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  1. Hi guys! Has anyone here applied/ gotten interviews for dental schools while having a relatively low GPA that was attributed to a medical condition? Most people who get in are 3.8-4.0 range in GPA, but I wonder if there are some instances where someone had a low-ish GPA (because of said undiagnosed condition) but a great DAT score, shadowing experience, research, etc. that was able to score an interview or even get an admission in Canada? If you were able to show trends of academic improvement after receiving treatment, do you think that was a major deciding factor for them? I’ll probably ask more detailed questions later when I can. Just want to get a look at what’s out there! Thank you!
  2. To obtain my biology major and to graduate this year, I have to take either a heredity course or a molecular genetics course but the problem with that is that it conflicts with another required course for biology majors. Other local universities offer this course but the scheduling also conflicts so the only solution to this problem is to take it online but it HAS to have some sort of a laboratory component (online or in person but it has to be local). I have had no luck finding any of the online classes that have online labs so I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations?
  3. I'm a bachelor of science student in my third year of my degree in Alberta, Canada majoring in biology. These are my stats:GPA: 3.704CDAT: 19 AA19 BIO19 CHEM19 TS20 RC16 PATI've got more than 100 hours of shadowing. I've done a lot of volunteering and for long periods of time, I've also started my own club in my university and am an executive for my universities Golden Key Chapter club and have been for two years now. By the time I finish my GPA should be around a 3.75-3.8 I hope. Obviously my scores are average and my PAT is quite low. What are my chances realistically of getting into dental school in the USA or Australia? Should I even bother applying or just retake the DAT? Thank you.
  4. This is a little different question: I am thinking to do complete a BDS as my undergrad instead of a science undergrad before applying for a DDS program in Canada/US. Is there any problems I would face in doing so? Will I have to go through extra license exams and processes? So it would be 5 years of a BDS and doing the DAT then 4 years of a DDS then licensing exam The reason I'm thinking to do a BDS undergrad instead of a science undergrad is because with a BDS degree I can still find employment with better pay outside of US/Canada compared to a job with my science degree anywhere is the world. (This is my backup, because I don't feel like a science degree would be a good backup)
  5. Hello, I am not sure when would be a good time to take the DAT. Here's my situation: I just graduated from CEGEP, and I didn't take the DAT before as I didn't think I had a great chance at getting into dental school because of my R score (32.5, at the time. My R score is now 33) and my below average CV (some volunteering abroad, some non-related work experience, some school clubs, non-impressive awards, no research/pubs). I also didn't have time to study the summer between my 1st and 2nd year of cegep, as I had worked 90 hours/week. I applied to McGill Dent-P but obviously didn't get in. My R score is now better (33, during my 4th semester I had a 34.95), and I plan to improve my CRU with my university GPA. My CV is also a bit better. Here are my questions: 1. The requirements for different universities are very confusing and honestly, I'm having an extremely hard time finding them out. Which francophone universities accept students en-cours de bac, and what are the CRU requirements? 2. When should I take the DAT? I haven't started studying, and I know I wouldn't feel prepared unless I studied 3-4 months so I don't feel great about taking it in September (I would likely be prepared in 1-2 months, but I wouldn't feel calm/confident. And stress strongly affects my results). I'm also working full-time and therefore don't have as many hours in a day to study for the DAT. I also really don't remember a lot of the basic bio, chem, etc. and so it would probably be quite difficult for me to study the material as I would have to learn everything again. Would I be able to take it in February and still have the results in time to apply to francophone universities as a candidat universitaire en cours de bac? Thank you for taking the time to read this! I really appreciate all answers.
  6. Hi, I am currently in CEGEP. Long story short I did a Tremplin DEC ( two semesters) before getting into Health Sciences. I am now decided that Dentistry is my main goal.. however, I'm really concerned about whether I should: Go to university in english (my mother tongue is french and I'm also attending a french cegep) If so, which is university ( Concordia or Mcgill) is better if I do a science/med oriented undergrad program in order to get into dental school What major should I take? This is really my main concern because I wanna chose a good major where I feel like I can earn good grades and perform well! For example, physiology or biology would be the death for me because most of the applicants want to pursue into medecine. So there's gonna be a lot of competiton. But I am aware that I'm gonna have to take science classes (pre requisites) for DENT and I will have to be a strong applicant. I heard a lot that McGill is better than Concordia when it comes to research, labs, people, campus, etc. Is it true ?? I hope it will also help other confused cegepians ! Good Luck!
