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    TBH I do not think you will get an interview at Western with that CARS score. They have historically required a 129 CARS in order to get an interview. While the Abbreviated ABS may change some of the criteria, I do not think realistically that a CARS score of less than 128 is going to get you an interview. I would recommend re-writing MCAT after taking a course (Kaplan?) to try to improve your CARS score.
  2. Your question is really confusing, but I can tell you from experience that Western is very strict on their requirements. Are you saying you graduated with a four year degree, and that you have now started a second undergraduate degree? If you had two years from your first undergraduate degree with 30 credits in each of those two years, and you met the 3.7 GPA cut off in each of those two 30 credit undergraduate years, I do not know why you need to worry about your fifth year. You qualify for an interview at Western if you have two 30 credit undergraduate years, with a 3.7 in each of those years (or whatever the new cut-off is this year) AND you have at least a 129 on CARS (or whatever the new cut off is this year) AND you submitted the Abbreviated ABS by the October 15, 2018 deadline (assuming you did well on those essays). I believe that your second undergraduate degree is irrelevant UNLESS you do not meet the criteria from your FIRST undergraduate degree.
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    Converting Credits to McGill Credits

    The OMSAS conversion chart DOES NOT tell you how McGill Medical School will calculate your GPA, because McGill medical school is in Quebec. The OMSAS conversion chart will tell you only how ONTARIO medical schools will calculate your GPA. So, if you went to UBC for undergraduate university, and you want to know what an "ONTARIO" medical school will use to calculate your GPA, you look at column 7. If got an A at UBC, Ontario medical schools will calculate your mark as a 3.9. If, however, you went to McGill for UNDERGRAD, you would look at column 8 to determine how Ontario medical schools will calculate your GPA. For example, if you went to McGill undergrad and you got an A, Ontario medical schools would calculate your A as a 4.0. I do not know if there is a separate McGill medical school conversion chart, but it is not the conversion chart shown on OMSAS (as far as I know).
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    Converting Credits to McGill Credits

    I am not quite sure from your question, why you are looking at McGill at all. Are you planning to apply to McGill? Or did you get a degree already at McGill? If you did your undergrad at UBC, you look at 7. If you did your undergrad at McGill, you look at 8. This has nothing to do with which medical school you are applying to. Hope that helps.
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    Giving up slowly...

    I would highly recommend taking a course - Kaplan was really good. Take the one with the most face to face classes. It costs a fortune, but you will earn it back in your first week of practicing medicine.
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    ABS format

    I had the same issue. Wondering if someone will contact Schulich to find out if they will be able to read the full essays.
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    I believe you need to re-type into the space. Not cut and paste.
  8. Learned the hard way that 29 credits is an absolute bar for Western. Your two best years must each have at least 30 undergraduate credits taken between September and May, and you need to make sure you satisfy the 3/5 Rule (at least 3/5 of your credits in each year must be at the level you are in, or above). If you do not have any years with 30 credits and at least a 3.7, GPA, you will need to take a fourth year (to graduate) with 30 credits AND a "special year" thereafter, but it must be an undergraduate special year (with some specific requirements as to which courses you can and can not take to qualify) in order to qualify for a Western interview. And, of course, you need to meet the MCAT cut offs. Super complicated, but apparently very very strict on these requirements.
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    Next round of invites

    Alas, regrets as well... ):
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    Painted Nails? Male & Female

    I would definitely leave the nail polish off for this interview. Given that it is soooo hard to get a medical school interview in Canada, I can not imagine why anyone would do anything that would risk them not being accepted, post interview. It is a sad truth in many places, that prejudices exist, and I for one, would rather be offered a position at medical school (whereupon I can wear whatever I want!) than stand on principal, without a medical school position. I would say the same thing to a male or female. If you have to ask, it is probably too risky. my 2 cents!
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    Next round of invites

    Not to be overly negative, but the failure to reject someone who did not meet the MCAT cutoffs could also mean that they are simply holding most of the rejections until the end, so that they don't have to field 1000 phone calls from rejectees, while they are still reviewing applications and conducting interviews!!
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    Next round of invites

    Maybe you should call and ask? That's a pretty crazy GPA!! Congrats!
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    Next round of invites

    so you have something like a 4.0 wGPA and have not heard back? hmmm
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    Next round of invites

    Based on this thread, there seems to be a lot of people who have not heard back. Are you guys, like me, between the low GPA rejections we have seen on this forum (3.84) and the high GPA acceptances (3.95-4.0). I’m at a wGPA of 3.89 which is most likely too low for u of t I’m guessing