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GAMSAT Dates 2024

Published on
May 28, 2024

Are you planning to take the GAMSAT Exam in 2024? If so, you're joining thousands of ambitious students who are embarking on their GAMSAT 2024 preparation - a significant step on their journey to a career in medicine. 

The GAMSAT is more than just an exam; it's a measure of your ability to think critically, solve problems, and demonstrate a solid understanding of basic science concepts. It's a psychometric test that's designed to identify those who have the intellectual capacity to excel in demanding medical and health science programs.

Starting your preparation early gives you ample time to familiarize yourself with the GAMSAT exam format, hone your problem-solving skills, and deepen your understanding of the necessary scientific concepts.

Through this comprehensive guide we aim to provide you with all the essential information you need to navigate the GAMSAT process. Here’s what to expect:

  1. GAMSAT Exam Dates 2024
  2. An Overview of the Exam Structure
  3. Do I meet 2024 Requirements?: Checking the Eligibility
  4. How to Register for the GAMSAT ?
  5. Understanding the GAMSAT 2024 Fee Structure and Deferral Terms
  6. Choosing Your GAMSAT 2024 Test Centre
  7. GAMSAT 2024 Test Day: Things To Do
  8. How GAMSAT Courses Can Help with Preparation

1. GAMSAT Exam Dates 2024

Understanding the timing of the GAMSAT exam is crucial for effective preparation and planning. The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), the organization responsible for conducting the GAMSAT exam, typically offers two testing windows each year. For Australian candidates, the primary testing period is in March, while for those in the UK and Ireland, it's in September.

If you're aiming to start medical school in 2025, you’ll need to be aware of the GAMSAT March 2024 Dates. Keep in mind that the application cycle for medicine programs starting in 2025 begins in May 2024, so you'll need a valid GAMSAT score from the March 2024 exam to apply.

GAMSAT Dates 2024

March GAMSAT September GAMSAT
Test Date 9-10 March 2024 (S2)
22-24 March 2024 (S1 & S3)
24 - 25 August 2024 (S2)
13-15 Sep 2024 (S1 & S3)
Registration Opens 30 November 2023 Late May 2023
Registration Closes 22 January 2024 4 July 2024
Late Registration Closes 1 February 2024 11 July 2024
Refund/Deferral Request Closes 1 February 2024 11 July 2024
Cost AUD$549 AUD$549
Late Fee AUD$110 AUD$110
Results Available Late May 2024 Mid November 2024

2. An Overview of the GAMSAT Exam Structure

For GAMSAT 2024, ACER is most likely to retain the format used in the previous years. This means, the entire exam duration is set at 5 hours and 25 minutes with the following breakdown:

Section Description Number of Questions Time in Minutes
Section 1 Reasoning in Humanities & Social Sciences 62 100
Section 2 Written Communication 2 65
Section 3 Reasoning in Biological & Physical Sciences 75 150

For detailed insight into the topics to be covered in each section refer to the GAMSAT Syllabus for 2024.

Now that you have a general understanding of the GAMSAT 2024 structure, to delve deeper into each section read our articles on how to get started on Section 1, Section 2 and Section 3. There is a crucial change to the logistics of the GAMSAT that will be discussed in the next section.

GAMSAT Exam Day Timing

March 2024 September 2024
Written Communication (Remote Proctoring) 9 - 10 March 2024 24 - 25 August 2024
Humanities and Biological Sciences (Test Centre) 22 - 24 March 2024 13 - 15 September 2024

For the first time, ACER has split up how the exam is delivered across the Sections. Students will complete Section 2 on 9 or 10 March (and 24 - 25 August 2024 for the September GAMSAT). The Section 2 component will be completed at home where students have to type and submit their pieces of writing on their computer through the ACER Portal with an Online Proctor (ProctorU) watching everything you type and do on your screen.

Then, roughly 2 weeks later, students will complete their Section 1 & Section 3 components together at a test centre. From 22-24 March 2024, or 13-15 September 2024 for the September GAMSAT, students will complete S1 & S3 via a computer (not their own) at a test centre with a 20 minute break in between each section to eat and go to the bathroom. You will have a choice between arriving at the test centre at 8am, or completing the exam in the afternoon session starting at 2:30pm. 

