All applicants are required to have completed or be in the final year of a Bachelors degree, either from an Australian university, or from another tertiary institution of equivalent standard. The degree may be in any area of study and there are no specific topics or subjects required as Medicine prerequisites. For those in the final year of study, satisfactory completion of the degree will be a condition for entry.
Strong performance in the Bachelors degree is an important indicator of the intellectual abilities necessary for admission to medicine. The weighted grade point average (wGPA) in that degree makes a significant contribution to overall ranking for offers of admission. The wGPA, based on the last 3 full-time equivalent years of study in the most recently completed Bachelors degree (including an Honours year if results are available at the time offers are made), is determined by weighting final year studies x3, studies in the second last year x2 and studies in the first of the three years x1.
No other qualifications (eg Master of Science, PhD) will be included in the wGPA calculations. The varied structures and grading systems of such degrees make valid comparison of grades across different programs and institutions difficult. Higher degrees may, of course, provide experience that is relevant and valuable and thus help a candidate's interview performance.
Candidates with exceptional results in their first degree, but who are not selected for interview on the basis of the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT), may be included in a "Special Entry to Interview" category.
Information regarding how GPAs are calculated can be found at the GEMSAS website. Applicants may apply when in the final year of study but must complete the degree and submit final results within the timeline specified.
All applicants, except those seeking entry via the Indigenous Entry Scheme, will be required to submit results of the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test (GAMSAT). The admissions test is essential not only to ensure that commencing students understand the principles and vocabularies of the basic disciplines that underpin the medical course, but also to act as a major discriminator in the admissions process.
All domestic applicants must take the Graduate Medical Schools Admissions Test (GAMSAT), developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in collaboration with the Consortium of Graduate Medical Schools.
GAMSAT is held annually (in March) in all Australian capital cities (and in Townsville) and in selected centres overseas. Details of the GAMSAT testing centres and timetables can be found at the GAMSAT website.
A GAMSAT test score will remain valid for two years. If a candidate attempts the test more than once, the applicant has a choice of which of the two valid total scores will be used. All applicants will be required to achieve a minimum standard in each section of either test in order to be considered further in the admissions process. This is determined each year by the Admissions Committee, after the close of applications. In recent years, the overall minimum GAMSAT score for interview for most places has ranged from 61 to 64. Minimum GAMSAT section scores are also determined each year. Normally these are 50 for Sections I and III and 46 for Section II.
Backgrounds in humanities or in social, behavioural, biological or physical sciences will all contribute to success in the test. Guidelines on preparation for GAMSAT can be found on the GAMSAT website.