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  1. bigboydyo

    OOP GPA requirement

    Also, just to be sure: the online transcript filling section rounded my 2-year GPAs as follows: 3.7 and 3.9 => final GPA of 3.8 I know that for OOP you need 3.7+ for both year 1 and 2. In my case, my year 1 is more exactly = 3.67. I was wondering if anyone knew whether they would be strict with having 3.70+ or if something like 3.67 cGPA that rounds to 3.7 would make the cut. Thanks peeps
  2. To be honest, I felt very good about pretty much every answer I had put for my CARS during the actual test day and I scored a 129 despite some unfortunate circumstances (servers going down mid-CARS leading to having to wait, lose momentum, and rush a lot of questions as a result). However, my performance and confidence in CARS definitely increased with every passage and question I would do; going from sub 125 in the first practice exams to 127 in my last practice exam (3rd one) to 129 on the final, so practice does help a lot. Ultimately, the goal should be to be able to deliver answers with 100% confidence as you would for any other section for which you would study for (ex.: for biology/physics/chemistry, if you study for it, you can generally give answers with confidence). I believe that what stops people from being confident in 100% of their answers in CARS (as they would be for another section for which they have studied extensively for) is their inability to separate something that they assume when reading a text from what the text explicitly says. Oftentimes, you will feel torn between two answers, and will have to make a guess. But with each passage and question where I guess wrong between these 50/50s, I look back and ask myself: "This answer (the wrong one) looked so right to me before. How come?" And this way I was able to find out what biases/assumptions my brain would automatically make when reading these texts; and by recognizing them, I was able to filter the wrong answer out for every 50/50 question that I had during the actual test. Hope this helps.
  3. bigboydyo

    GPA Worry Med School Hopeful

    Unfortunately CanMed schools have a pretty high floor GPA to even have a chance at an interview (considering competition), and I'm not sure if yours will suffice. I think most people would recommend a 2nd undergrad if you are deadest on getting into medicine in Canada; however, only embark on this if you are confident that you can do maintain a 3.80+ gpa for at least 2 years with full course loads. Alternatively, you could try for schools internationally, like down south in the Caribbean Isles. I know that this isn't the ideal option, but a few people that I know that sat just outside Canadian standards of GPA took this option and are now earning a good living in the US. Also just wanted to add this incase my answers worry you: there are probably other students that have found a way to get into CanMeds alternatively, from your same situation. Ex: via a Masters/PhD. Hopefully someone with more knowledge on this will chime in
  4. During my test, the servers in our location went down halfway into my CARS. We had to pause for a whole hour, and then get back into CARS (where they started the timer again from where I left off before I managed to get into my seat), had to get my mind back into the game, and ended up rushing the later half of the CARS section. I was worried sick of butchering my CARS during the entire month of waiting. I ended up getting a 129 despite it all. The point is that I felt really good about the passages before the servers went out, and afterwards I had to rush the rest. I inevitably made some mistakes due the rush, but I was still able to get a good score, as I had predicted based on how well I felt for a lot of the answers. I'm guessing that you are somewhat on the same boat (feeling really great about a lot of the answers, but there are a couple that you are hesitant), in which case I do believe that there is still a great chance of you getting the score you want, because most people that take CARS can't consistently get good answers -- given that you felt good about the rest (beyond the 2 passages you were hesitant on), you are most likely a positive outlier.
  5. It's going to be a long journey but the fact that you did a MBBS means that you already have a great background in Health Sciences. If you can get into a University undergrad program that focuses on something related to Health Sciences, that'd be great (like Physiology). The only real advice I would have for you is to remember that GPA is king; the good news is that you will start a new degree with this mindset, and so you should try your best to get 4.0s across the board. See if in your first two semester of study you can maintain a 3.93+ GPA or not; if you struggle to do so on a full course load, then it might be wise to reconsider taking this path. But good luck to you though, I hope your dreams come true of being able to continue practicing the profession for which you have already studied!
  6. bigboydyo

    Success rates?

    While there are more spots for OOP than foreign, way more OOP apply for each spot than INTL do. That explains the lower success rate.
  7. Hi, I'm a student from McGill Bsc. Science about to start my final year of study and I was wondering whether I was eligible for admission with my course history. I navigated this forum and looked for an answer -- and also sent an e-mail to Dalhousie Adcom, but I wasn't able to get a clear-cut answer for my particular situation. Essentially ,for the last two years of study, I have taken Sem 1: 6 courses( 14 credits due to 2 of them being 1 credit courses) Sem 2: 6 courses (14 credits " ") Sem 3: 5 courses (16 credits) Sem 4: 5 courses (15 credits) This amounts to 59 credits completed over the last two years. My program required me to take the two 1 credit courses in Semester 1 and Semester 2 and lead me to have less than 60 credits after those 2 years of study. I was basically wondering if they were extremely strict on the 60 credit requirement, or if 59 credits would still be acceptable given the fact that the number of courses is consistently 5+ per semester. Thanks.
  8. bigboydyo

