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  1. Hello There!! Congratulations on your acceptance!! I have also been accepted to Western's OT Program and have accepted my offer! My roommate (also OT) and I will be living at Platt's Lane this upcoming fall. I would also love to start getting to know people!!
  2. I got this email from Western OT as well. I only applied to Western so I am not sure about other schools.
  3. I am not sure about schools outside of Ontario, but in Ontario, I am pretty sure it is only Queens that uses cGPA. The rest are sGPA! Both are listed on your ORPAS account though
  4. my SGPA is correct but the years that they have listed for my courses may be wrong. For example, they put the courses that I took in the Fall 2018 (last term) as 2019. Now I am unsure as to whether they are counting those courses as the "2019 school year" but I technically took them in 2018. It was the same for some courses that I took in 2017. I sent them a message. If there are any problems I will be sure to contact Western directly as well. Thanks for your advice. I very much appreciate it!!
  5. Also if you see any errors make sure that you send ORPAS a message. I saw that they may have put the wrong years for a few of my courses. So if you are a bit worried or thought it would be calculated differently, then just send them a message Also, the sGPA is predicted to potentially drop (at least at Western) due to the introduction of the Casper this year! Good Luck! I wish you well
  6. They actually rounded mine up beyond what I had been calculating! Which I wasn't expecting. I had calculated out various scenarios (from bad to good) of how they would calculate my grades and it ended up being the best scenario possible! I am much more nervous about my Casper score!!
  7. When I talked to the Western compressed nursing program coordinator last year she was expecting them to also implement the Casper as their grade requirements were getting crazy high. SHe cited Trent's as an example saying that after the implemented the Casper the percentage cut off dropped by like over 5-7% or something (from like 90%+ University average to 81-84%). When the OT coordinator at Western hinted at changes coming this year I assumed it would probably be the Casper. I believe that it will indeed drop the GPA a little bit When I have talked to practitioners in the field (OT's specifically), they have complained that the schools need to look beyond grades (Specifically Western who is only GPA based) but also at our "soft" skills and people skills too! So I hope the GPA may drop a little bit at least! It did with Trent's compressed time frame nursing program. It may not be as dramatic as the drop at Trent but I suspect it will drop at least a little bit. But i also feel like alot of people applying to grad school for OT/PT do have those skills so maybe it wont!
  8. Hey I private messaged you about this but I thought maybe it would be useful for everyone wondering this as well if I posted here as well! I was at Western OT/ PT preview day and when the date of January 20th was mentioned as the last day to write the Casper they didn't seem to take any issue with it. So I would assume that they take this into account when setting the deadlines for students with the Casper center/ testing company. If you click on the schools that you want it will give you a list of dates. In reality, the Casper runs into January but when you click on "Western OT" it shows only up until the 20th. Therefore I think Western has set that as the last date and has that arranged with the Casper team! I can always call and ask the admissions coordinator Andrea though
  9. Hey there! I went on exchange to Australia in Winter Term 2016 and I am also planning on applying. Western had told me that IF they fall into my last two years I would have to include a WES evaluation and send them that AND the transcripts. Found here: https://www.wes.org/ca/ I know Australia (at least Griffith) has an express Transcript service that only takes a week but costs about $50 on top of the transcript fee. I am unsure as to how that will work though, as after exams they need time to mark, make grades official etc. But then again Australia's school system is a little different. Like I remember that my schooling didn't start until February as our winter is their "summer" so maybe they have a longer break before Christmas?. It took me a lot to find how they will translate the grades if they use them and I am still pretty unsure as to how it will work. But I am pretty sure that a 7 (highest in Australia) is a 4.0 here and a 6 is a 3.3. I would honestly contact both the school that you want to apply to for PT AND also your home university/ exchange school. WES evaluations may take awhile on top of all of that. If you have any questions about Australia or any more about what I plan on doing with my exchange transcript let me know
  10. When I signed up it said the latest date to write the Casper for Western's OT admissions was January 20th just so you know. Some dates run into March for other programs but OT (at least at Western) is January 20th! Also, you don't need your ORPAS number when you sign up (it asks you) but if you want to work on your personal submission some more just choose to input your phone number into the other box
  11. Hello fellow applicants! I am very excited to be applying this year!! Applied + (PT or OT?): Western OT (1st time)Accepted:Waitlisted:Rejected:GPA:c-gpa and s-gpa; cGPA 3.78, sGPA 3.99 (i think)Perceived strength of essays/interviews/references: I have worked/ volunteered in multiple settings as a Recreation Therapy student in mental health, geriatrics, accessibility planning, community Alzheimer's programs, and community inclusion initiatives. I have also worked underneath both OTs and PTs in a clinical hospital setting for rehab after strokes/ car accidents, mental health, and home care. I have also volunteered as a fitness instructor for clients battling illnesses such as cancer and heart disease, as a camp instructor in expressive arts camps for children with disabilities and abroad doing healthcare education/ promotion in rural villages. Western doesn't ask for references but the Dean of my faculty has volunteered to be my reference if needed. The Western OT program also has the CASPER test this year which I am nervous about but it should go well! Looking forward to professional program preview day at Western this weekend. I am so excited that it is finally time to apply! I have been debating between OT and Nursing since high school!! Good luck everyone
  12. I am applying for this year but when I contacted Western last year they expected it to land somewhere above 3.7. I think they started sending out acceptances at 3.77. But this year they have implemented the Casper test so I assume the GPA may drop a little bit! It is weighted as 30% Casper, 70% GPA this year which is new!
  13. Good Morning everyone! I am a 4th-year student who has been hoping to apply to Western's Occupational Therapy program. It is my dream profession truly! I have always been under the impression that the job market is quite strong especially because I have a strong interest in working with Older Adults and in mental health. I am almost finished my degree in Recreation Therapy and I double minored in Psychology & Gerontology with a GPA of around 3.981-3.985 depending on my last few fall courses. I am debating on whether to apply to OT for 2019 or to wait a year and work. I have tons of experience working as an RT Student (required placements, co-ops and volunteering in different settings) which also gave me the chance to shadow and work alongside both PTs and OTs. The problem I am seeming to face now is that grad school is expensive and I am unsure as to whether I want to take out a line of credit or to wait a year and to save up some more. I have read here before that if you get accepted that you should take it as it may not happen again. But I am worried about finding a job after graduation. How is the job market? How are new grads faring in the market? I have been looking at job postings but most ask for a lot of experience or are part-time. I would work anywhere if needed of course (including Tim Hortons, restaurants etc.) but I am just trying to gauge my options. My preferred areas are London, Waterloo- Region/ Kitchener and the rural regions surrounding these areas. With that being said, does anyone have a part-time job during school? I think that the placements would make that hard right? I worked almost full-time during undergrad (different I know) but I feel like even 10 hours a week would at least help to cover some living expenses. Thank you for any input that you have!
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