Coronavirus information and guidance

Aptitude test

To be considered for interview, ScotGEM applicants must have sat the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) by the time they submit their application in UCAS.


There are two sittings of the test each year: March and September. Exact dates can be found on the GAMSAT website.

You should sit the test in either the year you apply or the previous year. To apply in 2021 for entry to the ScotGEM programme in 2022, ScotGEM Admissions will accept the following results only:

  • March 2020
  • September 2020
  • March 2021
  • September 2021.

For 2020 entry, only those with a GAMSAT score of an overall 50, with no subset lower than 49, were called to interview.

ScotGEM Admissions are unable to advise as to the likely GAMSAT scores that will be required to be called for interview for 2022 entry.


The GAMSAT is designed to assess the capacity to undertake high-level intellectual studies in the medical and health professional programmes. It is used in collaboration with other admissions processes such as the UCAS application and academic qualifications.

There are no general exemptions from the test. Candidates who believe they may be unable to sit the GAMSAT should see the GAMSAT website.

Extenuating circumstances

We adhere to the guidance given on the GAMSAT website with regard to candidates who are not fit to take the test due to illness or other personal circumstances. There is no possibility of special consideration being given to GAMSAT test results. In no circumstances will GAMSAT scores be adjusted to account for any perceived disadvantage. ScotGEM will not take any illness or personal circumstances into account retrospectively, as we are unable to predict how it would have impacted on the GAMSAT score.

Candidates who present themselves for the GAMSAT test are declaring themselves fit to take the test. Candidates not fit to take their test due to illness or other personal circumstances must defer their test to a later date, even if this means losing the test fee.

Candidates may defer the test date for the GAMSAT test sitting once only. No changes to the test sitting can be made once the deferral request has been submitted. All deferrals will incur an administration fee. See GAMSAT website.

ScotGEM would not exempt a candidate from the GAMSAT on the grounds of a significant or unforeseen medical or personal issue.

All applicants must have sat the test in the appropriate testing cycle.