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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.
  11. It's probably best to group all of your soccer experience into one entry and make it sound as significant as possible, for e.g. "Competitive Soccer" and then include in the description that you've played since the age of 8. If you were to put every tournament you've played in, it would seem like you were padding and would be unreasonable (seeing as you can only include so many things in the ABS). With that being said, if one tournament or award you received was of particular importance, you might want to put it in as a distinct entry. Hope that helps.
  12. Keep your browser open on the page where you check for seats. There's a function on firefox I think where you can have constant refresh set to different time intervals (every 5secs or 1min for e.g.), and check the page every so often when you take a break from studying. I did this for about a week and I eventually got a spot in Canada and even in the city of choice. But, again, spots usually open up closer to the write date. You also could be surprised by your score. Post-test feelings aren't always accurate, especially because of the curve.
  13. I don't know of anyone being accepted recently. But, I emailed the admission office last week and they said the waitlist is "still moving", however, they could not comment on how much more/longer it will move.
  14. Okay. So even if you completed a perquisite this year?
  15. Did anyone on the waitlist send in their final transcripts? Is this required if you don't yet know if you're accepted/does it make a difference?
  16. Thanks for the update Monika! August...
  17. I believe what was said above would apply to your case as well. You would be considered a graduate applicant, however, the adcom may consider your application as an undergraduate. Regarding the deadline, you may have to ask for a letter or some sort of proof from your program director that your Master's will be complete before beginning medical school. I would double-check this with the specific schools you are applying to though.
  18. Anyone receive or know of someone who received an offer this week?
  19. Yes you can. Just go to the AAMC website where you register for the MCAT and click on "How to Reschedule". There you will be able to search for available seats for other test dates. You will not lose your seat unless you proceed to the payment page so not to worry. In January 2015, the MCAT will still be administered as the older version of the test. I believe it changes in spring 2015.
  20. As was mentioned above, it is generally not recommended to study while working full-time or engaging in any other time-heavy commitments. But, it really depends on your unique situation and you may want to consider a few points before you start: 1. Have you taken the recommended prereqs and if so how fresh are they in your mind? 2. Is this your first time writing the MCAT? 3. Have you done a diagnostic test to see what your baseline score is? Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to perform brilliantly on the MCAT while working full-time and people have definitely done this in the past. But, if it's your first time writing, the prereqs aren't fresh and your baseline score is low, you may want to consider devoting a summer or christmas break when you have fewer commitments to really give it your best shot. Good luck.
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