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What is the GAMSAT?

The GAMSAT (Graduate Medical School Admissions Test) is a standardised test, which is being used in the UK as part of the admissions criteria for graduate entry medicine (GEM) programmes, as well as the Dental Surgery degree at Plymouth University, and Master of Science degree at the University of East Anglia. It is designed to assess a candidate's capacity to undertake high-level intellectual studies in a medical or dental course, including critical thinking, written communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as time management. First introduced to the UK by St George's Hospital Medical School in 1999, GAMSAT is now required for entry by 11 medical schools in the UK. During the global pandemic, GAMSAT evolved from a longer, pen-and-paper exam to a shorter, computer-based exam. GAMSAT is offered at local UK testing centres twice per year, in March and September, with the next testing window being August 24 - 25, 2024 - Written Communication and September 13 - 15, 2024 - Humanities and Biological Sciences.

Frequently Asked Questions

For 2023-2024 entry, 11 graduate entry medicine (GEM) programmes and 1 dental surgery programme in the UK accept the following GAMSAT scores and degree classifications (equivalent to GPAs in some countries):

There may be additional requirements, which are not listed in the summary below. For a more detailed list of GEM entry requirements in the UK, click here: GAMSAT Scores & Results 2023-2024 UK Of course, we strongly suggest that you also visit the website of the respective school to which you are applying.

Disclaimer: The information in our website does not replace the personal responsibility that each applicant has to access objective information and/or academic counselling regarding their choice to apply to a medical school or to study medicine. We have provided this free service for years only as a means to attempt to summarise a complex procedure with many moving parts. If you notice any information that is not consistent with your own research, please let us know as it could be of assistance to other candidates.

University Degree Classification GAMSAT
Cardiff University: Medicine (MBBCh; 4 years)
  • 2:1 in any of the following degrees:
    BSc (Hons) Medical Pharmacology degree, Cardiff University
    BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences degree, Cardiff University
    BMedSci Degree in Medical Sciences, Bangor University
    BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences Degree, University of South Wales
  • BBB/ABC at A-level or equivalent including Biology & Chemistry
  • English language or Welsh language at GCSE grade B/6 or an equivalent
  • 8 GCSEs including grade B/6 in GCSE Maths, Biology and Chemistry, or equivalent qualifications
There is no minimum threshold score.
Keele University: Medicine (MBChB; 5 years)
  • Upper second-class (2i) honours degree in any subject
  • BBB in 3 A-levels (NOTE: Home and international applicants who do not meet the A-Level requirements must sit GAMSAT.)
  • Grade 6 (B) or higher in GCSE English language and maths and all sciences/double-award science
Min. overall score - 55 with 58 or more in Section 3
Min. overall score - 58 with 55 or more in Section 3

Section 1 - 50
Section 2 - 50
Plymouth University: Medicine (BMBS; 5 years)
  • 7 GCSE passes of grades A-C/9-4 including English Language, Maths and either GCSE Double Award Science or two from single award Chemistry, Biology, or Physics
  • A*AA – AAB at GCE A level including an A grade in Biology and A in one further science from Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and Psychology
  • Your third GCE A level can be from any subject area including the Humanities, Languages, Music, Sport, Science and the Social Sciences
2021 entry cut-offs:

Overall score - 66

Section 1 - 47
Section 2 - 48
Section 3 - 54
Plymouth University: Dentistry (BDS; 5 years)
  • 7 GCSE passes of grades A-C/9-4 including English language, mats and either GCSE double award science or two from single award chemistry, biology, or physics
  • A*AA – AAB at GCE A-Level including an A grade in Biology and A in one further science from Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and Psychology
  • Your third GCE A level can be from any subject area including the Humanities, Languages, Music, Sport, Science and the Social Sciences
2021 entry cut-offs:

Overall score - 56

Section 1 - 54
Section 2 - 57
Section 3 - 49
St George's University of London: Medicine (MBBS; 4 years)
  • A pass minimum grade in any discipline (MSc, MPhil, PhD)
Min. overall score - calculated every year; Cut-off overall score for 2021 entry - 60

Section 1 - 50
Section 2 - 50
Section 3 - 50
Swansea University: Medicine (MBBCh; 4 years)
  • Minimum of a 2.1 in any subject Alternatives:
    • a minimum of merit (equivalent to 2.1 or first) in an integrated undergraduate masters degree
    • or a 2.2 and a Postgraduate Masters or PhD
  • Grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English/Welsh
Min. overall score* - 50