  7. Hey guys, I heard that professional school of a certain institution does not have a preference for students who went to undergrad in that institution, is this true? As an example, if I am currently enrolled as an undergrad at Mcmaster. Will I have an equal chance against everybody else, despite of where they acquired the bachelors? I heard that schools outside Ontario DOES differentiate.. Anybody know why as to why such discrepancy exists?
  8. I know I'm probably going to sound like a naïve grade 12 student, but I need help! I'm really interested in fashion, but at the same time I'm equally as interested in science. I've wanted to become a fashion designer for as long as I can remember, I've been designing/sketching/drawing clothes since grade 8. Last year I discovered that I was also passionate about sciences, so I started looking into careers with science. I've also been looking at science programs. At the beginning of this year I realized I also want to go into dentistry. I've looked at what's on the DAT/Dental school prerequisites. I've also talked to my dentist about her experience with dental school, her experiences with being a dentist, and if she would go back to change her career if she could (she said no she wouldn't). My grades aren't bad, here are my grade 12 term 1 grades: English 12 - 90% Pre-Calculus 12 - 90% (I completed this in summer school to lighten my course load for the year) Calculus 12 - 91% Biology 12 - 97% Chemistry 12 - 93% Physics 12 - 86% IB Visual Arts 12 HL - predicted 6 (this is an approved grade 12 course for universities) Here are my extracurricular activities- -I've been a member of my schools student council from grade 10-12 -I've played on my schools volleyball team from grade 8-12 -I've attended a yoga class starting this summer -I volunteer in my dentists clinic, I started this summer. She offered me the stop to see how working in a dentists office is like, and I love it because I get to see all the cool stuff she does. I think this is called shadowing, but I'm not sure -I've been playing on my schools soccer team from grade 8-11, and I'm planning on playing again this year I've played on a club soccer team from kindergarten-grade 11, but I had to unfortunately stop because of lack of time I'm aware I can major in fashion/art while completing the prerequisites for dental school, and I will be able to write the DAT, but I'm indecisive. I think being a bio/biochemistry major will be better preparation for dental school, but at the same time I love fashion as much as I love science. Are there any programs you recommend? I live in the lower mainland of BC, but I'm open to going to other places in Canada. Also do you guys have any suggestions as the what I should do? Any advice is appreciated.
  9. Hey all, Has anyone written the DAT while they were in grad school/working full/over-time? I'm finishing up the first year of my Master's and am thinking of studying for the November DAT beginning of May. Sounds pretty early, but my program is so demanding that I think I'll really need it. I'll be taking a first-year English course May-August and then hopefully TAing starting September, so scheduling everything well and ahead of time will be a top priority. If anyone can give their input with regards to scheduling and materials they used (I already have a bunch from the first time I wrote the DAT, but will really have to prioritize this second time around), then that would be greatly appreciated!
  10. Is there any way a spectacular DAT score could save me? Do I have a chance at either of these schools?
  11. Hi everyone, I'm going crazy and really need someone to help me. I'm an undergrad student with a pretty competitive GPA (I hope!). I wrote the Nov DAT for the second time this year, and feel like I didn't do well on it. For some reason, I just keep running out of time on the DAT and even on the sample tests that I did during preparation, I wasn't getting competitive scores unfortunately Anyways, I've already applied to UofT and Western this year and am waiting for the DAT scores to come out (hopefully tomorrow). I just want to know whether you think I would get an interview.. My GPA is 3.91 for UofT and 92% for Western (not full course load though, so a "slight penalty" will be assessed against the GPA). My DAT scores would probably be around: Bio 20, Chem 18, RC 18, PAT 19/20. I know that these scores are not competitive at all but have heard that DAT is only about 10-15% of their consideration (much less important than GPA), but would still have to pass the cut-off to get an interview..so I'm really going crazy..can someone help me with "predicting" whether or not I would get an interview? Thanks so much!!
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