The Difference Between ACER GAMSAT In Different Countries

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It is a fact that a high level of quality must be maintained in the medical field. And while there are many ways to ensure exactly that, one of the most common and visible of these quality control means is the screening process for prospective medical students. Not only are they screened to ensure that they are among the best there is skills-wise, but they are also tested if they have what it takes to become a successful medical practitioner. One of the most notorious examinations for prospective medical students is the ACER GAMSAT. Administered in 3 different countries worldwide, it must intrigue the mind how they can possibly be different from each other. This article would settle that question once and for all.

To begin this article, we will begin with the place of origin for this test, Australia. The GAMSAT, an acronym that stands for Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admission Test, is created to become the means of evaluating if the person is viable to become a student of the following fields: medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy. 4 Australian medical schools have created the GAMSAT as their primary means to determine if certain applicants are capable of taking medicine. The exam was first administered in 1995, and is administered by the Australian Council for Educational Research. The exams are administered here between late March and early April.

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Because of the sheer comprehensiveness of this exam, it's not long before other countries have utilized the ACER GAMSAT as their primary means of screening applicants for medical school. United Kingdom schools first used this exam in 1999. Among the schools in the UK that utilize the GAMSAT as part of their application screening process include St. Georges, University of Nottingham, University of Swansea, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, and University of London. In contrast to Australia, the schedule for these exams in the UK is the month of September.

Then Irish schools followed suit in using the GAMSAT as a means for screening prospective students. All graduate-entry schools use the GAMSAT as a means of screening applicants. Included in this list are prominent schools such as the University College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. The schedule for tests in Ireland is similar to that in Australia: late March to early April.

Other than the difference in the schools that require/administer the exam, the content of the GAMSAT in these 3 countries doesn't differ all that much. It is still divided into 3 sections: Humanities and Social Science, Written Communication, and Natural/Physical Sciences. The entire exam is expected to be completed in 5 hours and 30 minutes. The means for calculating the scores and checking the performance of the students are similar. Also, results are released in percentile ranks, not in percent accuracy of the score. Those with satisfactory scores are expected to make it to the next qualifying phases such as interviews.

When you try and take a look at it, there is not much difference in the ACER GAMSAT for Australia, the UK, and Ireland. The only differences lie on which schools require them and when they are administered.

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Updated: March 22, 2018 — 9:30 am
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