Section 3 - 50
*Cut-off scores are determined every year.
University of Exeter: Medicine (BMBS; 5 years)
  • 2:1 honours degree
  • AAA at GCE A-level Biology and Grade A in Chemistry
  • 36/666 in IB Biology and Chemistry at HL6
  • Grade C (4) in GCSE English Language
Applications are sorted based on GAMSAT overall score and the cut-off varies each year.
University of Liverpool: Medicine (MBChB; 4 years)
  • 2:1 honours degree or higher in a Biological, Biomedical or Health Science subject
  • BBB grades at A-Level (or equivalent) including Chemistry and either Biology, Physics or Maths
  • Minimum of Grade C or equivalent in GCSE Maths and English Language
The minimum scores vary each year and is dependent on the number of graduate entry applicants who meet/exceed the minimum academic criteria and other requirements.
Previous years cut-off scores:

Overall score - 55 or 56

Section 1 - 50 or higher
Section 2 - 50 or higher
Section 3 - 50 or higher
The University of East Anglia: Medicine (MSC Physician Associate Studies; 2 years)
  • Bachelors (Hons) degree - 2:1 or equivalent
  • Science or Health-related discipline
  • AAA-levels at Grade C or above, including at least one science subject or equivalent
Min. overall score - 50
The University of Nottingham: Medicine (BMBS; 4 years)
  • Minimum of a 2:2 degree in any discipline
Nottingham calculates your GAMSAT score as a mean average using the following formula: (Section 1 + Section 2 + Section 3) ÷ 3 = Total Score
Section 1 - either a 55 or 50 if your Section 3 score is 55
Section 2 - 55
Section 3 - either a 55 or 50 if your Section 1 score is 55
Ulster University: Medicine (MBBS; 4 years)
  • Minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in any discipline from a UK or Irish university, or from a recognised national awarding body or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard
Ulster University has not indicated a minimum threshold score at the time of this writing.
University of Sunderland: Medicine (MBChB; 5 years)
  • Minimum of 2:1 in any subject
  • Minimum of BBB in required A-levels: Biology or Chemistry plus another designated science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths/Further Maths/Statistics) and a third academic subject)
  • Minimum of grade B (6) in Maths, English Language and Sciences – double-award/ triple-award/combined (trilogy) or 3 separate; reformed English language GCSE in England must include pass in speaking and listening endorsement
Min. overall score - 55 with a minimum Section 3 score of 58
Min. overall score - 58 with a minimum Section 3 score of 55

Section 1 - 50 or above
Section 2 - 50 or above
Universities of St Andrews and Dundee in partnership with University of the Highlands and Islands (ScotGEM): Medicine (MBChB; 4 years)
  • 1st or a 2.1 Honours degree, or equivalent
  • Honours degrees in Arts, Science and other disciplines are also accepted.
  • Grade A or B in Chemistry Higher or A-Level or equivalent
  • Standard Grade in Maths (Credit 1 or 2), grade A or B in Intermediate 2, grade A or B in National 5, or grade B in GCSE, or equivalent
Cut-off overall score for 2020 entry - 50

Section 1 - 49 or above
Section 2 - 49 or above
Section 3 - 49 or above

GAMSAT generally evaluates your ability to solve problems, think critically and express your ideas effectively in writing through your performance in three areas; namely, Humanities & Social Sciences, Written Communication, and Biological & Physical Sciences (see the corresponding test sections in the table below). Although assumed knowledge in certain subjects would be helpful to some extent, the stimulus material used during the exam will often explore advanced-level content in order to assess your reasoning skills and ability to interpret graphs, tables, and mathematical relationships.

GAMSAT Exam GAMSAT sections and content

Currently, the GAMSAT exam is administered in testing centres with individual computers for each candidate. However, in cases of strict quarantine or lockdown restrictions (such as during the May-June 2020 sitting and in select locations in September 2020), the exam is delivered online via remote proctoring. Sitting the exam in a testing centre lasts approximately 6 hours with all three sections completed in a single day (shown in the table below). On the other hand, in exams done remotely, candidates sit Section 1 and Section 2 together in a single day while Section 3 is scheduled for a different day.

