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1 minute ago, JohnGrisham said:

Keep working, your NAQ is already pretty good, but youll need to continue and take time to improve it further over the years. You can get in with your "low" GPA, but youll need to get that NAQ up to 30+.  Look and see if taking more courses would make an appreciable difference.

Thanks, friend. I definitely, definitely appreciate the comment + feedback. I'm currently in my fourth year, and it's just my first year that's bringing my GPA down so I'm hoping the adjustment next year will help in pulling my score up. 

As for NAQ, I'm still a little lost as to how evaluations are even being made, but what can you do right? 

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4 minutes ago, arsi7 said:

TIME STAMP: 8:11 PM EST
Interview Invite or Regrets: Regrets 
Early or Regular Deadline: Regular 
AGPA (if applicable): 92.16
MCAT: 514
ECs: 2 publications, more research, mission trip, doctor shadowing, research competition provincial finalist, president of 3 clubs, volunteering with at-risk children, nursing home volunteering, 3 jobs, second language, etc. 
Current Degree: Biomedical Science 
Geography: OOP
NAQ: 24.01
AQ: 34.17

TFR: 58.18

hahah omg i'm actually laughing! Not to be rude of course I am so sorry for your outcome, but it's just like come on? Really?

"cured cancer, launched first space mission to Mars, built the world's first nanoparticle research facility in the arctic with my bare hands, president of a medium-sized nation...

guess I'll try harder next year" 

the whole med admissions process is becoming a serious eye-roll at this point

 

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TIME STAMP: 5:12 PST
Interview Invite or Regrets: Regrets
Early or Regular Deadline:
AGPA (if applicable): 87.78
MCAT: 128/128/128/131  515
ECs: Faculty Society President, Published a novel, volunteering in biology curriculum development, worked full-time for a company as the head of their environmental department for a year, 1st author publication in preparation, NSERC USRA. 
Current Degree: In 4th Year
Geography: OOP
NAQ: 20.28
AQ: 27.04

TFR: 47.32

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TIME STAMP: 8:11 EST
Interview Invite or Regrets: Regrets
Early or Regular Deadline: Regular
AGPA (if applicable): 88.30
MCAT: 513
ECs: Leadership in multiple clubs/services over the years, lots of research exp but no pubs, uni level sports, many jobs during school 
Current Degree: H.BSc (gap year)
Geography: OOP
NAQ: 18.35
AQ: 27.88

TFR: 46.23

Thought this might be helpful for future applicants. I thought I had strong EC's but this might be telling me otherwise. Maybe it's longevity I'm missing, but I was in some positions for 3-4 years. Maybe my descriptions weren't good... who knows.

 

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7 minutes ago, JohnGrisham said:

Remember that your NAQ score is in context of a hypercompetitive applicant pool of medical students, and can vary depending on how you express your achievements and who reviews them. 

Dont think you're ECs are "bad" or anything like that, its just a subjective process. But at least you know where you can "improve". 

 

Yeah that's what I've heard - would be more helpful to know how I did in each individual category of the NAQs though haha. Still the June 1st cutoff date for EC's definitely excluded some of my activities, but I know for sure that I could've put a lot more work into writing them out. 

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6 minutes ago, ssmed said:

Thanks, friend. I definitely, definitely appreciate the comment + feedback. I'm currently in my fourth year, and it's just my first year that's bringing my GPA down so I'm hoping the adjustment next year will help in pulling my score up. 

As for NAQ, I'm still a little lost as to how evaluations are even being made, but what can you do right? 

With only 3 years under your belt, you have plenty of time to improve. Do well in your 4th year, and youll see it rise double so, with lowest year dropped. And then consider a 5th year too if you can keep the upward projection, this gives you two more years to keep boosting your NAQ. Dont forget about job experiences too, doesnt just have to be clubs or volunteering.

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TIME STAMP: 5:12 PST
Interview Invite or Regrets: Regrets
Early or Regular Deadline: Regular
AGPA (if applicable): N/A.

