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  1. I was under the impression that UCD does not do interviews?
  2. And, just to add - I also have bought the EK 2015 books. Last time I studied for the MCAT I used TPR + EK and it was a really good call. Nice to have the variety.
  3. Decided to go with TPR because of their strong reputation and the positive experience I had in the past.
  4. Presh, what did you decide to do? Kaplan or TPR? I am currently in the same boat. Took a TPR course for the old MCAT a few years ago and it was very good. Materials were great too. Only thing is Kaplan offers a better schedule for me... I think in person classes are the way to go. The more interactive the better - although this all depends on your personality. Personally, I would find it hard to self-motivate to do everything online.
  5. Thanks. Yeah, I was able to do well on my final attempt at the old one but since I am applying again I think it is smart to just get to 2015 one out of the way (especially while I am in grad school and in "school mode", rather than next year when I will be working and less willing to study for it!). Which books will you use to self-study? Best of luck to you as well! I have a feeling all of the companies are comparable, it's all just a game of marketing etc. Since Kaplan has some better times and dates, might go with them... Any more input on this? What are other 2015 writers doing?
  6. Hi everyone, I've written the old MCAT multiple times and previously prepared with a TPR course and EK books. I found both very helpful and I think the course was really key for keeping me on track and providing materials. This summer I need to write the new MCAT, and I'm looking into taking a course as well (I figure even though I've done an MCAT course before, it will be critical to do one for the new test since it will be fairly different). I had a good experience with TPR before, but Kaplan is also a reputable company and they seem to have a better selection of classes in terms o
  7. I disagree with the above comment. I know plenty of people who have moved from engineering to medicine and have done very well. If it's what you want, aztekxero, I think you have a really good chance and you should go for it! May as well do something you love while you're on this Earth.
  8. I think it sounds like your game-plan would be to re-write the MCAT this summer, pick up some extracurricular stuff/volunteering, maybe Big Brother/Big Sister or some other kind of mentorship program to continue on your theme of helping younger people. Honestly it sounds like your application would be solid, I think you should go for it and just apply to as many schools as you can and keep your options open.
  9. Hey! I think you've got a good shot at most Canadian schools. Your undergrad GPA is solid overall, and your Master's degree even better. What subject did you get a score of 8 in? Re-writing the MCAT is annoying, but since you have a science background, learning some biology concepts would be easy for you (I've come from a non-traditional path as well and was able to learn bio and organic chem over the summer and did well on the MCAT). Also, the new test is hopefully going to be more geared towards logical processing and critical thinking, which you will be great at as an engineer with wor
  10. Hey, Did you end up deciding what to do about your MSc in your ABS? I am halfway through my master's degree and I think I am going to include it twice - once as formal education and once as research. what do you think? I think you can definitely include your project in the research section even though it is pending.
  11. jdr44, I can relate to how you feel because I am also female, 26 years old and still trying to get in to med school. I struggle with the same issue because I also don't want to wake up and be 32, alone, and just finished my residency! yikes... BUT, I would encourage you to think of it this way: would you rather wake up and be 55, and disappointed that you gave up on your dream, or wake up at 55 and be glad that you worked your butt off? My guess is that you would prefer the latter, especially because you seem very committed to your dream (you went to the great effort to get the se
  12. dreamingofmed - you should not feel like a failure. That will only bring you down! I can completely relate to your situation as I have been through pretty much the exact same thing. Life isn't over, believe me. Give this a read and stay strong: http://meds.queensu.ca/blog/undergraduate/?p=1493
  13. DarkGhost, Yes you're correct about that. UofT and Queen's look at grad degree holders in a different way than undergrads - we are assessed in a different pool. For UofT, if you are a grad applicant, you need a 3.0/4/0 in undergrad and a minimum of 9 on all MCAT sections to make the first cut, and then they focus much more on research accomplishments, essays, references and biographical sketch. It's unclear how much weight they put on each of the supplementary materials, but I get the sense that they look at grad applicants more holistically than they do undergrad applicants. For Q
  14. BizMarkie, Good for you! It's a tough road but I know exactly what you're going through. Good call on waiting for the 2015 MCAT - may as well since it is eventually going to completely replace the current one. And I agree, age doesn't matter! I would rather be 60 and glad I pursued my dream than be 60 and regretful that I gave up. Even if it doesn't work out, at least I know I gave it my absolute best shot (but I'm kinda banking on it working out)
  15. Hi everyone, New to the forum and thought I would post a bit about myself. I am applying this year to Canadian med schools for my third time. I'm 26 years old, have a BA double major in psychology and philosophy, and am halfway through my MSc in neuroscience. Undergrad GPA isn't super hot - depending on the calculation method, it varies, but average is about 3.3. I was a competitive athlete and enjoyed a lot of volunteering and extracurricular stuff in undergrad, which I think has helped make me well rounded, but I had less time to study hence the low GPA. But I have always wanted to be a
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