The Exam in Ireland

Here we provide an overview of the pertinent information relating to the GAMSAT Exam in Ireland. For more information on the exam itself also visit our UK site.



Registering for the Exam

To sit the exam you will need to register directly with the examination board, ACER.  This needs to be done online via the website, which is www.gamsat-ie.org

The next sitting for GAMSAT Ireland will be  Saturday 23rd March 2109. Registrations for the 2019 sitting are now open. Registrations will close on the 2nd February 2019. The fee to sit the exam in Ireland 2018 is €335.

It is advisable to read the Information Booklet before registering to ensure you meet the requirements for Irish graduate programmes. You can do this via the ACER website 

 

 

Test Centres in Ireland

There are a number of test centres throughout Ireland and in 2017 this included Dublin, Cork and Limerick.  It was also possible to sit the test in London or Melbourne, and a limited number of places were available in Singapore or Washington DC (upon request) in 2017, although an overseas test levy of 50 euro was applied.



Applying to Medical Schools

Registering to take the GAMSAT Exam is done separately from applying to study at a medical school in Ireland.  This you will need to do through the Central Admissions Office, and the application facility is now open.

The application process is similar to that used on graduate programmes in the UK with the key exception that Irish medical schools do not interview. As such your  score is even more important as it will form the basis of selection to courses.



GAMSAT Structure and Release Dates

The next sitting of the GAMSAT will be 23rd March 2019 and then September 11th 2019.

The test is divided into three sections: 

Section Section Title Content Description
 I Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences   75 Questions(multiple choice) - 100 minutes  This section tests skills in understanding and interpreting ideas in social and cultural contexts. Most of the source material will be in the form of written passages, but some units will utilise visual images and tables of data.
 II Written Communication   2 Essays - 60 minutes This section assesses your ability to develop and produce ideas in writing. The task A essay is more analytical in style and focused on socio-cultural issues. Task B deals with issues of a more personal nature. 
 III Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences  110 Questions(multiple choice) - 170 minutes  This section is made up of questions from the scientific disciplines in the following proportions – Biology (40%), Chemistry (40%), Physics (20%). The level of scientific knowledge generally equates to first-year undergraduate level in Biology and Chemistry, and A level (or equivalent) for Physics. Questions are based on passages, tables and/or graphical displays of data. They measure problem solving ability within scientific scenarios, to offer hypotheses, extrapolate reasoned conclusions and identify connections between given variables. 

 

OVERALL SCORE

The overall score is achieved as follows: 

Overall Score = (1 x Section I + 1 x Section II + 2 x Section III) / 4

Scores are valid for two years. So results from March 2018 are valid for applications for 2018 and 2019 entrance. 

It is worth remembering that 10 of the questions on your paper will not be marked and are trialed on each year. This means that your actual mark will be calculated from the 100 scored questions on the paper. The reason ACER do this is to allow new question sets to be calibrated in terms of difficulty. It does of course mean that they may appear again in later years.