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Joined: 25 Nov 2011
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:54 am    Post subject: Where to Start? Reply with quote


New to the forum. As stated in my introduction I am a mom who is currently a Nurse however moving to Melbourne next year. I am looking to get into Medicine but not sure where to start. Any tips or pointers would be great help.

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Joined: 05 Nov 2010
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Location: Brisbane

PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Adorra,

Firstly, check if you have an undergrad degree that's less than 10yrs old or a recent masters.

Then, sit the gamsat exam.

If all went well, you can start applying to uni.

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Joined: 25 Nov 2011
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the information.

As for prep for the GamSat what should I look into? I know there are prep courses, and I see people sell material on this site. Just wondering what the best course of prep would be.

Should I look into purchasing prep courses? I also seen some people talking about practice questions, where do I find those? Are there any other forums or sites out there that are worth looking into? Since I am not in Aus as of yet, not sure if there are study groups in Canada? Does anyone know of any study groups for Canada?

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Joined: 23 Jul 2010
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Location: Adelaide

PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your looking to apply for the 2013 intake then you really want to start preparing for the GAMSAT now. I would definitely recommend using a study guide as they will keep you on track for what you need to study. As for which one, that will depend on what your strengths and weakness are and thus where you need to focus.
I personally took a brute force attack and got my hands on just about everything I could. I found that they all had strengths and weaknesses so having a couple allowed me to cover all the bases. It isn't to hard to pick this stuff up second hand at a good price. You don't need to worry about how old it is since the exam content really doesn't change from year to year.

Please keep in mind that the following statements are just my own personal opinion and should be taken with a pinch of salt. I am currently in the IT industry and have basic 1st year uni exposure to Phy/Chem/Math but have not done any English or Bio since year 11 at school. Below is focused on S3 since they all were much of a much ness in S1 and I did not use any for S2.

MedPrep Home Study - Good all round course book which I used as the base of my study. The practice questions seemed to be designed to help reinforce the sections and thus were not very GAMSATy, but the practice exams were spot on.

Des O'Neill - The science section was very comprehensive, fact based and light on explanations. I found it more useful when I needed more practice on a section than what MedPrep gave. I would not recommend this as the only study guide for someone unless they are very science literate to begin with. They do have lots of good practice questions that help bed down your understanding (e.g. not GAMSATy).

Guru Method - Very short course, very to the point. All the practice questions are written like they would be in the GAMSAT. This is definitely the course if you are short on time and already have a solid understanding of the material. This is about teaching you to pass the GAMSAT not broadening your knowledge.

PrepGenie practice exams - I found these quite difficult (they felt harder than the real exam). There were also other issues with the quality of their product that prevent me from recommending them.

Beyond this, I would recommend that you get the Acer GAMSAT books as they are great practice exams (although they felt easier than the real exam). Also use resources like the Khan Academy to fill in any gaps.
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Joined: 25 Nov 2011
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am very much like yourself, get my hands on as much information as I can so that I can be prepared. Didn't realize how much was involved with GAMSAT and am happy that I am starting sooner rather than later.

Will look into second hand books and prep materials and hopefully can take advantage of the pricing.

Thank you for your reviews and opinions. It does help me gain a better idea of what is out and what to expect when I do look into them.

As for Khan Academy what would you recommend to focus on, they have lots of topics on there and it is almost mind boggling. Want to make sure I focus on the right material so I am fully prepared.

It seems a lot of people don't like Prepgenie but when I look at them, I don't see the issues others are complaining about. They seem like they have a good section and prep like the other sites I have looked at. Looking at pricing they seem a bit cheaper than the others, and price is a factor for myself but I also want to make sure that I get good material to work with. If I have to work with more than one to gain the full broad of material I am going to factor in everything possible to make sure I get the most for my money.

I will also look into getting the Acer GAMSAt books, it sounds like it is something that I am looking for in terms of practice.
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Joined: 12 Dec 2010
Posts: 4

PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regarding Prep genie
Perhaps because prep genie is quite new on the scene and based in India, it attracts criticism. Or it might simply be that they introduced an inferior course in comparison to other gammy prep orgs (that seems to be the view here). Or perhaps, itís propaganda. Who knows? I have no experience with them and havn't heard anything about them. They were too new on the scene for my taste this time last year.
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