GAMSAT Guide/Recommended Books
Below are recommendations from various candidates. Remember that your own educational background is crucial to your revision tactics so this is just what worked for them, not an official list...
Here are the main books I used to revise the GAMSAT with - my background was Psychology so my knowledge of most of these areas was quite sketchy at best so I was pretty much starting from scratch on the science front.
- A self-teaching guide Chemistry (Houk and Post) - poor on quite a few parts but a good basic text to establish the base
- Chemistry in Context (Hill and Holman) - fills in the spaces left by the previous book.
- A self-teaching guide Physics (Kuhn) - similar to first book but seemed to cover all the physics I needed. Maybe a little too much of a spoon fed approach so if your physics are above minimal, you may want to opt for a more rapidly progressing text book.
I am a journalism graduate with an A Level In biology, so was starting from scratch with Chem and Physics. I passed Gamsat science using these books:
- Chemistry: For basic GCSE refresher and a bit more, I started with Barron's Review Course Series 'Let's Review: Chemistry The Physical Setting. It's an American book aimed at 16-18 year olds and really easy to grasp.
Then I moved to Ramsden's A Level Chemistry book but found it to be insufferably dry and too full of facts and not enough explanation of concepts behind the facts, so I switched to Chemistry: The Central Science, by Brown, LeMay and Bursten - another US book aimed at 1st year college students - excellent explanation of concepts - particularly in thermochemistry, kinetics, equilibria, acids and bases, which are all key. I also used Ramsden's Calculations for A Level Chemistry, but not a lot.
Because there is so much organic chemistry, I bought (I kid you not) Organic Chemistry for Dummies and it is brilliant! Does exactly what it says on the tin.
- Biology: I covered all the animal biology from Biology 2nd Edition by Mike Boyle and Kathryn Senior from the Collins Advanced Science Series. Nice and easy book to understand tho it may not quite be detailed enough for some of the more complex questions at Gamsat.
- Physics: I didn't overdo it, since it is only 20% of the science section. So I used Barron's Review Course Series Let's Review: Physics. Again, an American book but really gets to grips with forces, vectors and basic electricity and light geometrics that you'll be asked about.