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caityutoo

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How much time do you need to prepare for the GAMSAT? I'm applying to UofA and Otago but think only slight chance of being successful. I don't really have time until December to start studying for GAMSAT. Is that enough time to prepare for test in March??
 

LMG!

MBBS IV
Administrator
How much time do you need to prepare for the GAMSAT? I'm applying to UofA and Otago but think only slight chance of being successful. I don't really have time until December to start studying for GAMSAT. Is that enough time to prepare for test in March??
I can’t comment on GAMSAT preparation as I took one look at a practice exam and noped right outta there! Verdigris successfully GAMSATted though, so may have some advice. Also, don’t forget you can sit UCAT to open up UTAS, JCU, UNSW, JPM, and JMP for 2023 non-standard entry.
 

caityutoo

Member
Ahh. Didn't know that. So can sit UCAT in July 2022 for those universities for entry 2023? Might be a good option. Have a 6.9 Aus GPA (as far as I can figure out, 8.6 NZ GPA) but am a bit worried about that GAMSAT monster. Thanks
 

Verdigris

toddler med student
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caityutoo hi! you absolutely can prepare for the march gamsat if you start in december :) when i was researching gamsat study tips in 2019, the majority of people said it was good to spend six months preparing. i don't think that's necessary, honestly. i did one month prep (because i was totally in denial about not getting into otago until the last minute) and i scored 88th percentile. i was definitely doing about 4-6 hours work/day in that month tho. i did not feel confident walking into the exam, i did not feel confident walking out (unlike UMAT, which I spent six months prepping for). i think three months will be plenty, but you should make it a priority IMO. it is a different beast entirely to UCAT.

edit: if u sit the march gamsat then you can apply for entry in 2023. i recommend applying both for the UCAT unis and the GEMSAS ones (which is what i did). the MD universities are only 4 years for the degree, UCAT unis are 5-6 years and you're with 18 y/os for the most part. also the interviews and acceptances for the MD unis come out well before the UCAT ones (including auckland and otago) so you have some peace of mind going into those interviews, should you choose to do them :)
 

caityutoo

Member
caityutoo hi! you absolutely can prepare for the march gamsat if you start in december :) when i was researching gamsat study tips in 2019, the majority of people said it was good to spend six months preparing. i don't think that's necessary, honestly. i did one month prep (because i was totally in denial about not getting into otago until the last minute) and i scored 88th percentile. i was definitely doing about 4-6 hours work/day in that month tho. i did not feel confident walking into the exam, i did not feel confident walking out (unlike UMAT, which I spent six months prepping for). i think three months will be plenty, but you should make it a priority IMO. it is a different beast entirely to UCAT.

edit: if u sit the march gamsat then you can apply for entry in 2023. i recommend applying both for the UCAT unis and the GEMSAS ones (which is what i did). the MD universities are only 4 years for the degree, UCAT unis are 5-6 years and you're with 18 y/os for the most part. also the interviews and acceptances for the MD unis come out well before the UCAT ones (including auckland and otago) so you have some peace of mind going into those interviews, should you choose to do them :)
Perfect!! Thank you for your advice!
 
I am currently studying a degree, and next year is my last year. Am I able to apply to the Australian Medical Universities under the undergraduate pathway or would I be under the graduate category? Like can I apply for undergraduate medicine with a degree?
 

LMG!

MBBS IV
Administrator
I am currently studying a degree, and next year is my last year. Am I able to apply to the Australian Medical Universities under the undergraduate pathway or would I be under the graduate category? Like can I apply for undergraduate medicine with a degree?
You would be a non-standard applicant at the universities with this pathway, and a graduate applicant at unis with a grad pathway. You would need to do both UCAT (non-standard) and GAMSAT (graduate) to open up max chances in both pathways though.
 
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