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What is a good GAMSAT score?
What is a good GAMSAT score? In a strange way the answer is: whatever score you need to get into your target graduate medical school. This may seem a strange answer but GAMSAT requires a real pragmatism. In an ideal world you would obviously love to be one of the students who scores in the 80s or 90s for GAMSAT, but for most medical schools in the UK and Ireland your actual score makes little difference. Medical schools such as St Georges and Nottingham only use the GAMSAT as a basic cut off for interview and do not look at your score again. The slight exception to this is where candidates are tied at interview where the relevant GAMSAT scores may be considered. In Ireland hitting the required cut off means you are in. No ifs, no buts, no interviews!
Try to think of GAMSAT therefore as a ‘gate-keeping’ exercise rather than something that dictates success at medical school. I was recently speaking to a student (and friend) who did the GradMed course in 2002 (our first year). He is now a well-known cardiothoracic surgeon and as you might expect confirmed that no one in his career had ever asked him his GAMSAT score (not yet I guess Rob!). He actually scored 86 overall in 2002, with 100 in section 3, and so I think he rather wishes someone would ask.
Of course aiming for a score in the 70s, 80s and above is no bad thing, as it certainly gives you a good margin of error. But remember the real key with GAMSAT is getting through it, putting it away and then being successful in your medical career and beyond.