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  1. I'm sorry to hear that. Just do your best for second and third year and nail the DAT and you should be good. I'm no expert though but I think you still have a good chance.
  2. I procrastinated pretty hard when it came to my immunizations. I wasn't even waitlisted either. I assumed I had all my immunities but I was wrong. I got the first two hep b shots just before any clinical work so that was pretty clutch. Don't be like me lol. They do try to organize make up times if you are delayed but it's best to avoid that.
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    UofT vs UBC

    Lines have been okay at UofT. Sometimes you just wait but it's actually okay not too bad and there aren't many lines. The only line that was annoying was for the fume hood. I just left the lab when I knew I was at the end of the line. Note that this was only for first year. I don't know how the other years are going to be.
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    What is the Canadian DAT out of?

    Yep, out of 30. Aim for 21 across the board for a decent chance.
  5. Uoft drops your worst year I think as long as it isn't your last year of studies in a 4-year program. You can look up their admissions page for more details. I'm not sure about the other schools (too lazy to check) but I'm sure you can look up their admissions requirements to see what they require. I think it is possible with a music major, but I'm not sure how the grading works in the music program. If they never give out 4.0s, or at least 3.7-3.8s, no matter how hard you try then that could work against you despite the uniqueness aspect. If you're planning on doing more than 4 years of study then it could be doable since I'll assume you'll take "GPA boosters". You also don't "need" to take anatomy during undergrad. I personally haven't taken any anatomy courses during my undergrad and I'm (so far) not dying in my anatomy course during school, although previous anatomy knowledge might help. But let's be real, who actually remembers everything they learned in their undergrad classes? I do suggest taking more basic science courses to fulfill the prerequisites so you can get a better grasp on the lingo and concepts used in the sciences which would help you when you get into dent (e.g. microbiology, histology, etc courses in first year dent at uoft). However, that's just a suggestion and not a requirement. If you can rock the DAT without doing what I suggested then you're going to be fine. Good luck!
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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
  12. I think this may help you: https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/omsas-conversion-table/
  13. 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!
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    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.
  15. All I did was read the Kaplan DAT book, but I also did the MCAT so I studied from those books too.