hope that helps a bit! Fingers crossed GAMSAT UK goes well!!

cliona88 Registered User
#7

I just bought all of my gamsat materials today from a girl in first year of graduate medicine in limerick. I'm really excited to get started working through everything, there's an incredible amount of material to get through but it'll be worth it in the end! Anyone in the kildare area who's interested in studying together let me know! I'm planning on doing about four hours study a day and my aim is to do well in the march sitting of the exam. I have been advised to travel to london to sit gamsat uk, for a practise run more than anything! Is anyone else considering this?

Flange/Flanders Registered User
#8

Hi Guys,

Anyone up for starting a gamsat study group in Dublin for GAMSAT 2012?

lonelywanderer Registered User
#9

Hi Cliona and Flanders!

Cliona - I'm Doing GAMSAT in London and Dublin in the next 9 months. Did Commerce and French at UCD and was just moving aimlessly towards working in Finance and after work experience and a lot of thought on a year off teaching in Paris I've decided I'm going to do Medicine, always at the back of my mind but never thought it a possibility until I looked into it properly.

I'm going back to work in Paris again but if anybody is around before September and preparing for the London date I'd like to meet up and see what other people are doing! I'm waayyy behind, focusing on the Irish exam but giving the London one a go with 2 months preparation for experience/practice. I'm near enough UCD, live on the luas line at Kilmacud.

p.s. just a word of warning for anyone considering diong the HPAT: You need 500+ to have any chance.
I did the HPAT but have little or no chance of getting in that way. I did it for practice in the end but the highest score ever achieved is 230/300 so there was never any chance of me getting in with 505 points (given that you need around 725 overall). You need at least 520 to give you any sort of real chance! Otherwise you need to finish in the top 1%... and below 500 forget about it honestly.

TomTree Registered User
#10

is it too late to register for the Gamsat 2012 ????

GerMaguire Registered User
#11

Flange/Flanders said:
Hi Guys,

Anyone up for starting a gamsat study group in Dublin for GAMSAT 2012?



hey, yeah i think thats a great idea! id definitely like to join one!

GerMaguire Registered User
#12

TomTree said:
is it too late to register for the Gamsat 2012 ????


no as far as i know you can't register until after the 31st of october, so plenty of time!

GerMaguire Registered User
#13

TomTree said:
is it too late to register for the Gamsat 2012 ????


no as far as i know you can't register until after the 31st of october, so plenty of time!

golgi Registered User
#14

Im up for a gamsat study group in dublin area, plan on sitting it in march, was considering UK in sept but theres just no way id be prepared enough.

Is anyone considering sitting the UKCAT's before Oct as well ??

Im living pretty close to city centre but have a car so can travel.

sparrow3 Registered User
#15

Hi guys, just thought id offer some advice as was in your place last year-

Even if you dont feel you are prepared for the GAMSAT UK exam , it is really really beneficial to sit the exam to get the experience.

The GAMSAT is unlike any exam you have ever done and is testing your ability to manage your time effectively and analyse mountains of information and extract what is important as much as it is testing your scientific knowledge.

Sitting in an examination hall from 9.30 - 5.30 and sitting 3 different types of exams is a gruelling experience and the more familiar you are with it the better you are going to get on

The only other advice i would give is practice , practice and practice essays - you only have one hour to write 2 well thought out and structured essays :

  • the essay section is an easy way to seriously increase your overall grade.
  • Write an essay on as many broad topics/themes as you can - you'll either get a theme in the exam which you have done or you can twist a different theme to make it relevant
  • The Des o' Neill structure/approach to essay A and B is very good

anyway , best of luck to all

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