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Exam to study medicine - July 21st 2010, 05:42 PM

I am studying 10+ hours a day for the GAMSAT exam in September. It is the exam that will get you onto Graduate Entry Medicine which is a 4 year course for people with a Bachelor's degree, provided your score in the GAMSAT gets you in.

The GAMSAT has 3 section:

I: Humanities and Social Science (i.e. analysing a written article and choosing what the point of it is, what certain emotions a sentence brings, &c.)
II: Two essays that are completely free fromed from quotes they give.
III: Science: 40% Biology; 40% Chemistry, 20% Physics

Its all MCQ except section II. Sections I and II should be no problem for me. I am actually brilliant at that kind of stuff and I'm pretty good at writing and coming up with original ideas. The essays should be the best part of my exam.

However, Section III is worth the same amount of marks as Sections I and II together. The Sciences have to be upto A level (English college) standard and the only one I did at school was Physics so that one is revision really and I know most of it.

Biology I've done bits of at university and I covered the A level course in a week and pretty much know it all.

But I'm really freaking out about chemisty. I've just finished reading the book and everything and the only stuff I really know is Titrations and Mole Calculations. It is actually scary after all the time I've had my nose in the book how little I've come out with. I've been answering A level exam questions and consulting the book, but there's so much I'm not able to answer even with the book.b I can't really get help from anyone.

I think I'm putting myself under too much pressure, but chemistry has really freaked me out as to how hard I'm finding it.
   
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Re: Exam to study medicine - July 21st 2010, 09:58 PM

Seriously good luck! This exam is know for being hard. I'm starting an undergraduate medical degree in September and I got two offers for medicine. Where are you thinking of applying? My neighbour did graduate entry at Nottingham, and I have a friend applying this September to various places. But honestly your best source of information is going to be THIS. Genuinely, this site helped me get my places.

What is your first degree in?

Also remember it's a very good idea to apply to a 5 year course as well! Some of them accept the GAMSAT... pretty sure Penninsula does, from the top of my head.

Anyway I have way more knowledge on medical admissions in my head than would be considered normal, and currently going to no use. Feel free to ask me any questions, though do be aware I applied for undergraduate medicine.


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Re: Exam to study medicine - July 27th 2010, 12:21 AM

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Seriously good luck! This exam is know for being hard. I'm starting an undergraduate medical degree in September and I got two offers for medicine. Where are you thinking of applying? My neighbour did graduate entry at Nottingham, and I have a friend applying this September to various places. But honestly your best source of information is going to be THIS. Genuinely, this site helped me get my places.

What is your first degree in?

Also remember it's a very good idea to apply to a 5 year course as well! Some of them accept the GAMSAT... pretty sure Penninsula does, from the top of my head.

Anyway I have way more knowledge on medical admissions in my head than would be considered normal, and currently going to no use. Feel free to ask me any questions, though do be aware I applied for undergraduate medicine.

My current degree is a BA in Classics.

I'm only applying for the 4 year courses and only sitting the GAMSAT.

Of the UK uni's I'm applying to St. George's, Nottingham and Peninsula in that order of preference. However I'm applying to all the Irish unis and my current one, at the moment, is top of my list overall. Yet, the RCSI is still very tempting.
   
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Re: Exam to study medicine - July 27th 2010, 12:24 AM

So what's the difference between this and the MCAT?


   
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Re: Exam to study medicine - July 27th 2010, 10:34 AM

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So what's the difference between this and the MCAT?
I think MCAT is the American version of our UKCAT
UKCAT are for Undergraduate entry and then GAMSAT is for postgraduate entry.

Isn't there a BMAT too?
   
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Re: Exam to study medicine - July 27th 2010, 11:32 AM

What are you struggling with in Chemistry. The concepts or calculations?
For me and most others, i struggled with the calculations.

Now I know Higher Chemistry isnt equivalent to A level, but there was a book I used for the calculations which was a great help. It broke it down into easy steps.

Also what else are you "supposed to know" I did a little bit of thermodynamics this year, and have the notes saved, if you want them.

PS Take lots of breaks! and good luck! And please give yourself a day off now and then!
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Re: Exam to study medicine - July 27th 2010, 11:07 PM

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What are you struggling with in Chemistry. The concepts or calculations?
For me and most others, i struggled with the calculations.

Now I know Higher Chemistry isnt equivalent to A level, but there was a book I used for the calculations which was a great help. It broke it down into easy steps.

Also what else are you "supposed to know" I did a little bit of thermodynamics this year, and have the notes saved, if you want them.

PS Take lots of breaks! and good luck! And please give yourself a day off now and then!

Oh its ok now. Its all settled down. I was just panicking at the fact that I was finding a completely new subject difficult. I've now got pretty much everything covered and understood.

Its really a case of revising what I've just learnt.
   
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Re: Exam to study medicine - July 28th 2010, 12:00 AM

Yes there is the BMAT as well. Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, UCL.. think that's it.. use the BMAT for undergraduate entry rather than the UKCAT. I decided not to do the BMAT because I did well in the UKCAT so just applied to UKCAT unis.

Good luck! My neighbour that went to Nottingham also got into Penninsula, I actually know someone who went to Nottingham having done their undergraduate degree in classics! and I have another friend who just finished the graduate entry at Penninsula and one who is starting the undergraduate degree there in September, so if you'd like any info or their email don't hesitate to ask . (I forget how many medics I know, aha!)

I also get a little bit excited when I find another medic or medic applicant


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