How to Apply for GAMSAT Special Testing Conditions

As a doctor of the future you’re going to find all sorts of diseases, disabilities and handicaps; and you’ll have the knowledge to cure them. But perhaps you might be going into medicine because you too suffer from some sort of low level condition that might prevent you from doing certain activities. The good news is that if you suffer from dyslexia, limb problems, eyesight problems and a host of other disabilities it cannot hold you back from being successful in the test. The provision of GAMSAT special testing conditions takes care of such issues.

While the end of GAMSAT is to be a medical student, you don’t need to worry that your affliction, whether it be temporary or permanent, is going to hold you back from doing the test. You’ll need to apply for GAMSAT special testing conditions before 11 February 2015. Naturally you’re going to have to supply some proof of your condition, luckily both physical conditions and learning disabilities are catered for. Just think, this letter from a medical practitioner might someday be written by you!

Some of the conditions that provision can be made for:

  • Visual impairments and dyslexia: As a sufferer of dyslexia you know that sometimes the problem can be eased by using special coloured paper or even different fonts. The examiners are quite happy to print out papers in different colours and in larger fonts, which is a mighty boon for dyslexics and those with less than perfect eyesight.
  • Poor hearing: A simple solution of written instructions or being seated close to the examiner should take care of this problem.
  • Diabetes: Food/drinks are allowed into the testing centre, along with insulin kits any other medical requirements.
  • Religious reasons: Alternative testing arrangements are provided for candidates who cannot sit the test during daylight time or on particular days of the week.

How to apply

Here’s how you can apply for the GAMSAT Special Testing Conditions:

  • Submit your application via your ACER account immediately after registering for the test.
  • Submit a letter from a registered health professional outlining your condition, and the support required in the examination room.
  • For medical conditions, the letter must date back no more than a year.
  • Candidates with dyslexia must submit an educational psychologist’s report. The report cannot be more than three years old. an older report will be accepted in company with a recent written verification by a psychologist.
  • For religious reasons, you need to submit a written application to ACER, along with a letter of affirmation from your minister of religion.

Of course, do keep in mind that the GAMSAT special testing conditions apply solely to the test venue. No reflection can be seen in the marking and scores.

Keeping it fair

The provision of GAMSAT special testing conditions ensures that every deserving candidate gets the chance to be a doctor. Whilst the examiners want to make the exam as fair and equitable as possible, it obviously needs to be undertaken under rigorous conditions. That’s why they have to have that proof of your condition for them to take special action. The reassuring point you need to take away from this article is that every reasonable effort will be made to help you to succeed. Of course, the hard part of studying and preparing is then all up to you.

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