Non-science background- how do I start preparing for GAMSAT?

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  1. LisaJo

    LisaJo New Member

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    Hi!
    I'm just turning thirty. I've been a teacher for 8 years now but I would like to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor. My background is in English, Languages and Humanities and I have no idea where to start with developing the knowledge and skills of Maths and Science. I've thought about doing Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Maths to VCE level through Distance Education, while I work....I've started to read science textbooks. Has anyone got some advice?!
     
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    Hey LisaJo,

    Welcome to MSO. There's actually a lot more material on PagingDr for advice regarding non-science backgrounds and S3. See here: Login

    You have to join to look, but it's worthwhile joining as MSO is more for the undergrad entry scheme. Hope that helps. :)
     
  3. LMG!

    LMG! UTAS MBBS I Moderator

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    Alternatively, if you're like me and are frankly terrified by the notion of teaching yourself the GAMSAT basics, you could give UMAT a whirl and apply as a non-standard student ;)

    My background is clinical psych and I'm a couple of years older than you; UMAT is more up our alley content-wise (imo). That said, there are others who'll argue GAMSAT is also about logical reasoning and strong chem/bio/physics isn't necessary. I'd dispute this, but I also looked at a single practice exam for GAMSAT and gave up so... ya know, grain of salt and all that!!
     
  4. LisaJo

    LisaJo New Member

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    Thanks so much for that. I'll looking into UMAT straight away!
     
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    LMG! UTAS MBBS I Moderator

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    UMAT <3

    We have a pretty active UMAT forum here that you should feel free to join/peruse, and I'm about to put together an updated FAQ on the exam.
     
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    As someone who has done GAMSAT and UMAT (and scored well enough in both to gain entry to medicine through both pathways) - I am one of those people who will suggest that GAMSAT isn't so much content based as it is skills based - i.e. it is not so different to the UMAT. I think you would have a good grounding if you learned concepts behind the sciences and scientific theory, and how to apply this to scenarios, than if you were to learn scientific facts per se. If you have a strong teaching background and can write and reason well outside of the sciences this places you well for Section 1 and 2 which are both non-Science and are rather more Humanities based - I would exploit your strengths there to maximise your advantage (knowing of course that you have to also do decently in S3).

    I think it's easier to perform well in GAMSAT than it is in UMAT based on statistics alone; others may disagree. However, I think we all agree that the best chance of getting into medicine comes with you doing BOTH the UMAT and GAMSAT - allowing you to apply for almost all undergraduate and graduate entry medicine programs in Australia. I think preparing for the UMAT also improves your chances at the GAMSAT, and vice versa, owing to the similarity of many of the skills tested in these exams.

    Good luck!
     
  7. GV

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    I agree with Mana in that a large proportion of the GAMSAT is 'test taking knowledge' rather than the actual scientific knowledge. For most questions in S3 the answers can be deduced from problem solving without really knowing much content wise. What I'd suggest is finding the Khan academy science video list, watching all the videos on there and then just doing as many questions as you can. You'll soon start to see the patterns that arise in the questions. Another neat trick is to reverse engineer the questions you have done, try to think about how ACER has written the questions as it'll help you answer similar question types in future.
     
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    I joined PagingDr last night and haven't received any emails of confirmation yet. I have requested for another email after trying to sign in and I still haven't received anything. I've checked my junk folder too. Would you know how else I could join the website?
     
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    chinaski Regular Member

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    Be patient. The staff work on a voluntary basis. If you haven't already sent an email to the site admin, do so. Otherwise, cool your jets.
     

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