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  1. Hey guys, I am aware that McMaster offers a 1% bonus to students who have completed a masters. In order to get this bonus, when does your degree have to be finished? I've been circling the website for ages and cannot find the answer. I won't be finishing my coursework until the end of July Thanks!
  2. Hey guys, Long story short- I am in the first year of my masters and am pretty miserable. I am doing this degree as a backup in case I never get into med school. I can stick it out... 2 years and I'm free. My concern is grades. I am earring mostly 70s in this program. My cGPA (undergrad) is 3.83 with a strong upward trend (90s in years 3 and 4). Is there any chance that McMaster will view my crap graduate marks? How anyone ever had an adcom ask them questions about why they didn't do well in a masters program? Aren't masters programs supposed to be.. easier? I'm wording that I'll be burning bridges by sticking this masters out and ending up with predominantly 70s in it. I'm already insecure enough about my cGPA. I'm convinced that it just isn't good enough. Man.. i'm sad.
  3. Hey guys, When I applied to graduate programs through ORPAS last year, students were not required to upload individual grades (like OMSAS now). However, ORPAS did upload every single grade after receiving their transcript. I was able to locate an error because of this. My question is: Will OMSAS also upload each grade so that students can see what GPA was calculated for them?
  4. Thank-you!! I honestly thought CARS would be the death of me for awhile lol..
  5. The biggest mistake I made was taking notes when reading passages. This cut down the time I could spend with the questions big time. My decision to read & mentally reflect on the passages was a complete game changer for me. If you are struggling with cars, my biggest piece of advice would be to try different methods and see which works best for you (highlighting / note taking / summarizing what you gained from each paragraph in your head, etc). For some people, writing 2 or 3 words after each paragraph is key.. but definitely not me lol. I regret using KAPLAN's strategy and personally wish I had not relied so heavily on it!
  6. Ok thanks. Sounds like my 122 will have no impact, which is a relief!
  7. Hey guys, I was not planning on applying to McMaster until I received a 128 on CARS (second MCAT attempt). My previous score is 122. Is there a change that McMaster will see this? I am worried that this awful CARS score will impact how my overall application is viewed / it will somehow hurt me.. or will the definitely only look at my most recent CARS score? Thankyou
  8. I am in London. For various reasons I am unable to go elsewhere. I am still wondering if I should hold off and keep my fingers crossed that someone gives up an August spot
  9. If you were me, would you wait and hope for an August spot (the more ideal option for various reasons)... or book a late September spot right now?
  10. Hey guys, I am in need of advice. I was just about to book my exam for the end of August. I have a strict study schedule and I will not be ready before mid-August. I feel like a huge idiot- all the spots are already filled in my area. I thought I was booking far enough in advance. For various reasons I am unable to travel to an exam centre out of town. If I write at the end of September, what is the likelihood of my evaluation being ready by October 1st (in time for me to submit my apps)? What do you think is the likelihood of someone switching their exam date closer to the time? Should I hold off and check the AAMC website daily? Here I was thinking I was so organized and on schedule... ugh. Thank-you for any advice.
  11. Is it true that it is easier to get a 4.0 in the US? Will adcoms recognize this, or is a 4.0 simply a 4.0?
  12. Thank-you, that helps a lot. I always had 5 final exams per term during my undergrad, and they usually took place in 6-7 days. These exams came after weeks of writing research papers, so by exam time I was wiped. I found this to be very difficult and stressful, and I am concerned that medical school will follow this routine... of course, I was always trying to earn 85+ throughout my undergrad, and I think this added to my stress. But I am still concerned that med school will involve such hectic study periods. Makes me worried that I will not be able to keep up with the med school pace.
  13. A few questions for anyone who is currently studying at McMaster. Could you please tell me: (1) How many exams you have per term, and are they always in blocks (i.e 4+ exams in 1 week) (2) Do you have assignments as well? (3) I assume the primary method of evaluation is multiple choice exams, is that correct? (4) Is it true that once you are in, it is difficult to fail? Thank-you so much!
  14. I am only speculating... but I feel confident in saying that my physics/math section will be my weakest score. Have you come across people who got into.. say, Queens, despite having 1 poorly completed section on the exam? Is it an all or nothing sort of deal, or do you think i'll have a shot even if my physics score is horrible?
  15. Hey guys, Did anyone write the CARS section of the MCAT only? If so, did you receive an interview at McMaster? I realize that it would be in my best interest to complete the entire MCAT and do my best on each section. Of course, this will open many more doors for me... I am just curious. Thanks!
  16. With a GPA like that I’m surprised youre seeing rejection letters... you make my 3.8 cGPA look pathetic
  17. Thanks, i'll give it some more thought but it's probably best that I focus on the MCAT. Really appreciate the help
  18. Im working through the KAPLAN complete 7 book set. There is one book on physics and math, but I have heard from other students that the MCAT covers very little material on these subjects. How much time should I dedicate to physics & math as compared to critical reasoning, behavioural sciences, bio, organic chemistry, etc? Did you review physics and math for the exam, or am I wasting my time? THANK-YOU!
  19. An economics passage?? Oh jeez, that is seriously brutal. Thank-you for your super helpful reply. McMaster is probably my top choice but I worry about 3.8 not being competitive enough.. even with a decent CARS score. What do you think? I am seriously considering doing a 5th year to bump my GPA to a 3.84 or so... but will that even make much of a difference? Seriously regretting taking so many damn essay courses right about now
  20. Thank-you for the advice. I am sitting at exactly 3.8. What do you think? Should I do a 5th year or consider my average to be sufficiently competitive?
  21. Thanks guys, I can understand essay courses having a 'subjective' downside... My undergrad was comprised of almost all essay courses (ugh).. I even think my electives were essay based too. My GPA is around a 3.8 but I still wonder if I should be doing a second undergrad or taking more courses (non-essay) to try to increase this. I'm not sure.
  22. Hey guys, I am a fourth year Social Science student at Western University. I have earned predominantly mid to high 80s through my undergraduate degree... bysleeping minimally and having next to no social life. On these forums I am seeing an overwhelming population of people with 4.0 cGPAs. This means, as per the OMSAS scale, that students have not earned ONE grade beneath 90%. How in the world is that possible? Am I missing something here? I was speaking with a dean recently who said she has never seen a student with 90s across the board in all her years of teaching. What am I doing so wrong!
  23. I understand that this thread is to report interview invites as they are released by universities. I was under the impression that NOSM did not do so until January. Am I missing something? Thanks!
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