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    cDAT Nov. VS Feb.

    This is from the DAT Bootcamp website: "The standard score is designed to make the tests fair for everyone. There are multiple versions of the DAT being administered simultaneously; the standard score enables admission committees to compare the DAT scores of students taking different versions of the test. This means that if you get an easier version of the DAT, missing more questions would hurt you more than if you took a difficult version of the DAT. In the end, you’ll score the same regardless of what version of the test you take. DAT Grading Scale A lot of students are floored once they realize how heavily scaled the DAT is across sections. For example, on the 2007 DAT exam, missing five questions in the organic chemistry section (out of 30 total questions) results in a standard score of 20. Missing five questions in the general chemistry section (out of 30 total questions) results in a standard score of 19. The DAT is not graded linearly. As you can see, there is very little room for error on the DAT. The difference between a 22 AA and a 26 AA is often just a few questions. Therefore, it’s important that you dedicate studying time to every section of the DAT. Continued practice is the best strategy to recognize your weaknesses and prepare you for test day." //// The way they mark a question is that you get compared to students who have previously written the test with that one specific question on it and how many students got that question right in the past and depending on if you got it right or not, you'll get a score based on that. So if it was an easy question (easy because most people in the past got it right when they took the test) and you got it wrong, you'll have a large drop in your mark and if you get it right you'll have a small increase. If the question is hard (because most people in the past got it wrong) and you get it wrong too, you'll have a small decrease in mark and if you get it right, you'll have a high increase. They do the same with every question. I don't think there is a specific Q-bank for November and February tests and instead, just one big one they pull from so the test questions will overlap from both months past tests and you'll be marked against students who have had the same question as you regardless of what month they've written. IMO the month you write doesn't matter, it all comes down to how much you studied for it
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    anyone know any in class DAT prep courses

    I live in Ontario and I did the Kaplan DAT prep course (pretty sure its offered all around Canada and America). They provide you with a textbook with sections on general bio, general and organic chem, quantitative reasoning, perceptual ability and reading comprehension (I'm writing the Canadian DAT so didn't bother reading organic chem or quantitative reasoning sections). Each chapter in the textbook has review questions and it comes with an additional lesson book that has a bunch of more review questions and has a place to take notes in class and on your own on the main concepts. It also comes with flash cards with extra practice questions on them and answers on the back and a wet erase whiteboard-like sheet + marker that you can use while doing practice (which they say is similar to the one you'll get on test day). There are in-class sessions for general bio, general and organic chem, quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension and an online session for perceptual ability. Here, a prof reviews some main topics from each chapter and does some review problems with the class (my class had 8 people in it). If you wanna repeat a class in person, you can do that and they have recorded classes online if you wanna do that instead. They give you 6 online practice tests that give you answers once you're done and your percentile compared to past Kaplan students so you can know how well you did. They have a bunch of online quizzes and extra practice questions online as well. I just finished the class and really enjoyed it so google it and see if it's offered where you live!
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    Is The Cda Dat Prep Materials Worth It?

    Does anyone have any thoughts on a more recent version of the CDA DAT Preparation Manual?
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    Any chance for interviews?

    so they dropped your lowest year and counted 2 of your other years + your 4th which you were doing at the time of your application? What were your extracurriculars?
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    Need some serious advice.

    About the physiology credit, Western lets you take an exam to get in if all that's missing from your application is the physiology credit. It says this on the admissions website: The Physiology Challenge Exam is offered to candidates invited to interview who will not have been able to fulfill the physiology course requirement by the end of the application cycle. http://www.schulich.uwo.ca/dentistry/future_students/doctor_of_dental_surgery_dds/admission/admission_requirements.html my advice: do your fifth year and apply to Western and UofT, but also apply to schools for your plan B career option so that if you still dont get in for dentistry, you won't spend a year off and you'll go straight to plan B
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    need some advice

    But you'd also be in lots more of debt. Don't consider the US unless you really really really want to be a dentist and nothing else would make you happy in the world cause from what I've heard, US dental school has costed more than double of what it costs in Canada. (including residence/travel/tuition etc.)
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    Any chance for interviews?

    English wasn't my best subject either so I know how you feel :/ Try converting your GPA to OMSAS and then see what it would be at. https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/omsas-conversion-table/ If you think you can get anything above ~83% which would translate to a 3.9, then go for it!! However, if you don't need other humanities credit to graduate, don't take it. You don't specifically need an English credit as a prereq. for UofT or UWO.
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    UofT minimum interview GPA

    I'm guessing no BSc students with 3.75 - 3.8 right :/
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    Thoughts on Kaplan DAT prep?

    What other resources did you use?
  10. Thoughts on Kaplan DAT prep?
  11. On the admission requirements of DDS at UofT it says the following: It should be noted that in the last several years, the minimum GPA for those interviewed was 3.85* (4.0 scale). *Note that courses taken in the academic year, during the proposed year of entry will not be included in the calculation of the applicant's cumulative GPA. Any offer of admission, however, will be contingent upon the successful applicant maintaining an annual GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale) for the current academic year.*The worst academic year will be dropped from the calculation of an applicant's undergraduate cumulative grade point average provided that (a) the applicant has completed four or more years of university education by May 31st of the proposed year of entry, and (b) the year with the lowest grades is not the applicant's most recently completed year of study. for those that can speak from experience, was 3.85 actually the cut-off?
  12. Just a little bit about me: Ontario resident WAS planning on applying to UofT and Western... now idk what to do first year gpa: 2.91/4.0 with 5 credits *hard facepalm* (gpa sucks) second year gpa: 3.41/4.0 with 4 credits *less hard facepalm* (but still pretty hard because of having only 4 credits and needing 5 for Western and my gpa not being where it needs to be) going into my third year of studies and planning on writing DAT this November what should I do?! side note: what are some good extracurriculars I can take?