Gamsat Essays – Writing Great Introductions

GAMSAT Essay Introductions

Countless students have told me that they find the most difficult aspect of writing a GAMSAT essay to be “getting started”. Writing introductions for your GAMSAT essays is actually quick and easy when you have a set formula that you stick to for each and every essay you write.

If you practice writing to this formula over and over as you prepare for the exam, writing introductions will become second nature and you will never struggle with what you should write and in what order.

Let’s explore the key aspects of a great GAMSAT essay introduction…

1. Grab the reader’s attention with an impactful opening sentence.
2. Show the marker that you have correctly identified the overall theme and accurately interpreted the primary quote that you will be addressing in your essay.
3. Ensure that your thesis statement / main message is firm, succinct and clear.
4. Mention the main examples you will be later discussing in the body of your essay.
5. Write with a healthy dose of passion and conviction – if it barely sounds like YOU believe what you are writing, why should the reader?!

I teach all of my GAMSAT tutoring students a unique A, B, C formula I developed for writing Gamsat essay introductions with ease, which allows them to write brief, high impact, logically flowing introductions FAST every time they write an essay. Sticking to a set formula means that you don’t waste time procrastinating or second-guessing yourself on what to write, you can just start writing immediately. It also ensures that all essential elements of a traditional essay are always included.

Particularly when you are writing under strict time conditions as you are in the GAMSAT, I cannot emphasis enough how important it is to have a set essay structure that you stick to for the introduction and beyond, in order to achieve clarity and logical flow of argument throughout your entire essay.

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GAMSAT Essay Conclusions – What must they include?

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Writing a conclusion for your GAMSAT essay should be the quickest, easiest part of the writing process as the conclusion fundamentally involves just 2 steps:

#1 Link your key examples to a reiteration/confirmation of your thesis statement (your main message).

#2 Finish with an interesting, authoritative, forward-looking comment on the topic.
During the GAMSAT, conclusions sometimes don’t get written at all due to lack of time, or they are a hastily written couple of sentences slapped onto the end of the essay just in the nick of time! Neither of these scenarios is ideal. Which is why you should dedicate some time to practice conclusion writing. If you stick to a set formula for writing conclusions and practice it a dozen or so times, writing them will become second nature to you and you will be able to churn out high impact conclusions fast!


Remember, the key to a great conclusion for your GAMSAT essay is linking back to the main point you made in your introduction (your thesis statement).


Read the two excerpts below from the introduction (1) and conclusion (2) of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  This is a great example of a conclusion beautifully wrapping back around to the key message introduced in the introduction. Restating your thesis in the conclusion of your GAMSAT essay doesn’t mean simply copying it from the introduction and changing a few words.  The conclusion should revisit your position on the topic established in the thesis statement using fresh language, and then offer up your vision in relation to going forward.


(1) But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition


(2) And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”


Note the more positive spin in the conclusion of the speech compared to the introduction. Ideally you should try to end your GAMSAT essays on a somewhat positive note with a measure of hope for the future. Be insightful and be sure to make the last thing the marker reads as impactful as possible.


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