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  1. I'm in the same boat as you, oddly same cGPA and wGPA (if they stuck to this format) - hope we get lucky this year! I also agree with your sentiments; go for the application @TheDarkPassenger if you can because I suspect the admitted average to drop by at least 0.03-0.05. They might change their mind about this cutoff. It wouldn't make sense to penalize applicants who make up for low cGPA with a solid ABS and great performance on the CASPER.
  2. On OMSAS, there's a small box you click to check mark if an activity is in your top 3 or not. You should include all your normal activities for ABS and then be able to click which ones are in your top 3 for each category.
  3. I believe it has been mentioned that uOttawa is keeping their previous cutoff of 3.85 this year. Not sure if it's 100% true or if they changed their mind though.
  4. Hi, I'm not a medical student (just another applicant) but from what I've seen it looks like the wGPA required for file review will definitely drop due to the new changes made (less FCE drops). This is expected as a lot of people's wGPA should drop quite a bit. People have been saying the minimum would be something like a 3.85 wGPA for file review (undergrad applicants), but I honestly have no clue (I'm not even sure what the exact cutoff was before the changes, I want to say a 3.9 for undergrad applicants?). If anyone has any input on this, I'd love to know your thoughts! I'm in the same boat, and I think the new changes have put a lot of people at a disadvantage now. I don't think I've seen any undergrad below a 3.9 wGPA get an interview in the last two years based off posts on this forum alone as well. It's hard to tell for certain how much the new changes will impact individuals with a lower wGPA (3.8-3.9 range) until interviews are actually released, but given how high the wGPA of applicants was before these changes; I feel that our chances are small (but it's still worth applying).
  5. Thank you! I must have missed it when perusing through the website trying to find that (lol)
  6. I've emailed about this just now, I hope we can get a response soon (they are busy with the emails this year I guess).
  7. Not sure if I’m blind or lost, but where do we put specify our top 3? I clicked the school submissions section but there’s no tab that lets you pick your top 3. Does that mean we’re supposed to put it in the title of the specific ABS items themselves? Any help would be appreciated, thank you! EDIT: Thanks to Lakeside for the answer below!
  8. How do you guys think this new cut off of 3.85 (cGPA) will impact those with lower end GPAs (closer to the cutoff)?
  9. Seems like my question wasn't answered on the webinar, but does anyone know if P/F courses are still going to count as one of the courses that must be dropped when accounting for wGPA? I know P/F courses were considered as a drop in previous years/cycles, but there's no mention of this on the updated page with the new admission requirement changes. EDIT: I emailed them about this, I'll let everyone know what they respond with! EDIT2: They said they're still dropping P/F courses first as part of the 2 FCE drops
  10. I agree with many of the sentiments shared thus far; I think the FCE drop from 4 to 2 will decrease the average wGPA and help differentiate between different applicants. Although, it will also hurt many other applicants who relied on the FCE drops. However, what's more concerning to me is the fact that Winter 2020 courses aren't being accepted. I have 21 units of courses in this semester alone (thesis included) which don't get counted as a mark and that tanks my GPA heavily. I'm going to email admissions about my concerns and also attend the webinar like @greysweater mentioned. If we really want them to make changes, we need to work collectively and voice our concerns. It's more unfair to me that hundreds of applicants are affected by not having their recent grades included. Over 1/2 the semester was complete by the time courses switched to online due to the pandemic. It's highly irrational for UoT to just exclude all these courses. Is it not possible to give students an option to include their Winter 2020 grades or treat them as P/F and have them not affect their gpa (if they did poorly)?. I feel like this disproportionately affects those who actually did well in the term, especially those who completed their undergrad recently. Overall, none of the changes made by UoT are "equitable" in the slightest.
  11. I am definitely putting a lot of my time to ensure I can do well this year and balance everything. I am currently leaning towards working right now and I think that a Masters is not something I'd like to do (it also doesn't fit me very well financially), so your advice is very reaffirming! I've also heard a Masters doesn't really help in one's application to some other schools (from my knowledge it only helps for Toronto if there's a publication & Mac?). Thank you for your advice and reply!!
  12. Heya! Thanks for your reply. I definitely think I can improve my CARS score on my third try. The first time I took the MCAT, I also did not give much attention to reviewing and simply focused on the volume of passages I did. I would continuously make the same mistakes and on test-day hoped for the best which turned out to be a 125. I was also scoring in the 125-126 range the first time around. The second time around I made some changes like reading passages in a more "active" voice, and a big mistake I think I made, was increasing my pace (because on the first MCAT I was running out of time and had to guess some questions), instead of slowing down when approaching passages. This year when I prepared, I did start to review and look after the type of mistakes I was making and tried to reason why I got certain questions wrong. I think I was more or less on track with this approach and it did work well because after re-taking the FLs, I was scoring in the 127-128 range. I definitely thought I would do the same on the second attempt, but I got two extremely convoluted passages, read them too quickly and did not capture the main idea or key supporting details, leaving me to guess a majority of the questions (which were probably all incorrect). I finished this year with a few minutes remaining which I ended up spending finalizing the last passage. This time around I'm looking to slow down my pace and be more decisive when I answer questions, because this is a problem I ran into on test-day. I was able to control my emotions well and was quite confident in both situations so it's not so much my nerves either. Whether or not I can get up-to a 128 is going to be up to me. My only issue is the lack of practice available (I have re-done qpacks over 3 times, so I know a lot of the answers now). I will be focusing much more on CARS this time around, but I'll have to settle for 3rd party resources (TPR, EK, JW, Khan) for my primary practice.
  13. Hey everyone! I'm currently debating whether or not to apply for a Masters program (leaning towards one year, but could be swayed to apply to a two year program) or do a 5th year (as a continuing student) to increase my GPA (minimally). I am in my 4th and final year of my degree. I am also looking to rewrite my MCAT (3rd time unfortunately) next year to improve my CARS score (124, downgrade from my first time writing which was a 125.. bit of a shock to me). I would say my EC's are above average. If I had to improve my application it would be being more involved in research (have held research assistant positions w/o publications for long durations before). Assuming I provost (4.0) the entire year (2019/20), the following would be my GPA for specific Ontario med schools (for next years application, 2020/21): UoT w/ drops - 3.96 Ottawa wGPA - 3.925 Western/Queens - 3.975 cGPA - ~3.8 If I do a 5th year and do well, my wGPA for Ottawa would be much better. On the other hand if I do a 5th year and it doesn't go as planned, it could hurt my GPA for other schools. I'm a bit on edge with my wGPA for Ottawa because a 3.92 isn't very competitive nowadays (IIRC I did not see one person lower than a 3.93 wGPA get accepted outright or off the waitlist this year for Ottawa!). A lot of my friends are advocating that I go for a Masters and secure a potential back-up, while others suggest I work instead. I'm very reluctant to do a 5th year overall and more-so need to focus on securing a solid CARS score. I appreciate any and all advice!
  14. I think any statistic course but I am just making an assumption. For example, I asked if they would take cell biology for the 6 units of physiology/biology requirement and they said yes, so I think this would also apply to any statistic course in general
  15. Yup that's what I assumed. I emailed them just to re-confirm and they basically just told me that whatever the website says will reflect what is required for the upcoming cycle. So it does look like Orgo will now be required and that the previous two biochem rule no longer exists. Hope this helps everyone
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