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  1. I don't think that's true. OP still has a chance of getting into UWO and other provinces. We also don't know his GPA with his worst year dropped. The only school he might not have a chance of getting into is UofT. @adgp2390 I would apply and see how it goes. Also what's your GPA with the worst year dropped? And what's your GPA without the summer classes?
  2. Starburst

    Upcoming Dat

    I would recommend Crusher since it was easily the most representative from either Bootcamp or Destroyer from my experience but I didn't use it by itself. You could probably get away with it but if you're aiming for a very high score (like 99 percentile), then use as many resources as you can.
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    What to do 2 weeks before DAT

    Bestbuy, shoppers drugmart, or radioshack.
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    Writing the canadian DAT

    Correction: Sorry most* do. For the ones that don't, it's favoured that you do one. @HopefulDDS You have to ask current students what procedures they let you do. It's not documented. And ya I think most people who study in the US stay here probably because of salary and opportunity.
  5. If you're GPA is that high, your time is better spent studying for the DAT than raising it up a 0.02 points.
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    Writing the canadian DAT

    Thanks and congrats! I'm staying at Michigan since I did my undergrad here and loved it. There's just so much more opportunities to specialize here than any of the Canadian Schools so I declined my interviews from Canadian schools. To give you an idea more than half the class at Michigan specializes right after dental school which is not possible in Canada since you need to do a year of GPR. I also don't think facilities will matter tbh, it depends on what the school you're looking at offers and how they will make you a better dentist. For example, certain schools might let you do perio surgery on the floor or place implants whereas other schools don't let you. As for your last question, I've actually heard the opposite where American grads are better trained lol. But at the end of the day your patients won't care if you're trained in Canada or America as long as you pass your boards and get your licence.
  7. The only school that really looks at ECs is probably just Western. Focus on getting a high GPA and good DAT scores.
  8. Starburst

    Writing the canadian DAT

    It's one of best top-tier public schools in the US and has one of the lowest tuition fees so it's extremely hard to get in out of the country. To my knowledge i'm the only Canadian who got in so far this cycle. For your second question most US Ivys look at research, extracurriculars, high DAT scores and things that you've done that make you stand out. GPA is important too but they look at your application holistically. GPA is calculated with all years of undergrad.
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    Writing the canadian DAT

    No you just have to study early during the summers or Christmas break. Everyone has to do, it's not that bad.
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    What to do 2 weeks before DAT

    Focus on reviewing content and doing a few practice tests to get the time right. Get a good nights rest the night before your DAT since it'll go a long way especially for the PAT and reading sections (these sections will test your endurance and stamina). Bring a snack too if you can that you can eat during the breaks. Don't worry, the DAT isn't a hard exam, you'll be surprised how starightforward it is. Good luck! :)
  11. Just curious what type of dental work do you guys do on a normal day? Is it mainly restorations and extractions? Or do you get a little bit of fixed partial dentures and endo too?
  12. With your stats, you have a chance of getting interviews everywhere as long as you do well on the DAT (21+) and have decent ECs.
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    November 2018 DAT Thoughts

    Use the DATCrusher generators to print the questions and practice on paper. And if you're using DATCrusher and CracktheDAT, you'll be fine. I personally used DATCrusher for a lot of the sections and did well. Just be sure to pay attention to the questions they ask for chemistry, you'll get similar questions on the real DAT.
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    UofT Interview Invites 2019

    I'm a little late to the party but Invite! IP 3.9 GPA (not sure if I calculated it right) 26 AA 24 PAT
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    Still not prepared for the DAT!

    I would go ahead and just take it. Most Canadian dental schools take a look at your best or most recent score, so you have nothing to lose. And if it helps, I've read somewhere about a girl who studied for just 2 weeks and got a 21AA, so it's possible to do well.
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    UWO admissions selection process

    I heard it was 20 from a few friends. Please correct me if i'm wrong
  17. lol that's not true. Tuition at american schools are usually 1.5-2x more expensive than Canadian schools but CIBC raised their loans to $350k this year so money shouldn't be an issue as long as you're confident that you'll make it through dental school @DMDtobe I think you should apply, you have a good chance of getting into good schools depending on your DAT scores. American schools are also more holistic than Canadian schools so they'll weigh in the fact that your GPA improved every year. I would also apply to Canadian schools too since some drop your lowest years/ look at your best 2 years. But keep your options open. Many people on these forums will try to deter you from applying to American schools even though it's a viable option. Just keep in mind that by going to an american school you'll probably end up with your american licence too which is way more difficult to get than the Canadian licence. To give you a perspective, you need to write NBDE part 1 and 2, CDCA exams (5 individual exams with a few requiring you to have real patients patients with specific board lesions). So getting your training in the US isn't as bad as you think it is especially since most major cities in Canada are saturated whereas in the US you'll make 1.5-3x you'll make in Canada. Edit: I heard from a friend that CIBC gives out 500k in loans for dental students but the CIBC website says they only do 350k in loans.
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    UWO admissions selection process

    Normally it's too low for UWO. I don't think they'll even look at your application since the RC cutoffs have been 20-21 in recent years
  19. Thank-you! That's helps a lot
  20. Thanks for taking the time to write this up. Is there anything you would recommend doing now to prepare before starting dental school? And would non-dental research publications help me when applying for OMFS residency?
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    November 2018 DAT Thoughts

    Right but we're talking about a 5/30 here that's literally the lowest score you can possibly get if you touched the soap lol. You can give it a shot but realistically you'll have to rewrite the DAT if you want to apply to McGill again. But just curious did you guys not practice at all?
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    November 2018 DAT Thoughts

    True but like @keepITup said, the lowest grade given out was a 5. If they lower the score, you'll be cancelling the whole section which McGill is not going to do. Asking them to do that is like asking UWO to lower their RC cutoff from 20 to 10 (no one gets a 10). Like I said, just pick up a blade and practice next time or watch some soap carving videos
  23. Starburst

    November 2018 DAT Thoughts

    Lmaoo I laughed when I saw this. I doubt they are going to bring down the threshold for MDT from 6 to 5. The MDT scores for this year are one of the highest they've ever had with tons of people getting 30s. I hate to say this but honestly you should've just taken the MDT section more seriously.
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    November 2018 DAT Thoughts

    Don't worry I can totally relate. I would focus on exams since that's the most important thing right now. You can recover from doing poorly on the November DAT but it's hard to recover from a low GPA. When you rewrite, focus on studying Biology and Chemistry topics listed on CDA's website (Cliff's AP Biology 3rd Edition, Kaplan book, or whatever you choose). Go over the material as many times as you can and practice using practice tests (there were some repeats on my real DAT from DATcrusher if that helps). For the PAT you have to practice on PAPER, it makes a HUGE difference. So print as many PAT questions as you can and practice whenever you get a chance. For reading comp., only practice using 50minutes like the real canadian dat. I made the mistake of using DATBootcamp's tests that are 60minutes the first time and it ruined my reading score (don't use those, they are terrible imo). Since the Feb DAT is during reading week, most people end up doing a lot better too so don't stress about your DAT scores right now. You'll all be fine.
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    November 2018 DAT Thoughts

    If i were you, I would write it again in February if you think you could've done better. You'll most likely do better and in case you don't, at least you'll have time to write the November DAT for next cycle.
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