Preparation materials

ACER produces the only official GAMSAT test preparation materials. There are currently two types of preparation materials available: An online test generator for Section II responses that are automatically scored and five publications in the form of e-books (pdf format).

Online Test Generator - Section II Written Communication:

The online test generator allows test takers to submit two responses of writing addressing two specific tasks they have chosen. We have supplied 16 task themes in total; 8 pertaining to Task A and 8 pertaining to Task B from GAMSAT September 2020.  

Task A Themes Task B Themes
Law & Justice Cynicism
Welfare Love
Gender Food
Collectivism Solitude
War Family
Leadership Altruism
Clicktivism Arts & pop culture
Journalism/news Personality

A test taker can choose up to 64 combinations of the test in preparation for their GAMSAT sitting. The submitted responses of writing are then automatically scored and a percentile band and a score range are provided on completion of both tasks. Please note: The writing tasks comments will not change if you decide to re-sit the same themes again, but you may submit different responses and receive a new score range and percentile band. 

To enable automatic scoring thousands of actual responses to the tasks together with corresponding scores (triple marked and adjudicated where necessary) from GAMSAT September 2020 data were loaded to the automatic marking system to create a computer model that replicates manual scoring and can ‘mimic’ the way ACER markers assign scores to the tasks. The combination of the estimated raw scores from a Task A and a Task B are then converted to the Section scaled score.  Please note: the percentile band and a score range you receive in this practice test does not indicate you will receive the same score range in your actual test sitting of GAMSAT Section II. 

Test takers can now select which version of the test they wish to purchase and undertake – timed or untimed. Please note: One copy of both test versions can be bought at the same.


Timed Version 
The timed version of the test will have a timer located up in the right hand corner of the screen and this means test takers have 65 minutes to complete both tasks starting from when they open and commence the test. This means if they have not completed both tasks in 65 minutes, what they have typed/completed will be submitted for scoring. You cannot use the copy and paste function within this version. 

Untimed Version  
The untimed version allows test takers to complete the test over a period of time and submit when they choose. You can use the copy and paste function within this version. 
There are different instructions pertaining to both versions of the test and it is the test taker’s responsibility at the time of commencing each one to read these carefully. This test will be delivered in a similar format to the test taker’s actual test sitting of Section II which will allow you to familiarise yourself with the system. However the timed version of the test will only simulate the version a test taker will see if they sit via remote proctoring. Test center sittings do not display a timer. Timing will be announced on the testing day by a testing supervisor. 

The purchase of the Online Test Generator for written communication entitles you to: 

  • provision of two GAMSAT writing tasks: one Task A and one Task B (per version of the test); 
  • provision of a single written communication score range, for example 56-60, and percentile band.

Please note that you will only be able to submit your responses once per purchased version of the test. 

  • submit your completed writing tasks within 12 months from the date of purchase. 

E-books (pdf format):

Practice Test 1, Practice Test 2 and Practice Test 3 are each equivalent to a full test and each will take approximately 5.5 hours to complete under exam conditions. Answers are given for all questions. 

Sample Questions and Practice Questions are shorter publications which contain the same balance of question types found in a full test. Answers are given for all questions and suggested worked solutions are provided for some.

Practice Questions is included in the cost of the GAMSAT registration fee.

Though similar in format, the e-books contain different selections of material and are designed to give examples of the types of questions asked in the GAMSAT test and of the skills and knowledge tested.

Please note: The content of the preparation materials does not change from year to year unless otherwise specified. The materials available from 2022 are rebranded; the content has not changed. It is the test taker's responsibility to ensure they purchase the correct publications; refunds will not be provided for incorrect purchases.

In order to purchase the preparation materials an online account is required. This is not a registration for the GAMSAT test. The preparation materials can be purchased at any time with or without a registration for the GAMSAT. Prices are listed in the three GAMSAT currencies: Australian Dollar($), Pound Sterling(£) and Euro(€).

The preparation materials will be accessible via the online account as soon as the payment is received successfully.

All GAMSAT preparation materials are copyright works and protected by copyright law both in Australia and outside Australia.

As a condition of purchasing any GAMSAT preparation materials buyers will be required to complete a declaration expressly confirming their acceptance of the limited licence granted to them to access and use the specific GAMSAT preparation materials.

Except as otherwise required by law, or as otherwise provided in the GAMSAT Information Booklet, no refunds will be given for the purchase of any GAMSAT preparation materials.



Preparation Material


Practice Test 1

UK: £28
Ireland: €32

Practice Test 2

UK: £28
Ireland: €32

Practice Test 3 

UK: £28
Ireland: €32

Sample Questions

UK: £17
Ireland: €19

*Practice Questions

UK: £17
Ireland: €19

Online Test Generator

UK: £11
Ireland: €13

*Practice Questions is included in the registration fee for GAMSAT.