GAMSAT Exam Timetable

Morning (AM) Session
Morning Registration commences 8.00 AM
Test takers seated & begin announcements for Humanities 9.00 AM
Humanities - Testing commences 9.05 AM
Humanities - Testing ends 10.45 AM
20 minutes break starts 10.50 AM
Test takers seated & begin announcements for Biological Sciences 11.10 AM
Biological Sciences - Testing commences 11.15 AM
Biological Sciences - Testing ends 1.45 PM
Test takers dismissed 1.50 PM
Afternoon (PM) Session
Afternoon Registration commences 2.30 PM
Test takers seated & begin announcements for Humanities 3.30 PM
Humanities - Testing commences 3.35 PM
Humanities - Testing ends 4.25 PM
20 minutes break starts 4.30 PM
Test takers seated & begin announcements for Biological Sciences 4.50 PM
Biological Sciences - Testing commences 4.55 PM
Biological Sciences - Testing ends 7.25 PM
Test takers dismissed 7.30 PM

Please note that these times are a guide only, and actual times may vary on the test day depending on the speed of the invigilators and students during registration & announcement periods.

It's important to note that there is no break between Section I and Section II. During this time, all test takers must remain at their desks under exam conditions. After completing Section II, there will be a 1-hour break before commencing Section III. 

To get a more in depth understanding of the GAMSAT 2024 logistics read our article What will the March 2024 GAMSAT look like?.

3. Do I meet 2024 Requirements?: Checking the Eligibility

Before you embark on your GAMSAT journey, it's important to ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria. The GAMSAT is open to anyone who is applying to a course that requires the GAMSAT and can meet the academic entry requirements set by the universities.

To be eligible for the GAMSAT, you need to have completed a bachelor's degree or an undergraduate honors degree, or be in your penultimate (second-last) or final year of study at the time of sitting the test. This information is explicitly stated by ACER in their Information Booklet.

4. Your Step-by-Step Guide to GAMSAT 2024 Registration

Registering for the GAMSAT exam is straightforward, but it's essential to get it right to avoid any complications later on. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the GAMSAT 2024 registration process:

1. Create an ACER Online Account: 

The first step is to create an ACER online account. This account will be your gateway to all GAMSAT-related activities, including registration, receiving announcements, obtaining your GAMSAT Admission Ticket, and accessing your GAMSAT Statement of Results.

2. Register for the GAMSAT: 

Once your ACER account is set up, you can register for the GAMSAT during the relevant registration window. To do this, you'll need to fill in the registration form and submit the required payment.

3. Confirm Your Registration:

After completing your registration and payment, you'll receive a confirmation email and a payment receipt.

4. Download Your Admission Ticket: 

Your admission ticket, which contains details of your reporting time and test center address, will be available for download from your online account two to three weeks before the test window. You'll be notified by email when your admission ticket is ready.

KEY Points to Keep in mind when making your GAMSAT Registration:

1. Ensure that the personal information you provide, including your full legal name and date of birth matches the identification document. This will be used for the exam ticket and the university to match your medical application

2. Remember, you can only submit one registration per person, per GAMSAT cycle.

Creating multiple accounts to complete more than one registration for either the March 2024 or September 2024 test windows will result in duplicate registrations being canceled.

GAMSAT 2024 Fee Structure and Deferral Terms

Moving forward, let's discuss the GAMSAT fee structure.

GAMSAT 2024 Fees

The table below provides the fee structure for the GAMSAT 2024 based on ACER's 2024 booklet.

Country of Test Taker GAMSAT Fee Late Registration Fee
Australia AUD 549 AUD 110
Ireland 365 Euros 80 Euros
UK 286 Pounds 69 Pounds

GAMSAT Deferral Terms

If you change your mind about undertaking the test in a specific testing window, you may be allowed to defer your registration to the next available testing period. Say for instance, you do not wish to sit the March 2024 GAMSAT, you can defer your registration to the September 2024 GAMSAT or even a 2025 GAMSAT. However, remember that you can defer your test sitting only once per registration.

March 2023 September 2023
Deferral requests close Friday 10 February 2023 (9pm AEDT, 10am GMT) Friday 21 July 2023 (10pm AEST, 1pm BST)
Deferral administration fee Australia: AUD$70
Ireland: €45
UK: £50
Australia: AUD$70
Ireland: €45
UK: £50

The deferral procedure is relatively straightforward and requires you to log into your GAMSAT account and select the ‘Manage’ icon to then click on the ‘Apply for deferral’ option. 