    2019 Application

    Hey! Do you mind if I ask you a few quick questions (as a fellow OOP)? I'm mostly wondering about the CASPer. Do you know what's the general timeline for submission of the CASPer and the other documents? (same time of submission, or delayed) I had checked their site but I wasn't too clear on the timing because CASPer registration for Canada hasn't opened yet... Also, can the same CASPer taken for Dal also be submitted for another Uni, example in my case would be McGill? Or do we do a separate CASPer for each (date difference)?
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    Attrition rates for each medical school?

    The whole point of the extremely difficult entry barriers to med school is to prevent students from dropping out . They test your commitment to the medical path by expecting you to do tons of extracurricular/volunteer work and go above and beyond just to get a chance of entering med school. When you factor in the amount of work/stress you must deal with, coupled with some luck, over the course of many years of preparation, and seeing way more failures than successes (as 1/10 people get that apply get in, roughly), it is very difficult to drop out. On that vein, I don't know anyone who has quit medical school -- aside from a professor who decided he wanted to do research (although he is from the US) and never finished his MD. I think most people that end up getting selected are just not the type to give up such an opportunity readily!
  10. bigboydyo

    CARS/VR Book - Kaplan vs EK?

    Kaplan CARS wasn't too helpful for me or my friend. I prepared for CARS almost exclusively off online Khan academy questions/scenarios, and other online CARS questions provided by Kaplan. I really feel like doing well on CARS requires 1) pick up on heuristics/rules of thumb that will guide most of your thought process 2) be able to distinguish between what's said and what's implied by the author 3) use highlighting to mark sensitive parts (it should pertain to the things that you would like quick access to) I ended up getting 129 CARS, despite having a major distraction during the exam (server connection ran out, made us lose a lot of time),. So ultimately, my advice is : do all of KA CARS, Kaplan online CARS, and then some if you can find more. Do the CARS From the previous FL exams, etc.
  11. bigboydyo

    Kaplan 2015 vs 2018

    I used the 2015 books to study for my MCAT taken on 2017. In my opinion, it is incomplete because there seems to be a lot of stuff added to the testable material since then, particularly for the Psychology section. I suggest you rely on the KA 100 page review that's available on the MCAT subreddit to cover the psychology topics. Also, the 2015 books don't teach you the AA code by their letter, which is needed for the exam. Ofc, you could just learn that by yourself. Overall, I would say you could rely on your 2015 books for all of the sections aside from the AA code, and there are a few extra in depth stuff on Khan Academy for the biology sections (like skin cells) and a lot of extra stuff for the psychology/sociology componenet for which the 2015 book is unfit. I was still able to score a very solid mark despite this, but only because I realized after doing some of the sample tests the lack of knowledge that I had to cover with the help of KA/other sources in certain fields.
  12. bigboydyo

    About the basic science Prerequisities

    Thanks for the info. The fact that they allow for incomplete courses at time of application is interesting; so they would only use it should I get an interview and they need to calculate the prereq GPA, by the time which I would have completed Org Chem 2 and received my marks... However, the question remains whether Org Chem 2 would even count for credits in my case (I wouldn't mind if it counts for an elective) given that I'm exempted from it.
  13. Apologies if the answer to these questions could've been deduced online -- I read the McGill guidelines for the prereqs but I still struggle to find the answer for a few questions. Here's hoping that someone could help me out. For reference, I am a McGill Bsc student in U2. 1) As a CEGEP graduate, I will be applying on my 3rd (final) year with my 60 Uni credits as a basis for admission. I believe that I qualify for Option 2 (hopefully, because my CEGEP final year grades weren't the most competitive), however since I was exempted from both organic chemistry courses in McGill Uni due to having done them in CEGEP, what will they use to substitute/calculate my prereq GPA? 2) They said that a mammalian physiology course is needed for Option 2, and they suggested PHGY 209 -- however, is it possible to use my PHGY 210 as prereq instead, given that the courses pretty much follow each other and are both mandatory courses for Med-P year (meaning that they are actual prereqs for Med)? 3) This might be a stretch, but as a substitute for molecular biology, is it possible to use BIOL 202 instead of BIOL 200? The nature of my two last questions (2 and 3) reflect the fact that I was extremely unmotivated and not serious in my 1st semester, however I did exceptionally well in every sequential semester, and I was hoping that I would have some level of selectivity for my prereq GPA calculation. EDIT: Also, wanted to add that in CEGEP I did Health Sciences at Dawson, effectively covering every of the Basic science pre-requisites, I imagine. Anyways, I appreciate any answers.