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The Nitty Gritty of the AMC CAT MCQ Exam

The Nitty Gritty of the AMC CAT MCQ Exam

Once you've passed AMC Part 1, you will be eligible for Limited Registration with the Medical Board of Australia and can practise medicine under the supervision of a specialist General...

${reading_time(` One of the biggest hurdles for any IMG doctor who wants to move to Australia and practise medicine here is the Australian Medical Council (AMC) Exams. Today, we’ll take a closer look at the AMC CAT MCQ Exam. What is the AMC CAT MCQ Exam?The AMC Computer-Adaptive Test (CAT) Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) Exam is sometimes called AMC Part 1. It’s the first of two exams administered by the AMC to assess whether an IMG doctor has the knowledge and skills to safely practise medicine in Australia to the standard expected of newly qualified Australian medical graduates who are about to start their internships. How is it structured?This 3.5-hour computer-administered exam consists of 150 A-type multiple-choice questions. 130 of the questions are assessed and the remaining 20 questions are pilot (unassessed) questions. The computer will select the difficulty of the next question based on whether your answer to the current question was correct. For example, if I answer Question A correctly, then Question B will be more difficult but if I answer Question B incorrectly, then Question C will be easier.What will the questions be about?The clinician tasks are divided between data gathering (up to 23.5% of scored items), data interpretation and synthesis (up to 29% of scored items), and management (up to 35% of scored items). These questions will comprise of the following patient groups: Adult health – medicine (30% of scored items) Adult health – surgery (20% of scored items) Women’s health (12.5% of scored items) Children’s health (12.5% of scored items) Mental health (12.5% of scored items) Population health and ethics (12.5% of scored items) How will I be scored?You will receive an Ability Score out of 500 based on how difficult the questions were and how many you answered correctly. For example, A and B both answered 100 questions correctly however the questions B answered were more difficult than the ones that A answered, so B has a higher Ability Score than A.To pass, you need an Ability Score of 250/500. What can I do once I pass it?Once you've passed AMC Part 1, you will be eligible for Limited Registration with the Medical Board of Australia and can practise medicine under the supervision of a specialist General Practitioner in an accredited Australian training practice.For more information on the AMC CAT MCQ Exam, check out the Examination Specifications Booklet published by the AMC!`)} Arror right

GAMSAT Study Techniques

GAMSAT Study Techniques

Unlike university examinations which are designed to assess acquisition of knowledge, Section 3 of GAMSAT is written to test for competencies in problem solving via the application of knowledge. This...

${reading_time(` Often members of the Academic Faculty are asked, how should I study for the GAMSAT? In order to answer this question, one has to first consider the nature and rationale of the exam. This article will focus on Section 3 of the GAMSAT as typically students reference this section when making such queries. Unlike university examinations which are designed to assess acquisition of knowledge, Section 3 of GAMSAT is written to test for competencies in problem solving via the application of knowledge. This often involves novel contexts that students have never seen. While the context is often new, the principles underpinning the assessment item should be familiar to students who have studied for the exam. The rationale for the style of assessment in GAMSAT is three-fold: Need to assess for prerequisite knowledge: Graduate medical programs are four years in length. Traditionally, the initial two years of a graduate medical program are spent covering theory while the final two years are spent gaining experience in various clinical rotations. From day one, medical programs require students to be ready to study clinical medicine and there is not time to learn basic scientific concepts. Knowledge therefore is a definite pre-requisite for the examination, however high performance requires a more in-depth and intuitive understanding of concepts not typically acquired through tertiary studies. The nature of medicine: Medicine is the process of problem-solving informed via specific knowledge acquired in training. While medical schools teach students about diseases, patients present with undifferentiated complaints. It is then up to the clinician to bridge the gap between their training, and the unique problem reported by the patient. This requires critical thinking. Section 3 of the GAMSAT is very similar in that it requires students to take their scientific knowledge and apply it to a unique problem. In order for the GAMSAT candidate to solve the problem, they must refer back to the core principles acquired during their study and experience reflecting on principles and apply knowledge swiftly and accurately. The role of the clinician is fundamentally the same, and Section 3 of the GAMSAT is written in order to select for students who demonstrate such skills. Efficacy as a selection tool: As the demand for medical school training positions outweighs supply by approximately 10-to-1, a process of selection is necessary. The tools used in this process of selection need to determine both acquisition of a prior body of knowledge and the ability to critically reason through problems. Furthermore, the selection tool needs to be of sufficient difficulty that many candidates cannot achieve maximal results as this would preclude discrimination of the relative quality of such candidates. The GAMSAT is the result of all of these selection requirements. What then is the implication of such considerations? It is vital to develop methods of study that develop deeper comprehension of the basic sciences. The only way to solve the problems presented in Section 3 of GAMSAT in a timely manner is to develop an intuition for the scientific concepts. This means developing an understanding of concepts along with their applications, contexts, and inter-relationships with other concepts already understood. It also means gaining experience considering and applying such concepts in differing contexts via completion of practice exercises. Concepts understood on a superficial level or not understood at all need to be re-evaluated and modelled to fit within the candidate’s cognitive set. Sometimes this will involve re-modelling of the existing cognitive set which may require significant work. How is an intuitive understanding of scientific concepts achieved? The simple answer is active methods of study. Active study is task-directed study that involves students seeking out information in order to close knowledge gaps, and answer questions regarding gaps or inconsistencies in knowledge. The aim is to create an innate understanding of the laws underpinning the sciences (the rules of the game). In next week’s GAMSAT webinar, active study techniques will be discussed in detail. For those reading this article at a later date, the webinar should be available with this article. `)} Arror right

