GAMSAT High Achiever Program

The GAMSAT High Achiever Program is by qualification only and is without exception the most comprehensive and powerful
GAMSAT preparation program available today.  Candidates are so thoroughly prepared that we are able to offer the METC Institute High Achiever Guarantee of acceptance into medicine:  In the unlikely event that you are not accepted, despite completing all aspects of the program, we will provide you with free enrollment into the GAMSAT Platinum Program (valued at $3688) the following year.

The success of this course is evident in the performance of its previous students.  While past performance is not a guarantee of individual future performance, we have been able to survey and verify the results of every student who has successfully completed the GAMSAT High Achiever Program (defined as completion and submission of all exams, prescribed assessment & learning tasks, and a passing score in the summative examination – METC GAMSAT Exam).  In these previous cohorts, every student has achieved a GAMSAT score high enough for acceptance into medicine.  Of the cohorts, most have been able to achieve scores high enough to enter Medicine at the most competitive universities such as the University of Queensland or the University of Sydney.

Applications are accepted year-round, and the program can be commenced at any stage.

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Product Description

The GAMSAT High Achiever Program is an intensive pre-medical program requiring a high degree of motivation and sustained commitment to learning.

Subjects

The program aims to maintain a standard of excellence in developing for students a critical knowledge base in science, deemed necessary as a pre-requisite to postgraduate studies in Medicine.  The program also strives to develop higher-level complex reasoning and problem-solving skills in broad topic areas ranging from Humanities to the Sciences.  The development of advanced written communication skills is also an integral feature of the program, with intensive course subjects devoted to this component.  From 2017, the program consists of a total of 8 course subjects covering all aspects of GAMSAT and includes comprehensive Medicine Entrance Interview Preparation.

Workload

The total course workload is equivalent to 110 credit points and will require approximately 1150-1700 hours to complete over a maximum period of 2 years.  The GAMSAT High Achiever Program is a full-time endeavour although many previous students who have successfully completed the program have done so in combination with full-time work or University commitments – a testament to their dedication and motivation for success.  As students are advised to sit GAMSAT at every opportunity during their study program, many students graduate from the Program early, having achieved highly competitive GAMSAT scores that allow direct entry into Medicine.

The GAMSAT High Achiever Program includes the following courses:

  • CR101 – GAMSAT Foundations & Complex Reasoning (12.5 credit point course)
  • CR102 – GAMSAT Science & Complex Reasoning (12.5 credit point course)
  • CR103 – GAMSAT Advanced Strategies & Complex Reasoning (12.5 credit point course)
  • CR104 – GAMSAT Intensive Essay Writing (12.5 credit point course)
  • CR107 – GAMSAT Essay Masters (25 credit point course) [NEW Course – 2017]
  • CR200 – GAMSAT High Achiever (12.5 credit point course)
  • CR204 – GAMSAT Advanced Intensive Essay Writing (12.5 credit point course)
  • CR303 – Medicine Entrance Interview Combined Course (10 credit point course)

CR200 and CR204 are exclusive courses available only to students of the GAMSAT High Achiever Program.

Schedule

The GAMSAT High Achiever Program may be commenced at any time throughout the year upon qualification and selection. Students are given the opportunity to complete all aspects of the program over a maximum of 24 months from enrolment. By making the program more flexible, and providing more time, students can be further confident of their preparation.

Students completing the GAMSAT High Achiever Program should elect to sit GAMSAT at every available opportunity. Note that while GAMSAT March enables candidates to apply for Medicine the following year, the GAMSAT September is in the post application cycle with scores from GAMSAT September being eligible for application into Medicine the year after it is completed.

Example:

GAMSAT Sept 2016 Score: Eligible for 2017 or 2018 application cycle for entry into Medicine in 2018 or 2019.
GAMSAT March 2017 Score: Eligible for 2017 or 2018 application cycle for entry into Medicine in 2018 or 2019.

Aims

The primary aims of the GAMSAT High Achiever Program are to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to gain successful entry into Medicine and to build a solid foundation for graduate medical studies.  This is achieved through the completion of various courses offered by METC Institute and additionally, through the completion of exclusive courses, while receiving personal tutoring and mentoring offered by our Academic Faculty.

