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  1. The best resources are definitely UWorld, First Aid, and Pathoma (it really is just as good as everyone says it is). Depending on your learning style, I would advise starting UWorld as early as possible. Yeah you will get a lot of questions wrong at first which will feel like shit, but it is a more practical way to learn the material. The only thing shown to correlate with a high score is the number of practice questions a person can cram into their head. It is in your best interest to do as many questions as humanly possible. UWorld is a learning tool, not an assessment tool. If you want a proper assessment, take one of the NBME self-assessment exams (which are actually fairly predictive). How you use UWorld (or other qbanks) is also really important. Make sure you take the time to go over each question thoroughly so you understand what the question is trying to ask and why the other options are incorrect. Also try to annotate FA while you go through UWorld as the explanations are better than what you'll find in most textbooks. I never completed a full read-through of FA while studying for Step 1 but still managed to score very well. I did, however, complete an embarrassing number of practice questions. A lot of the exam is pattern recognition which just takes practice. If you can put yourself in the shoes of the question writers and understand why they are asking certain questions, or how they could change the wording slightly to get a different answer, you'll be in good shape. Also if FA puts you to sleep, DIT basically reads FA to you so that is another option for getting through the material. At the end of the day, it's important to figure out which resources work best for you. Don't be afraid to switch things up if something isn't working just because someone read FA 10 times and got a 250. Another resource I found helpful was SketchyMicro, but I am more of a visual learner. Goljan is kind of like the precursor to Pathoma but is more of a slog to try and read through. There is an audio recording of Goljan's Step 1 lecture series online somewhere which can be good to listen to while on the go or working out.
  2. Queen's IM Offering: January 19th at 10:30 Desired: January 18th, 23rd or an earlier time slot on the 19th.
  3. Queen's IM Current: Jan 19th @10:30 Want: Jan18th, Jan 22nd or Jan 23rd
  4. Timestamp and Format: 12:47 PM and 1:31 PM... as if one rejection wasn't enough Invite/Rejection: Rejection cGPA: 3.55 VR Score: 10 How you felt CASPER went: Not bad. Although I definitely thought it could have gone better as my browser crashed twice, which deleted my answers for two entire sections and threw me off mentally for the rest of test. Geography: IP Current year: Graduated
  5. Thanks for the advice everyone, I think it's probably just best to wait and see how the applications go first. I actually found it interesting that in my rejection email from Western last year, it only made note of my WS score being below the cutoff and not my VR. Perhaps there is some flexibility with their cutoffs.
  6. Hi everyone, I rewrote the MCAT on July 26th hoping to improve my VR score, while also masking my horrid WS mark, but ended up with the same verbal score of 10 (10/12/12 overall). Even though a 34 isn't a bad score, I feel like the 10 will hold me back from getting an interview at the schools I can apply to - mainly Queen's, Western and Mac. I don't have the necessary prerequisites for other schools. Is it worth writing the test again to try and get an 11? I was consistently scoring an 11 or above on practice tests, which makes it more frustrating that I can't seem to replicate those performances on the real thing. Any advice would be really helpful. I work full time, so I'm not too keen on taking more of my vacation time to prepare for the exam. Thanks!
  7. Hi everyone, I am a relatively recent (2011) civil engineering graduate with aspirations of pursuing a career in medicine. A profession I've always had an interest in, but for a variety of reasons didn't realize it was the right fit for me until I started working full-time. With the exception of NOSM, I applied to every Ontario school that doesn't require prereqs for the 2013 admission cycle. I also wrote the MCAT last summer and scored a 33M (12/10/11). The M is like a big asterisk marring an otherwise respectable score. To be honest, I really have no idea how I could have done so poorly on that section as I thought my writing abilities were at least above ESL levels... but oh well. Unfortunately, I didn't receive my score until after the OMSAS application deadline. Otherwise I wouldn't have bothered applying to Queen's and Western in the first place. As a result, I wasn't too surprised when I didn't receive any interviews (the 10 in VR probably put me out of contention for Mac). Rejections still suck even when expected though! Lol As I don't personally know anyone in the same situation as me, I was hoping to get some advice on what I can / should do to improve my chances. With the WS removed from the MCAT, I'm definitely going to rewrite this summer and hopefully improve my verbal score - I was consistently scoring a 12 or above on the practice exams. To give you guys some more background, my marks break down as follows: OMSAS cGPA: 3.54 (not that great, I know) Western GPA: 3.80 (3.76 and 3.84 for my two best years) U of T wGPA: 3.70 Queens GPA: 3.72 for last two years Volunteering/ECs include: Varsity track and field (arguably one of the most time-demanding sports) Junior development coach Engineering consulting work since graduation as well as summer internships Volunteer work in Rwanda Engineers Without Borders (volunteered at and organized a variety of EWB events) Peer tutor to other varsity athletes Volunteered at a soup kitchen since high school Volunteer at a retirement home for three years Other misc. volunteer work throughout high school and university Is it worth going back to school part-time next year to get my pre-requisites so I can apply at U of T and possibly UBC? I'm considered IP for both Ontario and BC. Or should I just plan on getting an 11 in VR and bank on an interview at Western? Any advice would be super helpful. Thanks!
  8. Hi All! I've heard from a lot of people that Mac prefers applicants with diverse backgrounds, however I have yet to hear how much this actually factors into their decision making. I'm a civil engineering graduate who has been working professionally for almost two years now. cGPA = 3.51 VR = 10 I felt pretty good about CASPer, but I'll probably know how good by whether I get an interview or not. I'm trying to decide if I should go back to school to improve my grades/get pre-reqs and/or rewrite the MCAT (I was consistently getting a 12 or above in VR on the practice tests). There is also more incentive seeing as how they got rid of the writing sample, which I happened to bomb. Thanks!
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