Summary of the new 2023-2024 Digital GAMSAT Exam Day

Key Points Event Duration
Arrival and Sitting of Exam Bring only the acceptable ID documents and permitted items to the test centre as specified in ACER's GAMSAT Information Booklet Security, identification, health protocols 45-60 minutes
Section 1: Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences Key skills are reading speed and comprehension of information within socio-cultural contexts 62 MCQs*
(the test centre will provide you with 2 sheets of A4 scratch paper to be used for both Section 1 and 2)
100 minutes
Section 2: Written Communication Produce ideas in writing with clarity and soundness; essays are typed with no copy/paste function 2 essays typed on a computer 65 minutes
Lunch Consider packing your own lunch to avoid queues with nervous chatter - 30 minutes
Section 3: Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences Analyse and solve problems: 40% Biology, 40% Chemistry (equally split between General and Organic); 20% Physics 75 MCQs*
(the test centre will provide you with 2 new sheets of A4 scratch paper to be used only for Section 3)
150 minutes
Total Test Time - - 5 hours, 15 minutes
Total Appointment Time Success requires stamina; stamina improves with practice. - 6-7 hours**
*MCQs: multiple-choice questions, 4 options per question with only 1 best answer. Note that the 'old' GAMSAT had a dedicated 'reading time' of 10 minutes for each of Section 1 and 3, and 5 minutes for Section 2. During that reading time, students were not permitted to write or mark their exam paper in any way. The new digital GAMSAT has added time for each of the 3 exam sections as a legacy to 'reading time'; however, in practice, you can use your exam time in any way that you see fit. **It might be a good idea to allocate a whole day to sit the GAMSAT test to allow for any contingencies and/or technical issues that you might encounter. Before the 2020 sittings, the exam-day experience lasted more than 7 hours excluding added traffic and queues at the larger testing centres (i.e. London, Dublin, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth). Safety measures and health protocols should be carefully anticipated when making travel arrangements and accommodations to and from the testing centre.

A science background is not a prerequisite in sitting the GAMSAT. If your first degree is in a non-scientific or a non-clinical field of study, you can still sit the GAMSAT and be possibly chosen for admission to a graduate-entry programme as long as you meet any of the following qualifications:

  • Has a completed Bachelor's degree in any discipline
  • Will be enrolled in a penultimate (second-last) year of a Bachelor's degree
  • Is in the final year of study for a Bachelor degree at the time of sitting the GAMSAT

However, it must be stressed that GAMSAT success is unlikely without knowledge and ability in the biological and physical sciences. And of course, academic excellence in the humanities and social sciences is encouraged and recognised. A study conducted by Annette Mercer, et al, published in 2015, unsurprisingly indicates the following:

"Candidates with Arts and Social Science qualifications score highest in Sections 1 and 2 and candidates with Physical Science-based qualifications score highest in Section 3, suggesting that performance in individual sections of GAMSAT is dependent on discipline-specific skills and that each section is assessing different attributes." (From GAMSAT: A 10-year retrospective overview, with detailed analysis of candidates' performance in 2014)

Source: Mercer, A., Crotty, B., Alldridge, L. et al. GAMSAT: A 10-year retrospective overview, with detailed analysis of candidates' performance in 2014. BMC Med Educ 15, 31 (2015).

GAMSAT Preparation for Non-Science Background

Sitting the GAMSAT with a non-science background and eventually getting accepted to a medical school in the UK is entirely possible. Of course, getting a high GAMSAT score involves a problem-based learning approach in your preparation and adopting proven strategies such as the 70/30 formula as discussed by the experienced GAMSAT teacher, Dr Brett Ferdinand, in this video:

GAMSAT scores are mapped onto a scale which ranges from a high of 100 to a low of 0. Note that more than 95% of candidates will receive a scaled GAMSAT score between 40 and 80.

GAMSAT scores are based on Item Response Theory (IRT) which depends on the cohort and the degree of exam difficulty. IRT is a statistical adjustment to ensure that GAMSAT scores are comparable from year to year. Your GAMSAT score is not a direct equivalent to your raw score (i.e. how many correct answers divided by how many questions in Section 1 or 3), nor is your GAMSAT score a simple percentage.

Your GAMSAT results will be available in November for the September sitting. Results for GAMSAT held in March will be available in May. An email will be sent to you explaining how to access your results online. You will receive a score for each of the three sections, together with an Overall GAMSAT Score. The Overall Score is a weighted average of the three component scores. Each of the four GAMSAT scores is expressed on a scale of 0 to 100. Again, these are not percentage marks.

The Overall GAMSAT Score is calculated using the following formula*:

Overall Score = (1 x Section I + 1 x Section II + 2 x Section III) / 4

*As you can see, the science section (Section III) is weighted twice so that your overall GAMSAT score is 50% non science and 50% science. Some medical schools, such as The University of Nottingham in the UK and both the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney in Australia, weight all three sections equally.

Note: The Overall Score is calculated to several decimal places. It is not possible for candidates to replicate this process.

What is a good GAMSAT score?

Average, good and high GAMSAT scores are relative terms and, as such, are dependent on perspective, the cohort and the medical school to which you intend to apply.

Graphical representation of typical overall GAMSAT score distribution

The following table provides a general guide. Please keep in mind that the percentile rank indicates your test performance relative to all the students who sat the same test on the same day. It records the percentage of students whose scores were lower than yours.

