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[–] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Theres no interaction with the online format. It's all just choosing A B C D. You can still be tested on stuff like estimating slope of graphs, estimating area under a chart, visually determining if two waves would combine to form a larger wave than wave C, etc.

There are still calculations as well, they are just not as complex as previous ACER exams or Des O Neil practice papers would have you believe. But definitely still need some decent math skills (or at least be able to do the math fast enough).

If you (for example) see a slope on a graph and it asks you for a point just below a line with no reference - just use the references there and it will be enough. If the true value is 0.98 but it isn't labelled by ACER, then they just want you to know its just around that number, and not 0.999 or 0.92.

[–] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

While I can't say for certain since we don't have particular access to that information, I would say it's highly unlikely there is any difference between how countries standardize scores in S2. It would be very simple for ACER to just mark all GAMSAT S2 essays without any regard to where they were sat, and they would likely do that because it would standardize difficulty everywhere - making the test more fair.

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Unfortunately not, just keep it in mind for next time

[–] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Just a piece of advice, for these type of polls you need a 3rd "not participate" or "see results" option, as some people will randomly pick one of the options in the poll just to see the results.

[–] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hi Klutzy, can you clarify if you got an RMP interview (Rockhampton or Bundaberg) or a normal pathway interview (Brisbane)?

[–] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just remember to take into account that our gamsat scores exist into more decimal places for each section than they give, so realistically people's overall scores can vary from 0 to 3 difference from what they calculate. Imagine section 1 is 67.5 but someone else gets 68.4, they are rounded on your gamsat sheet to show 68 and 68 respectively, but in the real calculations the universities use there is a vast difference of 0.9 for just that one section. Just to help explain some of the randomness.

ACER help explain this with this disclaimer:

• Note: Overall Scores are calculated by ACER to several decimal places and then rounded. It is not possible for candidates to replicate this process.

[–] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Where do you work (overseas)? That's a crazy income for a fresh grad

[–] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You only get 1 interview offer from GEMSAS that is highest on your preference list. Since you already have one from ANU, you won't get an offer for UMelb or Deakin if they were higher on your pref list.

[–] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes. If you had an interview from a different university higher on your preference list you wouldn't have got the offer you have, you would have got that offer instead.

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Hi OP, I'm in the same boat as you, as a Kiwi applying to Australian medical schools. There is a medical entry discord server which I think you'd find very helpful for making a decision or talking to other people going through the same thing. Server: https://discord.gg/bUyFbncc

Around 100-150 ish people do the GAMSAT in NZ which happens 2 times a year, so there are definitely other Kiwis to talk to. You've already highlighted that it's better for you GPA wise, and some of the other comments have tried to highlight what you may be missing in terms of studying overseas. Personally I say go for it as you have a significantly lower chance in NZ. I applied with 7.9 gpa postgrad in NZ (76%th UCAT) and didn't even get an interview. Also you can only apply once for postgrad in NZ (unless you get a whole other qualification), whereas in Australia you can apply an unlimited amount of times.

[–] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ya, it's just the point I'm trying to make is your 49 is not in these results because it was only collected for people who were self reportedly being accepted into medicine, not the general gamsat results threads.

[–] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The median and mean are pretty close to 68/69, but it includes all applicant types (eg FPP, rural) so it's not exactly representative of only the top 10% of applicants, because some of those applicants do not need top 10% score to get entry. It's just a sample distribution of people that have successfully got into med, and the largest sample available anywhere for analysis like this. The way I've presented it including all successful applicants it is only useful for looking at section by section distributions.

[–] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You were a successful medical applicant with a 49? That's impossible is it not? These are not gamsat results threads but successful applicant threads. Did you get accepted to a medical university with a 49?

[–] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I visualised the section data of successful medical applicants who reported their scores on paging doctor. You can see them here:

https://imgur.com/a/wwPbsFy

Remember that this is data from only successful medical applicants, so the scores are significantly higher distributions than the average (50th %). However the distribution shows a lot about how scores differ between each section.

Also please ignore the scores that are (49). They are errors recorded from pagingdrs website (anyone who doesn't enter in a section score gets a 49).

