Welcome to our comprehensive guide on the GAMSAT syllabus! If you're planning to take the GAMSAT, you're likely aware that it's not just another exam. The GAMSAT is a test that goes beyond mere fact-recall and instead challenges your understanding, analytical skills, and critical thinking.
The short answer is no, not in the traditional sense. Unlike other standardized tests that come with a fixed syllabus, the GAMSAT tests a broad range of skills and knowledge areas. This makes it all the more important to have a structured approach to your preparation.
However, we've taken the initiative to analyse years' worth of GAMSAT questions to draft a comprehensive syllabus for Sections 1, 2, and 3, providing you with a targeted roadmap for your studies.
Remember having a solid idea of the GAMSAT Syllabus will help you have a laser focus approach which is very crucial in GAMSAT Prep.
While there is no set ‘GAMSAT Syllabus,’ there is a targeted approach to studying Section 1 that we at Fraser’s have tested and refined over the last 12 years. The difficulty with Section 1 is reading comprehension. When one reads a passage and picks an answer, one rarely thinks analytically about the mechanical processes that underpin one’s decision-making choices.
We have created a Section 1 checklist, or syllabus, that will strategically allow you to build the comprehension skills that people often need to work on. Our Section 1 GAMSAT syllabus lies under three domains:
Download our complete GAMSAT Syllabus to get deeper insight into the domains and also the curriculum we use at Fraser’s to navigate Section 1 of GAMSAT.
ACER distinctly rewards three broad categories in their marking for GAMSAT Section 2. These are Ideas, Structure and Expression. These categories are reflected in the Section 2 syllabus we have designed. By taking you stepwise through each part of the ” rubric ” you should have the ability to build deep and meaningful Section 2 essays.
As you go about studying for Section 3, you need to avoid falling into the content trap of pouring over facts, rules, and theorems. Without doubt the GAMSAT Australia structure will punish you for rigid frameworks in your approach and understanding of scientific concepts. With that in mind there is an amount of concepts that need to be covered in order to maximise your familiarity with GAMSAT exam questions. We have constructed a comprehensive GAMSAT preparation book for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Maths.
There is no strict time limit or overarching structure that you should adhere to but you should really aim to have ticked off most of these areas before March or September. In particular, don’t neglect the topics in Section 2 (many students rush into Section 3) remember you stand to improve your writing the most.
A structured approach is key to GAMSAT success. Organizing your study around a detailed syllabus helps you manage time and focus on areas that need improvement. For a quick start guide, read Getting Started on GAMSAT Prep: 5 Key Things to Know.
To succeed in the GAMSAT, it is important to have year 12 academic knowledge in GAMSAT Physics and university-level knowledge in GAMSAT Chemistry and Biology.
Don't worry if you come from a non-science background, you can still excel in the GAMSAT. In fact, your background might give you an edge in Sections 1 and 2, which focus on humanities and written communication.
However, Section 3 does require some scientific knowledge. You'll benefit from a structured study plan that covers key concepts in biology, chemistry, and physics. It's critical to balance your time between understanding these concepts and practice GAMSAT questions to get comfortable with the exam's logic.
Chemistry makes up about 40% of Section 3, so it's essential but not in the way you might think. GAMSAT doesn't test your rote memorization of chemistry facts; instead, it assesses how well you apply chemistry concepts in problem-solving scenarios.
For example, you won't be directly asked about electron configurations. Instead, you might be asked to determine a particular electron configuration amongst unfamiliar information or graphs, which requires critical thinking and deductive skills, as well as a basic understanding of electron configuration.
Many students underestimate the importance of mathematics when it comes to the GAMSAT exam. While it's true that there are no explicit mathematics questions on the GAMSAT, ignoring maths would be a grave oversight. Why? Because maths is essentially the language of scientific analysis.
For excelling in Section 3, maths holds a pivotal role. Learn how maths can be your secret weapon for a strong Section 3 performance.
If you want to learn more about the format of the GAMSAT, now that the test has moved online, click on our GAMSAT COVID: Major Changes article.
Or alternatively, If you want to get started with some of the free resources that we offer at Fraser’s, click here.
Good luck and we hope you find our guide useful in your GAMSAT prep process!