What is GAMSAT?

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GAMSAT is a test that was originally developed for Medical School applicants in Australia, where Medicine was a graduate entry course. It has since been adopted by a number of Graduate Entry Medicine courses in Ireland.

GAMSAT is used as part of the selection criteria for

  • RCSI Graduate Entry Medicine
  • UCD Graduate Entry Medicine
  • University of Limerick Graduate Entry Medicine
  • University College Cork Graduate Entry Medicine
  • UCD Graduate Entry Veterinary Medicine

The exam is used by these universities to evaluate a candidates’ suitability to understand and analyse material, to think critically about issues and, with the Written Communication section, to organise and express thoughts in a logical and effective way.

To sit the exam you will need to register directly with the examination board, ACER.  This needs to be done online.

2021 GAMSAT Details

To Register:

Closing dates:

  • 1st February 2021 for March sitting.
  • Late registration up to 10am on 10th February 2021 (€70 late registration fee)
  • 20th July 2021 for September sitting.
  • Late registration up to 1pm on 30th July 2021 (€70 late registration fee)

Results of the September 2021 test cannot be used for CAO applications to Graduate Medicine courses commencing 2021. September 2021 GAMSAT scores can only be used for courses commencing in 2022 and 2023

Test Window Dates:

  • 17th – 30th March 2021
  • 3rd – 16th September 2021

The fee to sit the exam in Ireland 2021 is €341.

Read the GAMSAT Information Booklet 2021

The test centres are located in Dublin, Cork and Limerick. The precise address will be given on Admission Ticket issued.

Candidates may sit the GAMSAT test at other test centres worldwide.

Registering to take the GAMSAT Exam is done separately from applying to study at a medical school in Ireland, which is done through the CAO.

Candidates are advised to work through at least one GAMSAT practice publications.

GAMASAT preparation materials are available in e-book format only.

GAMSAT Structure

The test is divided into three sections:

Section Section Title Content Description
 I Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences  47 Questions

(multiple choice) – 75 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 – 65 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  75 Questions(multiple choice) – 150 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.



The overall score is weighted over the 3 sections.
You will receive an email explaining how to access your results online.
Scores are valid for two years.

GAMSAT Results

You can check the GAMSAT results recorded for you by CAO under “My Application” at www.cao.ie (CAO will notify applicants when GAMSAT results are available in their CAO account, this will occur shortly after the release of March 2021 GAMSAT results).

Results for all applicants (includes applicants with previous GAMSAT) will only be updated after the release of March 2021 GAMSAT results.

All GAMSAT results must be recorded at CAO by 1 July 2021 for consideration of CAO Offers that will be allocated in early August 2021.


Steven Galvin

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