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  1. Hi guys, I know lots of people have been posting these already so I was hoping to get some feedback as well. I just finished my 4th year of UG and I decided to do a 5th year to bump up my GPA. For reference, my GPA is: 1st year GPA: 3.52 2nd year: 3.743rd year: 3.79 4th year: 3.83UofT wGPA: 3.86Queens (2YGPA): 3.81MCAT 1st try: 504 (127/122/128/127); Retake: 510 (130/125/126/129) Although my GPA trend shows an upward trend, it wasn't ever a great improvement to 3.9+ so it sucks I kind of plateaued there, but hopefully I can get at least a 3.9 in my 5th year if I really just focus on school. I think my ECs are a bit average too: - lots of volunteering experience with science outreach for kids, pre-med conference co-chair, volunteered with TBI patients, summer camps, doing some work with Indigenous youth as well, and just some other small club involvements - I did a surgery observership with a neurosurgeon for about 50 hours - 2 years of research experience, 1 pub (but not 1st author), 1 summer research grant, presented at a few conferences I'm IP for Ontario, and from GTA, so I don't fall in any of the special pools (i.e. swomen). I decided to take this summer off from MCAT and just continue research/ECs this summer but I'm afraid that I will need to retake to improve my CARS score because McMaster, Western, Alberta, and Calgary all need 128+ and then from the Queens thread, it looks like I need 515+ overall. My GPA is also still too low for Ottawa, so that is not an option. My only one left is UofT, but I don't think my GPA is strong enough for that. I just feel really lost in terms of where I should start to improve my application? I feel like I'm in this awkward pool since I'm falling average in everything but do you guys have any suggestions on what I can constructively do to improve? Should I retake the MCAT next summer and start working on my CARS now and throughout my 5th year to really improve? What can I do to make myself stand out in terms of ECs? (i.e. more volunteering, more shadowing, more advocacy roles??) Thanks in advance!
  2. Hi guys, I was wondering if there is anyone in Montreal right now who would be interested in preparing for the CASPer test and start looking to prepare for interviews as well? PM if you're interested!
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    'Special Student' status in fifth year?

    Yeah I didn't graduate. Do you think I should contact schools to verify if they check if my 5th year courses are degree or non-degree?
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    'Special Student' status in fifth year?

    @rmorelan Is it okay if I'm doing a 5th year, but technically already did the required courses for my degree? As long as I follow the 3/5 rule and still continue taking courses related to my program, would the school be able to verify if the courses I took were "non-degree courses"??
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    AMCAS SCALES for Canadian Schools

    Does anyone know the Western scale? i.e. is it really: 80+ = A = 4.0 70-80 = B = 3.0 etc.
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    FAQ: What are my chances?

    Hi everyone, I'm in my fourth year of undergrad right now, and I've sent in my application for UofT, McMaster, Queens, Western although I am not too optimistic yet because of my numbers. 1st year GPA: 3.52 2nd year: 3.74 3rd year: 3.79 4th year: TBD UofT wGPA: 3.85 Queens (2YGPA): 3.77 MCAT 1st try: 504 (127/122/128/127); Retake: 510 (130/125/126/129) ECs: research as a work study study in summer after 1st year, volunteered in the hospital, research assistant for 1.5 years (no pubs yet, but did 1 poster presentation), 1 summer student research award, lots of volunteering, co-chair of an undergrad conference, surgery observership etc. (I don't know if there's a lot that stand out, but I feel like my ECs are not bad) If I don't get in this cycle, would you suggest that I do a 5th year to bump up my GPA? Retake MCAT for higher CARS? Do a 1 or 2 years masters program, with my current PI or another lab? Work as a general research assistant in my lab for another year? I think I have most of the prereqs for US schools, so I want to apply there in June, but not sure which schools would be good for my stats and which ones are still in mid/high tiers..
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    I'd be interested as well!
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    CASPer Group

    I'm interested!
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    CASPER group practice

    I'm interested in joining the practice group too!
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    Mcat Study Group In London

    Yeah I'd be down! I'll be taking it around that time too
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    End Of April Mcat Study Buddy - London Ontario

    Hey, when is your test date? I'm taking it in the summer, and I'll be in London studying as well, if you're still interested in forming a study group!
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    Studying For The Mcat In London, Ontario

    Hey rial2, I'll be retaking the MCAT this summer and I'll be in London studying as well! When do you plan to retake it? Also, are there any specific areas that you are aiming to improve? For me, my main focus is CARS, but I'm still going to try to get higher scores in the other sections as well.
  13. I'm going into 3rd year honors spec IMS, and I was wondering what kinds of courses you guys take in 3rd and 4th year? There's so many options, I'm not sure what to choose. Here's what I'm thinking about so far: 3900 lab (0.5) 3120 phys (1.0) 2500 micro imm (0.5) So far, that's 3.5. I still need another 1.5, and probably from group 1. Suggestions? Also, I may want to try to get into honors spec Phys in 4th year, so how can I keep that option open?
  14. Hey, I'm also going into honors spec IMS right now, but I was wondering what you have to do to be Honors Spec IMS + Major in Phys? i.e. courses and stuff? Are you thinking about going into honors spec Phys in 4th year?
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    On Podcasts...

    What kinds of things do you listen to on CBC?