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Re: GAT Questions and Discussion
« Reply #195 on: June 12, 2019, 08:21:03 pm »
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Hope everyone did well! I wrote a creative piece for Task 1, and was surprised how easy Task 2 was.  Who thought some of the questions were a bit over worded and confusing?

Hey, just thought you might want to know that some people are answering that over in [url=https://atarnotes.com/forum/index.php?topic=185916.0]this[url] gat discussion thread :)

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Re: GAT Questions and Discussion
« Reply #196 on: June 13, 2019, 05:35:58 pm »
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I don't really know as it might have to depend on the piece itself. Please be careful for the real deal and I'd be wary about skimming this fine line.

Yeah it counts, maybe write about his father who is a passionate musician introducing his son to the world of music.
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Re: GAT Questions and Discussion
« Reply #197 on: August 06, 2020, 05:07:21 pm »
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So will the GAT be more important this year than usual?
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Re: GAT Questions and Discussion
« Reply #198 on: August 06, 2020, 05:16:11 pm »
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I love how they rhyme each other lmao

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Re: GAT Questions and Discussion
« Reply #199 on: August 06, 2020, 07:04:50 pm »
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I love how they rhyme each other lmao
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Re: GAT Questions and Discussion
« Reply #200 on: August 06, 2020, 08:01:46 pm »
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So will the GAT be more important this year than usual?
I've asked many teachers and all of them think the GAT and the final exams will play a bigger role than sacs this year. This is because due to lockdown the way sacs are run have been seriously impacted and every school is doing very very different things. But whether it holds more importance than sacs or not, it's best to do really well in the GAT because say lockdown for yours or anyone's school occurs during exams because of a positive case, they can use the GAT to give you a derived exam score. Please take this with a grain of salt though because I haven't asked any VCAA examiners haha  ;D
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Re: GAT Questions and Discussion
« Reply #201 on: August 06, 2020, 09:29:45 pm »
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I've asked many teachers and all of them think the GAT and the final exams will play a bigger role than sacs this year. This is because due to lockdown the way sacs are run have been seriously impacted and every school is doing very very different things. But whether it holds more importance than sacs or not, it's best to do really well in the GAT because say lockdown for yours or anyone's school occurs during exams because of a positive case, they can use the GAT to give you a derived exam score. Please take this with a grain of salt though because I haven't asked any VCAA examiners haha  ;D

That would be really unfortunate because some people do terribly in the GAT but end up getting 40+ study scores! Although this will be good for the schools that force their kids to do practise GATs.........
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Re: GAT Questions and Discussion
« Reply #202 on: August 07, 2020, 07:35:01 am »
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That would be really unfortunate because some people do terribly in the GAT but end up getting 40+ study scores!
I think that's because many people don't study/ practise for the GAT (this is my first year for the GAT so I'm really nervous hahah). Everyone on this forum is hardworking and diligent so if they try I'm sure everyone will ace it! Most people say you can't really study for it but my school teachers say it's like the edutest, so I think practice exams really will boost your marks. I hope I don't sound pretentious (I have no idea when I should start studying for it). Also, do some schools actually force their kids to do past GATs??
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Re: GAT Questions and Discussion
« Reply #203 on: August 07, 2020, 11:30:20 am »
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I think that's because many people don't study/ practise for the GAT (this is my first year for the GAT so I'm really nervous hahah). Everyone on this forum is hardworking and diligent so if they try I'm sure everyone will ace it! Most people say you can't really study for it but my school teachers say it's like the edutest, so I think practice exams really will boost your marks. I hope I don't sound pretentious (I have no idea when I should start studying for it). Also, do some schools actually force their kids to do past GATs??
There really isn't much point to doing past GATs. It's not like it's testing your knowledge of a study design like a SAC or exam does. Think of it as a general reasoning test - it's there to test your skills on the day. There really is no significant prep that you can do that's worthwhile. Best thing to do is look at a few past GATs on the VCAA website so you're familiar with the structure, but otherwise IMO it's not worth wasting your time on doing past GATs.
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Re: GAT Questions and Discussion
« Reply #204 on: August 07, 2020, 06:19:37 pm »
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There really isn't much point to doing past GATs. It's not like it's testing your knowledge of a study design like a SAC or exam does. Think of it as a general reasoning test - it's there to test your skills on the day. There really is no significant prep that you can do that's worthwhile. Best thing to do is look at a few past GATs on the VCAA website so you're familiar with the structure, but otherwise IMO it's not worth wasting your time on doing past GATs.
Ohh thank you for the input! I probably would have wasted time spamming past GATs ahaha. Do you think it's worthwhile practising the writing tasks?
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Re: GAT Questions and Discussion
« Reply #205 on: August 07, 2020, 09:39:28 pm »
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Ohh thank you for the input! I probably would have wasted time spamming past GATs ahaha. Do you think it's worthwhile practising the writing tasks?
I did the GAT last year. In my opinion, you can only really practice for the first part (I think that was it - the one where you categorise and write up information into a report, no argument.) I think that learning to set out related ideas and form logical connections can be got more used to (if that makes sense) by practise - even just, how would I put these into a logical flow? But I don't know.
(Bear in mind I got I think 26 for the written, def. my worst in the GAT! - not sure what happened there! given that I'm usually ok at writing stuff)
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Re: GAT Questions and Discussion
« Reply #206 on: August 07, 2020, 09:52:04 pm »
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Ohh, thank you! How would you approach the writing task where you get given three different ideas and you have to present an argument?
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Re: GAT Questions and Discussion
« Reply #207 on: August 08, 2020, 05:31:42 pm »
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Ohh thank you for the input! I probably would have wasted time spamming past GATs ahaha. Do you think it's worthwhile practising the writing tasks?
I only would if you havenít done a persuasive and/or other type of writing in a while. For me (back in the day), I know that I hadnít in a long time, as I was studying English Language, which doesnít really touch those types of writing until later on in the year (or wouldíve been if you did the GAT on its original date back in June). Even then, I only did one or two practise pieces to get used to writing that way again. But itís up to you.

