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  1. A 2nd year student in the PT program that I'll be starting this fall told me that you should just relax and enjoy your summer (this was said to me sometime in July) and not to worry about taking additional courses to prepare.
  2. 1. All schools except Queens use sub-GPA, which is unfortunate because I think Cumulative-GPA should be considered much more than it currently is (as I said, only Queens uses C-GPA afaik). 2. I'm not sure I entirely understand what you are asking here but you need 5 courses per semester to have each course counted as a separate grade (if you take classes after you graduate, for example, they aren't added as separate grades but as averages to your most recent full semester). I knew someone who tried taking courses in the fall and winter semester and they were getting really high marks but because they were never taking full course loads, the calculations were not what they expected. I'm not saying taking more classes won't have a positive impact on your overall GPA but unless you are taking a full course load, it won't impact it as much as you may think. 3. I never used Athabasca so I have nothing to add here. 4. To my knowledge, all Ontario Physio programs use ORPAS and the GPA that you see calculated within your application is what they use but if you feel a mistake was made, they tend to be quite helpful with sorting that out. To my knowledge, it would only be a different GPA scale if you applied to UoBC or UoA (Alberta). 5. While I haven't applied myself, I do know of 2 people that I went to school with that applied to Ontario PT programs and sadly did not get accepted, but one of them applied somewhere in the UK and got in (at least that is what I heard) and the other guy applied to Australia and was accepted there. There is no where that says you have to go to Ontario and these two people did not want to wait around so they decided to go overseas.
  3. Wow, that makes me very relieved to hear. Congratulations to you as well! I'm surprised you didn't get a CAP exam invite as your GPA was quite good.
  4. I received a phone call from Western offering me acceptance into their PT program today around 1 pm. I'm really confused though because the email they sent me states that I was on the lower third of the waitlist. Perhaps the phone call was meant for someone else?
  5. Does anyone know how the waitlist works for Western PT program? I was ready to give up this year because I got an email saying that I was on the lower third of the waitlist. But I got a call from Western around 1 PM today that I've given an offer to attend their program in the fall. I was super excited but now I think they may have called the wrong person and now I'm worried. Ironically, last year I was on the top third and I was expecting a call throughout the summer but it never came. So do I have the waitlist positions mixed up (the lower third is actually the best chance of getting accepted instead of the other way around) or maybe they made a mistake in the initial email and I was meant to be on the top third of the waitlist this year? The woman on the phone told me that an official offer on ORPAS would come in a day or two but I am still in disbelief.
  6. I think Western is definitely one of those programs that over accepts but giving out over 50 more acceptances than spots available seems ridiculous so you might be right.
  7. I don't think your GPA has any merit of where you are on the waitlist. AFAIK, they only use your GPA and CASPer test score to determine if you are a top 300 applicant (essentially all applicants that receive an acceptance and are put on the waitlist) but after that, they just look at your overall application (references, personal statement, experiences, awards).
  8. Man, that sucks. I did well on the CASPer, which was something that I was feeling very nervous for but it was all moot anyway, which honestly makes me feel even worse lol.
  9. Unfortunately, I was on the upper third last year for Western (PT) and I didn’t get in. And since I didn’t get in while being so high up on the wait list, I would assume that they do over accept. Despite improving my application every which way, I’m now in the lower third of the wait list lol. So it could be worse.
  10. Despite the fact that I worked the entire year since I was rejected and wait listed last year to improve every possible part of my application, I did even worse lol. I have never been so demoralized in my entire life.
  11. I just happen to start my vacation on May 17th lol. I'm seriously debating whether I should hold off at looking at my emails when on the trip or just get it over with anyway.
  12. I know, right? I am confident in every part of my application except that damned Casper test!
  13. They only take the average of a year if it is your oldest semester. For example, if I were to apply for PT school during my fourth year (last year of my undergrad program), they would take my fourth year fall semester grades (5 separate grades), my third year fall and winter semester grades (10 total separate grades) and they would average out my entire 2nd year course grades to get my last 5 grades that are to be used for my Sub-GPA calculation: 4th year (fall): 86, 87, 91, 79, 89 3rd year (winter): 82, 89, 95, 92, 83 3rd year (fall): 75, 93, 96, 83, 84 2nd year (winter) average: 86.7 2nd year (fall) average: 82.3 2nd year (total) average: 84.5 Therefore, since your average for your entire 2nd year was 84.5, that would show up on your s-GPA calculation as 5 course grades of 84.5 (which is five 3.7s if that makes it easier to visualize). If you have already graduated and you are currently taking a fifth year (even if it's just one semester), instead of averaging your entire 2nd year, you would simply average your entire 3rd year now. So when OPRAS mentions that they take the average from your entire year, they aren't referring to the calendar year but your school year (year 1, 2, etc...).
