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Change of personal details

March 18, 2016

Please advise GEMSAS of any change of personal details by emailing

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Why didn’t I get an interview for Medicine?

August 31, 2012

My GPA and GAMSAT combination are better than someone else I know who has got an interview but I haven’t – why not?
Selection is very complex and many factors impact on whether or not you will get an offer of an interview.  There are many reasons why an applicant with the same or worse GPA and GAMSAT scores as you may have been offered an interview when you were not.

  • They may have done considerably better than you in portfolio or personal statements
  • They may have come from a rural background.
  • They may be of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island descent
  • They may have received bonus points for postgraduate study
  • They may have received bonus points or come through a preferential entry scheme that recognises disadvantage.

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I need to send a document to GEMSAS. What is their address?

August 15, 2011

If you have recently received a letter from GEMSAS requesting additional documentation in support of your application, then please send the required information as soon as you can. For medicine, dentistry and optometry please post original transcripts (not copies or certified copies) to the GEMSAS mail box at:

GEMSAS Operations
PO Box 2025
South Melbourne
VIC 3205

For other supporting documents, please send them with the appropriate coversheet to:

GEMSAS Processing
PO Box 522
Ferny Hills DC
Queensland 4055

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How do I order my preferences

June 2, 2011

GEMSAS allows applicants to list up to six medical schools in the order that they would like to be considered for entry. A school does not have to be listed as the first preference for the applicant to be considered by the school.

Starting with the first preference, applicants will be assessed and ranked according to each school’s specific selection rules. A computerised matching process will allocate applicants meeting the minimum requirements to an offer of an interview and later, if the applicant is competitive, an offer of a place to the highest listed preference for which they are eligible.

This matching happens concurrently for all applicants and all schools so every applicant will have been ranked for the schools for which they are eligible and will have been considered for each school on their preference list in order.

A maximum of one offer of a place will be made to an eligible applicant, and this may not be at the school where the interview was held.

If an offer of a place is not made in the main round of offers, the application remains in the system. Additional offers may be made during December and January after final results of applicants completing their qualifying degree are known. Applicants will not however be considered further for any preferences above the preferenced school at which they have been interviewed.


Applicant A has schools X, Y and Z on their preference list.


School X – not eligible (did not satisfy the minimum GAMSAT requirement)

School Y – is eligible, interviewed but does not rank highly enough

School Z – is eligible and ranks highly enough so receives an offer to school Z.


Example 2

Applicant B has schools V, W, X, Y and Z on their preference list. When offers are released:


School V – not eligible and not interviewed (did not satisfy the minimum GAMSAT requirement)

School W – not eligible and not interviewed (did not satisfy the minimum GAMSAT requirement)

School X – eligible, interviewed, did not rank highly enough for an offer

School Y – eligible, did not rank highly enough for an offer

School Z – eligible, did not rank highly enough for an offer


In December, school Y makes further offers and at this point applicant B is allocated to an offer of a place at school Y, but is not considered further for schools V and W. School X makes no further offers.

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I’ve changed my name during the course of my study or subsequently

June 2, 2011

Please supply by email to info@ the following details so we can track you through all your study.


1.  Original or maiden name:

2.  Subsequent or married name:

3.  GAMSAT ID number:

4.  Student ID number from your undergraduate study:

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Can schools see the order of my preferences?

June 2, 2011

Yes, the universities can see the order of your preferences but they are not concerned about whether you’ve put them first or sixth.  They understand that your decisions are often very pragmatic and have nothing to do with their popularity.

In the past preferences made a huge difference as it was a manual system where schools first looked at applicants who put them as first preference and then physically passed on the paper files on those applicants they didn’t choose to second preference schools and so on.  There were only three preferences and very rarely did an applicant get an offer at a third preference school – just due to the manual passing on and the time it took to do that between schools.

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My qualifications are from an overseas university and are not in English

June 2, 2011

Qualifications in a foreign language must be documented by a certified copy of the original transcript and accompanied by a complete official translation in English.

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Document Translation

June 2, 2011

The following organisations may be able to assist you with the official translation of foreign documents:

Institute of Modern Languages (IML)

Postal Address: Institute of Modern Languages, The University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD 4072
Business Address: Level 1, Joyce Ackroyd Building, Blair Drive, The University of Queensland



Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) – Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) National

This fee-free document translation service is restricted to certain categories of clients and to certain types of documents. You should check with DIAC for further information.

Postal address: GPO Box 241, Melbourne VIC 3001
Business Address: Casselden Place, 2 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000


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If I reject an offer am I put back in to the preference system?

June 2, 2011

If you are offered a place and you decline it, or if you allow your offer to lapse, then your application will be withdrawn from further processing and you will NOT receive another offer.  You are advised to put only medical schools and types of places that you are prepared to accept.  You are strongly advised to obtain detailed information from the schools’ websites to ensure you are fully informed on both the admissions criteria and the structure of the individual programs.  There is no requirement to list the full six preferences available to you.

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Do I need to work out a GPA and can I see the GPA that GEMSAS calculates for me?

June 2, 2011

You don’t need to work out a GPA for the application. It’s only for your information so you can assess your likely competitiveness for the schools you are planning to include on your preference list.

GEMSAS will calculate a GPA for each of the schools on your preference list so there could be six different GPAs calculated for you. It would be very difficult for you to emulate the computer algorithms that do this.

For more information there is a GPA section on our website and a GPA calculator available for use on our application page –

GPA calculations will not be finalised until early August.  You are welcome to email from the second week in August to request your GPA. When emailing to request your GPA, please include your full name and GAMSAT ID.

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