Choosing Your GAMSAT 2024 Test Centre

The following table displays the test centers that were allocated for the March and September 2023 GAMSAT sitting across Australia:

Country March 2024 Locations September 2024 Locations
Australia Adelaide Adelaide
Alice SpringsBrisbane
BallaratBurwood (VIC)
Burwood (VIC)Dubbo
Churchill (Traralgon)Gold Coast
DubboMelbourne (CBD)
Gold CoastPerth
HobartSunshine Coast
LauncestonSt Albans (VIC)
Sunshine Coast
St Albans (VIC)
Ireland Cork Cork
UK Derry / Londonderry Birmingham
Liverpool/ Londonderry
Other countries Auckland NZ Christchurch NZ
Christchurch NZSingapore*
Singapore*Rest of World
Rest of World

Can I change my GAMSAT test center or test date?

When you register for the GAMSAT, you can pick which day to sit the exam during the testing window. The March 2023 GAMSAT had a 5 day testing window, and it is likely the March 2024 GAMSAT will be similar.

This means that yes, you can modify your test date or test center until the close of late registrations, subject to availability. However, changes made after the standard registration deadline will incur a late fee. No alterations can be made once registrations close

Which Australian University Accept The GAMSAT Score?

Australian Medical Schools GAMSAT Score Cut-off
Australian National UniversityMinimum GAMSAT score of 50 in each section.
Deakin UniversityOverall GAMSAT score of 50.
Griffith UniversityMinimum score of 50 in each section.
Macquarie UniversityMinimum overall GAMSAT score of 50.
University of MelbourneA score of 50 in each GAMSAT section.
University of Notre DameUnweighted GAMSAT score of 52 or above.
University of QueenslandMinimum unweighted GAMSAT score of 50.
University of Western AustraliaMinimum overall GAMSAT score of 55.
University of WollongongA minimum score of 50 is essential.
Flinders UniversityMinimum score of 50 in each section.
University of SydneyA minimum score of 50 in individual sections.

Note: ** Medical schools that are part of the GEMSAS Consortium whereas Flinders and USyd are known as non-GEMSAS med schools in Australia

It is critical to note that meeting the minimum doesn’t guarantee a successful application. Each university offers medical school places to students using a combination of factors - such as GPA, GAMSAT Score & Interview Performance. For more detail, check out our article relating to GPA and GAMSAT Cut Off Scores!

Things to do on your GAMSAT Test Day 


It is good to leave home early, taking into account any possible disasters that could occur on route to your test center. You are required to be at the test centre at 8am, so targeting to arrive between 7:30-7:45am would be optimal. You do not want to arrive so early that you are waiting around for too long - this will increase your nerves & may psyche you out before entering the room. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the mode of transportation a few days early. This can help you avoid any unforeseen circumstances on the day of the exam. 

Relevant Documents Needed for GAMSAT Test day

Ensure that you bring to your GAMSAT:

  1. Printed Admission Ticket
  2. Two Photo Identification Proofs
  3. Pencils (medium soft No. 2 or HB Recommended, sharpeners, erasers, pens and required stationery)
  4. Pack light lunch or snacks like protein bars to consume during the 30-minute allotted break time
  5. Personal medications if any.
  6. A clear water bottle without labels.
  7. Ensure you carry a water bottle or other fresh juices. Avoid caffeine and fizzy drinks
  8. Dress in layers so you can adjust your comfort accordingly. 

How GAMSAT Courses Can Help with Preparation

The GAMSAT is a challenging exam that demands dedication and often multiple attempts to achieve a high score. To make the most of your preparation, Fraser's GAMSAT offers a wealth of resources and courses tailored to help you excel.

Our Comprehensive GAMSAT Programs removes the guesswork from your preparation as we guide you every step of the way on your GAMSAT Journey. The focus of this Program is to make your GAMSAT Tuition Truly Personal - with an abundance of face-to-face classes, Private Tutorials, a Personal Mentor, Mock Exams & thousands of GAMSAT-style questions to ensure that you are ready to smash the GAMSAT on the day!

If you are looking for some resources to get going in your self-study, check out our Free Fraser's Learning Academy. This is our LMS Platform - hosting hundreds of questions, theory, videos & GAMSAT content to give you a springboard into your GAMSAT Prep. We have scheduled Weekly Content Drops every Thursday at 5pm (AEDT) where we drop mini-mocks, videos & GAMSAT content to ensure that everyone has access to premium GAMSAT resources to get you going on your journey.

Also check out free resources on:

  1. What is GAMSAT
  2. How to prepare for GAMSAT Section 1
  3. How to prepare for GAMSAT Section 2
  4. How to prepare for GAMSAT Section 3