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  1. Hey! I'm from Calgary and had to prepare for MCAT too. When are you planning to write the MCAT? I'm sorry I don't know how the PM works.
  2. Hey StriveP! I got an email notification of your another response but I can't find it here in which you said I shouldn't do research just cause others do it, well honestly, I feel kind of stupid because I thought all this stuff is compulsory for an application, phew. Haha. Thans to you guys I feel quite confident about doing what I like to do. The NGO I'm in is verry close to my heart so I think I'll continue with it and somehow expand into Canada somoehow. I can't do anything about GPA cause I've graduated high-school and yet to start with college but I'll try to keep it up! Anyways thanks for your critique!
  3. Thank you very much for your response! It surely helped!
  4. Hey! First of all, I'd like to thank the premed101 community and I'd like to appreciate all you fellow premeds here and the valuable knowledge I have gained through this forum! I graduated from grade 12 last year and permanently moved to Canada. I'm currently preparing for the MCAT and plan to write itbefore this fall so I'm also free to do some extra volunteer work before starting with my bachelors. I'm quite anxious about this part of my application , I have no awareness of where I stand in terms of my ECs. I'm about to start with my first year of undergrad this fall and here are my ECs, please tell me how you feel about them(average, below average etc). -Founding member(press secretary) of an NGO in India working towards betterment of children and women, both health related and economic. -My work includes over 1000 hours over a year in my grade 12 and around 1200 in grade 11 of on site volunteering with my co members and 200 hours of administrative activites like looking for and interviewing new members to join our NGO and advertising our organisation to raise funds. - Organised a free of cost polio immunisation program in a remote village with funds from multiple sources and with the help of medical interns from a local medical college at a rural location with a popuation of 3000 people. The program was targeted at children below the age of 5. We provided around 200 children with free polio immunisation. -Language proficiency in 4 different languages learned over 3 years. (I don't know if this can count as an EC) -Weight lifting and athletics about 5 hours a week for the last 2 years(I'm not even sure about this if it can count as an EC) -Hospital volunteering in Canada since the last sept and I think I'll continue doing that through my undergrad. -Volunteer cook in a free of cost community kitchen since last few years in India. -Work as a part time server during summers in Canada. -Nothing academic related though I'm yet to start with my undergrad and hope to work in a research lab over summers. You might say that I have quite a lot of time to think and work on my ECs but I'll be applying after 2 years of undergrad to UofA because I don't think I can afford all 4 years of undergrad due to monetary reasons. So I just have these 2 years to work on my app. Please tell me what you think about my application. I have done this stuff quite genuinely with self interest before deciding that I want to become a doctor. Since I'm new to Canada I'd also like to know what other types of activities are there that can be done to enhance my application. Any help is deeply appreciated. Thankyou in advanced!
  5. Hey! I'm not very sure about how to answer that question because it's not that simple. The first step of preparation involves memorising and comprehending the content. For me, I mastered the content in 2.5 months studying for about 3-4 hours a day. It was only after I mastered the content that I started taking the practice tests and commenced with a more 'test taking preparation' approach. The key thought that helped me was I kept telling myself, don't prepare for the test, just learn and understand the entire content, the med schools want you to do it for some reason. You could start with 3 hours a day and build your way up to 5-6 hours a day in about a month. Be calm and have an affectionate approach rather than a condescending one towards the content. Biochemistry is a bit more on the rote memorisation side rather than understanding so the more repeatedly you do it, the better. Same is the case with the physics formulas. I'd recommend start first with physics, gen chem and bio chem and once it's completed move to orgo and bio. It should take about a month to master the physical part including bio chem. Then move to orgo and bio, it shouldn't take more than 2 weeks to master that, given that you're serious about it. As far as the behavioural science section is concerned, I'd say you have studied psychology so you won't have any troubles there and sociology is literally a joke. If I were you I would give myself 2 months of hardcore content learning, once I'm done preparing I'd start with the practice tests, I'd say once or twice a week and repeat the content memorisation again and again for the next 2 months. It kind of gets boring when you study the stuff over and over again so make sure you don't get burned out. Trust me on this, the more you memorise biochem the better, physics needs repetition too but once you've understood the concepts it takes less than 4-5 hours to cover the entire content. Don't stress too much on the details in bio but in biochem and orgo, it is quite necessary that you do, because almost every line is a part of the puzzle you're trying to learn and without even a single piece, it's incomplete. For psychology, I had a bit of trouble with the nomenclature of mental diseases part so I'd recommend you could make flash cards for that if you find that difficult. But everything else was just a breeze. 4 months would be enough, according to me, to get a good score if you work hard. Best of Luck!
