@HeyMrSnowman This is the same system as where I am from as well (I'm assuming the Middle East? ). I remember when I lived back home, those exams were very stressful. I had cousins that were aiming for Medicine, but ended up getting scores that put them in Engineering instead, a profession that they weren't passionate about but had to go with it anyways. I also think these scores are published publicly with your first and last name, and I hated that when I was in grade school, it always gave me anxiety . I personally don't like that system because it is a very one-way path. You either get it or you don't. I'm not that familiar with how it is now, but I am not sure if it gives mature individuals the opportunity to switch careers into medicine. I have the impression that it is a one-shot kind of deal and it's a bit unheard of for a 30 yo to make the switch. But I could be wrong because I'm not that familiar with how it is now (at least from where I'm from).
I do wish that Canadian schools were more transparent and a bit more forgiving for mature applicants.
In terms of transparency, I love how UBC and McGill provide scores if you get rejected, that way you have closure and know what you can work on. I also love when you kind of know the pre-interview evaluation because you can always try to improve one aspect if you don't receive an interview. This process is difficult and you need to be resilient and continue to improve yourself over and over again but what I personally find hard is that how can you improve yourself if you don't know why you got an interview in the first place or why you were unsuccessful after you interviewed. I'll give an example: last year I applied to Ottawa with the same exact application and the only thing that changed is my Casper (which I don't know how I did on it). I never got an interview last year but this year I did and I am so grateful for it. However, because I was unsuccessful this year, I am feeling a bit hopeless with being lucky enough to get an interview next year because I have no idea what their pre-interview evaluation is. I feel like it was just luck this year and it makes me feel so uneasy because am I going to be lucky again next year? (for reference, my wGPA for UO is not competitive for English stream)
In terms of forgiveness, I am mostly discussing mature applicants as myself. I found it very difficult for me to improve my GPA for schools like Mac and Toronto because 8-9 years ago, my first 2 years of university were terrible and no matter how many courses / extra years I did, my cGPA will never be on-par or nearly as competitive. Even if I do 3 more new degrees, Toronto will never take my wGPA because of a missing 0.5 credit in 1st year when I was 17. I'm lucky that my final 2-3 years are competitive for UWO, Queens and UO, but it would still be nice to have the chance to start fresh, especially for those who either had a rough UG or a career change. For example, I love that Calgary drops your earliest year after 10 years, etc or that Western allows you to do a special year after your degree.
In summary, I wish the process was more transparent so you can truly try and improve on your application and a bit more forgiving so again, you can actually make improvements, changes, etc.
But one thing that I do like about the Canadian system is the ABS, Western's ABS/essays, Toronto's essays, etc. I know they can be subjective, but I do think it is great that you're able to tell your story. It gives you the chance to shine when your other scores, like GPA, might not be as competitive. It gives you a tiny voice to explain yourself, your path and who you are through alllll these numbers and I think that is important in any application process, not just medical school.