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  1. The interest rates are all the same with the big banks on their professional student plans. Typically, the incentive from one bank to another is the loan cap (when I applied they offered different amounts). The big 4 offer different perks with their plans as well (unique credit cards, gift cards stuff like that) so just shop around and see what you like. You can also switch your LOC from bank to bank as you wish if you decided you don’t like or like something more from another bank. Yes, OSAP does provide loans for dental school. Depending on your situation some of the money could be in grants as well. OSAP doesn’t offer a lot but it is still smarter to have that money sit interest free while in school***(keep in mind OSAP interest starts ticking as soon as you graduate). As far as I know there aren’t many more options out there. Newfoundland offers a scholarship in exchange for working in Newfoundland post graduation but I don’t know much about it.
  2. Kudos on the gpa improvement!! Apply to western for sure, they take your top 2 years for gpa. Crush the DAT and you’ll be a solid applicant
  3. If you can’t get them done in time the campus clinic can do them for you. I’m assuming admin will be pretty lenient with deadlines given the current situation so don’t fret
  4. I’d say probably yes but not to the extent you’d think. Shadowing hours are likely weighed the most. Afterwards, ECs become something you can use to talk about personal development. They don’t really need to be dentistry related at that point. Your ECs should highlight attributes about you and show you’re a good fit into the profession. Things like leadership, teamwork and research are all transferable regardless of what field you were in. From personal experience I can say that yes there are people who have lots of dentistry related ECs BUT there are also lots of people who either only shadowed or didn’t shadow at all and had cool stories to tell from other experiences. Let me know if this helps
  5. Typically mid to high 80s give you a fair chance if you have a good DAT and EC history. Western seems to weigh your essays and ECs more so than UofT so factor that in. Assuming you’re from Ontario those 2 are your best bet. If you have to apply to other provinces then you’d likely have to aim for high 80s to low 90s. Having a low 80 average in Canada (being an Ontario resident) isn’t “competitive” on its own BUT can give you a shot if you have high DAT scores and a good EC profile. DM me if you have any questions
  6. A lot of the perks are the same for med and dent. Banks group you into a category of professional students. Just call them and ask. TD offered something similar.
  7. It’s not required but strongly recommended. I didn’t have a lot of hours but, ended up doing a weeks worth of shadowing before I submitted my apps. You should try your best to get some experience before you apply. At the very least you’ll be able to see if you actually like the profession.
  8. As soon as you get your acceptance. Just shoot an email to the admissions office and they'll send you a standard letter.
  9. Just need to go to your bank, ask to speak with a professional student loan advisor. They'll ask you to show a piece of government I.D. and your proof of enrolment (email the school for a letter). CIBC and Scotia-bank are probably the top 2 right now. Basically, CIBC is the bank that always sets the bar for the loan amount and other banks update their terms shortly after. All the banks will offer you some different perks with their packages so just shop around and see what you like. Also, once you're in school and for whatever reason decide that another bank is offering better terms and what not, it's really easy to switch over to another bank that offers the same program.
  10. I would just register for it and do the MDT. The schools that don't take MDT won't look at your score, so it doesn't matter if you do it anyway. Worst case scenario you have to do an extra section on the DAT but, best case scenario you keep your options open for other schools.
  11. From my experience neither of them require reference letters. UofT recently changed their admissions process so I would follow up with the admissions office to clarify. Hope this helps!
  12. Pretty sure Western just takes a full years credit count for “one” year. Meaning a “first” year is just the full credit count of 1000 level courses for one year. For upper years, in order to consider a year there needs to be at least 3/5ths of the appropriate year level courses (I.e. 3/5th 2000 level courses for 2nd year or 3000 level for 3rd year). So if your transcript shows the appropriate course codes they should decipher the year level based on that.
  13. 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!
  14. 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!
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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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