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  1. It's pretty easy for some, difficult for others. It depends on what you're eating before you shift.
  2. Did anyone else notice that, if you're applying to McMaster, at the bottom it originally said "MacMaster"? Did anyone else catch that?
  3. I think it depends if it's a prerequisite. If it is, I believe they only take the grade from the first time you took the course. (UBC doesn't even allow re-taking of science courses, so one can't repeat most prereqs.) I think if it's not a prereq, they do include it - but they also include your grade from the first time you took the course. I've heard they don't look very favourably on the practice, but elsewhere on the boards posters have said they don't look at your transcript so now I'm not so sure. Elsewhere people have talked about Ws, too. I think it's been said that med schools don't care too much, as long as you didn't have a pattern of withdrawing or make a habit of doing it.
  4. Haha, yup, this is exactly what I said the other day. I'm a business major. It's pretty horrible. I wouldn't recommend it. Unless you specialise in accounting, most of what you will be doing is stuff that is fairly easily taught and a lot of it is very intuitive. Also, you will be involved in group projects in every single class - again, unless you are in accounting. ( That's also assuming you can get into accounting, which is highly competitive and, depending where you are, quickly becoming saturated with BCom grads.) In my experience, in 95% of the group projects I've done I almost literally did all of the work. You often get placed in groups of 5 or 6, and 3 or 4 people will always be slacking off or producing sub-par work. You also do multiple oral presentations per class, very often. (I'm good at those, but I've been in countless group presentations where my group members are all terrified of giving presentations and as a result we get crummy grades because you're not graded individually.) On top of all of ^ that, business schools prefer to keep their averages very narrowly distributed around 70%. I can't tell you how many times I've gone to see a prof about an assignment where I received 83-85% simply because, they said, 90% was "too high". I also once answered all the questions right on the midterm and the total was added to 49/50. When I asked about it, the prof said that "perfection is impossible". As a TA for some of these courses, I can say for sure that they like a narrow range. I am a very harsh grader, but my overseeing prof often knocks down the grades I give to be closer to 70% (and encourages us to keep grades between 60% and 75%). Sooo yeah, expect to not get the grades necessary for medical school. About 95% of grading in business school is subjective (again the exception is accounting, which has an average of 68% (lowest in our faculty)). If you have any questions about it, I can perhaps provide some insight. I can try to come up with some pros, but the only thing I can think of is that you may learn some "useful" skills (how to solve cases, do SWOT analyses, cash flow forecasts, PEST(LE) analyses, some financial and managerial accounting (unless you specialise in accounting, in which case you do a lot of both). You may do so at the cost of your sanity, though. It is not at all hard to "cruise" in business, which is why a lot of people think it's easy, but it's hard to do well. You can do everything right and may still get pigeonholed into the small distribution range around 70%.
  5. When you log onto OMSAS, you should see a new option/link that says: "You should review your current application data on file with OMSAS." Click there! My academic record was supposedly also corrected, and my GPA went up.
  6. Yep, it was held by The Princeton Review. Kaplan also held a mock 2015 MCAT over a month ago, though it was a condensed version.
  7. Haha! I think I may have lost it, actually, some time between starting IB and first year at university... I have no idea why but I died laughing (figuratively speaking at least). Well here's to studying for the next month to obtain that ever elusive killer GPA! (And, for the sake of studying, here's to ignoring the fact that invites and rejections will go out in just over a month. o_o)
  8. Oh, man. That's horrible. I'm dreading that period. I was considering avoiding my e-mail inbox and turning off all e-mail notifications... (But then, what if we get invited and want to book the interview?!) Is there any way to steel one's soul in advance? ;_;
  9. Do they typically send the invites out within the first two weeks of December (i.e., for the majority of the final exam period)? I'd imagine it would be soul-crushing to get rejected right when I'm studying for exams.
  10. When one does't know the population size nor the true proportions (p1 and p2), one can use the sample proportions to estimate the standard error. And if you looked at the figures I used, I was only using the data from 2014, as well as some theoretical data from what the proportions would have been had the 27 individuals who declined been all male or half male (13) and half female (14) (just to see what the class might have looked like if all the initial admittees had all accepted). Typically the SE estimation works quite well, and when I tested whether the proportions of BC women who matriculated and the proportions of BC men who matriculated were different, I got p = 0.020, so there is a significant difference between those two populations (although I never said there wasn't a difference there, since the BC admissions rate was clearly discrepant - more so than the overall admissions rate!). Anyway, that's only 0.002 off from yours... which is not unexpected. We should get the same result (reject null) for the two different tests if that difference is real... So in the end, last year there was a significant difference between the number of men and woman from BC who applied, were accepted, and then matriculated (which says nothing about those who applied, were accepted, and then declined - as one other BC fellow mentioned he did upthread!). However there wasn't a significant difference between the total number of men and total number of woman who applied, were accepted, and then matriculated.
