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GAMSAT Syllabus Guide for Section 1, 2 & 3

GAMSAT Section 1 Syllabus

While there is no set ‘GAMSAT Syllabus’, There is a targeted approach to study Section 1 we at Fraser’s have tested and refined over the last 10 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 constructed 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: Understanding the Question Design, Taking the Strategic Approach, Understanding the Prompts.

Understanding the Question DesignTaking the Strategic ApproachUnderstanding the Prompts
Common mistakes

☐ Keeping a log

☐ Test dynamics

☐ Review emotions

Passage Design

☐ ACER tactics

☐ Dynamics

☐ Main point

☐ Attitude

☐ Purpose

☐ Support

Question Design

☐ Specific

☐ General

☐ Reasoning

☐ Application
Cognitive Toolkit

☐ Logical Reasoning

☐ Vocabulary

☐ Comprehension

☐ Visual Comprehension

☐ Evaluation

The Best Approach

☐ Pace

☐ Reading

☐ Questions

☐ Process of Elimination

☐ Technical texts

☐ Literary prose

☐ Proverbs and short comments


☐ Poetry

☐ Plays, dialogues

☐ Diagrams

☐ Cartoons

GAMSAT Section 2 Syllabus

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 step wise through each part of the ” rubric ” you should have the ability to build deep and meaningful Section 2 essays.

Section 2 Syllabus Checklist

Quote AnalysisThe History of IdeasBuilding a Coherent ResponseEffective Expression
General Theme

☐ Basic Assumptions
☐ Spectrum of views within the quotes
☐ Simple tricks to generate ideas (for,
against, switching the keywords around, etc)

Single Quote Response

☐ Hyper-analysis - words / connotations
☐ Best single quote response styles
☐ Is it better to respond to all quotes?

☐ Human history


☐ Neuropsychology


☐ Types of love
☐ Key thinkers - Aristotle, Descartes etc
☐ Modern Philosophy - and its postulates
☐ Epistemology - Matrix, Mind / Body


☐ Different ways of living - hunter gatherer,
agrarian etc. Link to the development of
politics and the form of rule


☐ Orthodoxy 101
☐ Capitalism - its effects
☐ Taxation
☐ Banking system - What is money
☐ Schools of thought


☐ Colonialism and its impact
☐ Structural violence
☐ Modern cultural appropriation - white
people using the brown skin emoji (is it okay)


☐ Socialism vs Conservative
☐ Nationalism vs Patriotism
☐ Liberalism
Essay Styles

☐ Argumentative
☐ Personal
☐ Expository
☐ Creative
☐ Meta-Modelling:

Try each style Internal Structure

☐ How to write a good plan (S3 and C3)
☐ Compare and contrast
☐ Before and after
Techniques For Expressive Writing

☐ The basics of content and grammar
☐ Using ideas appropriately and when
☐ Mindful pauses (using punctuation

Essay Comparisons

☐ Differences between good and great
☐ What your markers are looking for
☐ The difference between a shallow
analysis and a response with depth

GAMSAT Section 3 Syllabus

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 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 questions. We have constructed a comprehensive GAMSAT syllabus for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Maths.

GAMSAT Maths and Physics Syllabus Checklists

GAMSAT Math SyllabusGAMSAT Physics Syllabus
The Basics
☐ Adding and subtracting
☐ Multiplying and dividing
☐ Algebra and ratios

The Middle Ground

☐ Powers / roots
☐ Logs / exponentials
☐ Scientific notation
☐ Rounding and errors
☐ Trigonometry and symmetry

"Probably" the Higher Ground

☐ Probability and statistics
Forces and motion

☐ Vectors and scalers
☐ Origins & types of forces
☐ Linear motion
☐ 2D motion
☐ Circular motion

Energy & Materials

☐ Mass, energy, conservation
☐ Potential & kinetics
☐ Springs & pressure
☐ Gasses and liquids in physics
☐ Solid materials

Equilibrium & Statics

☐ Work
☐ Torque
☐ Mechanical advantage

Applications of Forces and Motion

☐ Momentum & impulse
☐ Applied Circular Motion
☐ Biomechanics
☐ Bodily fluids/ pneumatics

Light & Sound

☐ Hi, we're waving at you
☐ Sorry I tricked you i'm a particle
☐ Mirrors & optics
☐ The EM Spectrum and radiation
(Nuclear physics)
☐ Sound Intensity

Electricity & Magnetism

☐ Origins of charge and electrical forces
☐ Basics of circuits
☐ Applied Circuits

GAMSAT Biology and Chemistry Syllabus Checklists

GAMSAT Chemistry SyllabusGAMSAT Biology Syllabus
Fundamental Chemistry

☐ Atomic structure
☐ Periodic table
☐ Electronic configuration
☐ Intramolecular bonding I
☐ Intermolecular bonding
☐ Stoichiometry & conservation

Organic Chemistry 101

☐ Molecules and shape
☐ Intramolecular bonding II
☐ Families of molecules
☐ The main functional groups
☐ Naming and IUPAC

Physical Chemistry 101
☐ Gas behaviour
☐ Liquid behaviour
☐ Solid behaviour
☐ Colligative properties of phases

Thermodynamics & Kinetics

☐ Modes / types of energy
☐ Internal energy, heat and work
☐ Overview of the laws of

☐ Enthalpy
☐ Entropy
☐ Gibb's free energy
☐ Reaction rate
☐ Rate constant
☐ Rate expression

Equilibrium and REDOX

☐ Equilibrium expression
☐ K vs Q
☐ Le Chateliers Principle
☐ Kc, Kp, Ksp
☐ Determining REDOX
☐ Half Equations and the ECS

Acid/Base Chemistry

☐ Definitions
☐ Strength vs stuff
☐ Applications of Equilibrium
☐ Electrochemistry, K & Gibbs
☐ Henderson Hasselbach

Isomerism & Equivalent Structures
☐ Structural
☐ Geometric
☐ Stereochemistry
☐ Inorganic Isomerism and Prochirality
☐ Benzene
☐ Effects of Functional groups on Benzene

Common Chemical Reactions

☐ Functional groups and reactions
☐ Basic reactions
☐ Reactions of Benzene

Obscure Chemical Reactions

☐ Modifying functionality
☐ Rearrangements
☐ Non-standard naming

Biochemistry and Analytical

☐ Biochemistry 101
☐ Reactions in Biology
☐ Rates of reaction
☐ Basic Spectroscopy
☐ Advanced Spectroscopy &
separations science
Cellular Biology

☐ Cells and cell types
☐ Cellular physiology
☐ Cellular transport &

Animals and Cells

☐ Single cell exceptions
☐ Cellular analogy
☐ Physiological analogy

Biological Biochemistry

☐ Central dogma of Biomolecules
☐ Cellular metabolism
☐ Cellular catabolism


☐ DNA, RNA and Replication
☐ Genes / Genotype and Phenotype
☐ Modes of inheritance
☐ Epigenetics

Population Health

☐ Medical Epidemiology
☐ Statistical Inference

Systems Biology

☐ The immune system
☐ The nervous system
☐ The endocrine system
☐ The circulatory system
☐ The respiratory system
☐ The excretory system
☐ The musculoskeletal system

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.

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