  6. Hey there! I was in the same boat as you about 8 months ago and I understand your scenario. I'll tell you briefly about myself then you can recognize,hopefully, any parity in our situations and I'll tell you about my approach. I'm a student whose first language isn't english, started learning it about 3 years ago so I think my approach might suit you. After achieving an intermediate expertise in english, obviously less than your knowledge of the language, I started taking some sample verbals to see how I was doing, on my first full practice verbal consisting of 9 passages I scored an 8. It was great for my level of english language so I can say I was good at the intellectual part, which I assume even you are looking at your spectacular GPA. So here's what you can do and what I did for verbal or now the CARS section, select a novel author from a favorite genre of yours and make sure you find his structure of writing a bit difficult to comprehend, but make sure it's not that difficult because then you'll lose interest in the novels. Trust me on this, after reading 2-3 of an authors novels you gain almost 90% of their grammar and vocabulary(if vocabulary is an issue). Once you feel comfortable, pick up some other author from a completely different genre, favorably even from a different century and do this for about 5-6 authors. Assuming you read 1 hour a day, you can complete 3 novels in 2 weeks, so you'll be quite familiar with different writing styles and getting the rhetorical cues while also enjoying yourself with your favorite genres! How did it work for me? Well I persistently score at least an 11 on the verbal practice tests I come across. But of course you can only commence your preparation with this approach if you have quite a lot of time to prepare, I'd say at least about 3-4 months. I know what's coming,"READ THE JOURNALS LIKE THE NEW YORKER ETC ETC", I actually did try that but the material was very boring and I really lost interest after about 2 weeks. But again it's on you, what you enjoy and what you don't. As far as the Science part is concerned, I took some University courses in Highschool for Biochem, Bio, Chem and Phy(I had my high schooling from India). So I took the self study approach for the science part and used TPR. I actually had the chance to decide between kaplan,TPR and EK cause my Uncle owns a book store and I found the TPR MCAT review to be the best. It's much more readable and the practice questions resemble quite a lot with the AAMC practice questions. I would love to tell you more on that but I'd like to know what your major is so I could make a suitable suggestion accordingly. Also why do you want to take the MCAT in your second year? And for the physics part you asked, the physics is really easy and straightforward on the MCAT. The courses you'll take at Uni might be helpful but I bet they would provide unnecessary detail and also if you're not that good in Physics, you might risk lowering your GPA. I'd like to know more.
  7. A would have a higher chance because MCAT is their strong point and 27% is for the MCAT as compared to C where the MCAT is the stronger part of their application.
  8. Under the 4 year pool assuming the minimum MCAT of 30 according to friendly magpie's formularA. Would have a score of (0.6/0.7)*27+(2/15)*13 =23.14+1.75= 24.9 B. Would have a score of 19.3+4.33=23.63 C. Would have a score of 15.4+7= 22.4 A would get in. But if we use the earlier formula which i think is wrong A would have a 26.325+9.24=35.57 B would have a 25.65+10.11=35.76 C would have a 24.975+10.98=35.955 Here C would be benefiting because of the MCAT which is conflicting with their formula for a higher allocation to GPA. Also look at the difference in scores in the second calculation, they are just by a few decimal pointts. The difference in the lowest and the highest score would just be by 2 points by the formula used in the second calculation without the ECs. So the ECs could actually make the most difference. A person on the lower academic spectrum could get in with an EC score higher by 2 points from an above average applicant. This can't be correct whatsover. I'm quite confident that friendly magpie's formula is accurate.
  9. With the formula we thought it was, the variation is by 2 points in GPA, 3 points in MCAT and 2 points for ECs let's assume. So the actual percentage of pre-interview score would be something like 20% for GPA, 30% for MCAT and 20% for the ECs which is different from the official numbers of 27,13 and 30 given on their website. The 30% remaining would be for the interview. This hardly makes any sense if we see the admission process page on their site. I think friendly magpie has given us the correct formula afterall.
  10. I asked one of my cousins who applied to alberta med school in 2013 and got an interview. She said nowhere was the formula disclosed(or she didn't care asking for it) but she mentions that the formula mentioned by friendly magpie makes more sense since in this way, the scoring is more practical because in the earlier posts you calculated the variation of 2 points by each applicant which is totally incoherent with the 27% and 13% for the GPA and MCAT. If you get what I mean.
  11. I edited it to correct some other mistakes in grammar. I wrote that originally because a wink is a universal sign of sarcasm if it follows a question. Chill bro. My english is not that good I admit it and I'm not even good with technology, might've been a mistake. Take a deep breath.
  12. Whoa dude calm down. I'm sorry and thankyou for correcting me. I didn't know this was actually a mistake! LOL! Though i learned english 3 years ago. Thanks though.
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