The ACER website specifically states that there’s no official GAMSAT reading list. We’ve traversed some extra miles to make an unofficial list that’ll aid you in your groundwork for GAMSAT- Section 3: Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences.
What Comes Handy
We’ve called in suggestions from successful GAMSAT pass-outs as well as what comes recommended by experts and tutors while collating this list. Most of these texts are easily available and they are pricey! So, we recommend buying them either from kindle store or you could also borrow them from online libraries like Wiley, Hathi Trust and/or British Council Library.
Books for GAMSAT Physics
- A-Level Physics 100 Key Ideas: This text comes highly recommended as a start up for your Physics knowledge base.
- Physics Key Ideas: 3rd edn, Essentials Education. Filled with a lot of clarity on what could be meaningless jargon and buzzwords this texts are highly recommended to improve your knowledge of physics
- Basic Physics: A Self-Teaching Guide (Wiley Self-Teaching Guides) by Karl F. Kuhn is an easy to read book even for someone from non-science background.
Books for GAMSAT Chemistry
- Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity: 7th edn, by Kotz and Treichel: This book has a lot of tricky equations likely to trip up someone who hasn’t touched chemistry in a while; this book will be a great foundation for your missing chemistry knowledge.
Few Other Resources:
- Introduction to Organic Chemistry by William H Brown Brown
- Organic Chemistry as a Second Language: Translating the Basic Concepts by David R. Klein
Books for GAMSAT Biology
- Biology by Campbell, Reece and Mitchell is excellent as an introductory text for solving many issues of the related subject. This is highly recommended as a start up text for a beginner.
Few Other Resources:
- Knox et al. Biology: An Australian Focus and Biological Science by Scott Freeman
- Schaum’s Outline of Human Anatomy & Physiology: You should be able to get enough information from this book to answer any question related to anatomy that comes your way.
A lot of effort is required for mastery of this section; you’ll definitely need these books to help in your prep. Admittedly, they’ll cost a small fortune if you buy all of them; it might be a good idea to look for them in a local bookshop and/or online store (as mentioned earlier) and see which ones appeal to you, both in their layout and in term of accessibility in language. It’d be even better if you’ve got access to an eBook reader where you might even find these texts or other useful primers available in electronic format.
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