GAMSAT is a computer-based assessment developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in conjunction with GEMPASS Australia Limited
GAMSAT is available to any person who is applying to study in a course for which GAMSAT is a prerequisite, and who is able to meet the academic entry requirements set by the universities.
To be eligible you need to have completed a Bachelor or an undergraduate honours degree, or be in your penultimate (second-last) or final year of study, at the time of sitting the test. If you are applying to the University of Exeter Medical School and/or the University of Plymouth Faculty Of Health, you are also eligible so long as you believe you have achieved an appropriate level of intellectual maturity and subject knowledge to meet the demands of the test. *The test is also available to those for whom it will be more than two full academic years from the time they completed their level 3 (A level or equivalent) studies. This includes all graduate applicants (*The University of Exeter).
To sit GAMSAT you must be a genuine prospective applicant to a course for which GAMSAT is a prerequisite. There is no limit to the number of times you may sit GAMSAT.
Test takers whose first degree is in a non-scientific field of study can still sit GAMSAT and succeed in an application for admission to one of the graduate-entry programs. A science degree is not always a prerequisite and institutions encourage applications from test takers who have achieved academic excellence in the humanities and social sciences. However, it must be stressed that success in GAMSAT is unlikely without knowledge and ability in the biological and physical sciences.
GAMSAT is a mixed delivery of remote proctored and test centre sitting. Test takers should make themselves aware of the minimum technical requirements to complete the Written Communication Section via remote proctoring.
The registration fee for GAMSAT is AUD$549 (including GST) in Australia, €365 in Ireland, and £286 in the UK. Payment must be made in full at the time of registration.
Payment must be submitted online by credit card (MasterCard, Visa).
Secure computer-based delivery
Two test cycles per year aligned to application cycles
Results available to universities for verification
Valid & reliable indicators of student capability
Designed to complement academic achievement
Developed with a global cohort in mind to minimise biases
Assess ability to generate and develop ideas in writing
Tests skills in the interpretation and understanding of ideas in social and cultural contexts
Assesses ability to identify knowledge in new contexts, and analyse and interpret data
ACER is a not-for-profit independent organisation and one of the world's leading providers of educational advice, products and services. ACER develops GAMSAT and provides results to test takers and participating universities.
GAMSAT is one component required for applications to a selection of high-stakes university courses. GAMSAT is specifically designed to rank a highly competitive and intelligent cohort of test takers, so it is important to look at the scores received within this context.
GAMSAT is developed to rigorous professional and technical standards. Test questions are designed and developed by a team of ACER writers, expert in their subject areas, in close consultation with university faculty specialists. All test questions must pass detailed panelling, trial testing, analysis and final review. The content, style, duration and sequencing of the tests are determined to ensure that the testing program is relevant, fair, valid and reliable.
ACER is a not-for-profit educational research organisation with a mission to improve learning. ACER has an excellent international reputation and track record in the development, management and research of selection tests for undergraduate medical and health related programs.