19-08-2012, 03:51 AM #1
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Prepgenie material harder than official ACER material? Which is more realistic?
Hi guys (and girls)
I am preparing for the GAMSAT and have now come to the point where I feel my revision is sufficient to start practicing timed exams. I bought the "comprehensive test series" from prepgenie and I have noticed something about the sample questions they give (not the free prognostic paper, I mean the actual materials you buy) in comparision to the Acer Practice materials
So far I have only gone through 3 of the 5 chemistry sample papers but I have noticed that they contain questions from sources which appear to be a higher level than those asked by the ACER practice papers and which also do not seem to be in the a level syllabus (eg: determining the products of Keto-enol transformation) . This has left me quite confused because I am also using the Griffiths GAMSAT guide and that points to revision material which does not seem to contain a good number of the topic which the prepgenie sample papers ask questions upon.
Additionally I also notice that the Prepgenie GAMSAT practice papers (at least the chemistry) ones have much more reading material to draw upon per question, i.e answering the question is more dependent on the actual stuff written on the question paper (as opposed to pre-revised material)
So I want to ask, has anyone noticed this significant difference between the prepgenie material and the ACER material? Any answers would be welcome but it would be particularly helpful if some who has bought and used the actual prepgenie materials (as opposed to the free test which is easier) could give me an answer on how they compare with the real test questions. Because from what I can tell the ACER sample questions seem simpler, requiring less detailed knowledge and requiring one to glean less knowledge from the paper itself to answer questions. Would appreciate any kind of comments no matter how brief
Thanks in Advance
P.S: Sorry for the wall of text, I was trying to be detailed
21-08-2012, 12:35 AM #2
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I bought the Prepgenie materials and like you I also bought Griffiths Gamsat Review, I also got the Griffiths Practice Test at the same time as you get it cheaper if you buy them together but I'm not sure from what you wrote of you got that too or just the Review?
I agree with you that the prepgenie tests are not as similar to the official ACER tests as I had hoped. The Griffiths one seemed much more like the ACER tests and the topics covered were more similar to the stuff in the official test too. Also the worked answers in the Griffiths book seemed much more comprehensive and helpful.
However the advantage of the prepgenie papers is that you can buy several of them if you want whereas at the moment the Griffiths Gamsat Review site only has one on sale, so if you want more practice you'll probably need to go to several sites. I'm going to try the Medprep ones next but you need to buy a minimum of 3 and they are only online so I'll work through what I've got and the official ACER ones first.
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