My GPA is 81.74 (first year 81, second year 80, third year 83)

MCAT: 512_129(C/P)-128(B/B)-128(Psych)-127(CARS)

(first time I wrote it last year, I got 505)
ECs: cofounder of a non-for-profit charity for BC hospitals (4 years, nearly 1200 hours), volunteering at 2 different hospitals (250-300 hrs), first aid (50 hrs), research job at a hospital ( 20hrs a week, not my own research but a pretty impressive global research study), 3,4 clubs back in high school, 2 clubs here at UBC (one non-for-profit and one academic), community service stuff at UBC, extensive tutoring, share food bank volunteering and other similar community involvements, customer service job.

(I applied last year with the same EC, except for my current research job. My NAQ was 16, see below. Changing the wording does wonders!)


Current Degree: BSC. Combined Major in Sciences
Geography: IP-UBC

NAQ: 23.98
AQ: 17.20 dammit.

TFR: 41.18

 

LAST YEAR STAT:

MCAT 505 ( C/P, CARS, B/B, Psych)

128 124 127 126
Overall Grade Point Average 80.87
AQ Score 16.60
NAQ Score 16.31
TFR Score

32.91

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TIME STAMP: 8:12 PM EST
Interview Invite or Regrets: Regrets 
Early or Regular Deadline: Regular 
AGPA (if applicable): 88.0
MCAT: 508 (but not considered pre-interview anyway)
ECs: 2 (1st author) publications and research scholarships/ oral presentation awards, president/founder of a club, work/ volunteering in vulnerable populations, music, culture/language studies, a lot of diverse experiences (PM if you'd like more info)
Current Degree: MSc
Geography: OOP
NAQ: 29.70 (2015-16 cycle 34.50)
AQ: 27.40 (2015-16 cycle 25.05)

TFR: 57.10

Time to wait for ON school invites!! 

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TIME STAMP: 8:11 EST
Interview Invite or Regrets: Regrets
Early or Regular Deadline: Regular
AGPA (if applicable): 90.90
MCAT: 514
ECs: Omitted a few for this application, but now regretting it from my NAQ score
Current Degree:  Graduated with B.Sc
Geography: OOP
NAQ: 29.45
AQ: 32.05

TFR: 61.5

Close but no cigar! 

 

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Have been through 4 application cycles with 1 interview last year.

TIME STAMP: 5:13 PST
Interview Invite or Regrets: Regrets
Early or Regular Deadline: Regular
AGPA (if applicable): 84.24
MCAT: 125/127/127/130  509
ECs: 1500 hrs giving volunteer riding lessons since middle school, competed regionally in riding for years, co-chair on a regional science fair committee for 3 years with 3 years previous judging experience, spent 3 weeks in Africa working on an orphanage, 5 weeks in Ecuador doing medical rotations/building low income housing, 200+ hours job shadowing in a hospital, Relay for Life, sell artwork for fundraising, tons of travelling, tutoring in high school. I currently work in a vet clinic which gives me tons of hands on experience and observing procedures.
Current Degree: BSc in BCMB
Geography: IP
NAQ:  33.90/26.40
AQ: 21.94/21.27

TFR: 55.84/47.67

I was most surprised by my 8 point drop in NAQ, did anyone else experience that?

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TIME STAMP: 8:13 PM EST
Interview Invite or Regrets: Regrets 
Early or Regular Deadline: Regular 
AGPA (if applicable): 91.74
MCAT: 515
ECs: school club co-president + various exec positions, 2 honours theses + various lab volunteering, deans list, phone line volunteer, campus peer counseling, mental health hospital volunteer, travelling, etc. 
Current Degree: 1 year post BSc
Geography: OOP
NAQ: 26.71
AQ: 33.48

TFR: 60.19

A bit bummed and rejection does not feel nice but I learned from being waitlisted at McGill last year that it's a part of the process. Good luck to everyone else :)

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Damn, so close.... 