  14. Not sure exactly how they weight it, but I'm pretty sure Western had something on their admission page stating that they consider those with physio related experience the highest compared to non-physio related experience, which makes sense IMO. However, those places that you are volunteering at sound like they would incorporate some form of physiotherapy care. I think by non-physio experience they are referring more towards research experience, amongst other stuff (which is coincidentally, what I have).
  15. Well, I think what UofT means by you being a "less attractive applicant" is because only prereqs should be taken at 100-200 level and since prereqs should be taken before you are even eligible to apply for the first time, there is really no reason to take 100-200 level courses unless you just care about upgrading your GPA and for that reason, they might take your application less seriously. I will tell you that I did take some 100 and 200 courses in my last 20 courses and I got an invite to the write the CAP test so this really only applies if you are taking courses beyond your 4 years of undergrad. AFAIK, UofT is the only program that has this stipulation when it comes to upgrading your GPA. Kind of weird but I guess I understand their logic.
  16. Does anyone know if Western's waitlist (PT) is done moving and won't be moving anymore? I heard in the past that people in the upper third of the waitlist almost always got an offer but it doesn't seem like that is the case anymore.
  17. Yes, you can message me privately and I will try my best to be helpful.
  18. Careful with this. If you are hoping this will remove your oldest semester, I believe you would need to take 5 courses. Otherwise, the courses you take get added to your most recent semester and you get a weighted average. They may say that they take your most recent 20 marks but they take a weighted average of 5 courses per semester. Now for your actual question, take courses that you will enjoy because you will be more likely to dedicate your time to them and, therefore, get a better mark. Also, I found this thread a short while ago: You might find what you are looking for there.
  19. I didn't get into UoT but I did get an invite to their CAP test and AFAIK, it is only based on your sGPA (which needs to be above their cutoff, which was around 3.81 this year so it sounds like no issue for you). They look at your GPA (again, your sGPA) for 60% of your application and your CAP test score for the other 40% to make admission offers. I have heard in the past that they value research experience a lot in their students but they never asked me about it in their personal submissions (only Western asked for personal experiences). I can't tell you anything about UBC because I have not applied there.
  20. It depends when you apply. If you apply where you only have one semester from a year of school (ex: you apply in January and only your Fall marks from year 4 are sent in), they will average your entire 2nd year as one semester to obtain 5 credits. Let's say your GPA from the Fall in 2nd year was 3.80 while your GPA in the Winter of that same school year was a 3.90. Your average for that year would be a 3.85 and would count as 5 credits of your 20 required credits for your sGPA (or 1/4 of your required grades to not confuse you). However, if you apply after you have completed your undergrad program, they will take your last 4 semesters (year 3 semester 1 and 2; year 4 semester 1 and 2) separately. So, they only average out the entire year if you haven't finished a full year of school., which is common as a lot students apply during their final semester of their undergrad. I hope that clears things up.
  21. Hello, I'm sorry that I can't speak of anything in Toronto but how I got started with experience in PT was that I just entered a clinic close by and asked "do you accept additional help/volunteer? I'm very interested in becoming a _________ and I would love to get some experience." It seemed really daunting before I did this but honestly, the first place I asked said of course and had me gaining valuable experience at the clinic almost immediately. I wish I asked sooner so I could have had even more experience/hours when I applied in January.
  22. Is it common to not get in with your first application and if so, what would you recommend improving to have a stronger application? I felt like I had everything in order to be competitive and get an offer this year (1st time applying) but only got waitlisted.
  23. I am in the upper third and I still haven't heard anything. Or maybe I just missed the phone call. At this point, I don't even know how it is supposed to work, especially considering they don't even divulge information about your exact position. All I know is that I check UWO Student Centre at least 5 times a day just to make sure I don't miss the offer, if it ever comes.
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