The GAMSAT explained
What it is, who uses it, and how to tackle it
- By: Phillipa Louise Brothwood
The Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) is used by some universities to assess the suitability of candidates who already have a previous degree (such as bachelors or masters) to study medicine. Seven UK universities require candidates for medicine to take it (box 1).
The aim of the GAMSAT is to test your ability to solve problems in different areas, from the humanities to the sciences. The official GAMSAT website states: “GAMSAT evaluates the nature and extent of abilities and skills gained through prior experience and learning, including the mastery and use of concepts in basic science as well as the acquisition of more general skills in problem solving, critical thinking and writing.”1
It is important to remember that you can sit the GAMSAT only once a year. The 2016 test date will be in September and has not been released yet. However, if you subscribe to Student BMJ’s email