Timing of the Test

The GAMSAT test is made up of (4.45) hours of test time which includes 19 minutes of reading time and 30 mins recess time. Pre-testing procedures should be faster for GAMSAT September 2020 as there will be fewer candidates per testing venue than in previous years. However, it is not possible to guarantee start and finish times just in case unforeseen delays occur. Care should be taken when making return travel arrangements to allow adequate time at the test centre. You should anticipate being at the test centre for at least 6 hours.

The table below shows the structure of GAMSAT by section and time.

Section Number of questions Reading time Writing time Total test time
Section I, Reasoning in Humanities 47 6 minutes 64 minutes 70 minutes
Section II, Written Communication 2 5 minutes 60 minutes 65 minutes
Section III, Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences 75 8 minutes 142 minutes 150 minutes


There is no break between Section I and II. Candidates may not leave their desk or access their personal belongings at this time.

There is a lunch break of 30 minutes between Section II and Section III. Please note: there may not be canteen facilities at the test centres. All candidates are advised to bring their own packed lunch.

Candidates may use the bathroom during testing time, but this will not be in the last ten minutes of each section. No additional time will be granted for bathroom breaks.

Candidates may not leave the test centre before the full testing time has elapsed, except in the case of illness. Candidates leaving before the start of Section III will not receive their GAMSAT scores. Candidates leaving during Section III due to illness are expected to provide a medical certificate explaining their need to leave the test centre. This must be provided no later than seven days after the test day; failure to do so may result in scores being withheld.

Once a candidate has departed the test centre it is not possible to re-enter and continue the test.