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  1. Hey, I didn't do the soap carving section but, I can speak to how I studied for the PAT. Since the Canadian DAT is paper and pencil I tried to get PAT workbooks and practice with them. I went to my school bookstore and just picked up the DATReady perceptual ability book (it had 3 full practice PAT sections). I just did a quick google and found the link: https://datready.ca . So maybe that could be useful for you. I also used the DAT Bootcamp app because it had a PAT generator and was free. I used it to practice on the go (bus rides and breaks etc..). Another great tool that I found was the DAT Bootcamp PAT trainer game (also free just need to make an account with DAT Bootcamp). This game wasn't straightforward practice but really helped me to develop quick visual analysis skills that I feel helped me throughout all the PAT sections. I usually just opened it up before class and played a couple of rounds before lectures got started and what not. I scored in the 98th percentile for PAT. I can assure you that was not what I was scoring in when I first started practicing. I feel like it took me a month or two to be comfortable and start getting marks closer to what I actually scored on the DAT. Just be patient and practice daily (use the app and the game). For soap carving, I don't really have any suggestions because I didn't do that section. But, from what I understand, practice makes perfect. I know that you can order practice soap so maybe look into that. I hope this helps!
  2. Admissions office usually takes about a week or two after the deposit deadline to have everything processed. I'm assuming when they're all settled there may be waitlist movement if the class list isn't full. Best of luck!
  3. I’ll tell you straight that your gpa and DAT score are on the higher end of applicants. You shouldn’t worry too much about meeting some crazy high expectations from the academic side. You are more than qualified for the numbers game. Do you really think doing a masters would benefit you? A lot of the time having masters gives you a boost towards your gpa (which you don’t need). What you should be really focused on is being able to self reflect on the experiences you’ve already had so that you can really ace these interviews. Applicants always try to get as many ECs as possible and have a super full CV but, when it comes to demonstrating their competencies, applicants fall through because they themselves can’t explain why their experiences were good and what they learned. So take a look at your CV and ask yourself how you developed as a person because of your extracurriculars. For example, you worked in a lab? Great. Talk about how you were part of a team. Explain that even the smallest contributions can really help the overall objectives of the research group. Apply this kind of analysis to the remainder of the experiences you’ve have and you should develop a much fuller understanding of yourself. Use this for your interviews to come. I think you’ll have a very good shot at Canadian and US schools. Be confident in your abilities. Hope this helps!
  4. I tried to use a handful of resources but ended up narrowing it down to just a few different books and lots of practice questions when I wrote it... For bio I mainly used the DAT Bootcamp biology notes. It's a free access high yield summary of the different branches of biology. Here is the link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hW3Pc67J_0zdJa92co8j7btk9c_1X5Qo/view I also found an excel doc for the taxonomy stuff. Just give google a quick search and it should come up. For them I just re-read and re-did the practice questions and tests for my first year general chemistry course. The PAT and RC sections are something you just need to practice. Get practice tests/questions and read research article reviews. I used a PAT practice app by DAT Bootcamp. Let me know if this helps!
  5. I would assume you don't need to complete it (seeing as it would take 4 years anyways haha) but, I would give the admissions office a call you clarify for sure. They're usually really helpful with this kind of stuff.
  6. Western requires you to have completed a 4 year degree prior to the start of dental school. On top of that, you need the prerequisite courses. As long as you fulfill those requirements you should be good. You also need the DAT and some extracurriculars. Best of luck!
  7. Ontario student here, here is how I see it... 1) You have a pretty great 2yr GPA, which puts you in good standing with Western's program. Your 3yr GPA is fairly good, meaning you could have a shot at UofT (they changed their admissions process to include CASPer, so that may lower the gpa requirement they have had for the past few years) 2) Your next focus should be the DAT. Aiming for a 20+ or even 21+ across the board will really benefit your entire application. A good score and your GPA will give you a solid foundation for this upcoming round. 3) Work with the extracurriculars you have. It's always great to get new experiences and fill up your CV but, it is more important that you self reflect on your previous experiences and really understand what you have gained from them. Varsity athlete? Great, start thinking about team work, commitment etc.. Apply this to the remainder of your list. That being said, one thing I would strongly recommend is shadowing. Make sure you spend a day or two with a dentist/dental office to see if the career will be a good fit. Overall, I think you have a pretty decent shot at getting into a school in Ontario. Hope this helps!
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