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  1. Accepted GPA: 3.93 DAT: 22 AA, 22 PAT Interview: felt great and pretty chill
  2. Hello! Western does give "bonus" points to MSc students who completed their degree prior to the application deadline. It's on their website. Toronto, however, is not as explicit in how they evaluate a grad applicant (I might be wrong but I couldnt find it anywhere). But I think they provide some benefit. I think there is some sort of trend where people who have sub par "stats" and an MSc have a better chance at an interview. But who knows. At the end of the day, it all depends on what your numbers are. If you are in a competative range then you should have a good chance. Cheers
  3. Hey there, The science section for CDA manual was alot easier than the real deal (I took the Nov 2019 exam). CDA RC was kinda similar to the real deal but I'd use other RC resources to get well versed in different passage and question styles. PAT is abit harder on the real deal as well but honestly it wasnt too crazy - if you have a solid and consistent method to tackle each PAT section and can perform well under time constraints then you're good. At the end of the day, do as many practice tests and questions as possible (coming from any resource), review your mistakes, and you will be great! Goodluck!
  4. Hey ILCguy I do not think it will matter when your new defence date is for the next cycle. I'm pretty sure everything will "reset". I'd just try and defend this year and if you get an R you can always go back to your lab as research assistant for a year. Even get paid too LOL. Cheers
  5. I agree with this 100%. I also wrote the nov 2019 DAT. During prep the keyholes was definately the hardest PAT section. But it wasnt as tough as the real deal. Just solidify a method of answering the questions and apply it to the real test and it should be okay.
  6. I think a consistent evaluation can be viewed as a positive thing, as long as it's not a big red flag. I wouldnt worry about it.
  7. Hey there! For u of t, I believe you would need to apply after your degree is completed for them to only consider your best three years. For western, because you didnt take full time in 2nd year, I dont think that year can be used. Correct me if I'm wrong though. You'd be eligible to apply but you would have a better GPA if you're done your undergrad. Make sure your third and fourth year are full time and youd be in good shape. Just might need to take a gap year to maximize your chances!
  8. Invite GPA: 3.93 DAT: 22 AA, 22 PAT Best of luck to everyone!
  9. I agree with the above posters. If you go through my older posts I wrote what I did to prep.
  10. Hey James, I was basically going to write what pyradoxal-phosphate wrote. The only time it mattered was when U of T required a grad applicant to have a first author pub prior to the application deadline in order to be placed in the grad pool. But that was recently removed from requirments. GPA and MCAT are the real deals at first. And then it's about being able to write and talk about your experiences. A "big edge" can come from all avenues and they are usually about things you love and enjoy doing. With your particular case, I think your research accomplishments are awesome as is and I dont think you need to stress hard about getting that first authorship. I am only an applicant as of now, but I know many people who got in here in Canada without any publications or even research in general. Cheers
  11. I wrote the Nov DAT and scored well. I thought I'd give my 2 cents. I used just about everything on DATcrusher (RC passages, bio chem Qs, PAT, and the Nicole's Notes pro). I recommend going through all of Nicole's notes pro multiple times and being exposed and familiar with all those terms. I went through all of DATdestroyer questions and got destroyed but it was good prep. I scored well on PAT and here is what I would recommend doing: print out as many crusher PAT generators as you can. Practice on paper while using a pencil to mimic the testing experience. I would also try and get your hands on DATbootcamp PAT question packs and print those out. I used DATready PAT (comes in a print out booklet) which I thought was fairly representative. Overall I thought all these materials were much harder than the real deal and I felt great during the test. I practiced PAT every day for months and it became second nature. Oh practice under timed conditions as well! RC is weird. I'd say just get exposed to different company's and how they test RC. At the end of the day, the real test was like a hybrid of DATbootcamp, DATready, CDAmanuel and DATcrusher LOL. Just my opinion. It's all about reading speed and sticking to a game plan. In terms of hours per day, I agree with the above poster, 4-8 hours a day. Some days it took me like 12 hours cuz I was simultaneously drinking beer. Goodluck!
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