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Section II

There is an inner logic to the GAMSAT Examination, which consists of testing two fundamental types of intelligence.  This is most easily seen in the “Written Communication” paper.  Section A requires the candidate to write an analytical essay dealing with ideas, which tests intellectual intelligence. Section B requires the candidate to write a personalised essay dealing with inter-personal issues, which tests emotional intelligence.  This matches the skills required by an effective medical practitioner, who has to analyse symptoms (intellectual intelligence) and simultaneously manage the people who present those symptoms (emotional intelligence).     


This is an exercise to get you thinking in how to approach the essays for section II of the test, Written Communication

In the Written Communication examination you have half an hour to convince the examiner that you have the qualities necessary to gain a good mark. In order to achieve this objective you have to be interesting enough to read, and this means that you have to do what all successful writers do, which is to engage the reader. (The exam is called written communication for a reason!).

There are many aspects to the art of reader communication and managing reader response, but probably the single most important skill is to capture the reader’s attention at the outset. If your introductory remarks are poorly focused on the topic, or approach it from a predictable or unimaginative standpoint, then the reader will quickly become bored and alienated, and it will be very difficult for the essay to recover. The opportunity will be lost. The function of the opening sentence is to make the reader want to read the second sentence, and the function of the second sentence is to make the reader want to read the rest of the essay. The introduction must therefore capture the reader’s attention by taking up a well focused, meaningful and preferably memorable stance towards the essay topic ( which means among other things that the essay must be thought through as a whole before the introduction is written ).

This is a skill that must be practised, and the following exercise is designed to get you started. You are invited to consider six essay titles, think through your response and write out your opening sentences. You will then be able to compare your openings with some suggested introductions.

To read the titles, click here…

Section I

Section I

These questions have been created to reflect the current standard of GAMSAT. To emulate the ‘real’ timing of the test you should aim to complete this section in 50 minutes. You can pause and resume the test timer at any point, although leaving this page will restart the test completely. Click on 'Finish the Test' to see a summary of how you did.

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Section III

Section III

These questions have been created to reflect the current standard of GAMSAT. To emulate the ‘real’ timing of the test you should aim to complete this section in 85 minutes.

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