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  1. Hey, to work on reading comp, if you're still interested, maybe try AP/IB exams for high school students. I found that the practice I had done and types of questions on those exams were actually pretty similar to the MCAT. There may be better advice on coaching what types of questions you are struggling with, and methods to improve general reading comp. Obviously take this with a grain of salt, as the AP/IB exams are different than the MCAT, but if you feel like you are running out of resources, this might help you work on your skills. Also, a gap year is super daunting, but things do work out even if you don't feel like it's the way you had in mind! Do a master's only if you want to/are interested in the work, otherwise it is a waste of your time and resources. If pharmacy interests you, that's a great option too! And you can always pick a path and come back to medicine later if you decide this is really where you want to go. Good luck!
  2. Hey man, instead of looking at the forums here, go to the admissions websites and look at average scores of the last few admission cycles for several different schools. Not all Ontario schools post their stats, but other schools will give you a general idea of what people are getting. Of course people who did really well are going to post their scores on the forum--why would an average applicant tell you what they got? Your scores are not bad -- Honestly. The issue is you are pretty average for an IP applicant, and a little low for OOP. These scores will not condemn you, but they won't give you a ton of points. You can take your chances and apply to see what the admissions office thinks of you if you think the rest of your application is ready to go. It won't hurt you to rewrite (I would be more worried about your 126 P/S than a 127 CARS. Your CARS is pretty close).
  3. Ah man maybe that's what I'm doing wrong
  4. Thank you for posting this here! I actually already found it last year when I was trolling through the forums. The huge piece of advice that sticks with me is entering the room cool and confident, which is what I think dragged me down last cycle.
  5. Hi all, I did not expect to start a thread requiring moderation, so I apologize. My intention with the post was to get honest reviews of large companies that offer training for the MMI, since google and facebook reviews are difficult to find. I am not interested in hiring an individual from this forum to coach me. In the past, I took a prep course for the MCAT and was quite pleased. The company I used has mixed reviews online, but has strong connections at my University and I found the course extremely helpful. I am curious if there are any prep companies like that for the MMI. I do have practice with my family and friends, which was how I prepared for my interviews last year. I did pass the interviews last year but did not score high enough to get an offer. I get super nervous under test conditions, and practicing with family and friends doesn't make me nervous, so I was hoping to get some practice that simulate test conditions. That is why I was asking about a prep company. My university does offer some MMI practice sessions that I intend to take advantage of, but I was hoping to do some more practice in addition to that. It sounds like most people on the forum are really hesitant to go for a company so far. I find the feedback super valuable, so thank you all for weighing in, even though we got a little off course!
  6. Thanks for your advice! I appreciate it. I will keep practicing then!
  7. Hi guys, I was wondering if anyone has gone through some sort of MMI prep company, and what you thought about them? I have access to lots of different MMI questions, and I've been practicing with those, but I get super nervous under actual interview conditions. I want to get some practice in a place I'm not familiar with and with interviewers I don't know, similar to the actual MMI, and get some feedback on how I come across. I know that BeMo offers some online test prep. Has anyone tried that? Did you find it useful? Are there any other companies you would (or would not) recommend? I am living in Alberta, if that makes a difference. Sorry if this is a relatively common question!
  8. From what I remember in the admissions guides, they don't have anything against it. With that said, I would check that again (both have pretty thorough websites ans Alberta has FAQs). If you're really worried, then email/call admissions. Unfortunately, you're getting pretty close to the wire now, so it may be harder to get a response in time. I think you can add it, just be clear about your role and what you gained in it.
  9. Have you spoken with any of them yet? Do you know if they are willing to provide a letter? That might make the choice for you. Honestly it sounds like any of them would be fine with how you framed it. Don't worry! It's a stressful time, but you'll get it done!
