GAMSAT Section 2 is all about practice and honing your soft skills. Going by these parameters, scoring high in the essay section would seem easy, and it in fact is. With the right kind of practice that is. Remember the competition is high, which makes it all the more important to get it just right. Here, let’s take a look at what it takes to set your GAMSAT essay apart. GAMSAT Section 2 is all about practice and honing your soft skills. Going by these parameters, scoring high in the essay section would seem easy, and it in fact is. With the right kind of practice that is. Remember the competition is high, which makes it all the more important to get it just right. Here, let’s take a look at what it takes to set your GAMSAT essay apart.
Structure, structure, structure
Stream of consciousness and non-linear narratives are great to read, but mostly if you have a lot of time and space to come to your point. In the GAMSAT, a clean and straight discussion is much preferred. So, stick to a structure.
- Title, which is the first thing the reader will notice about the essay •
- Introduction, which will ease the reader into the topic by mentioning your stance
- The first paragraph ideally contains your strongest argument supporting your stance.
- The second paragraph is for the counter-argument challenging your stance
- The third paragraph is where you refute the counter-argument by a statement supporting your stance
- The conclusion wraps up the essay by summarizing the ideas and reinforcing your stance
Always back up your arguments with illustrations. Draw them from a variety of sources: personal, social, and political. Make sure they are valid and actually support your argument. Do not omit to add an illustration for the counter argument as well. Examples serve as the solid backdrop against which your opinions are validated, so stay updated with current events on a national and global scale.
The best part about the GAMSAT essay is that you can actually sit on the fence. If you are divided on a topic, fashion your essay around that sentiment. If you agree or disagree, take your stance and use strong arguments to support it. Use counter arguments that will oppose your stance, but remember never to contradict yourself. Refute the counter argument by using arguments that will nullify it. Stick to your stance at all costs.
Keep it simple
Writing big words and convoluted sentences might shortlist you for the Booker, but will not get you very far in GAMSAT section 2. It is best to keep your sentences short and easy to understand. Do not use flamboyant words out of place, and steer clear of convoluted metaphors. Be straightforward in your approach. Do not be repetitive, whether in terms of ideas or words.
Practice is the key
You really have no clue beforehand what topic you will be given in the test. So, how do you overcome that hurdle? Practice, of course. Write on anything that comes to mind. The essay topics are given to you as quotes, so choose random quotes and write your take on them. Write on paper instead of typing; handwriting does need to be legible in the test. And time yourself according to GAMSAT rules, that is, 30 minutes for each essay.
Review your write-up
This is something you cannot omit. Keep a couple of minutes aside to read through what you have written. You will be surprised at how many changes you will make during this review time. This is the time to make grammatical edits, and see whether the essay shaped up the way you visualized it. If required, omit a couple of pointers you intended to add in the essay, but review is a must.
The GAMSAT essay might seem a bit daunting at first, but it is not really climbing the Everest. You don’t have to be a great writer to ace this section, and high levels of linguistic accuracy are also not required. Ample practice and reading up during your spare time will certainly have you covered.