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  1. AnonymousApplicant

    When to take the MCAT?

    I don't remember how long it takes exactly for the MCAT scores to be submitted electronically from AAMC to UBC because it was something I did in advance (so maybe someone else can way in here). It may be the case that even though it is submitted online relatively quickly, it takes the school around 24 hours to mark it as "received" from the time it is sent electronically from AAMC to the time UBC marks it down that they have received the adequate information. (Just keep this in mind because I'd hate to steer you the wrong direction where you leave everything to the last minute and when you are cutting it close with deadlines by the hour I don't want to be the one to have you miss the cut off, so give yourself some wiggle room if you can!)
  2. AnonymousApplicant

    When to take the MCAT?

    Dear icdt2018, Just adding my own anecdotal experience with regards to MCAT timelines (sorry if this is not well explained, I am fighting the flu so my head is a bit stuffy ). I am an applicant who wrote the MCAT multiple times (4 to be exact) and this used to be something I was embarrassed about. I thought I was the only one based on the chit chat you'd hear amongst other pre-med students. To be honest, many pre-meds will be dishonest about how they prepare for fear other students will copy/overtake them or they may choose to omit certain information with regards to their experience (perhaps its because it is such a competitive cohort of applicants they don't want to appear 'weak' stating out loud they took longer than the "average" applicant to study or having to write multiple times). My biggest weakness with the MCAT was not giving myself the proper timeline to study. The last time I wrote my MCAT (and received my target score that allowed me to interview at UBC) I scheduled to write my MCAT and ended up pushing it a month later in order to ensure I truly felt prepared; therefore, I agree with what was said above that seats do end up opening up/being changed so make sure you keep an eye out on the schedule. Perhaps, make it a habit that you check the MCAT schedule each morning to see if a seat opened up (and if one does, grab it right away!). Secondly, I don't know where you are located, but for me, I wrote my exam in the USA (which actually has more dates available than Canada). If you are someone in British Columbia that is close to either Alaska or Seatle and could possibly write it in the US, there may be different dates available that you could look into. I personally wrote my MCAT in L.A. on a date that wasn't available in Canada. Lastly, and I said this before, make sure you are writing this exam when you feel ready. Different schools have different criteria for the MCAT (some schools, such as UBC, look at your best score whereas others look at your most recent score). Because of this, you want to make sure that when you write your exam, you are giving it your all so you aren't stuck the following year in the awkward predicament of "oh should I write it again? but what if my score goes down and the school only looks at my most recent score?". Take this into consideration when you need to start studying (and don't feel embarrassed/ashamed if you feel that you need longer than the summer holidays to do so). I understand you want to meet the UBC deadline, so when you do figure out the date you want to sit the exam make sure you start well in advance. You could be like me where you decided you do want extra time to study and you may not have that ability to delay the exam based on UBC's timeline. Ensure you give yourself some wiggle room so the earlier you start, the better (personal opinion). Note, when I was at the UBC interview I met many applicants who wrote multiple times, and at my own MCAT when I spoke to other test writers before the exam, most of them took longer than a summer holiday to study. As for the complexity of submitting MCAT scores, it is actually very easy. When the date arrives that you can see your MCAT results, you will log onto the AAMC website and receive your test scores online. On that same website, there will be a section that allows you to 'send scores electronically'. You will simply add UBC to that list and submit that way (it won't be something you need to mail off that will take weeks to arrive in the post). It is something that can be achieved very quickly and will be all done online. If I remember correctly (but someone please correct this if I am wrong), on the UBC application you will simply upload your AAMC ID number and this is how UBC will equate the incoming electronic score from AAMC to you personally. Best of luck and I hope this was helpful!
  3. ^ for fun to see what other applicants ranked as their first choice campus!
  4. AnonymousApplicant

