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  1. ya so 3.85 is just a benchmark to use if you want to gauge how competitive you are for an interview. Nope, they don't ever mention specifically what kind of a bonus (or even if they do give it out) to masters students. I just mention that because I did my masters and got into uoft with a 3.85wgpa and when i talked to another classmate who did their masters they had a sim wgpa to mine and I know that they look for much higher wgpa for students coming from 3rd year or 4th year. At the end of the day, even 3rd of 4th years can get an interview with 3.85 gpa but I think itll be much harder for them to pull that off compared to someone who has a masters.
  2. Hey, based off of previous years statistics (and the FAQ page: https://www.dentistry.utoronto.ca/dds-admissions-faq), a WGPA of at least 3.85 is what the program is looking for in a competitive applicant. However, that doesn't mean if you have below 3.85 you'll be cut or anything - just wanted you to know that that's where the bar is. Your DAT score is amazing so I think that will definitely help make up for your GPA. From what I've seen, it's the people with a masters or pHD that can get away more easily with having a 3.85 (or a bit lower) GPA - however I think you have an okay chance at getting an interview. Good luck.
  3. Oh really ?? Ya I needed money to pay the deposit too but they still wouldn't give me the loan. Maybe its different for different branches and the person that you talk to.
  4. You can open a line of credit but you wont get any money from it until you get your proof of enrollment ... which is given after you start school. This is the policy for both RBC and scotia so most likely other banks are like this too. Unless you know of a bank that gives you 250K with just a letter of acceptance.
  5. literally the first thing they told me was that their offer is 300k lol
  6. I agree with Eureka that having a great advisor is key - however to those looking for LOC right now it is highly advisable that you guys look around before settling. I've been using RBC my whole life and so naturally I went to RBC to apply for an LOC. Their max right now is 275K and prime -0.25%. However, when they were calculating how much to offer me they deducted my OSAP debt of 40K (is this normal lol?) and made it 235K. With tuition being around 50K/year and cost of living downtown toronto 10K+ I was thinking that I will def need to get other sources of money later on. However after reading how UofT dent recommended scotiabank for their students I decided to go and see what they had to offer. They apparently raised their limit to 300K and the best part is that they don't deduct your OSAP debt from how much you can receive. So now I am eligible for 297K (this is after they deduct my credit card) vs. the 235K from RBC. Also their rate is the same as RBC. That extra 60K is one year's worth of tuition + living expenses and it def puts my mind at ease - although I would still supplement that with OSAP and grants. I think the customer service in both branches are very comparable and obviously it depends a lot on who you meet - but just based on the numbers I think Scotia has better offers than RBC. *Forgot to mention - Scotia will only start caring about your OSAP loans when you have more than 60K. But they only deduct whatever amount you go over 60K by ... so if you have 70K of OSAP debt - they'll deduce your offer by 10K not 70K.
  7. Yep I interviewed this year - I find it very weird that a lot of people dont find it that its not like CDA AT ALL when they just basically ask like past experience and scenario questions for the 1st part which is basically what CDA is. However I agree (now that I think about it harder lol) that the style in which they asked the questions differed a lot from how UofT asked their questions. And if it's also true that they dont mark based on competencies anymore then well I guess Western is no longer CDA. ** i guess my interpretation of what CDA style is that they ask you like 7 questions in the beginning which to me it seemed they just wanted to know more about my past experiences and scenario questions (which both UofT and Western has). but of course after those initial questions the interview was definitely not like CDA AT ALL. Ethics was a part of both UofT and Western interviews but I agree that Western uses more "dental" related questions. Well it seems like Western is no longer CDA then.
  8. I found no difference between UofT CDA format and Western's "CDA" format for my interviews. The only difference is that after your 7 questions in western they like to ask you 1-2 random question + some traditional questions if they have time. **oh and the 7 questions - I'm pretty sure they don't make those...they seemed liked very standardized questions to me for my western interview. The only questions that they make up are probably those random questions that I talked about above... but maybe that was just for my interview and other's had less of a CDA style interview and more of "western" questions.
  9. Actually Western Dentistry still utilizes CDA so I don't know if you have "never" did a CDA interview before since you got in by doing their CDA interview I assume lol. Although Western's interview is a mix of CDA and "traditional" but from my exp it's mostly CDA. CDA - 6-7 questions based on 7 competencies (the main characteristics that dental school looks for) They are mainly in the format of "Tell me about a time -----" or "Did you ever encounter this problem ----" and there are couple of scenario questions like "If your friend ate your turkey sandwich without telling you what would you do to him?" These questions are usually asked by a panel of people (2-3) who are either faculty members, dentists, community members or students. You usually have around 3-4 minutes to answer a question. Timing is crucial because CDA has a set marking scheme of 5 points/question adding up to a total of 35 points. To get maximum points you want to go through all the questions - but there may be wiggle room as people who are only asked 6 are still able to get high marks and into dental school. MMI - approximately 10 stations where you are given 2minutes to read the question outside of the room and after you have to enter the room with one person in it and you are given 8 minutes to answer the question. Similar to the CDA questions - there will be questions that try to ask about your previous life experiences or put you in a scenario. There will also be very random questions from time to time and also they can throw in traditional questions at you ("why do you want to be a dentist") The biggest difference between CDA and MMI is that MMI you have 10 stations so you see 10 diff people and CDA you are only talking with 2-3 people the whole time. Although the marking scheme is diff - both CDA and MMI are looking for people who have the 7 competencies and you are able to bring up relevant experiences that show you have all of these competencies in a structured and coherent manner. **During my MMI at USask - I found majority of their questions to be very standard and something I prepared for while studying for CDA style but ~3 questions were very random and since I didn't really expect to be asked about those topics it did throw me off a bit. However these are questions that you will already have some knowledge and opinion of like what do you think about global warming.
  10. Accepted GPA: ~88% IP DAT: 23AA 25RC Interview: thought it went really well - got them to laugh and overall I felt I had a very good conversation with them. Year: 2nd year Graduate ABS: Lots of leadership, research, sports, awards and music However I will be declining for UofT so good luck to those on the wait list.
  11. I believe it was stated that the personality test is worth 15% of your admissions scoring.
  12. acceptance GPA: around 3.85 DAT score: 23AA 19PAT 2nd year masters
  13. I also emailed them inquiring about the interview scores and they told me they are not giving them out. I dont know why people were stating that we can get interview scores the day after the interviews but to anyone who was thinking about emailing or calling should just wait until April 7th.
  14. thanks! in a previous forum someone stated 60% GPA, 10% DAT so I assumed that interview was worth 30% - but 15% .. much lower then I thought it would be. I'm guessing that DAT is worth much more like 25%?
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