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  1. arkragon

    November 2018 DAT Thoughts

    It depends on how much experience you have with the material. If you're familiar with the topics and have experience with writing these sorts of tests (e.g. MCAT, OAT, etc.) then it'll take less than 2 months to study. Otherwise it may still take 2 months (depending on how intense you study) or more. Some people take 4 months (a whole summer) or more or less. It's best to gauge this yourself by looking at what you need to know. You can check the DAT website for the list of topics you need to cover and/or visit your local bookstore for a DAT book and estimate it yourself. TL;dr - depends on what you think you can do
  2. arkragon

    November 2018 DAT Thoughts

    Yeah, I've been thinking along those similar lines. It's quite odd that ALL 1000+ test takers underperformed at biology and PAT (not even 1/1000 could do well?). Very likely, it's the test itself that's harder, but CDA says it's the test writers who underperformed, so dunno.
  3. arkragon

    November 2018 DAT Thoughts

    If I'm wrong then that's great! I wouldn't have to worry anymore, aside from the uselessness of the section and how it can be used to weed people out while being unreliable in predicting clinical ability.
  4. arkragon

    November 2018 DAT Thoughts

    If that's the case then I really wonder why McGill would even include MDT at all, especially if it's solely used as a cutoff. MDT is optional for almost all schools and they could simply follow suit. "They touched the soap, so they pass." Really? And going back to my previous point, technical skills are crucial for a practicing dentist. I don't want to just tell people that they can't be a dentist, but sometimes that's just the hard truth. Dentistry is expensive, and practicing for months but still getting the lowest possible score will only spell trouble for the next 4 years or more. However, if you're completely aware of all of this and you want to still pursue it, go ahead and make your dreams come true. I admire persistence and hard work, but I don't like seeing people crashing and burning because they're pursuing a romanticized career.
  5. arkragon

    November 2018 DAT Thoughts

    Lowering the sciences score requirement would make more sense, but MDT from 6 to 5? I don't see how that would make any sense. Like Starburst said, a 5 is like just touching the soap. And not to sound harsh, but if you actually want/need the MDT requirement to go from 6 to 5 I don't think dentistry is really the best career to choose.
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    November 2018 DAT Thoughts

    Here is the Feb 2017 English Score Scale. I hope this helps in some way.
  7. I think this may help you: https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/omsas-conversion-table/
  8. Hi! I was in Western's Med Sci so I have no idea what McMaster's life sci program is like, but I can share with you my experience in Western's Med Sci. I liked Med Sci's diversity in specializations. Specifically, I was in the Physiology & Pharmacology specialization and took many courses related to my specialization. You could also choose to stay as a general Med Sci student and that's good too. I also liked the opportunity for research that came during my 4th year of the program. Eventually, I continued my 4th year thesis into my Master's program. I don't think it was too too hard to get a high GPA in this program either; it wasn't easy but it also wasn't too hard. (I did slack off quite a bit in my studies though :P) If you'd like to know anything specific feel free to shoot me a message! Good luck in your future studies!
  9. arkragon

    DAT Transcripts

    I had that same issue too. I reordered the transcripts during my application but that's probably out of fear than necessity. However, I recall something like, if the schools already have your profile, meaning you've started your application before writing the DAT, then you're good otherwise you'll have to resend your scores. If someone can double check for me that'd be great.
  10. All I did was read the Kaplan DAT book, but I also did the MCAT so I studied from those books too.
  11. You should be fine. I got a 16 on my MDT but an AA of 26. MDT shouldn't matter for schools that don't need it.
  12. arkragon

    EC for UWO?

    From last year's application I just listed all the things I've done and the dates. It's all inputted into their online application. It'll be arranged according to date. It's best to not have large gaps between activities from my guess.
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    Canadian DAT Biology

    I'm going to cast my vote for developmental biology and biochemistry. From what I can remember, just the Kaplan book was good enough for ecology and evolution. Also, biochemistry is good for that 1.0 credit that schools are looking for.
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    Any chance for interviews?

    Kinda hard to say about your chances. To me it seems borderline as an undergrad student. GPA is okay DAT is okay. Nothing seems "stellar" about either one. If your DAT is amazing or GPA is amazing or both then I could say you have a decent shot, but right now not really. If, however, you did a Masters then you would have a decent shot but that would mean spending an extra 2 years. Also English was a nightmare for me. I took it in 4th year and ended with a 66%. RIP. But anyway don't take my word 100% I could very well be wrong. It's just my own speculation.
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    Thoughts on Kaplan DAT prep?

    I used only the Kaplan DAT book and it basically worked well for me. PAT section was a bit on the "easy" side compared to the actual exam especially the angles section. The same for RC. The sciences were good.