Students who complete the GAMSAT High Achiever Program will develop the following skills:

  • Display superior and advanced knowledge and proficiency of common and uncommon GAMSAT topics in Humanities and Science;
  • Display superior and advanced complex reasoning skills in Humanities and Science;
  • Apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification and resolution of problems;
  • Be equipped with proven strategies to maximise scores and performance in GAMSAT;
  • Demonstrate advanced essay writing skills;
  • Formulate a structure for essays that enhances effectiveness of the written piece;
  • Write in a manner that demonstrates fluency of language;
  • Demonstrate higher level reasoning and interpretative skills for GAMSAT essay stimulus themes;
  • Be able to formulate and write superior essays within limited timeframes;
  • Display an intimate knowledge of interview selection criteria and assessment;
  • Demonstrate superior knowledge of medical and non-medical ethics;
  • Demonstrate superior knowledge of common interview topics, and;
  • Demonstrate superior written and verbal communication skills.

In completing the GAMSAT High Achiever Program, students will also develop certain personal values including:

  • An understanding of the principles of resilience and lifelong curiosity;
  • An understanding of the principles of reflective practice and the ability to apply them;
  • The ability to identify and address their own learning needs;
  • The ability to respond constructively to appraisal, performance review or assessment, and;
  • The ability to apply effective time management and organisational skills.

Academic Faculty

Our academic faculty of specialist doctors and senior lecturers prepared and designed the GAMSAT High Achiever Program.

These specialist doctors and senior lecturers are affiliated with leading Australian University Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals, and maintain minimum qualification standards including MBBS with specialist qualification and registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency.

Course tutors and lecturers are accredited by the METC Institute Academic Steering Committee and maintain minimum qualification standards comprising personal experience at GAMSAT (or international equivalent) with a minimum overall score of 70.  Furthermore, all course tutors and lecturers undergo compulsory prescribed continuing education and training into every aspect of GAMSAT.

Essay tutors are also accredited and have higher degrees in humanities or law, at a minimum Masters or Doctorate Level (AQF Level 9 or 10).

Through our GAMSAT High Achiever program, METC Institute enables student access to our academic faculty via personal tutoring sessions. The mentoring received by High Achiever graduates gives them a unique advantage in the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) and beyond.

Program Structure

The program involves a combination of attendance and online study and the completion of 8 course subjects:

  • CR101 – GAMSAT Foundations & Complex Reasoning (12.5 credit point course)
  • CR102 – GAMSAT Science & Complex Reasoning (12.5 credit point course)
  • CR103 – GAMSAT Advanced Strategies & Complex Reasoning (12.5 credit point course)
  • CR104 – GAMSAT Intensive Essay Writing (12.5 credit point course)
  • CR107 – GAMSAT Essay Masters (25 credit point course) [NEW Course – 2017]
  • CR200 – GAMSAT High Achiever (12.5 credit point course)
  • CR204 – GAMSAT Advanced Intensive Essay Writing (12.5 credit point course)
  • CR303 – Medicine Entrance Interview Combined Course (10 credit point course)

CR200 and CR204 are exclusive courses available only to students of the GAMSAT High Achiever Program.

CR101 – GAMSAT Foundations & Complex Reasoning

GAMSAT Foundations & Complex Reasoning is designed to expose students to the most fundamental competencies habitually assessed in GAMSAT. These concepts are high yield and – if learned comprehensively – will enable students to perform at an exceptionally high standard. The course includes:

  • Attendance Component: 2-days of intensive lectures and interactive problem-based learning.  Course content includes GAMSAT-specific lectures in Humanities, Written Communication and Science with a focus on complex reasoning and problem solving.
  • Online Modules (CR101-01 to CR101-30): 30 unique and detailed modules providing foundations of learning in key GAMSAT topics including subject-specific GAMSAT complex reasoning questions.
  • Refer to published course details on the website for further information.

CR102 – GAMSAT Science & Complex Reasoning

Building upon concepts developed in CR101, the Science & Complex Reasoning GAMSAT Preparation Course consolidates and builds current knowledge, reviews key additional GAMSAT topic areas and provides complex reasoning strategies needed to maximise scores in Section 3 of GAMSAT.

The course is especially beneficial in providing students with the knowledge and complex reasoning skills needed for exceptional performances in Section 3 – the most important section in GAMSAT. The course includes:

  • Attendance Component: 2-days of intensive lectures and interactive problem-based learning.  Course content includes GAMSAT-specific lectures in Science with a focus on complex reasoning.
  • Online Modules (CR102-01 to CR102-30): 30 unique and detailed modules to develop knowledge and complex reasoning skills in key GAMSAT science topics including subject-specific GAMSAT complex reasoning questions.
  • Refer to published course details on the website for further information.

