Graduate Entry Selection Process
When selecting students for our courses we use the results of the GAMSAT. We then use their performance at the interview stage to decide who to issue offers to.
We use the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT). This helps us find applicants who have the most appropriate mental abilities, attitudes and professional behaviours required of doctors. These will help you to be successful in a clinical career.
Applicants to Graduate Entry Medicine must complete the GAMSAT within two years of applying.
Also, please make Acer aware that they can share previous results. You will not be penalised or viewed less favourably if you have up to eight sets of GAMSAT results. It just helps us ensure we use your highest overall score.
Find out more and sign up to take the GAMSAT
The GAMSAT scores you on three different sections:
- Reasoning in the humanities and social sciences
- Written communication
- Reasoning in biological and physical sciences
You will receive a score out of 100 for each section.
Official GAMSAT Overall Score
Your official GAMSAT score is a weighted average of the section scores and will be calculated using the following formula:
(Section 1 + Section 2 + (2 x Section 3)) ÷ 4 = Total Score
(57 + 65 + (2 x 50)) ÷ 4 = 55.5
Nottingham GAMSAT Overall Score
We calculate your GAMSAT score as a mean average using the following formula:
(Section 1 + Section 2 + Section 3) ÷ 3 = Total Score
(57 + 65 + 50) ÷ 3 = 57.33
We select for interview based on the highest of your two overall scores obtained up to two years before applying.
You cannot combine section scores from GAMSAT tests taken at different times to meet the entry requirements.
Selection for Interview
To be considered for interview, you must achieve a minimum score of:
- 55 in Section 2
- 55 in either Section 1 or 3
- 50 in the remaining section
Interviews are offered to the top percentage of candidates on their GAMSAT scores. This is dependent on them having provided evidence of work or voluntary experience in a healthcare setting.
Please note: we're not expecting any work experience to have taken place or be ongoing after March 2020. This is due to the coronavirus pandemic. Applications for 2022 entry will not be negatively affected if you’ve been unable to complete work experience you had planned.
We do not have a fixed GAMSAT threshold score when selecting for interview.
The score threshold varies depending whether you are a standard applicant or an international applicant; the number of places we have on offer; the number of interview slots we have available; and the number of applications we receive in that year.
If you are successful you will be invited for an interview. This is usually in the form of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) made up of eight stations.
The interview is designed to assess the personal qualities we consider essential for the practice of medicine. You'll be expected to have:
- good communication and listening skills,
- an understanding of professional issues such as teamwork and
- respect for the contribution of those working in professions allied to medicine.
These qualities are based on the Medical School Council's guidelines.
You will receive more information about the interview day should you be invited for an interview.
Please note, you will be asked to send us a copy of your degree certificate prior to interview.
For 2021 entry, due to the pandemic, all interviews will be online using Microsoft Teams.
The interviews will:
- Have two interviewers on the panel
- Last between 30 and 45 minutes
- Include questions on four scenarios which may include role play.
Please make sure you have access to IT equipment with a webcam and microphone, reliable Wi-Fi and a quiet space. If you don’t have this at home, we would encourage you to ask your school if there is an appropriate room where you would be able to have your interview.
You will also usually need to bring the following on your interview day:
- Original copies of degree certificates
- Proof of identity and address (for example a passport, driving license, UK birth certificate, recent utility bill or bank statement)
Due to the online interviews for 2021 entry, more information will be provided on what you need to provide should you be invited to interview.
Following the interview stage, we will review your performance and offer places to the best applicants.
All offers are made subject to success at interview. You'll also need to have a satisfactory occupational health assessment, DBS clearance, and no fitness to practise issues. If you've been offered a place with us, we'll contact you with more information on how to complete these processes.