  10. I'm in the exact same situation. If you really are worried, I would tell the employer that you might have to dip out, but you don't know if that is certainty. Unfortunately all the official timelines state that offers will be in early May, so I highly doubt you will find out this week (as much as I'm anxious to know as well). I also got a summer job lined up to start May 2nd, so I just told them that I applied to med school and might have to break my contract. The way I look at it, things are going to shake down one of three ways: 1) You get rejected. Looking at the numbers alone, this is your (everyone's) mostly likely option and you'll need that job then. 2) You get into Ualberta. They don't start until late August, so you'll only cut maybe a week or two off you internship and you're not hurting feelings/taking someone else's spot. Take the job. 3) You get into Calgary. They start in early July, this is where you have an issue. You might want to not take the job then. I personally made the decision that options 1 and 2 outweigh the chances of option 3 happening. You also stated that you would choose Ualberta over Calgary anyway, so you reduce the chance of option 3 happening even more. If you do have to leave the internship in June, it might make you feel like a bum, but I don't think you need to lose sleep over this. Most places will understand the importance/excitement of actually getting into med school. Being paid by scholarship might require you to pay it back if you dip out early, so be aware of that.
  11. I am not sure if beartracks ever updates, because mine doesn't have a to-do list either. It looks different than when I applied for my undergrad, so I feel like the advice about the to-do list is just generic. You could try emailing them and ask if they have it? Or just send it again just in case.
  12. 10 min is enough time to have a quick snack or run to the bathroom. Usually the people working the test are pretty fast and efficient. I found it was nice to leave the testing room during the breaks to clear my head for a second before going back in. That being said, a guy on my test date downed two redbulls during his lunch and went right back in to the test, so you do you
  13. Hey, I'm sorry if this has been asked before, I just couldn't find it! I know that UBC has 4 campuses, and you can pick which one you want to go to after interviews. I've done some research into which to choose, but there is a lot of back and forth out there. It seems like the Vancouver campus is most desired, which is pretty obvious because it is in the actual big city center. I just want to know some relatively objective differences between campuses. Are they all basically the same education, just at different sites? Is the difference mostly just cost of living? Thanks!
  14. Hey, I just wanted to weigh in and say that I think you will probably be fine. Honestly, I felt that the MCAT was built up to way more than it actually is, and you tend to do better than you think you will. Yes, it is a big and difficult exam, but I feel like at this stage in your life, you have probably written worse finals. Now, this is exclusively my experience, so take this all with a grain of salt! I'm pretty sure when I was preparing, I had 1-2 questions wrong on every passage, always, but I still ended up being competitive in all sections. Also, getting 1-2 questions wrong per passage will not get you a 132, so keep that in mind. It will probably let you be 127+, which is typically the benchmark for a competitive score. If you want to do better than that, then I agree with Windcalibur. Figure out if you are getting the same type of questions wrong every time. Are you getting the tone of the passage wrong? Are you letting the multiple choice options influence your choices? Are you missing details? Are you getting tired during the passage and start skipping things? I tend to be pretty good at picking out the tone of the passage, so I would write down what I thought it was, as well a a super short summary for each paragraph. That would prevent me from letting the multiple choice options sway my opinion, as stop me from needing to re-read the passage and waste time. It also kept me focused. I only went back to passages if I was asked a specific detail. This worked for me because I write quickly and often study by writing out my notes, so it's up to you to decide if this would be a good strategy to use. For your practice scores, figure out if you are performing relatively consistently. Once you get a few tests in a row with relatively similar scores, that will probably be what you get on the actual MCAT. If you find that doing more practice tests are just stressing you out, then take a short break, or practice a different section of the exam. Don't let a stray 124 scare you, or if you were doing pretty well and then suddenly stopped--you might just be tired. And, at the end of the day, relax! It's just a test, and you can take it again. I know that's not ideal, but it will help to not build it up so much and will probably help you perform better.
  15. Wow thanks so much for your input haha! I had definitely planned to apply to lots of schools to up my chances. I'm glad to hear that you get a feel for the school culture in the interviews-I was worried I had to have it all set before I even applied.
  16. I will be applying in the upcoming fall and I was wondering what schools other people have chosen and why? I'm in Alberta, so UofA and UofC are obvious forerunners for me, but I am considering out of province schools as well. I was wondering what some of the western schools were known for, or "stereotypes" about what kind of students are drawn to various medical school? What is drawing you to certain schools?
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