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  1. Why isn't anyone posting on this
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    What’s a Competitive Application

    Also an update: Western now requires an abbreviated ABS.
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    Mcat full lengths

    AAMC SBs are a set of 100 questions each for C/P, B/B and P/S. You can purchase them from the AAMC website. Hands down the best preparation for the MCAT. They're super hard but if you can get accustomed to those questions, you can do well on the MCAT.
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    Low First Yr GPA,

    They only count the years you've completed so if you apply in 4th year, they would only drop 3 worst FCEs. After undergrad is complete, then 4 FCEs.
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    Low First Yr GPA,

    I think the worst classes are dropped irrespective of year but you get to drop one more FCE for every year you do. So if you're in third year, you get to drop your 3 worst FCEs, 4th year 4 worst FCEs. And someone please correct me if I'm wrong but I'm under the impression that 1 FCE is equal to 2 courses so by the end of 4th year you can basically drop 8 of your worst grades. This is what I understood from reading their FAQs multiple times over.
  6. anonymouspanda

    What’s a Competitive Application

    Just wanted to point out that meeting the GPA and MCAT minimums for Western doesn't guarantee an interview.
  7. EDIT: I didn't realize this was the med student discussion thread lol i'm not a med student so feel free to disregard this advice. I'm pretty new here so I don't know if deleting posts is possible. I was gearing this towards undergrads. I agree with ralk. Try to move up in the same environment through other opportunities. Maybe you can speak with your supervisor and see if there is a scholarship or grant you can apply for to try to get funding and increase your involvement in the research part. If that doesn't work, seriously consider moving labs and going into one that is willing to mentor you and understands your future goals. I cannot stress enough the importance of surrounding yourself with good people who truly care about your progress and provide you with opportunities to grow. It's hard to get a judgement of a good lab online so maybe ask friends and colleagues which labs/professors have a good reputation. You can also tell how much the supervisor cares about his/her students by just their communication skills with you through email, etc.
  8. I'm from Ottawa so speaking from personal experience, I can say the Byward Market is a great place if you want to live in a lively neighbourhood. Tons of food options and great social scene. However, if you want a quiet neighbourhood where you can study in peace inside your home, it might not be great. The surrounding areas with housing (Sandy Hill, Glebe) might be a better mix for the quietness of a neighbourhood + proximity to the activity in downtown. Also, keep in mind, Byward is still a 15-25 minute walk to the shuttle bus stop on the main campus, something to consider for the dreadful Ottawa winters. There is also plenty of housing right around RGN where most med students like to live and bus links to downtown are available as well, including shuttle service.
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    CARS practice?

    I ended up finding it on reddit, thanks though!
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    5th year for GPA?

    Hi guys, I need some similar advice. Also debating a 5th year because of my sub-par GPA Year 1: 3.86 Year 2: 3.88 Year 3: 3.80 Year 4: 3.91 My GPA for Ontario med schools is: Mac: 3.86 Western: 3.90 Queens: 3.86 uOttawa: 3.87 UofT: 3.89 Also, if I do part-time, will those grades count for McMaster since they don't require full time studies? Thank you!!
  11. Can someone please provide an overview of the application deadlines for Canadian med schools outside of Ontario, for the 2018-2019 application cycle? It's a bit overwhelming and I'm just wondering if someone already has a compiled list that they're willing to share... Thanks in advance!
  12. anonymouspanda

    Low First Yr GPA,

    Each Ontario med school has slightly different weighting formulas so don't worry. You've still got time to improve and get a killer gpa. Western - best two years where you have taken at least 3/5 courses per semester at or above the course level of the year that you're in Queens - best two years or most recent 2 years, whichever is better Toronto - cumulative but drops the lowest grade from each year (make sure you qualify for this wGPA calculation though) Ottawa - wGPA calculation which basically weighs your final years much more than earlier ones. If you apply after 4th year, your 1st year will be disregarded completely. Mac - cGPA but they focus a lot on the CARS score and CASPER so you've still got chance to improve
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    524 Mcat - Science Grad - Ama

    Hey DarkForest, what was your CARS score and maybe your score breakdown? Any tips for improving CARS specifically or strategies that may help? Anyone else who has some wisdom to shed, please do! Thanks
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    MCAT Practice Exams

    If you have Kaplan books, you can also register them online and get access to some practice passages, videos and 3 free full lengths. They will ask for a random word from one of the books and then an account to go with it but you may be able to find the answer online even. worth a shot!
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    CARS practice?

    How do you get the 90 day free trial? I only see an option for 15 day trial.