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  1. TIME STAMP: 9:08am, May 12th 2015 Interview Date: March 8th Result: Accepted (St. George) cGPA: ~3.78 wGPA: ~3.92 MCAT: 10/11/11 ECs: lots of research (3 different labs, 1 pub in progress and a few poster presentations), a few long-term volunteer and club executive roles, guitar, some sports and international experiences. Essays: worked pretty hard on them and had them looked over by friends and family. Was quite happy with them in the end. Make sure you go through Canmeds. Interview: Was the least stressful and most enjoyable of all my interviews. Thought 3/4 went quite well, one was okay. Year: 1 year masters Feels amazing finally being accepted after 3 tries and a lot of hard work. I know it's cliche but if you really want this, don't give up and most importantly don't doubt yourself.
  2. TIME STAMP: 9:08am, May 12th 2015 Interview Date: March 8th Result: Accepted (St. George) cGPA: ~3.78 wGPA: ~3.92 MCAT: 10/11/11 ECs: lots of research (3 different labs, 1 pub in progress and a few poster presentations), a few long-term volunteer and club executive roles, guitar, some sports and international experiences. Essays: worked pretty hard on them and had them looked over by friends and family. Was quite happy with them in the end. Make sure you go through Canmeds. Interview: Was the least stressful and most enjoyable of all my interviews. Thought 3/4 went quite well, one was okay. Year: 1 year masters Feels amazing finally being accepted after 3 tries and a lot of hard work. I know it's cliche but if you really want this, don't give up and most importantly don't doubt yourself.
  3. Time Stamp: Saturday Feb 21st at 9:24PM Interview Date: March 8th Result: Invite wGPA: 3.92 (approx.) MCAT: above cutoffs ECs: Lots of research, club executive, community volunteering, sports, music. Research: No pubs, several labs Essays: Did them pretty last minute but was happy with them nonetheless Year Completed: MSc Geography: IP
  4. It means they don't know anything about you/haven't read your ABS or C.V. prior to interviewing you and won't ask you specific questions on these. Essentially, the interviewers are blind to your previous experiences, GPA, MCAT etc.
  5. Hi, Is anyone in the GTA or Hamilton area selling "Medical School Interivews: a Practical Guide to Help You Get That Place at Medical School..." By George Lee and Olivier Picard? http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/1905812051/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me= please PM me. thanks.
  6. Timestamp and Format: 4:35 email Invite/Rejection: Regrets cGPA: 3.78 VR Score: 11 How you felt CASPER went: Not bad, but unsure of a few questions. Geography : IP/OP? IP Current year: MSc
  7. Hi, I graduated with a Hon.BSc in 2013 and took a full course load every year, but, the year after I graduated I was working full-time and took an online distance education course to fulfill a pre-req for Ottawa and the US. Does this disqualify me from the wGPA?
  8. Actually, for PS, I try NOT to focus too much on the nitty-gritty and try my best to extract what concept/s they are testing me in the passage. I skim the passage and highlight some key things (e.g. numbers, new concepts or laws given, etc.). I think the trick is to understand that a lot of the time a really dense experimental passage is used to try and confuse students and it is those who succeed in extracting pertinent information and understanding which PS concepts are being tested that score the highest. So in other words, read the passage carefully but don't worry if you don't understand everything since they may not even test you on that part of the passage and most of the questions can be answered without passage info. Just try and remember that each question is testing you on something that you already know (a concept or combination thereof) or is in the passage (in these Q's are usually quite obvious), it just may not be immediately obvious to figure out. Be careful of using this technique for BS though as most of the passages there require in-depth understanding--especially if they are experimental. Also, take my advice with a grain of salt as I'm no PS expert but I usually score in the 11-12 range. Maybe some other premeders can chime in on their techniques/strategies as well.
  9. Most of these mistakes can be fixed quite easily. First of all make sure you aren't rushing too much. You should be spending approx. 2 minutes reading the passage and 1 minute per question (e.g. psg with 6 Q's should take you 8 minutes). Try taking your time a little bit more while reading a passage, highlight some key points as you go along but don't spend more than 2 minutes reading it (especially for PS). Slow down even more when reading questions. A lot of the time, the MCAT tries to trip you up on small details that you can easily gloss over while reading a question so it is absolutely essential to read every single word of a question stem. Another thing that helped me was to write things down for question if it's a bit hard to keep in your head. For e.g. Some questions might ask you to list things in decreasing order or increasing order so I would write down "smallest on the left side of the page and biggest on the right just so I don't make the easy mistake of putting things down in decreasing order and vice-versa". So try slowing down, reading more carefully and before answering any question always make sure you know exactly what it's asking you to do and try and have a mental plan of how you're going to solve it before you start doing any calculations. Good luck and hope that helps you a bit.
  10. It's not a new rule. I remember reading it on the website last year and decided not to include an activity that I had begun after undergrad in my top 3.
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