CR103 – GAMSAT Advanced Strategies & Complex Reasoning

The Advanced Strategies & Complex Reasoning GAMSAT Preparation Course (CR103) is designed to provide students with advanced critical and analytical skills and methods needed for the identification and resolution of GAMSAT problems, which typically require a higher level of complex analytical reasoning. CR103 focuses on methodology, approach to questions, and practising examination style questions. The course includes:

  • Attendance Component: A day of intensive lectures and interactive problem-based learning.  Course content focuses on specific GAMSAT complex reasoning skills, problem solving and exam strategies in Humanities, Essay Writing and Science.  This is followed by a 2nd day where a full length GAMSAT Trial Exam is conducted.
  • METC GAMSAT Exam: This is a full-length live, GAMSAT Trial Exam specifically designed by our Academic Faculty to be closely representative of GAMSAT.  The GAMSAT Trial Exam is considered summative assessment for students of the High Achiever Program.
  • Online Exams (CR103-01 to CR103-22):  22 online GAMSAT exams consisting of 2000, extensively reviewed, GAMSAT practice questions validated by our Academic Faculty.  The distribution includes 900 Humanities GAMSAT  practice questions (12 Humanities Exams) and 1100 Science GAMSAT practice questions (10 Science Exams).
  • Refer to published course details on the website for further information.

CR104 – GAMSAT Intensive Essay Writing

The GAMSAT Intensive Essay Writing Course (CR104) is the premier course for students wishing to score highly in Section 2 of the GAMSAT. The course is designed to provide students with advanced essay writing skills and the ability to competently and proficiently write superior essays within a limited time frame.

Above and beyond the technical aspects of essay writing, the course teaches higher level reasoning and interpretation of GAMSAT stimulus themes, allowing students to produce a piece of writing that demonstrates depth and breadth of thought, a key scoring criteria. The course includes:

  • Online Exams (CR104-E1 to CR104-E15): Students are required to complete 15 Essay Exams comprising a total of 30 essay tasks.  Each of the 30 essay tasks is critically analysed individually and scored by our expert tutors, with recommendations for improvement provided in a detailed report.
  • Online Refined Essays (CR104-RE1 to CR104-RE15): Students are required to complete and submit 30 refined essays in total, following the completion of each online exam.  While these are not formally assessed, completion of these refined essays is considered the key step to achieving the results of previous cohorts.
  • Online Theory Modules (CR104-01 to CR104-05): Students are required to study and complete 5 theory modules in GAMSAT essay writing.  These modules include 1) CR104-01 GAMSAT Essay Strategies, 2) CR104-02 Organisation and the Language of Persuasion, 3) CR104-03 Clarity, Eclecticisms and Rhetorical Devices, 4) CR104-04 Word Choice and Vocabulary and 5) CR104-05 Mechanics of Writing and Matters of Form.
  • Refer to published course details on the website for further information.

CR107 – GAMSAT Essay Masters

The GAMSAT Essay Masters Course (CR107) is a premier course designed to demonstrate how to write the ultimate GAMSAT essay. This objective is achieved via detailed and pragmatic explanation of essay writing structure, and illustration of the application of this structure through our Essay Masters Collection.

The essays that form a component of this course were written by students who achieved 80+ in Section 2 of GAMSAT (corresponding to the 100th percentile). Each essay was then reviewed by METC Institute expert essay markers before being considered for inclusion in this course. The course includes:

  • GAMSAT Essay Masters Theory Module (CR107-01): This online learning module helps students to understand and build a detailed essay structure template. The module defines the role and structure of each paragraph of the essay down to the sentence, leaving students with little doubt as to how to form their essay. Once learned, this template is used for every essay the student completes, allowing students to prepare their response for Section 2 of GAMSAT before they set foot in the testing centre.
  • Essay Masters Collection (CR107-02 to CR107-10): After completion of their structure template, students review 90 different GAMSAT essay topics via the 9 modules comprising the Essay Masters Collection. These essays help to inform the future works of students, and demonstrate how high-quality essays can be produced in a very short amount of time via use of a perfected essay template structure. These modules also include regular tasks for students to complete in order to master the art of GAMSAT essay writing.

