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  1. Get really good at using scientific notation and the multiplication and division of numbers is way easier!
  2. Oh that’s SUPER weird that it’s even an option then!!
  3. I believe the test can only be submitted to schools that require a score on it.
  4. You need to have the 4th year completed in order for it to be dropped. I.e. you can’t be in your 4th year
  5. You absolutely can move your test booklet all around to rank the angles hahah the only big rule is that you can’t flip to a different section of the book.
  6. I used only the Kaplan book and supplemented the chemistry with Olmstead’s chemistry book for first years. If you did well in first year chem and bio you’ll have an excellent foundation to do well on the DAT! I would recommend maybe getting a program for the PAT section (I used the Kaplan book as well for strategies on how to do it, but could have used more practise with actual problems). I would recommend using American resources as well as canadian for the RC section, as it seems like the RC is going in the direction of being more like the American RC in terms of questions they ask (I prepped with American material and it ended up being my highest score). I only wrote the DAT once so maybe someone else could attest to that lol. I’ve heard really good things about DATCrusher though! Also make sure you get the manual from the CDA that has the practise DAT in it, and don’t do the questions until you feel good about how much you’ve studied hahaha Feel free to send me a message if you have any other questions!!
  7. You’ll be okay! I had an anatomy prerequisite in the winter semester of my 4th year, and just had to submit my final transcript by June 30th! They just want them to be completed by the end of the winter semester
  8. Pick what you like most! I personally found that doing health sciences (I think it would be similar to life sci), but supplementing with core sciences made me really prepared for interviews, as well as jobs I had working in healthcare before I got into dental! Life sciences allows you to apply the “hard” sciences with patient and world perspectives, which is where I see the big difference in people from either degree!
  9. I considered myself the same - as soon as you sit down and talk with your prof for an hour you’ll be amazed where your grades go!
  10. I can attest personally that I had a 3.95 and didn’t get and interview at UofT but I’m in at western so you can never be too sure Hahahah... and yeah exactly, they finished 3rd year, took a couple gap years and are now going back. I do completely understand the issue with social science-y courses - maybe if you go back, look to see if your university has a writing centre or even book appointments with your profs to make sure your papers are on the right track. (That helped me with a course I had revolving around social issues, which had us write a paper every 2 weeks yikes). Good luck with whatever you choose!
  11. The people I know weren’t even invited for interviews. They are currently working as receptionists, and going back to complete their 4th year. I don’t know their exact CGPA but it was competitive. I can totally understand the gap year with covid. And yes, unfortunately 4th year requires a lot of those types of essay-based courses which is arguably more difficult than your standard MC exam. I felt similar, and even considered waiting a year and not writing the dat, and not going into dentistry at all because of the fear of everything. I really encourage you not to doubt yourself - you’ve made it this far, and whatever path you choose is the right one, but don’t narrow your options if this is what you really want! Apply to schools even if you don’t think you’ll get in, you could literally be one of those few OOP that get in
  12. Just hoping I could provide some insight from people I know in your situation! While it’s totally possible to get in after 3 years, I know of people with good grades, decent dat and above average extracurriculars who have not been admitted to uoft on multiple tries. Don’t limit yourself, because you really don’t know what will happen, especially if you really are passionate about dentistry. Also, it would benefit you to have a degree as a dental hygienist. If you want to work your way up in the college or branch out from standard practise and work in knowledge translation, the degree is something you’d need. I felt the same way going into 4th year but it ended up being completely different than I had planned, and even a bit easier than the other years. Don’t doubt your abilities! Also - uoft won’t even count your 4th year, so you could even apply this year and get in, with 4th year meaning nothing.
  13. You never really know how it’ll go, try and maximize your chances at both if possible! Also look at which school your application would be stronger at, if that makes sense!
  14. Keep up the EC’s (see if there’s a couple you can stick with throughout the year and manage studying. I was on a society and played sports and volunteered on campus as well as completed a 4th year research project. I also wrote the DAT in November. Aim to get a score in the average range posted by Western. While a high 20 is really good, it’s evident that a score in the 18-21 range is also good enough to get in. You need to show that you can study as well as participate in EC’s I.e. contributing to being a well-rounded person. Your GPA is also fine, as people have gotten in with an average around yours. Schulich (Med and Dent) look for well-rounded people (the med school also put out a statement about wanting to see success in all areas, not just one) so make sure you are showing them that you are, and you should have a decent shot!
  15. It’s going to be both in class and virtual, so we’ve been instructed to find accommodations in London!
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