For the writing task using the information, I personally found it easier to write creative there and would spatter the information in a creative manner. I remember the one time I did the GAT (I was sick the other time), this worked out really well for me. Note that this is purely a personal thing, so itís absolutely OK to not do that and present the information in another way. (Thereís no advantage if you write creative vs. informative.)

Ohh, thank you! How would you approach the writing task where you get given three different ideas and you have to present an argument?
From memory, the prompts are usually similar to each other. You can respond to as many or as few as you like, as long as you at least respond to one of them.

If you have a look over the past GATs youíll notice that the prompts are set up for a debate/ argument/ persuasive, so itís a matter of writing out your own key points and starting to elaborate from there, as you would for any other argumentative piece.
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Re: GAT Questions and Discussion
« Reply #208 on: August 15, 2020, 08:53:03 pm »
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Newbie to the GAT here,

So my school is kinda pushing us to do at least 10 writing tasks (so 5 Writing Task 1 and 5 Writing Task 2) and I have two questions;
1. Is it worth stressing over to do so many practice tasks?
2. What is the best way to tackle these writing tasks? Task 1 looks like a mess and task 2 is just ??? what am I meant to write?
3. (I know i said two but i'm not bothered to change two to three) For both tasks, is there a certain way to write the piece? Like is task 1 meant to be creative and task 2 has to be persuasive? That's what I'm getting and I'm really sitting here confused af lol.

I've looked at a couple of past GAT papers and everything just kind of just goes over my head and I can't stop thinking about how writing task 1 always looks like a mess

Anyways, please help a gal out, I'm stressin  :-\
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Re: GAT Questions and Discussion
« Reply #209 on: August 15, 2020, 09:46:28 pm »
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Newbie to the GAT here,

So my school is kinda pushing us to do at least 10 writing tasks (so 5 Writing Task 1 and 5 Writing Task 2) and I have two questions;
1. Is it worth stressing over to do so many practice tasks?
2. What is the best way to tackle these writing tasks? Task 1 looks like a mess and task 2 is just ??? what am I meant to write?
3. (I know i said two but i'm not bothered to change two to three) For both tasks, is there a certain way to write the piece? Like is task 1 meant to be creative and task 2 has to be persuasive? That's what I'm getting and I'm really sitting here confused af lol.

I've looked at a couple of past GAT papers and everything just kind of just goes over my head and I can't stop thinking about how writing task 1 always looks like a mess

Anyways, please help a gal out, I'm stressin  :-\
Hi Texyrialed!

For the writing tasks, it will help to know what you need to do but you don't have to do that many practice tasks to complete the GAT (but it might help if you are that way inclined). Basically writing task one is organising and presenting the information they throw at you. 2nd one is essentially an opinion/persuasive piece that incorporates one or multiple of the topics they give you. I recommend reading this, its a good overview :)
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