  11. For the BC applicants, maybe, but overall there isn't a significant difference between the number of admitted females and number of admitted males (p (two-tailed) = 0.087)! Why did you choose to use a simple logistic regression? I spoke to a few of my stats profs and they all agreed that a two-sample z-test would be what they would have used. Much more straightforward! I'll test the difference between BC male and female matriculants on SPSS when I get home later. Should get the same result as your test!
  12. First aid courses will teach you only to do it if there is no danger to you in doing so. Not much point in trying to help someone if you get injured in doing so and then can't help them any further. As others have mentioned, it seems these days it's suggested that the chest compressions are more important than the artificial respiratory aspect. If they just fell unconscious (and you checked to see whether they were indeed unconscious and unresponsive, and you checked to see that their airway isn't blocked, and you loosened restrictive clothing and have a way to elevate their feet slightly), then yes I would say I'd do mouth-to-mouth. (If you're certified, though, you should have a first-aid kit with you that has a disposable one-way valve for CPR. Even if you don't have it, and you're certified, I would say yes after you called 911 first.)
  13. Who wouldn't have that after writing CASPer at some point today! And yeah, honestly I'm still not 100% sure what they're doing. I'd like to think I'm intelligent enough to understand what they're saying, but I think I'm just going to e-mail them to confirm. I'm not sure how removing the score curve (to reflect the difficulty of the test and how well you did relative to your peers) is helpful, because the percentile would still be there. It makes it meaningless to have a conversation with someone where you are exchanging scores and say "I scored 128", because on your test that could have put you right at the 50th percentile. I mean, I suppose you could switch the conversation to simply being about percentiles. Blahblahblah. I'm rambling now. If I don't get in this year, I'm actually kind of excited to write the new MCAT. I have a strong background in psychology and sociology, and I'm just finishing biochem, so I feel like I'd do better on it...
  14. From what I heard, the scores aren't normalised and universities are being encouraged not to look at the scores but the percentiles associated with the scores. (I.e., you can score 125 in the CARS section of one test and be in the 80th percentile, but score the same in the same section on another test and be in the 70th percentile.) I'd recommend checking out the overview of the new score scales (written with adcom members in mind). I had the above told to me by a Kaplan rep and by the Kaplan head, but for now there's a bit of confusion about it still.
  15. Ahh, I'm glad someone thinks so! Google and other students at my university would lead me to believe that no one likes business students, let alone would want one to become a doctor. How did you prepare for the test? Did you also end up usually taking the entire five minutes?
  16. I don't think you're alone! There were definitely a few questions where I thought that I was probably writing something similar to others. And there were a couple where I felt my major (commerce) was "showing"...
  17. I didn't get one either! And I also got the confirmation that I completed all of the questions.
  18. Since no one has created a thread for this section... Did anyone right it in this time slot? How did you find it? Even though it's not an academic test, I still found it quite challenging.
  19. Ah, okay. Thanks for the clarification. I only know two engineers, but one of them is raking in around $200 k a year. (I can't even wrap my head around that.) I'm sure the specialisation will influence pay, too. (I.e., whether the person is a chemical engineer or some other type will be a factor in determining one's salary...) (Edited for completely mistaking the salary number. )
  20. That's awesome! Congrats Birdy, and best wishes.
  21. Why is there an assumption that the OP's parents are Asian? I just scanned (I do mean scanned and not skimmed) the post again and I don't see mention of it. I'm not of Asian descent and my parents, throughout my adolescent childhood, pushed me to go into business. So I went into business and I hate it. Unless there is a very real possibility of your parents pulling the plug on funding your education (if they are paying for it or helping you pay), then you don't need them on board with what you're studying. Even if they are... if they had any sense at all they would let you study what you want. So yeah, youngdad and Arztin are right; just do what you want. I highly doubt you will change your father's or your family's opinions if you just argue with them. It's unlikely they will see things completely from your point of view, and it's not unusual for them to judge you for choosing a path that may pay less (uh, aren't engineers generally highly sought-after employees, who are paid well?) but that you are passionate about. (That doesn't make it right, it's just that people typically do not bother attempting to see the world from someone else's shoes.) Tell them you value your support, but you will study engineering because you don't want to follow your father's dreams and one day look back with regret. And if your father disapproves of you going into engineering (because - as you implied - you're a female), then prove him wrong.
  22. Not sure how much clearer you could have made your sarcasm - the 'tinfoil hat' was a tip-off! Anywho, I think most will agree that looking "tidy" and professional is important. Dressing professionally is one way of showing respect for those you serve. Well, in my opinion at least...
  23. I hope you meant figuratively and not literally, because seeing someone who's literally crawling around campus would be rather odd. XD I do agree, though. I hope some of these remarks are being made in jest! I don't want to believe that UBC only chooses pretty people.
  24. I assume you mean an e-book, and as far as I know there isn't an e-book available for it (yet?).
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