CR200 – GAMSAT High Achiever

The CR200 GAMSAT High Achiever course subject is exclusive to students of the GAMSAT High Achiever Program.  The course includes:

  • Unlimited Email Access to High Achiever Support for administrative questions and to the High Achiever Program Director (a senior doctor and lecturer) for academic or program-based questions;
  • Unlimited Email Access to Personal Tutor for the duration of the personal tutoring component to facilitate organisation of personal tutoring agendas and clarification questions;
  • High Achiever Study Plan – to assist with organisation and planning for the numerous courses and study objectives;
  • Personal Tutoring – 6x 2-hour sessions.  These sessions are ideally conducted on a regular basis and should tie in with the timeline and study objectives identified in the High Achiever Study Plan.  The times for these personal tutoring sessions are organised directly with the personal tutor and are scheduled at a mutually convenient time.  Students are expected to be flexible with availabilities.  The personal tutoring sessions are conducted ideally over a Go-to-Meeting online interface as sessions commonly occur in the evenings and over weekends;
  • Mastermind Tutorials – 12x 2-hour tutorial sessions involving problem-based learning and complex reasoning of high-yield GAMSAT themes and questions. Mastermind tutorials are recorded sessions, with access restricted to High Achiever students to facilitate their studies. Students are to complete each tutorial session in line with their prescribed study program and are expected to follow-up each tutorial session with their personal tutor to identify areas requiring further clarification;
  • GAMSAT High Achiever Core Course – This aspect of the High Achiever Program involves systematic study of prescribed materials in textbooks of Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Biology, Physiology and Physics. The GAMSAT High Achiever Core Course is completed under the supervision of a personal tutor and is an intensive aspect of the program. Students are advised that prescribed textbooks are not included in the overall High Achiever enrolment fees.
  • METC GAMSAT Trial Exams – 5 additional and new METC GAMSAT Trial Exams are made available to students of the High Achiever Program.  These exams are closely representative of GAMSAT and are formulated from detailed research into the GAMSAT exam.  The METC Academic Committee validates all questions.  These exams are formative and are to be completed as prescribed.  Results will reveal individual section scores as well as overall scores, to allow identification of areas of weakness.  Section 2 results are scored by expert tutors and will be accompanied by a report that critically analyses individual performances with recommendations provided for improvement. The progressive completion of formative assessment allows the student and the personal tutor to gauge progress and to actively make recommendations for improvement.

CR204 – GAMSAT Advanced Intensive Essay Writing

The CR204 GAMSAT Advanced Intensive Essay Writing Course is exclusive to students of the GAMSAT High Achiever Program and builds upon CR104 (GAMSAT Intensive Essay Writing Course).

The GAMSAT Advanced Intensive Essay Writing Course aims to further improve student abilities in Section 2 of GAMSAT. This section is often ignored by many students, and represents a distinct opportunity for candidates who complete further studies in this area. The course includes:

  • Online Exams (CR204-E16 to CR204-E25): Students are required to complete 10 Essay Exams comprising a total of 20 essay tasks.  Each of the 20 essay tasks is critically analysed individually and scored by our expert tutors, with recommendations for improvement provided in a detailed report.
  • Online Refined Essays (CR204-RE1 to CR204-RE10): Students are required to complete and submit 20 refined essays in total, following the completion of each online exam.  While these are not formally assessed, completion of these refined essays is considered the key step to achieving the results of previous cohorts.
  • Online Research Modules (CR204-RM1 to CR204-RM20): Students are expected to complete 20 research modules over the course of the program.  Each module requires the development of vocabulary lists, study of opinion pieces and short essays, as well as formulation of a researched argumentative essay on identified current affair themes.

CR303 – Medicine Interview Combined Course

For most Australian universities, an interview is required before entering graduate Medicine. Therefore, METC Institute automatically enrols its High Achievers into the Medicine Interview Combined Course (CR303). The Medicine Interview Combined Course (CR303) provides students with the most thorough preparation possible via combination of the Medicine Interview Live Course (CR301) and the Medicine Interview Online Course (CR302).

The attendance component of this course is conducted in a live setting with an interview panel. The live interviews conducted during the course are designed to be completely representative of the real interview. In total, students are involved in a total of 4 interviews (5x MMI stations each – total 20 stations). Total time allocated for personalised feedback is 50 minutes per student.

The online component of this course requires the student to work through the METC Medicine Interview Scenario Modules (1-8) and the Medicine Interview Preparation Module (CR301). These  contain:

  • Detailed analysis of Strategies and Techniques needed for success including examples of previous questions and actual scoring assessment criteria
  • Access to over 100 official past interview scenarios along with ideal responses
  • Practice exercises for students to complete between the course and their admissions interview
  • Further suggested reading focusing on high-yield admissions interview topics

Custom Study Plan

Each High Achiever receives a customised study plan based on their time of commencement, available time to study, assessments, and attendance courses. The study plan assembles all of the High Achiever Program subjects into one document, and covers the entire duration
of the program from commencement to the sitting of GAMSAT. This way, students can ensure they are able to plan their study and other activities without missing any important material.

