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  1. You're right. Weird that it's there so plainly on the website but when I emailed them specifically about this, they wouldn't confirm if it was pre- or post-interview. I guess we won't know for sure till January
  2. Again this is speculation, but doesn't it seem unlikely that Western is going to read 2700+ abbreviated sketches and use it to make the interview decision by January? Especially since they are 9-10 essays of ~400 words each and scoring them is quite a subjective (and therefore lengthy) process. Even the U of T essays are half the length. If they apply the cutoffs first and say they lower CARS to 128, that's still quite a lot of sketches to read in 2.5 months. It would make more sense they'd want to assess each one carefully throughout the entire process, I mean, the university is the one paying for it. I personally think the cutoffs are gonna stay the same and the aABS is going to serve the same purpose the OMSAS sketch and reference letters serve now, strictly post interview. Oh and by the way, I emailed the admissions office, and they confirmed that the interview will remain unchanged (ie remain closed-file)
  3. On the Schulich page for application process, it says: Confidential Assessment Forms - due December 1, 2018 https://www.schulich.uwo.ca/medicine/undergraduate/future_students/admission/application_process.html but on OMSAS it says due October 1st (along with the rest of the application) https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/omsas-dates/ Which one is correct?
  4. Would it be a bad idea to have no academic references? I feel like the GPA and MCAT speak for themselves in terms of academics.
  5. The Western website says: Achieving minimum GPA and MCAT scores does not guarantee an invitation to be interviewed. Is this saying meeting LAST YEAR's cutoffs doesn't guarantee an interview? (because cutoffs are made from each year's applicant pool) Or, is it saying that even if you meet THIS YEAR's cutoff, you may still not be invited for an interview (for non-academic reasons, ie LORs or ECs). <-- If it is this, how often does this occur? I don't recall seeing in any threads where someone is rejected even though they met GPA/MCAT cutoffs Thanks!