Preparing for GAMSAT?

Preparing for GAMSAT?

Candidates that perform well in the GAMSAT make doing difficult things a habit. In GAMSAT, this means sitting practice exams under timed conditions, receiving honest feedback, and continually asking questions...

${reading_time(` If you find yourself here reading this post, you are likely preparing for GAMSAT. You may be preparing to the sit the GAMSAT for the first time, or you may be one of the majority of candidates who are re-sitting the exam. In either case, it is important to consider and eliminate the internal obstructions which may impede your success. To do so, ask yourself the following questions: What is it that you actually want? If you haven’t asked yourself this question, you need to do this before progressing. What does the question even mean? The process of thinking about your real desires is paramount – it necessitates a recognition of whims versus ambitions. Whims will fall in the face of adversity while true desires will weather the storm. Actually, wanting something means you are willing to forgo the alternatives. The so-called opportunity cost of committing to an endeavour such as GAMSAT and a career in medicine will evidently involve many sacrifices. Less evident is the imposed growth that such processes enforce which represents a further challenge to accept and overcome. Awareness of your ambitions and why they are important to you will soften the blow of the necessary sacrifices you will invariably be making both now while you study, and in your future work. As an aside, thinking about what you actually want is also important for you as an individual. The probability that you will get what you want (or more importantly, what is good for you) without active consideration is small. If you do not identify what you really want, and pursue it, others will find things for you to do and your life may not be all that it can be. In order to get what you actually want, what would your life look like? After considering what it is you actually want, you may have landed on a career in medicine which involves success in the GAMSAT etc. (if you didn’t, then pursue whatever else it is you actually want). Success requires a set of goals and an associated plan. Your plan at present will necessarily focus more on GAMSAT, and you will need to take responsibility in structuring your life so that you are maximising your potential. The actual task of planning your goals and GAMSAT studies will be discussed in the coming webinar associated with this post (it will be added to this article after the event). Taking responsibility for your studies again prevents others from allocating your time (which will not assist you in your goals). But also keep it mind that planning your days/weeks/months requires negotiating with yourself – you cannot be your own tyrant. Finally, what would your life be like if you habitually did the difficult things? In the author’s experience, the candidates that perform well in the GAMSAT (and in many other areas of life) make doing difficult things a habit. In GAMSAT, this means sitting practice exams under timed conditions, receiving honest feedback, and continually asking questions in order to improve. The result of these processes (whether failure or success) is always productive. Consider that your overall aim at this point may be to score 70+ in GAMSAT and enter into medicine. The fastest way to this destination is via a routine commitment to difficult things. It does not matter where you start, or the number of failures you encounter along the way – it is the process that is most important. The next blog post will focus on how to study for the GAMSAT. What does this mean? Rather than focusing simply on ‘what’ to study (the content), we will spend time considering the ‘how’. That is, detailing the things you should do in order to understand and retain your studies, and ultimately make the process of studying more fruitful, and – importantly – more enjoyable.`)} Arror right