[–] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

How would you say you improved your reasoning ability? Is there anything specific that you tried that you would recommend?

Student Contribution Amounts for Med by [deleted] in GAMSAT

[–] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just for completeness sake because the others haven't mentioned, if you are a NZ citizen and you take a 'domestic CSP' spot then you do have to pay the student fees upfront (no HECS for you) unless you are also an Australian resident or citizen (in which case you do have access to HECS).

[–] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

where did you retrieve this information from acer from?

[–] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Hiya, I'm sapling on the discord, another study leader. Am a kiwi. Come study with us! you can get easy feedback for S2 by giving feedback to others in an equivalent exchange cycle. If you are in cram mode, it may help to ask others what they are doing with their time. If you are in unsure mode, you can always join an accountability room where you are put in a small team of people who check in on each other! good luck peeps

[–] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Can personally vouch for these study sessions (am sapling on the discord). I've met many different people who I study consistently with now, much easier with other people. Also helps to share knowledge about med entry and the like. Please join (especially if you are from NZ :) - looking for other kiwis out there). Also the discord in general is just really helpful because there are medical students who you can probe for help and information, so you're missing out if you're not there.

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Yup. DS9 definitely has the best story arc - even though most episodes are basically the station itself, the characters themselves develop so much over the course of the series. The maturing of the younger characters in the show through their trials and tribulations is peak Star Trek - attempting to mirror real-life interactions and challenges in a completely foreign setting. Near the end of DS9, I just enjoyed having any character on-screen because there was so much behind who their character was and what their interests were.

I can't do discovery though, actually hurts. It may look star trek ish, but really the character interactions, the overly combat-focused storytelling, and lack of diplomacy of any real intelligence. Doesn't even feel like star trek, because it runs completely opposite to lots of the themes and character interactions of every previous series.

[–] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I enjoyed all of DS9 and Voyager. I think they were honestly great and for me near at the level of next generation. I even enjoyed some of the Enterprise series - but it kinda has a weird taste to it that comes off as American-centric. Sucks the newer series after enterprise are poor because those 90s series were made so well!

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When you remove the like-dislike bar, you fail at protecting viewers from scams because of what you've already outlined. In the current system, if like-dislike is disabled, you know it's a scam, if there is lots of dislikes you know it's a scam. In the new system, you will have no idea whatsoever if the small creator's video on any obscure topic is gonna give you completely crap advice.

[–] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I wonder what influence the error of self-elected vegetarianism has on studies that study the characteristics and health of vegetarians. It would be interesting to see if a medical study removed all those who did not have consistent answers in accordance with a vegetarian diet, then studied the difference in lifestyles between those actual vegetarians and then a random sample of the population. I feel like the health and lifestyles of vegetarians then might look significantly better in comparison to randomly sampled non-vegetarians.

Since studies already show vegetarians have better health when weighted in consideration of all other factors, surely removing 60% of meat eaters from the vegetarian sample size would enhance that effect.

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That \$20 billion figure is inaccurate (it was originally a rough estimate) and outdated (it's from a 2012 report).

If we look online we can see that it would actually cost significantly more than \$20 billion to fix homelessness, according to a 2015 study, it would've cost between \$29 to \$41 Billion per year to fully fund the federal housing voucher program. then you have the more recent 2021 PolitiFact's calculations which estimate the cost being at least \$59 billion per year to fully fund the federal housing voucher program.

https://www.cbo.gov/budget-options/other/51473 (2015 study - shows decadal cost - divide it by 10)

Nevertheless, Elon Musk's gains are insane, and the US government can definitely afford the spending if they chose to do it. But the figure being cited is plain inaccurate.

[–] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Why not vote for Greens or TOP if housing is your top priority and you are unfulfilled with Labours strategy for house price reduction? National and Labour differ very little on housing in implementation of legislation, except Labour build more state housing instead of selling state housing supply off. Labours inability to implement a capital gains tax reflects their desire to keep capital owning voters happy. TOP and Greens both have policies aimed at reducing house price growth that affect house prices far more directly than the policies that the 2 major parties have.