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  1. Hi everyone, I have one English course left to take to meet the requirement of 2 English courses for some DS (both US and Canadian). Originally I had signed up for an online, relatively easy English course this summer, but I will also be studying for the DAT (to take this upcoming November) and I'm in grad school, which is entirely unpredictable and stressful on its own. I was wondering whether I can put off doing this course until the winter term 2016, ie. after I have already applied. I've looked into the academic requirements for schools here in Canada and some in the States, but some w
  2. Thanks everyone! Really appreciate the input. The materials I used the last time I wrote the DAT were pretty much the same as SK404, minus the DAT Bootcamp. I'll give that one a try! How early on did you start preparing?
  3. Yeah times are definitely changing...I'll have to apply to the States too because of how competitive it's getting here (especially for OOP applicants). Better to be safe than sorry, like you mentioned. At least if I start studying earlier everything will be more fresh by the time I start doing hardcore reviewing and practice tests!
  4. That's very true. The first time around I spent maybe about a month and a half studying for it, but that was full-time. Did decently, though I felt like I could've covered bio and chem better. It's really a matter of predicting how much time my project and this English course will take, which is difficult since my schedule tends to be all over the place depending on my experiments >.>
  5. Hahah malkynn I wish I could pull that off! It would make life so much easier (and I could actually see the sun over the summer ). Thanks to you both for letting me know, though! I guess I need to have a bit more self-confidence in what I've retained from Nov 2013. We'll see I guess!
  6. Thanks for the replies ottawaliquid and malkynn! Quick question though: how early did you start preparing? I'm not sure if it's necessary for me to start 6 months ahead of time; maybe I should leave it to mid-end of summer to begin...
  7. 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 th
  8. Haha thanks everyone! These posts have really helped (tip wise, and for putting a smile on my face ). I just gotta keep thinking about the end-result ( ie. dental school)!!
  9. Thanks GXTZ, and sorry for the late reply (I've been having trouble with my MacBook all this week ). I currently do see a counsellor on campus. She's not bad but I think I'm looking to see a psychologist instead so that I can change my perfectionistic thinking, haha. Ultimately I've decided to keep persevering in the program. It's not all bad; I think the negativity of my labmates sometimes just gets to me and i start assuming the worst for my project - that, and my laptop not working makes everything automatically so much more stressful lol. Time is flying and I do keep myself busy, and I
  10. Thanks your input! You make some valid points and i think changing perspective would be beneficial, though I have been trying to do that. I guess it's just a matter of perseverance. Although my attitude definitely doesn't help, I do cover it up pretty well and try not to complain. If anything, my lab mates complain a LOT more than I do - probably because they're stressing about completing their Master's on time (they applied to medical school). And in the beginning I was pretty neutral about doing research in this lab, but it was actually my mentor who made me second-guess myself and start to
  11. Hi everyone, I'm currently in my second semester of grad school, doing a 2-year research-based Master's in health/medical sciences (won't specify for the sake of keeping my anonymity). However, I am finding myself incredibly unsatisfied with this program and with my project, and I have been feeling this way since October. Perhaps that should've been a red flag to withdraw before it's too late, but fear of not knowing what to do otherwise and hearing that the first semester is always the hardest made me decide to stick with the program. After completing undergrad, I took a year off from s
  12. Hi everyone, I'm currently in my second semester of grad school, doing a 2-year research-based Master's in health/medical sciences (won't specify for the sake of keeping my anonymity). However, I am finding myself incredibly unsatisfied with this program and with my project, and I have been feeling this way since October. Perhaps that should've been a red flag to withdraw before it's too late, but fear of not knowing what to do otherwise and hearing that the first semester is always the hardest made me decide to stick with the program. After completing undergrad, I took a year off from sc
  13. Yeah, I thought there was something wrong with that GPA calculation, too. Thanks for pointing out the method for calculating it; I was basing it off one of those OMSAS charts and it didn't seem to make very much sense lol.
  14. Thanks for the input everyone! Yeah I'm not sure how to calculate my GPA on a 4.0 grading scale...when I was referring to it, it said an 87% (or something, I don't remember now) or above was considered a 4.0, which I don't believe is correct o_o If anyone can direct me on how to properly calculate that then I would also be super grateful! The thing is that the DAT only lasts for 2 years, and like I mentioned I wrote it one year ago (ie. November 2013). If I were to apply next year for September 2016 entry then I'd have to re-write it regardless. UofT and UWO only accept DAT scores from tests
  15. Hi everyone! This is gonna be a lenthy post, so please bear with me. I'm currently a first-year thesis-based Master's student in Pathology, but have alway wanted to get into dental school. I wrote the DAT a year ago with pretty decent grades for my first try (though I know that I can definitely do better, with more prep) so I'll have to re-write it again for my next application. I'm also an Ontario resident. Here are my stats: cGPA from undergrad = 4.0 (is this incorrect? My overall GPA% is 88.34) Top 2 years (for UWO) = 90.6% Top 3 years with 4th year included (for UofT) = 88.23% (My
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