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  1. Neurophiliac

    Does UBC post AQ?

    Those who are rejected get their AQ and NAQ scores as soon as they receive an email. Those who have their application only partially reviewed get their OGPA/AGPA on OAS (I think). Those who are ineligible will get nothing.
  2. Neurophiliac

    AGPA Calculation

    Pre-interview, your AQ is coming solely from your AGPA (if you qualify). Post-interview is quite complicated as they suggest they consider everything. I take this to mean that they look at your overall average as well, including trends, course loads, etc.
  3. Yup! The References Guide 2017-2018 has been posted in the Vancouver MMI Prep 2018-2019 Facebook group. For those who haven't joined the group yet, please feel free to do so! Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/173550230242947/
  4. Got it, thank you very much! This truly helps a lot !
  5. Yeah, no problem! Email: sendreferencesguidehere@gmail.com I literally just made this email . Thanks very much in advance!
  6. Just wondering if anyone has the References Guide 2017-2018 document/PDF (from last cycle)? I would like to specifically look at the Academic Reference guide and see which sort of people are acceptable. I know adcom became more flexible around it compared to a few years ago, but I don't remember what they say. It would be helpful to look at the most recent guide. I really don't know if I'll interview, of course, but it would be nice to think of some people who may be appropriate academic references. Would appreciate it!
  7. Agreed, we shouldn't worry. Perhaps I should check with my other verifiers, too! (Just out of curiosity, haha.)
  8. By the way: Source: https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/admissions/evaluation-criteria/
  9. By "year" they mean academic year, which runs from September to August of next year (e.g. September 2016 – August 2017). As for the AGPA calculation, look at their Evaluation Criteria on their website: https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/admissions/evaluation-criteria/
  10. Hmm, that's strange. I personally haven't experienced this and I hadn't heard about it before. But I guess it's totally possible, and they probably have done it in the past as well. If you're worried, don't be. If there are issues, UBC will let you know. However, now that I think of it, perhaps your verifier from a different part of your application was contacted, specifically the Northern and Rural Training section?
  11. Neurophiliac

    Victoria Interview prep

    If you guys haven't joined the Vancouver MMI Prep 2018-2019 Facebook group yet, I strongly recommend that you do! The group can provide an excellent opportunity for networking and also making your own study groups where you are located. Plus, we also post our practice scenarios, so you're more than welcome to use them when you practice on your own. Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/173550230242947/ Hope this helps you both and others
  12. Neurophiliac

    Advice on how to study?

    Oh really? I haven't received any new messages tho
  13. I don't know if it's fortunate or unfortunate (heated debate to this day), but UBC doesn't care. Your AQ is solely coming from your OGPA or AGPA (if applicable). However, I am speculating this is only true pre-interview. It is true that your AQ is determined by your OGPA/AGPA, but for post-interview evaluations, adcom looks at everything. THAT is when they truly look at your academics in detail. For example, did applicant X take a full course load? Did they have a stable GPA throughout their years, a decreasing trend, or an increasing trend? If they lack recommended premed courses (AKA the old prerequisites), does their MCAT compensate? Bottom line: I believe it does matter how you choose your courses and how you obtained your overall academic average.
  14. Neurophiliac

    Losing My Mind!

    That's a bit harsh lol. There could be many reasons why OP didn't take Grade 12 Chemistry. @faithrl Take a look at my comment in the other thread which you've started. To answer your question plain and simple: Yes, it is possible to get into medical school and catch up with your science and/or humanities subjects, while maintaining your ECs. It all comes down to planning your time and being consistent in whatever you do. But remember, every now and then, you need to do a self mental check-up and prioritize certain things so you don't burn out.
  15. Neurophiliac

    Advice on how to study?

    I suggest thinking about what specifically makes you feel burnt out when you stick with a specific routine. Is it because you assign yourself a lot of tasks in a short, limited time? Is it because your methods of accomplishing these goals may not be efficient? Or rather is it the nature of the tasks involved (e.g. lots of multitasking is required)? Once you understand the root cause(s), then list and prioritize your tasks (if you're assigning too many at a time), consider studying with groups/friends and get advice from them (if your methods are inefficient), and/or make a plan to balance things out (if the nature of tasks is inherently difficult), etc. Studying for math is a bit different than other typical science courses. Maybe this is just for me, but math doesn't really require you to study in the sense of constantly reviewing theorems, trying to memorize concepts, and so forth. The way you study for math is really about practicing problems over and over again, and of course exposing yourself to questions that test the same concept but that are presenting the problem in a totally new way. Of course you need to first understand what the theorems mean, but after that, it's all practice. Don't worry about these issues you've mentioned – this happens to many people in undergrad (including myself back in the day). I'm glad that you're trying to address them and being proactive about getting advice . But you have to remember: If you're going to get better, you need to change something for the better and stick to it. All the best! Feel free to PM me if you have more questions.