Score Percentile Score
56-58 50th average
61-63 75th usually good*
73 or higher 98th very high

*Please note, a "good" score may be good enough for admittance to one particular medical school but below the cutoff of another. Consult the websites of the medical institutions to which you intend to apply.

An average GAMSAT score is often around 56-58 and a high GAMSAT score is over 65. Technically, the highest possible GAMSAT score is 100; however, only 0.1% of students score over 80. When you hear a student make the claim "I scored 100", they are usually rounding their percentile rank as opposed to providing the scaled score.

Please keep in mind when evaluating the statistics provided and the graphic: this data is meant to give you a general idea of the process. The numbers can vary somewhat from one exam sitting to another. And as mentioned previously, you cannot replicate the scoring system at home since there is no formula provided to convert raw scores into official GAMSAT scores.

You can sit the GAMSAT in the UK twice a year, in March and September, in each of the UK, Ireland and Australia, as well as selected international locations. The following is a table with key dates to keep you on track with registration and sitting dates. For detailed information such as past GAMSAT release dates and application deadlines to graduate entry medicine programmes, please go to our GAMSAT Scores & Results UK page.

GAMSAT 2024 Key Dates in the UK
GAMSAT March 2024 GAMSAT September 2024
Testing Window Written Communication - March 18 - 22, 2024
Humanities and Biological Sciences - March 22-24, 2024
Written Communication - August 31 - September 1, 2024
Humanities and Biological Sciences - September 13-15, 2024
Standard Registration Period Early November 2023 Early May 2024
Late Registration Closes in February 1st at 10 am GMT Closes in July 11th at 1 pm BST
GAMSAT Scores Release Dates Mid to late May 2024 Mid-November 2024

How much does the GAMSAT cost?

GAMSAT registration fee is £286 per sitting. If you register late, you'll need to pay the late fee of £69.

How do I register for the GAMSAT exam?

Registrations for both the March and September exams are done online. You are required to provide a valid email address in creating an online account at the Australian Council for Educational Research's website. For more information about the registration process, please go to ACER's official GAMSAT website.

GAMSAT UK Test Centres

GAMSAT test centres in the UK for September are located in Birmingham, Cardiff, Derry/Londonderry (NI), Edinburgh, Liverpool, London, Norwich, Plymouth, Sheffield and Sunderland. GAMSAT test centres outside the UK are located in Singapore, Washington D.C. and Wellington, New Zealand. As described above, students applying to medical schools which accept the GAMSAT in the UK, Ireland or Australia can sit any of the two available exams during the year. Students can opt to sit the GAMSAT in March in Bristol, Derry/Londonderry (NI), Leeds, Liverpool and London. No other GAMSAT testing centres are available in the UK

There is no limit to the number of times you can sit the GAMSAT. You may even choose to sit the exam twice in one year. It is important to note that any two tests on different examination dates will have, essentially, the same format; however, many questions are changed for each exam. GAMSAT scores from either the March or September sitting are also interchangeable and can be used to apply to any university in the UK, Ireland and Australia that requires the GAMSAT.

However, please note that GAMSAT scores are valid for only 2 years in the UK and Ireland, and 4 years in Australia. Make sure that your scores have not expired if you are using a score from a previous sitting of the GAMSAT. Otherwise, you choose the GAMSAT score that you wish to submit for consideration for admissions.

Location Application GAMSAT March Sitting GAMSAT September Sitting
UK Apply 2024, Begin 2025 2023 | 2024 2023 | 2024
Ireland Apply 2024, Begin 2024 2023 | 2024 2022 | 2023
Australia Apply 2024, Begin 2025 2021 | 2022 | 2023 | 2024 2020 | 2021 | 2022 | 2023

What are the best courses in the UK?

Find more options of the best GAMSAT courses in the UK or bestselling GAMSAT books, or find an essay correction service, small-group tutorials, practice tests, and all-inclusive, complete preparation course here: GAMSAT UK Preparation Courses

Choosing the best GAMSAT course ultimately boils down to your individual study needs. However, you should consider three essential factors when deciding the right one for you.

Frequently-tested Topics

Opt for materials or courses that cover the most frequently tested and recently trending topics in the real GAMSAT. These should save you from endless research and instead, focus on learning and revising subject matters that actually come out in the actual exam.

GAMSAT-level Reasoning

You may have probably realised by now that the GAMSAT is reasoning-based rather than knowledge-based. Look for books or courses that teach you what we, at Gold Standard, refer to as 'GAMSAT think' and eventually develop the required reasoning skills of the GAMSAT.

Realistic GAMSAT Mock Exams

Choose a GAMSAT course that includes full-length practice tests that closely mimic the various types of passages, levels of difficulties, timing and format of the real exam. Simulating several GAMSAT-level exams will sharpen your reasoning skills and mental endurance.

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