GAMSAT Course: Frequently Asked Questions
Whether or not you should invest in a complete GAMSAT course will depend on your life experiences and academic background. Some students have a solid foundation in sciences, and/or non-science topics, and will just need a refresher or revision course and heaps of practice to get used to the real-exam format. On the other hand, some students will need to start from the beginning, especially if they have no previous knowledge of science topics, or if they struggle with writing essays. In such cases, a more thorough preparation course would be very helpful. We recommend that a student looking to sit the exam starts with a diagnostic test to discover their strengths and weaknesses before deciding upon an appropriate GAMSAT preparation course.
Note that the best GAMSAT courses include topic revision and/or learning, heaps of quality practice questions, interactive teaching methods and tutorials. Gold Standard courses comprise over 100 contact-hours with comprehensive training for all exams sections. Seven updated paperback books and hundreds of topical videos just form the foundation. Dr Ferdinand gives students some 1:1 attention for study planning and to answer specific exam-related questions. Your multimedia experience includes apps and online tutorials with interactive, problem-based learning. The most videos, the most practice questions, the most full-length exams: Come learn from our experience!
Preparing for the GAMSAT course may involve watching videos, Masters Series textbook reading, or nothing - depending on your academic background. The academic backgrounds of students attending our GAMSAT courses vary widely. From science students with an academic degree in the topic at hand (e.g., one of the four basic, real-exam sciences) to non-science-background students who may have spent little or no time studying the topic at hand. Dr. Ferdinand's responsibility is to ensure that everyone learns and benefits, albeit according to their pre-course preparation.
Naturally, preparing for class will help you optimize your online experience. If the real Graduate Medical School Admissions Test is the Olympics, Gold Standard preparation courses represent your coach and training. And so, what you do at home, or in the library, is similar to going to the gym for a work-out before you come for your training.
Start with the online Masters Series videos by Gold Standard. You can watch all of Physics, from the very beginning right up to what we explore in our online tutorials, in less than 10 hours. So, at least by spending time studying each of the sciences in the Videos section of our website, you would greatly improve your long-term advantage of attending class and/or online tutorials.
Of course, you don't need to read all of the Masters Series books before attending class, but a few relevant chapters would be very helpful to you. Each book has tabs indicating the chapter's importance for the real exam: High, Medium and Low.
Because the real exam has been increasingly focused on graphs and tables, please consider the following: One of the initial steps to understand graphs and tables is to study the Maths chapters (particularly, Maths Chapter 3 from the Masters Series). Maths is the basis of graphs and tables and must be understood before moving on to exam-level practice.
To summarize, you do not need months of preparation to improve your in-class experience. Do what you can and then the Gold Standard GAMSAT course will boost your performance. Let's get started!
The best GAMSAT study materials will depend on your learning style, strengths, and weaknesses. It's important to try different materials and find what works best for you. Here are some of the most popular and highly recommended materials:
- ACER official GAMSAT study materials: This includes the ACER practice questions, sample questions and past papers. They provide a reasonably accurate representation of the content of the actual GAMSAT exam. You may need to adjust the timing of the subsections to reflect the current exam format.
- The Gold Standard GAMSAT textbooks: These textbooks are written by Dr. Brett Ferdinand and cover all three sections of the exam in detail. They include practice questions and strategies for approaching the different types of questions. The updated version is called the "Masters Series" and includes videos for each chapter.
- Khan Academy: Khan Academy offers free online resources in science and mathematics that some students have found helpful as a free, though non-specific, online GAMSAT preparation course.
Problem-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered active learning process in which students learn about a subject through the experience of solving problems. Students learn both thinking strategies and relevant knowledge. PBL is the most popular learning technique in medical schools across the world because research has shown that students learn better and remember longer as compared to traditional lectures.
Gold Standard GAMSAT is not associated nor affiliated with ACER in any way. However, we think that it is very important for your future GAMSAT success that you consider the following quote from ACER's website referring to the current GAMSAT:
Gold Standard GAMSAT was the first to introduce problem-based learning (PBL) to GAMSAT courses in Australia. Virtually all students - regardless of academic background - participate in solving GAMSAT practice questions, and discuss responses as well as strategies. The role of the instructor is to facilitate learning by supporting, guiding, and teaching background content.
Although PBL is central to the way we help to optimise your learning, it is your choice. If you do not wish to participate for any reason, when you register for class on the morning of the seminar, please let the instructor know and we will respect your choice.