TIME STAMP: 5:12 PST
Interview Invite or Regrets: Regrets
Early or Regular Deadline: Regular
GPA: 88.14
MCAT: 129/125/128/130
ECs: 5 years of summer camps, respite worker (1 month only), exec of club (2 years), youth leader (1 year), founded club (in HS), elderly home volunteer (in HS), peer tutor (in HS), + 1 other long term job, and some other small stuff like sports/activites/etc. No clinical or research. 
Current Degree: 3rd year H.BSc
Geography: IP
NAQ: 23.43
AQ: 27.63

TFR: 51.05

 

Don't know if its worse to be this close and get rejected, or be not even close to getting an interview... The EC deadline hurt my application quite a bit, so hopefully another year of ECs will get my NAQ where it needs to be. Next year ill be able to add prez of club, another year of being a respite worker, another year of summer camps, hopefully some clinical experience, and some other little stuff. 

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5 minutes ago, _Caitlyn_ said:

Have been through 4 application cycles with 1 interview last year.

TIME STAMP: 5:13 PST
Interview Invite or Regrets: Regrets
Early or Regular Deadline: Regular
AGPA (if applicable): 84.24
MCAT: 125/127/127/130  509
ECs: 1500 hrs giving volunteer riding lessons since middle school, competed regionally in riding for years, co-chair on a regional science fair committee for 3 years with 3 years previous judging experience, spent 3 weeks in Africa working on an orphanage, 5 weeks in Ecuador doing medical rotations/building low income housing, 200+ hours job shadowing in a hospital, Relay for Life, sell artwork for fundraising, tons of travelling, tutoring in high school. I currently work in a vet clinic which gives me tons of hands on experience and observing procedures.
Current Degree: BSc in BCMB
Geography: IP
NAQ:  33.90/26.40
AQ: 21.94/21.27

TFR: 55.84/47.67

I was most surprised by my 8 point drop in NAQ, did anyone else experience that?

Same. Went from ~32.5 last year to ~23.5 this year, despite adding activities and add another year of experience to the old ones.

Tough pill to swallow. 

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TIME STAMP: 5:11
Interview Invite or Regrets: Regrets
Early or Regular Deadline: Early
AGPA (if applicable): 78.34
MCAT: 509
ECs: 2nd author pub, shadowing, long-term volunteering, summer and lab work. 
Current Degree: 4th Year Computer Science
Geography: IP
NAQ: 35.78
AQ: 11.66

TFR: 47.44

I always knew my GPA would be my downfall. 2nd year was rough. Guess I need to do a victory lap, or 10. 

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1 minute ago, whompwhomp said:

TIME STAMP: 5:11
Interview Invite or Regrets: Regrets
Early or Regular Deadline: Early
AGPA (if applicable): 78.34
MCAT: 509
ECs: 2nd author pub, shadowing, long-term volunteering, summer and lab work. 
Current Degree: 4th Year Computer Science
Geography: IP
NAQ: 35.78
AQ: 11.66

TFR: 47.44

I always knew my GPA would be my downfall. 2nd year was rough. Guess I need to do a victory lap, or 10. 

Holy smokes, your NAQ is outta this world. I know it was probably not an email you would have wanted, but I think that high of a score is definitely an impressive feat. xx

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6 minutes ago, ssmed said:

Holy smokes, your NAQ is outta this world. I know it was probably not an email you would have wanted, but I think that high of a score is definitely an impressive feat. xx

Wholeheartedly agree. That NAQ is amazing!!! Do an extra year of undergrad and you’re set 

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TIME STAMP: 9:15 (AST)
Interview Invite or Regrets: Regrets
Early or Regular Deadline: Early
AGPA (if applicable):  -94
MCAT: 518
ECs: Thought they were just ok and it shows.  Publications, NSERCs, executive positions in clubs, long-term hospital volunteering, heavily involved in student life, worked abroad for a summer etc. 
Current Degree:  4th year
Geography: oop
AQ: 37.00
NAQ:23.39

TFR: 60.39

 

I guess I know where to improve for next year and congrats to those who got (will get) an interview!

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