It is important that students maintain the currency of their study plan to ensure they maximise their returns from the online modules, readings, exams, attendance courses and personal tutoring sessions. Below is a month’s extract of a generic study plan for a student who might commence the High Achiever Program six-eight months prior to sitting GAMSAT.

STUDY PLAN

Entry Requirements

Entry into the GAMSAT High Achiever Program is by application and qualification only.  Potential candidates for the GAMSAT High Achiever Program are screened for suitability.  The reputation of this course depends on the quality of its students and therefore, an assessment must be made of the candidate’s motivation and suitability for a career in medicine.  In addition, the screening process is necessary as the time available for personal tutoring by members of our academic faculty is limited.

The Selection Committee will formally evaluate the candidate’s ability to pursue the program successfully using the following criteria:

  • Weighted GPA Minimum 5.0
  • Eligible Bonuses: Completion of Masters or PhD
  • Standard & Quality of Personal/Reflective Essay
  • Performance at Interview (Phone Interview)

Qualities formally assessed in this process include:

  • Motivation for a career in Medicine
  • Suitability for a career in Medicine

Note: No preferences are made for students with science or allied health backgrounds.

Students who are unsuccessful in admission into the GAMSAT High Achiever Program will be invited to consider alternatives including the GAMSAT Platinum Program or other packages and courses.

Exit Examination

Completion of the course requires satisfactory completion of all online modules and attendance components as well as a passing grade in summative assessment.  Summative assessment for the GAMSAT High Achiever Program consists of a live exam (METC GAMSAT Trial Exam).  The GAMSAT Trial Exam is a live exam specifically designed by our Academic Faculty to be closely representative of GAMSAT.  Minimum scores required to obtain a passing grade is exam-specific and scaled to reflect GAMSAT distribution curves.

Venue Locations & Catering

Melbourne (Mantra on Russell – 222 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000)
Sydney (Novotel Darling Harbour – 100 Murray St, Pyrmont NSW 2009)
Brisbane (Novotel Brisbane – 200 Creek St, Brisbane QLD 4000)
Perth (Novotel Perth Langley – 221 Adelaide Tce, Perth WA 6000)

*** Please note that all Australian attendance course events will be fully catered in 2017.  Dietary restrictions will be accommodated where possible.

High Achiever Program Guarantee Policy

The METC Institute guarantees that all successful graduates of the GAMSAT High Achiever Program will be accepted into Medicine on the following conditions:

  • The student has completed all aspects of the GAMSAT High Achiever Program including: attendance at all courses; completion of all personal tutoring sessions; attendance at all Mastermind group tutorials or evidence of viewing the recorded tutorial; completion of all online modules including submission of all assessed essay tasks; completion of all formative METC Trial Exams (METC1 to METC5), and;
  • Achievement of a passing grade in summative assessment (METC GAMSAT Trial Exam), and;
  • Meets minimum University pre-requisite requirements, and;
  • Applies for entry into Medicine and will be willing and able to accept a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) in Medicine at any Australian University.

The High Achiever Program Guarantee becomes void if:

  • A student fails to meet any of the above conditions, or;
  • Declines any offer for entry into Medicine made by any Australian University, or;
  • Fails to complete pre-requisite requirements including a Bachelor’s Degree, or;
  • Fails to maintain their pre-High Achiever Program University-weighted grade point average, or;
  • The student achieves a GAMSAT score that is high enough for immediate entry into the University of Queensland.  A student with such a high GAMSAT score is considered to have successfully gained entry into Medicine, even if the student decides for whatever reason, to decline or refuse application or enrolment into Medicine at the University of Queensland.

If in the unlikely event that a graduate who has met the above conditions, is unsuccessful in gaining entry into Medicine, then the graduate will be entitled to complete the METC Institute Platinum Program the following year at no charge.  No guarantees for entry into Medicine exist beyond this point and no further entitlements or enrolments will be considered if the student remains unsuccessful.

 

Fees

The cost of enrolment is $5997.  Please refer to our published refunds policy as a condition of enrolment.  Please refer to our published High Achiever Program Guarantee Policy as a condition of enrolment.  High Achiever students are provided with access to online material for the duration of their enrolment in the GAMSAT High Achiever Program (to a maximum of 2 years).  Note that online assessments and essays exams may only be submitted once for formal assessment and feedback.

 

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