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« on: June 10, 2012, 07:58:18 pm »
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The General Achievement Test (GAT) is a three-hour general competence test consisting of  two writing tasks and 70 multiple-choice questions. You can find instructions here: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/vce/exams/gat/stepbystep.html

The instructions provided in the link will also be on your GAT paper, and therefore there is no need to memorise them. You can if you want, of course. It'll save you precious reading time if you don't need to read the instructions as well!

- Read all the information carefully
- Read each question carefully and try to pick out the key ideas and information
- For the multiple-choice questions, try to quickly reject choices that appear wrong, then read the question again and select the answer most likely to be right
- Attempt all questions and donít spend too much time on any one question. Questions can also be revisited later.

Don't forget to go back and read over your answers! Because this is very important test.

Do your best! Remember, you've GAT nothing to lose!!!!!!!!
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Re: GAT tips
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2012, 08:01:04 pm »
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I have a few questions:

Since the GAT is being marked online this year, does that mean we can't use pencil for the essay?

Also, it says on the cover "Do not waste time on one particular multiple-choice question. If you find a question very difficult,
return to it later." Is this the exam strategy we should use? Is it better to rush and possibly get more questions wrong, or take your time and only provide answers that you know are correct?

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Re: GAT tips
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2012, 08:04:53 pm »
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You should use pencil for the multiple choice and pen for the essay bits. Do you really want to risk bits of your essay being accidentally rubbed out?

On that note, don't forget to bring at least 10 backup pens and pencils.

It is better to take your time. However, make sure to check out how the marks are distributed and set aside time for each section accordingly. I recommend that you bring a watch as well as a desktop clock to keep track of the time.
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Re: GAT tips
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2012, 08:10:24 pm »
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A desktop clock?! I never thought of that. It'd have to be an analog one right? There's a chance that I wouldn't be able to find a powerpoint for my digital clock in the exam room.

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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2012, 08:14:19 pm »
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Oh yes, can you imagine if your watch died?!? Take an analogue one definitely.
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Re: GAT tips
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2012, 08:52:54 pm »
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What forms should I use for my informative and persuasive pieces? A diary entry? A newspaper article? Which forms did you use last year and what mark did you get for your writing?

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Re: GAT tips
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2012, 08:55:38 pm »
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Is it actually worth doing practice GATs? Is the GAT actually that important if you sit all your exams?

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Re: GAT tips
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2012, 08:57:11 pm »
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Is it actually worth doing practice GATs? Is the GAT actually that important if you sit all your exams?

How can you be sure you are going to sit all your exams?

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« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2012, 09:01:26 pm »
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In my school's trial GAT, I rushed my essays to make sure I had both of them done so that I got through the multiple choice, only to have half an hour at the end of the exam. How come they recommend doing the essays first, and is time really going to be an issue for the exam?
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Re: GAT tips
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2012, 09:04:31 pm »
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Is it actually worth doing practice GATs? Is the GAT actually that important if you sit all your exams?

It's up to you on this one, usually people don't bother though, but after all it's after the exams so if you're bored then go for it lol.

If you sit your exams, if something went wrong that prevented you from doing as well during your studies eg. sickness then you can get a derived examination score.

Otherwise in terms of your ATAR it has no bearing.

Have fun in the GAT! For me it was fun lol.

In reply to Stick, you will probably finish like an half to one hour early if you are a person who takes it more seriously.

Doing the essays first is dependent on the person, but many like to get it done first and can be more relaxed on the multiple choice.
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Re: GAT tips
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2012, 09:09:59 pm »
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In my school's trial GAT, I rushed my essays to make sure I had both of them done so that I got through the multiple choice, only to have half an hour at the end of the exam. How come they recommend doing the essays first, and is time really going to be an issue for the exam?

Because you can always fill in the multiple choice randomly if you run out of time, but half finished essays will just be failed. I feel it's best to adopt a pretty standard approach to the essays, since you'll probably want to be drawing on the practice ones you've done and just rephrasing them for the real exam :)

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« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2012, 09:39:37 pm »
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My coordinator said the GAT directly effected our scores, which scared a lot of people.. his bullshit fear mongering tactics once again have been refuted by cold-hard facts.. cheers AN!


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Re: GAT tips
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2012, 10:14:18 pm »
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Do your best! Remember, you've GAT nothing to lose!!!!!!!!

If I do my best, do I GAT to party afterwards, or do I have to GAT back to study for end of year exams?

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Re: GAT tips
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2012, 10:40:29 pm »
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One has to take all these tips SERIOUSLY, seeing that they're coming from ninwa who has taken the GAT thrice, and GAT three GAT scores!!!
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« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2012, 10:49:42 pm »
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And on my third go I got 50 in written communication!!!!

didn't get 50 for English though, fuck you VCAA
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