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Experiences of Gamsat and Interviews

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Joined: 14 Mar 2006
Posts: 71
Location: Brisbane

PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:01 am    Post subject: Experiences of Gamsat and Interviews Reply with quote

Hi! I thought it would be really helpful if others would share their experiences of the gamsat from past years, and this year when it is done!

Also if anyone has any stories and questions asked from their interviews that would be great!!!

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Joined: 19 Mar 2007
Posts: 16

PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 4:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heres a tip: dont do what i did and go on a holiday right before the interview, and be up all night reviewing and going to the interview without sleeping lol. Plus side I never got a rejection, but didnt get an offer either. But it was good knowing I could've probably gotten in if I'd slept, since I got really really close.

Oh, and apply to more than one place if possible.

For the gamsat, also make sure you get sleep lol. Its a long exam, and you'll crash without adequate rest. Also, dont mentally struggle trying to remember concepts and formulas. The answer is almost always in the passage. And dont feel bad if you dont finish the entire exam- heaps of people dont.

And most importantly- dont stress! I mean, whats the worst that can happen??
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Joined: 02 Feb 2007
Posts: 20

PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Touche wrote:

And most importantly- dont stress! I mean, whats the worst that can happen??

An honour project.....

No seriously, Im not fussed if I dont get into med next year, i have an honours project lined up already.

Yay for Pseudomonas aeruginosa!
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Joined: 21 Mar 2007
Posts: 33

PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't worry about sleep.
Get some ritalin.
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Joined: 24 Apr 2007
Posts: 303
Location: Gold Coast, AUS

PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not much help right now, but for those taking the exam next year, here are 6 things that can help you with the exam:

1. This is a long exam. 'They' purposely put the science section at the end of the day, because you're not focussing by now. Remember, you're used to sitting 3 hour exams at most, so once you reach that stage, your brain wants to turn off. View the first two sections as pre-exam questioning, and section III as the exam proper. This will hopefully help you conserve brain energy (it did for me).

2. Lay off the caffeine. Coffee is actually going to have an adverse effect on what you're going for. You think it's going to give you energy - but really it's just going to quickly expend all the energy you have. Consequently, Taurine (red bull) is a neuroprotective amino acid which actually conserves brain energy, but good luck finding some without added caffeine! Get your hands on a very technical concoction of glucose and electrolytes, aka - Gatorade.

3. The science section is not really science. If you've ever done an IQ test, you'll be able to recall the kinds of questions they use to test your spatial ability. Kind of like - 'which of these patterns is the odd one out?' This is really what the questions in section III are all about, but they're disguised as science. You really don't need to know the ins and outs of sigmatropic rearrangements, you just need to know how to rotate the molecule in your head.

4. 'They' want to waste your time. Everyone says it's normal to not finish the exam, and they're right- that is the norm. But it doesn't have to be - the exam is designed so you can finish it, if you can separate the chaff from the wheat. Especially in section III, the examiners will add a quarter page of background information. Once you get through the questions in that unit, you realise that all that information was actually useless. Try skimming the first sentence in the paragraph, then jump to the questions. If you can answer them - great. If not, simply read a bit more of the information.
*Not reccommended for section I.

5. Read each question thoroughly. A single, seemingly inconsequential word can actually be the deciding factor in whether you understand the question correctly or not. Don't be mistaken - these words are put there solely for you to disregard them if you're not vigilant enough.

6. Above all, study the exam as much if not more than the content. Study how questions are phrased, and study picking up on hints, because as mentioned previously- the answer is right there on the page. The real test is finding it.

Good Luck for the exam!
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