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20 hours ago, syncbag said:

508 the first time (126 CARS)

515 (128/127/129/131) the second attempt

cGPA: 3.92

Ontario. 

I wouldn't rewrite. Unless you can get CARS up even more.

You meet the cutoffs for UofT and it appears Queens as well (in the invite thread everyone had at least a 126ish in each section and you have an overall score that is in line with those invited). You have a good cGPA so combined with a 127 CARS, CASPer is key. Ottawa doesn't look at the MCAT so you're fine in that way. The only school you're ineligible for is Western. You could try applying to schools outside of Ontario as well if you look at their requirements.

Honestly, I'd say your best bet is focusing on your EC's and CASPer in the meantime. Pursue things you like and unique experiences to set you apart. Your GPA and MCAT are good, now it's just about standing out from the crowd.

It takes an average of 3 application cycles to get into Canada, so don't give up!! :) 

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On 3/25/2018 at 7:06 PM, syncbag said:

even if I already have 2 attempts? 

I would research into the schools you plan on applying to. Do they look at highest score, or most recent (is it worth a risk to retake?) The schools I applied to looked at highest, so it didn't matter that I wrote mine 4 times haha! 

I went in with 522 and a 3.8 with no interviews anywhere but Queens so it could be worth a shot trying if you're not applying somewhere that looks at most recent score (and you're worried about dropping). 

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Hi, I really conflicted about rewriting. 

MCAT: 510: 126/127/129/128 (second attempt, previous was 499) 

cGPA: 3.6 
2YrGPA: 3.9 

I know that im not qualified for Western due to the CARs cut-off, Queens I might have a shot and Mac/Ottawa are out of the question. Toronto i dont have quite the best GPA. I feel like re-writing can open more options for me, but I don't know if I can get higher on CARS. Thanks in advance. 

 

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On 6/20/2018 at 10:55 AM, drager said:

Hi, I really conflicted about rewriting. 

MCAT: 510: 126/127/129/128 (second attempt, previous was 499) 

cGPA: 3.6 
2YrGPA: 3.9 

I know that im not qualified for Western due to the CARs cut-off, Queens I might have a shot and Mac/Ottawa are out of the question. Toronto i dont have quite the best GPA. I feel like re-writing can open more options for me, but I don't know if I can get higher on CARS. Thanks in advance. 

 

Hi!

Since you meet the minimum MCAT for quite a few schools and given the current time in this cycle, I wouldn’t recommend rewriting.

If you still have been mulling over rewriting at this point and time I’d say it is a little late to start. With a little over a month left in this year’s testing cycle, it is difficult to expect a score improvement in this time (should you decide to start now). If you have started studying earlier this summer, that is a different story.

Do you still have another year of undergrad ahead of you? If so, focus on improving your GPA to continue that upward trend should you have to apply the next cycle. You also mentioned that uOttawa is out of the question; however is your GPA significantly improved by their upward trend weighing? As for Toronto, are you not eligible for the wGPA consideration?

Regardless, with a 2yr GPA of 3.9 and a 127 CARS that also opens up the possibility of schools in other provinces in the current cycle like uAlberta and uCalgary, which will ignore the GPA of your worst year. Keep in mind that uAlberta also requires CASPer.

As others before you have said, I’d avoid rewriting as your time could be better used to improve your EC’s and application. Don’t omit the possibility of applying out of province!

Best of luck!

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Tim

MCAT Instructor

Princeton Review

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