    Proof of Citizenship

    To add why I think there is no correlation between proof of citizenship update and committee final decision (in addition to trying to convince myself for therapeutic reasons): 1) Multiple reviewers: I am assuming there are multiple people working on the post-interview file reviews (I wouldn’t expect one person to take on the responsibility to review all 600 and something applicants that were interviewed). Because of this, the reviewers probably all had a set deadline to finish going through their piles of applicants and hand them in (so when you combine the different piles, some will have acceptances and some rejections and then inputting that data online wouldn't have a set trend). - maybe? 2) It would become a known trend: I think if there was a clear correlation each year between proof of citizenship update and acceptance/decline decision, students would have really highlighted this and talked about it in previous forums (almost making it a known trend). I haven’t searched that rigorously through the past year’s forums, but my gut is saying it would be a more known fact and if this was the case, the committee would be equally aware that students know this trend (and may feel pressured to change it). After all, some members of the committee are medical students who went through the same process so they probably would have discussed it in their meetings. 3) Only takes into consideration one aspect of your application: Proof of citizenship update may correlate to one domain of your application, but it may not correlate to the final decision. For example, proof of citizenship verification may correlate to interview performance (but other facts such as MCAT score and reference letters still need to be taken into account). 4) What about rural applicants?: This doesn't take into consideration rural applicants who also have the rural sustainability section (RSS) of their application. For the RSS, the instructions stated to re-highlight activities written in other parts of the application such as extracurricular activities if they relate to the rural living because the RSS is assessed separately. Because the RSS is assessed separately, I am sure the committee probably require additional time when analyzing the rural cohort of students; therefore, they may have their proof of citizenship updated later because their files are taking additional steps in the process (but some of these students will still be successful applicants in achieving acceptances). In the end, there are too many confounding factors to know for sure (if there is a correlation between PofC and interview performance or a correlation between PofC and final decision)! Try to find distraction during this long waiting game (even though I empathize it is very difficult!). Best of luck!
  5. Yeah, I have the same interpretation to what has been said above: a) BC services card (should already be uploaded from the pre-interview portion of the application) b) Proof of Citizenship (upload your Canadian passport) --> mine is similar where the status still reads "not received" but I can see under the document's tab that it was uploaded prior to the Feb 15th deadline. The committee has stated not to worry about the status at this point, as long as it was uploaded before the deadline you are good. c) triple check your references have been received (academic, service, professional) d) triple check your site preference form has been received ____________________________________________________ e) graduate student progress report (if applicable) f) Proof of enrollment in English and/or 90 credits (my interpretation is that it is only if you are currently working on this at the moment. For example, I graduated several years ago; therefore, when I submitted my transcripts everything was finalized. I am not having to submit proof of enrollment because I am not currently working on completing my English requirements and/or 90 credits of coursework). g) feedback survey (non-mandatory) Hope that helps (I know it has already been stated, but I think people like the reassurance that others have the same interpretation).
  6. AnonymousApplicant

    proof of enrolment

    That is my understanding! As long as you had already graduated/finished your English credits and handed those in, you don’t need to show them again. I believe proof of enrolment was if you were still currently working on the 90 credits/English course that you had to show you are currently doing them so if they accept you, you have fulfilled all their requirements. Any one can correct me if I’m wrong, but that was my interpretation! Good luck!
  7. Hey UBC med school forum friends, I am just double checking for the two passport sized photos we need to bring to the interview; we don't have to upload scans of those online. This is my interpretation, but I would rather be safe than sorry and get other people's input. - Cheers thanks
  8. AnonymousApplicant

    Reference Letter Clarification

    Thank you for clarifying, I truly appreciate it! =)
  9. Hey fellow UBC applicants, I was hoping someone could please clarify a question I have regarding the reference letters. For each reference writer, there is a form that they are supposed to fill out regarding the applicant's levels of performance, maturity, etc. At the end of the forum there is a section titled "comments," and then it reads: "Please include general, additional comments below (required as these comments replace a reference letter and will greatly assist the selection committee in their deliberations). Please refer to the candidate using his/her initials only (max 3750 characters including spaces)." My interpretation is that your reference writers will write a letter (whatever length they choose to do so) and then these additional comments go in conjunction. But later, the committee will replace the full-length reference letter with these comments (almost as a summary) so that when they do the selection process, they can quickly review what your writers had said about you without rereading long documents. The reason I want to clarify this is so that I am not asking my reference writer for more work than they already have to. My other interpretation is that this comment (being 3750 characters long, which roughly translates to 1 spaced page) is the actual reference letter, and when they say it replaces a reference letter, they mean that this is what the committee is going to consider as the written letter. Thank you for your time and Happy New Years!
  10. Thank you very much! That is helpful to know =)
  11. Quick question: For the UBC interview writing station, we are told "following your interview you will participate in a 30-minute writing session, where you will be asked to write one complete essay based on a given prompt. This prompt will NOT require academic knowledge and you will be unable to prepare for it. You do not need to bring any supplies as all writing materials will be provided. No dictionaries, translation tools, notes or other writing aides in any form (electronic or other) are allowed." Can previous applicants of the writing station say if the essay was written electronically (on the computer) or by hand with pen/pencil? Thank you.
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