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pixie094 last won the day on January 30 2020

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  1. I’d like to think that they would pick the MCAT score that meets all section cutoffs or gives you the highest file score.
  2. I guess there was a wave today?! TIME STAMP: 1:35pm EST Interview Date (MD or MD/PhD): March 1st, 2020 (MD) Result: Invite wGPA: 3.96 MCAT: 517 ECs: Diverse and strong I think. However, they weren't good enough to get UBC or Calgary OOP. PM for details. Essays: I thought about them for most of the Summer, but didn't start until a few days before the deadline. After making mistakes with these essays in previous cycles, I think what helped me this year is making sure that my essays were actually personal and demonstrated that I learned something from the expe
  3. I was wondering if anyone currently or in past cycles did not have 10 entries in their Top 10 experiences. If so, do you think having less than 10 entries will hurt one's chance of getting an interview? I have only nine entries in the Top Experiences section of my application, as I did not feel like I had an additional activity to enter that wouldn't be stating something similar to what I have already included.
  4. I honestly wonder if there is an advantage to having your file reviewed in an earlier batch. U of T has stated on numerous occasions that when you receive your interview invite has no correlation to your competitiveness, and that it instead relates to when they got to your file review. In addition, if you haven't heard back yet, its highly likely that the admissions committee has yet to review your file, or are in the process of currently reviewing your file (unless they hold your application in an "interview waitlist" pile). This all being said and known, I feel like it may be easier to
  5. Not knowing what you will be doing the following year, and having friends get in and move on to med without you is definitely hard to deal with. However, just try to focus on doing whatever you can, whether you're back at school or working/volunteering during a "gap" year, to improve yourself as an applicant, but also more importantly as a person. As for my references, they stayed the same between my first two apps. This current cycle, only one of my three has changed. I believe the two that have stayed throughout my applications are strong references, so I do not believe it is a matter o
  6. I am sorry to hear about the rejection from UBC. It's never a pleasant feeling. But you are right, every failure is a learning experience and a motivation to improve. Try to stay positive! You said that you had opportunities last cycle, so I'm assuming you had multiple interviews. Although UBC didn't work out this year, you may very likely get another chance at the other schools you interviewed at last year. I shall keep my fingers crossed for you
  7. Is anyone else finding it hard to stay motivated as a re-applicant? I just find that as the days pass by during this cycle, I become less confident in my application. I suppose I should provide a little exposition. I first applied two years ago to Ontario schools. Luckily I scored an interview at Toronto, but was rejected in the end. The following cycle, I reapplied with a higher cGPA/wGPA, more items on my ABS, more long term commitments on my ABS, more effort put into my essays, etc. In short, I felt that if anything, my application was overall stronger than the first year. However, I d
  8. The only time they included GPA, Casper and the ABS in their pre-interview scoring was 2 years ago. However, back then they still only looked at your “top 3” for each ABS section, and it was their first year of using the Casper. So it’s anyone’s guess what formula they used to calculate your pre-interview score.
  9. Your GPA is a little low, and your CARS score is okay (for Mac standards). However, if you do really well on the CASPer, you very likely have a chance at an interview.
  10. I am glad that the ABS is being brought back into uOttawa's preinterview assessment this year. Hopefully it draws emphasis away from what seems to be a near standard of needing at least a 3.96+ GPA to be accepted into the english steam
  11. I spoke to admissions again today, for an unrelated reason to my call with them on Thursday. Without me inquiring about it, the lady on the phone mentioned that some invites will be sent out until the end of this week, with some files held on to in case of cancellations. This sparked some follow up questions on my end. When I asked her when we can expect to receive notice, she said most likely closer to the end of the week. So maybe we'll hear back on Thirsday or Friday? I'm expecting invites Thursday, and regrets Friday. I was also told that the ad coms have nearly completed all file reviews
  12. The only insight I can give is that when I spoke to admissions today, I was enthusiastically informed that file reviews are still on going, and that there are still "quite a few spots left." Now I know that's not much to go on, but the person's tone of voice over the phone energized me with hope. I wouldn't count out U of T until the 31st.
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