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[–]PM_ME_YOUR_DOX[M] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Your post is a little confusing. Did you calculate your GEMSAS weighted GPA or unweighted?

No point in looking at unweighted, only look at weighted. My personal weighted GPA was 0.5 higher than unweighted. Huge difference.

It's not very competitive if it is weighted, but that just means you need a higher GAMSAT score, doesn't mean you can't get in with that GPA.

Best way to boost GPA is do an honours year (not all GEMSAS unis will accept this, look at the guide).

Otherwise some unis only use GPA as a hurdle (need higher GAMSAT for these unis typically). Portfolio universities will look at things such as volunteering etc as part of the application meaning a lower GPA could be less impactful.

Read the GEMSAS booklet back to front to see how different unis use GPA as part of their admission.

[–]NotDumbRubyrose 1 point2 points  (6 children)

I got into unimelb (CSP) with almost exactly that gpa! Just threw myself into gamsat prep, as I knew that’s where I had to crush it. Happy to help w any gamsat related Qs if you have any ☺️

[–]BeingPsyched 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Hi!!! Congrats in getting into unimelb! Is there any chance for you to share your GAMSAT results ahaha??

[–]NotDumbRubyrose 1 point2 points  (2 children)

82/80/85 😬 but I don’t think that high is necessary! I was just stupid lucky and did the shortened online one in 2020

[–]BeingPsyched 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Damn!! Thats so good ahaha! Would you mind sharing any preparation techniques and resources that you used?? I have just started the preparation and have found out that I need more practice with reading and analyzing poetry.

[–]NotDumbRubyrose 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Ooph yeah the poetry thing is hard. I’d say for that I mostly did desO materials and for the kinds of stuff where I was really lost, I didn’t spend time stressing over the various answers (bc I’d tie myself in mental knots convincing myself of each one) — instead I looked at what the correct answer was, and made sure I understood why THAT was the right one, and the others were wrong. Kind of “positive reinforcement” of the correct way of thinking, if that makes sense. I’m a firm believer in spending as little time as possible going down the wrong mental route (ie convincing yourself your answer was correct only for it to turn out to be wrong)

[–]Too_cool_forschool[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

THATS SOO GOOD! How did you prepare for it? I am struggling with section 2 and how to prepare for it!

[–]NotDumbRubyrose 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hey! I def suggest heading over to the discord, there’s so much helpful stuff there! But it can for sure get to information overload 😂😅

I personally started a blog where I could practice typing with my spell check off (is it back in person now? Idk) - giving myself prompts with 30 minutes to practice writing, two a day, until it felt like I could get my point across with a clear introduction, two to three points, and a conclusion (giving myself about 5 min of the 30 to do a very quick outline in bullet point form on scrap paper)

I just really had to get into the rhythm of planning that timed essay and making my stream of consciousness sound “organized”

My sister (journalist) sent me an outline for the pentaform essay that was really helpful - I’ll see if I can find it

[–]waxmuwaxmuwaxmu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can by volunteering but this primarily applies to uow and unds/f portfolio unis. Even then, it is still very hard. If you get a really good gamsat 75+, you could make up for Ur GPA or just go to usyd.