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#1 bigcheese

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 02:16 AM

I have heard that McMaster drops your best and worst station but this was on the 2011 forum, does this policy still hold.

 

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 03:31 AM

They used to drop 2 stations because they had 2 "extra" stations, but they cut the stations down to 10 so, now, all 10 stations are scored and used. 


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Posted 16 April 2017 - 03:52 PM

they don't drop stations, I emailed about this when I was an applicant and wendy told me they use all of them. 


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Posted 17 April 2017 - 01:44 AM

Thank you! Say you do extremely bad on one station but every other one was relatively fine, would you still have a shot at getting in?



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Posted 17 April 2017 - 01:52 AM

Thank you! Say you do extremely bad on one station but every other one was relatively fine, would you still have a shot at getting in?

 

Definitely not

 

 

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 03:04 AM

Thank you! Say you do extremely bad on one station but every other one was relatively fine, would you still have a shot at getting in?

 

yes thats the point of the MMI. it affords you one or two bad stations if your overall performance still shows you are a strong candidate. 


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 06:46 PM

I had a related question for MMI scoring. When grading, do the assessors have to rank the interviewees? For example, does each assessor have to give out half their scores below 5/10 and the other half above 5/10? Basically, I'm curious if randomly being in an exceptionally strong circuit can really hurt your chances. Also, does anyone know if assessors are interviewers in just one circuit, or multiple throughout the application cycle? Thanks!



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Posted 22 April 2017 - 03:23 AM

I had a related question for MMI scoring. When grading, do the assessors have to rank the interviewees? For example, does each assessor have to give out half their scores below 5/10 and the other half above 5/10? Basically, I'm curious if randomly being in an exceptionally strong circuit can really hurt your chances. Also, does anyone know if assessors are interviewers in just one circuit, or multiple throughout the application cycle? Thanks!

 

Nope, they're not required to rank you or hand out a certain number of any score. Assessors also generally interview for a full day, seeing more than one circuit.



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Posted 22 April 2017 - 03:54 AM

Nope, they're not required to rank you or hand out a certain number of any score. Assessors also generally interview for a full day, seeing more than one circuit.

 

probably still some statistical checking in the background for outliers, but I will say that is similar the other schools I have worked with. Ranking for one thing is just really hard to do - you have to wait until the end of the day to normalize things which means remembering something from "ages ago". 


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Posted 23 April 2017 - 04:31 PM

Basically, I'm curious if randomly being in an exceptionally strong circuit can really hurt your chances.

 

Assessors are encouraged to use the entire grading scale if possible. However, this isn't always possible when there happens to be an exceptionally strong (or an exceptionally weak) circuit. In those cases, grades may cluster in the top or bottom half of scale respectively. It's not common though, because there is typically a normal distribution in which there are better, average, and poor performing candidates.

 

If you happen to be average in a group of above-average candidates, then you're going to look worse by comparison. If you're average in a group of below-average candidates, then you're going to look better by comparison. Ultimately though, your answers will still be graded on their own merit.


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