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  1. That's not true for other schools, particularly Alberta and Quebec dental schools. For Alberta, you need to score as high as you can or you won't get an interview since MDT is worth 1/3 of your DAT score. And all of the Quebec dental schools look at your MDT score, and starting this year including Mcgill. In fact, Mcgill only looks at your PAT and MDT scores now: "Two components of the DAT are used in the assessment of an application: 1. Perceptual Ability Test - minimum required score of 15 out of 30 2. Manual Dexterity Test - minimum required score of 6 out of 30" ^This is directly from Mcgill's website. So if you want to get into Alberta or Mcgill or any other quebec dental school, I would make sure that MDT score is as high as possible.
  2. I used the subscription one, I don't remember exactly which one because a friend purchased it and I shared it with her. I did go over the relevant chapters in both the Cliff's 3rd Edition and the kaplans book. But before I started studying, I wrote down all of the topics that are covered on the DAT on a piece of paper (Found here: https://www.cda-adc.ca/en/becoming/dat/information/) and read the relevant chapters while hand-writing my own notes. Every few days I would review my notes while creating new notes over a period of time. Everything I wrote down, I knew solid by the time of the DAT.
  3. I would call the school and ask the admissions office. But mental health can be used as an extenuating circumstances as long as you explain it well, so I would try that worst-case scenerio. Good luck!
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    How do US schools look at GPA ?

    First off, i'm incredibly sorry to hear that you had to go through that exprience first year. I'm also applying to american schools this year so maybe i can help you out. To my knowledge, AADSAS takes all of your grades and spits out your GPA for each year, a cumulaive GPA, and a science GPA. Fortunately, american schools do look at your GPA year-to-year and love it when students improve. And american dental schools are much more holestic than Canadian ones and they do acknowledge the fact that life events do happen, so as long as you explain this in your personal statement / somewhere in your AADSAS application, you should be fine. I would also consider appealing your grades from first-year and try having them removed off your transcript. Not sure if that's a possibility at your school, but at the school that I go to, it does happen from time-to-time. If you can't, it's not the end of the world. With your stats, you'll get in somewhere. Best of luck!
  5. I personally scored 26AA and 24PAT on the 2018 Feb DAT. It honestly really comes down to how you prepare and the effort you put. To give you some perspective how I studied, I went over Chad's videos once, the Kaplan book twice, and all of my notes that I made several times. After going through the notes, I tried doing a practice test every 2 weeks. For practice tests, I personally used DATCrusher which was the primary practice tests that I used and it was an amazing resource for me. Bootcamp is also good but I didn't use it too much after I got decent scores solely using it the first time. @DentalNerdZ Also be careful using Ferralis Notes because it didn't cover every topic for the Canadian DAT. There were a chunk of questions on my exam that Ferralis Notes never covered when I wrote the first time. And it has a lot of unnecessary information that you don't need to know.
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    NYU to make medical school free

    Heard about this, that's insane.
  7. Starburst

    U of T Admissions Office

    Your best bet is to call/e-mail them: 416) 864-8113 or admissions@dentistry.utoronto.ca
  8. I would just appeal those grades from the school and get them removed off your transcript unless having a full-courseload is that important to you. And If you do decide to claim extenuating circumstances, just becareful it's not something that they can penalize you for. So it really depends on the mental issue you had.
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    UWO different DAT sections

    Can't find too much info on their website but to my knowledge, they have a hard RC cutoff and they look at your AA scores. You can also check out the class of 2021 stats: http://www.schulich.uwo.ca/dentistry/docs/future_students/Class_2021_Statistics.pdf
  10. I think the only school that the masters might help you out is UofT, and maybe UWO. But the masters should help you apply to American dental schools
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    cDAT Nov. VS Feb.

    This is NOT true. DATbootcamp is for the American DAT, don't believe everything bootcamp says because most of it does NOT apply to the Canadian DAT. The Canadian DAT is offered twice a year and everyone in the entire country writes the SAME version on each of those dates. They grade your performance based on how everyone did on that specific date, not historical performance like on the American DAT. This is evident because on certain versions of the Canadian DAT, a maximum score of 24 or 25 might be given in a certain section for the entire country. You can see all the statistics on DATCrusher's site as PimentRouge pointed out.
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    Venting about GPA conversion

    Ya I think you're gonna survive dude. Enjoy the summer
  13. What happens if you go to an American dental school? Would you still be able to signup?
  14. Starburst

    Venting about GPA conversion

    Not sure if you are trolling or not. But that's not gonna change anything. I expected you to say 3.97 to a 3.69 or something...
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    Calling other professions Dr?

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    Ualberta DAT requirements

    Ya I can confirm this is true, I called their admissions office up earlier last month to ask the same question
  17. I personally didn't take the MDT but I was looking for dat content online and ran across a bunch of videos on youtube so I would probably start there
  18. Just curious, what's the compensation for those who join the military program?
  19. I didn't, sorry I meant that I was in the same boat and opted to write the Canadian DAT.
  20. They definitely can based on academic merits and awards.
  21. It's the same as the old one from what I remember. I'm not sure if they changed it next cycle but when I wrote it I compared the free online 2009 version to the one I got from the CDA manual, it was identical.
  22. I heard neutral feedback about it. Tbh I considered going with a kaplan course but tbh it was just way too expensive. And all of the people I knew who did well used other resources other than Kaplan. But if you want a course, there really isn't anything else out there so Kaplan is probably the way to go if you want a class.
  23. I heard the same. Most Canadian schools will only take the Canadian DAT and NOT the American DAT. And Most American schools will take the Canadian DAT while some won't take it. I'm in the same boat and for the above reason I opted to take the Canadian DAT so I can apply to both American and Canadian schools without having to worry and uncessarily study O-chem and the math section.