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  1. I have the same issue with the connection being insecure. But you can just bypass it anyway (which is what I did) and was still able to access the CBL portal. I have Google Chrome, and to bypass it, you just click the button that says "Advanced", and then "Proceed". Edit: Okay never mind, I tried it again today and couldn't access it, even after clicking "Proceed"
  2. Just curious, was this advisor saying that his own program's admissions would not discriminate if you did bad in 1 or 2 courses? Or was he talking about Med school admissions?
  3. Agree with everything that's been said, especially the comment about how not every student even takes organic chem, so it'd be strange for admissions to zero in specifically on how well people do in that course! However, it's kind of impossible to predict how the holistic review works post-interview. There was an admissions blog post (I've been reading WAYY too many of those) where they wrote that even if you fail a course, you're not going to be discriminated against because of the F. You're only going to be "discriminated" against for your GPA. And people's GPA (like yours) can be fine if you do poorly on a few courses. Do they probably take your MCAT strengths/weaknesses into account with your courses? Maybe...but we don't know for sure. I think if I were in your position, I would only retake the MCAT if I truly feel I could do better, and the C/P and B/B sections were just a fluke. Either way, the scores you have for those sections are fine!
  4. LOL thanks for letting me know....the blog post is right here: https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/2016/08/17/verifiers/
  5. I think 509 is a fine score! However, do you think the 509 was around what you were scoring in the practices, or much lower? Because if you think 509 is still not your best score, taking the MCAT again might be an opportunity to boost your application even more. Of course, it's not the best idea because you may want to spend the money/time to focus on applications instead. It's just a thought in case you think the 509 wasn't your best performance
  6. I don't have much to add on to the above response, but I also think this post from the MD Admissions Blog (and the subsequent comments) might be helpful!
  7. For any of y'all who also use Raddit, there's an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Aug. 3rd, hosted by some UBC Med students. https://www.**DELETED**.com/r/UBC/comments/i27od6/md_students_ubc_ama/ Check it out if you're interested Edit: I just realized that whenever you type in the real name for "Raddit", it shows up as **DELETED**. Not sure why lol, probably a joke
  8. That's really interesting, I always thought nursing would require a substantial amount of foundational science. What sorts of things did your curriculum cover?
  9. The MCAT is viewed competitively according to the FAQ on the admissions website: https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/admissions/frequently-asked-questions/ The question is "How is the MCAT used?" and the answer is "Pre-interview, as long as score and date requirements are met, the MCAT is not a factor in determining who is invited to interview. Post-interview, MCAT scores are evaluated, so higher scores are better. Further information on the role MCAT plays is confidential."
  10. Although I personally don't think they'd be used post-interview, I think the only people who know are the admissions committee, so shoot them an e-mail! It's not really specified on the website whether the GPA/AGPA is evaluated the same pre- or post-interview. They just say your application will be holistically reviewed, meaning they will look at all parts of your application.
  11. They use your old e-mail for now! And then close to when school starts, they will switch to your UBC alumni email.
  12. I think if you have time to spend and you think you can improve your score, then go for it! Any improvement might be helpful. However, I understand if you maybe want to hold off on that and see if you can get into any schools this year first. I'm not sure if UBC or other schools look at the entire score or if they weigh specific sections more than others. I don't think they publish outright how they use MCAT scores in the evaluation, other than saying it's competitive (i.e. the higher the score, the better).
  13. Actually, I think the policy has changed this year so that they won't drop your ENTIRE lowest year, they'll just drop as many credits as is allowed to get to 90 graded credits (but they won't drop more than 30 credits). This is clear from Example 2 under Academic Criteria at this link: https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/admissions/evaluation-criteria/#:~:text=MCAT Scores%3A The minimum MCAT,an indication of competitive scores. So basically, if you have 110 graded credits, your aGPA will consist of 110 graded credits total - 20 worst credits from lowest year = 90 graded credits! Or let's say if you have 91 graded credits, your aGPA will just drop your lowest 1 credit from your lowest year, to get to 90 credits.
  14. To be fair, they changed their AGPA criteria so that more people could "partially" benefit. Prior to Covid, their policy was to remove your entire lowest year, up to 30 credits. If that happened to dip under 90 graded credits, you'd be ineligible. For instance, if you have 115 credits overall, and your lowest GPA year had 30 credits, 115 - 30 = 85, so you'd be ineligible under the old policy. The new policy means that if you have 115 credits overall, they will remove exactly 25 credits from your lowest GPA year (115 - 25) = 90, so anyone who has more than 90 graded credits is now eligible for AGPA. But either way, thank you for writing to them and voicing your concern. I totally agree with how this is a tricky situation for graduating students for whom it's not financially feasible to take extra courses to qualify for the full AGPA.
  15. Yep, I have the same thing... On my grades page for 2019W, it also said that I was "Eligible for 2020-21 MD Year", but it didn't say Year 1. Also, my registration page doesn't list Year 1. So yeah, I think it's just an overall issue with the SSC where it doesn't list your year if you're in the MD program?
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