Originally Posted by Urethra Franklin.
So I wasnt sure where I could put this but I'm looking or a little GAMSAT help for the September sitting (its 2 weeks away not much I can do now but still 2 weeks
I am 100% not expecting to get a score even close to allow me into medicine. I knew when I signed up there wasn't a chance. However I am just using this as a bit o a dry run for March, I did a science course at college and I have been trying to study chemistry for several weeks now and tbh Ive retained none of it, infact I'm probably only approximately a quarter way through the chemistry course
does anyone have any quick fire ways to study up on science fast (as I said I am not expecting to do well in any regards but I'd like to be atleast to make a good few stabs at the questions...pretty sure I am going to come out with the worst GAMSAT score in history at this stage
Also, bit of a stupid question and I know that the answer is almost definitely no, but can you quote unknown individuals in section 2. I know the aim is to use the quotes presented and to structure your essay around at least one of those, however I was practising writing an essay today and I made my closing statement quoting something my friend once said (this was for the argumentative essay, so I guess theoretically it could perhaps work in a personal essay but I can hardly say" "to quote my dear friend Mary Smith" in an argumentative essay, I just said "to quote Mary Smith" (Mary Smith is not her real name btw). Is there anyway you could fiddle with the rules and get an unknown quotation into such an essay?
Hi. I sat the GAMSAT twice - once in September like you as a practice run, and again in March to try to improve my score! Before I say anything, I will just say - don't write this exam off! I felt very unprepared for the September sitting, more prepared for the March sitting, but I did better in September and got offered a place in UCD with that score! Just for context, the score I got in March wasn't even enough to get offered a place anywhere this year! Looking back, it was probably because I went into the September sitting a lot more relaxed with a f*#%itall kind of attitude, knowing I would probably do terrible, and knowing I could sit it again. The March sitting didn't have that element, it was an all or nothing exam and I was stressed, put a lot of pressure on myself and it didn't pay off! So don't put yourself down before you even step in to the exam hall - you have the privilege of this being your first time walking unsuspectingly into this exam (before it breaks your heart haha), and you have the option to sit it again... so take advantage of that position, be positive and just try your best!
Just to note, everyone studies for the GAMSAT differently, there is no "right or wrong" way and only you know what works best for you, but at this time I would recommend for you to stop studying! With 2 weeks to go until the exam, my personal advice to you would just be to practice! Practice as many GAMSAT style questions as you possibly can for Section 1 and Section 3. Familiarize yourself with the exam and time yourself! From sitting the exam, I know Section 3 is hard! Not just the questions, but also getting your timing right and holding concentration for 3 hours! But it's designed to be that way, and it's physically and mentally draining. That is why I think the best thing you can do right now is to just prepare yourself for it! You have a science background so just trust what you have already, and use the logic, reasoning and problem solving skills you gained during your degree for this section. I have a chemistry degree (I studied biology, chemistry, physics and maths) and I can honestly tell you that with the exception of some physics questions, it didn't help much for any of the questions. Even the chemistry! Because so many of the questions (especially in the March sitting) didn't require a science background, but rather strong logic and reasoning skills! This section largely requires you to pick the correct answer from the information given in the question. So I would strongly advise you to familiarize yourself with the style of questions asked and attempt as many as you can! And then analyze and figure out why the answer is what it is. The more questions you attempt, the more familiar you will become with the type of questions asked, and the more prepared you will be to answer them correctly on the day!
For Section 2, I would have read a lot of opinion pieces and watched a lot of TED talks on various topics in the weeks coming up to the exam. I learned a lot about things I never knew or even thought about before. And most importantly, I started forming my own ideas and opinions on such topics. This made writing essays so much easier, because it felt like a natural and meaningful response rather than something that was forced or rote learned. I also read essays by other GAMSAT students in response to various quotes, which also helped me to get an idea of the level and style of essay that was expected. I created a word document with 100s of quotes, where I planned rather than wrote essays. I planned what I would write and practiced writing some essays under time... but for the most part, I saved writing for the day, and it saved a lot of time! I wouldn't worry so much about the ins and outs of your essay, and what you can and cannot include. There is no guidelines to that effect, there is no "rules" and it seems highly subjective and highly unpredictable. I wrote the same both times, but scored significantly differently both times! And everyone writes differently, and in different styles so as long as you write in the correct style and write a structured essay, I would say the rest is completely up to you. To directly answer your question, I included quotes in my essays distinct from those given. For the argumentative essay (on democracy), I included a quote from Churchill because it mirrored one of the given quotes and I felt it strengthened the argument. And for the personal essay, I told anecdotes and quoted my father and grandfather because they were words that meant a lot to me, I was writing what about something I knew, and it just fit. So if a quote from a figure or a friend strengthens your essay, why not use it! But my main advice would just be to focus on writing something that is strong, meaningful, and something you can stand behind - follow a style, have a structure, and the rest will speak for itself
I know it's hard but do try to be positive, don't self sabotage and try to believe in yourself! Don't give up hope just yet, nothing good ever comes out of worrying. If you don't do well in September, you have March! And my advice to you if you have to sit the GAMSAT again would be to build a positive relationship with this exam, enjoy studying for it and see it as an opportunity to study Medicine, not an obstacle. I hope this helped you, and good luck!