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GAMSAT Strategy

Our Strategy course draws together the key skills underpinning the sciences. This is accompanied by a 140 page book, providing an invaluable GAMSAT resource. The course covers the following topics:

  • Dealing With Number
  • Rearranging and combining equations
  • Units as a guide to spotting answers
  • Importance of standard form and roots
  • Using logs both natural and log10
  • Estimation in questions
  • Volume and area
  • The Importance of Graphical Data
  • How to read and interpret graphs
  • Gradients and intersections
  • Log graphs
  • Graphs in Biology
  • Graphs in Chemistry
  • Graphs in Physics
  • Unusual graphs (often the most difficult for candidates)
  • Functional Groups in Biological Molecules
  • The type of functional groups we see
  • Spotting common features in molecules and extending these ideas
  • Important bonds such as the peptide bond and their form and function
  • Dealing with polymers 
  • Spotting Transformation in Biology and Chemistry
  • The importance of carbon counting
  • Looking for landmarks in molecules
  • Getting a backbone
  • Deducing the unusual, unapproachable and unknown
  • Spotting theory disguised as something else
  • Visualising in Three Dimensions
  • Spotting chemical environments
  • Seeing in 3D
  • Optical isomerism and other stereochemistry
  • Representations of sugars
  • What to expect on the day
  • General rules of GAMSAT
  • How to make a first pass of information
  • Rapid selection techniques when time presses
  • The importance of narrowing down the field