This is my first time using this forum and I have a few questions. I apologize for a lengthy message. I am going to my 4th year and I am writing mcat for the first time in Sept. I will graduate next summer in Aug.
firt year GPA (full course load): 3.98
second year (full course load): 4.0
third year (21 credits): 3.98
NSERC award and summer reaserch
currently working on a one-year independent research study
member of dean's honour roll
member of preseidential's honour roll
life guard for 2 years
shadowing a physician
Volunteer in a fund raising event for earth quake survivals
Volunteer in student election
volunteer in Best Buddy program in which we went to schools with mentally disabled studenst and engaged them in physical and communicating activities.
1. I am planning to apply to both Canadian and American medical schools this cycle, but Ive heard that US has rolling addmission. I am writing mcat in Sept and the results will come out in Oct. Can I still apply for US without mcat scores or they dont look at my application untill they recieve the scores? My initial plan was to focus on mcat and after that focus on application process. Do you know any medical schools without rolling policy?
2. Currently i am using Kaplan to prepare for the mcat and I score very low (499 was my best), especifically CARS is killing me (122 was the max, english is my second language). My target schools in Canada are UofT, McMaster ( I know I have to work on CASPER to compensate for CARS) and Queens. Since I am not graduating this April, I cannot apply for Wester, Mcgill and northern ontario. Are there any medical schools that I have any chances? I live in Toronto.
3. I have heard kaplan has the worst ranking scales, is it possible to get 125 in CARS on actual test?
4. Do you think it is a good idea to apply this cycle (at least I would become familiar with the application process) or I should wait a year and work on my EC and mcat?