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  1. Having no science background might be a little harder, given you have no prerequisites. But if the school doesn’t ask for them then surely they plan on teaching them. if your gpa really is that bad, then I think the DAT is your best choice tbh. You can definitely pick up the material with ease if you spend enough time going over basic concepts (for 9 years, I think you’d a need good month of just review) and then moving up. The Canadian DAT in my opinion is a lot easier, since we don’t have to do organic chemistry nor quantitative reasoning.
  2. Me last year? Lol I’d be at a point of no return within maybe just 2 weeks if I were in dental school. But now I feel a lot more in control, I can handle a few other things on top of classes (dat, applications, work, research) without everything crashing down as it would typically. True story lol, last year i applied to only 1 masters program. Aaaand I still managed to apply at 11:58 pm, just minutes from the 12:00 am application deadline, not mentioning my reference that came in many days later, the personal statement which I uploaded incorrectly so I had to upload 2. It was an absolute disaster lol
  3. Very true! Especially since barely any schools ask for personal statements anymore, so it’s not like I can explain my situation there. Guess I’ll try with what methods I have of letting them know and seeing what comes out?
  4. So I have an official medical letter explaining the nature of the condition and how it can impede my performance. The doctor also says in it that it’s clear my performance was affected by it and that they’re seeing improvements with treated. Also that they’re confident that I can do well in my program as long as I continue treatment. and my gpa is 3.36, but with my worst year taken out, it’s 3.41. I might also take the DAT again to improve my scores. AA is 20 and science average is 19, this considering I did the BULK of my studying the week before the test, and didn’t even touch PAT or RC (beyond a few practice tests for PAT), and basically did bio the day before lol, pulled an all-nighter and didn’t even finish the material. *My scores were a God-given miracle lol. I wouldn’t do it again if it weren’t for my PAT score being so low (16) but to be fair, I left pattern folding entirely blank, missing 15 questions, as I didn’t have time to do it and I left it last cause it was my worst section.
  5. Hmmm interesting. Thanks for answering guys, I somehow didn’t have notifications set for this post so I never realized people had answered! ok, well to be brief it’s not a severe disability lol but quite a minor and very common learning disability- as you probably can guess, which affects one’s focus, attention and memory for things that matter lol. I can 99% say with confidence that my low gpa (3.3 cgpa) is due to its effects wholly. My work/study habits were an absolute wreck since forEVER, but I was still able to keep afloat, thank god, purely because I’d do really well on select classes for which I had a passion (languages, languages, and languages). The situations I’d put myself into academically were unreal. In addition, because of such a stark contrast between my performance and what I knew I was capable of, this lead to like a year long anxiety, fear of failure, and less than great moods. But finally, I got myself checked, diagnosed, and started treatment. AND LEMME TELL YOU The difference? Night. And. Day. I had a doctor tell me she was a little shocked that I had gone through 4 years of my undergrad with no support medically or socially. I mean I feel like I was able to handle it adequately; I didn’t fail all my classes (only 1 class), but I KNOW what I’m capable of doing, and I always knew that the work I was submitting was probably 1/4 of its potential. What’s complicated though is that my grades aren’t all drastically bad, they’re just extremely inconsistent, so even my trends of improvement wouldn’t be that obvious. I could get an A in a class and a D+ in the same semester. It really doesn’t look good at all. I’m just trying to show them that my grades really don’t show how I am with treatment, and I’m really capable of handling a lot more when the condition is controlled. Also, I realize that everyone also goes through this lol to a certain degree. I got told this day after day by social workers, family and friends when I reached out for help. From what I gathered, difference between us is that a regular person knows when to stop, whereas I really don’t. Edit: wording here and there
  6. That’s pretty harsh. All they’re saying that the past few years, the cut-off corresponded to all LOWEST mdt scores of those years. That basically guaranteed that anyone who even ‘touched’ the soap as you said, was able to apply. Since the lowest score went down by one this year, they’re only asking if it’s possible to consider matching it as was done in previous years. That’s it. You’re not invalidating anything lol since McGill’s cut-off to begin with was the lowest score on the test. They could’ve practiced for months, you never know. Maybe they went in shock from nervousness and absolutely messed up. And honestly, maybe their stats are beyond the roof, and just the mdt is stopping them. I don’t think it’s great to tell anyone that a career path they’re pursuing isn’t right for them.
  7. Hi guys! Has anyone here applied/ gotten interviews for dental schools while having a relatively low GPA that was attributed to a medical condition? Most people who get in are 3.8-4.0 range in GPA, but I wonder if there are some instances where someone had a low-ish GPA (because of said undiagnosed condition) but a great DAT score, shadowing experience, research, etc. that was able to score an interview or even get an admission in Canada? If you were able to show trends of academic improvement after receiving treatment, do you think that was a major deciding factor for them? I’ll probably ask more detailed questions later when I can. Just want to get a look at what’s out there! Thank you!
  8. Same here. Other people got a pretty similar response as well apparently. Not sure how different it would be if we do end up getting responses.
  9. @Take_Your_Time, This was. So helpful. To read. As I was reading it I kept realizing that I was essentially looking for random excuses to not write the feb DAT (the CDA messed up, I have a busy schedule, who’s gonna accept it, how am I gonna fit it in). When you mentioned @purplethang‘s outlook on this whole situation, I realized I wasn’t hungry enough for it, as you described it lol. If you really want something, nothing can really distract you from it. I figured I could make all the excuses in the world to not write it again and then feel meh.OR, I could learn from this past November DAT experience, triple my efforts, apply all the mistakes I learned, and get a HECK of a better score (insha’Allah-God willing). Thanks a lot homie.
  10. Now I was already thinking about re-writing because of my PAT score. The only problem is that if I wrote February’s exam, which university is even going to look at it? Don’t most of them accept November’s DAT as the latest one? I can’t imagine adding more stress to February after this semester. I pushed all my harder courses to winter term to leave space for studying in November! Any one gone through this before? Is writing feb that important for dental schools (disregarding aus schools)?
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