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  1. The answer is no. In one of the adcom videos, one of the officers said that being a couple words over is no big deal and doesn't get auto-flagged. However, she also said that if it is noticeably over the word limit (e.g - 20-50+ words over), it'll leave a bad impression on the reviewer..
  2. Yea.... they can't cut down the applicant pool too much, so for GPA + MCAT to be used with the same cut offs as previous years PLUS the additional screen of CASPer would most likely result in a severe decrease in the applicants under consideration for an interview (guestimation). So, with a GPA + MCAT + CASPer evaluation, two or all of these factors have to lighten up to maintain the same number of applicants under consideration for an interview. All speculation, but I think this makes sense logistically (assuming that their goal with CASPer was to emphasize different applicant strengths rathe
  3. For the first time, Queen's is incorporating CASPer into the mix this cycle, so who knows what the cut offs will be. Usually when a med school adds an additional, novel factor into their admissions requirements (e.g - Western and their new essays), thresholds tend to go down.
  4. Same thing happened in the U.S for MD schools. A bit horrid for applicants, since things now are more competitive.
  5. Well, for UWO ABS you also had to put your start and end date, so they should be able to deduce that your time commitment was not for that long.
  6. As a person who has applied to the U.S., this is not new nor is it a secret in US MD schools. Some even state it on their website, that they are specifically encouraging and looking for underrepresented minorities. I don't think this is bad thing - at the end of the day, they have the community in mind when choosing applicants. Bigger picture in my humble opinion: as long as students make it on the other end of medical school, it doesn't matter what GPA or MCAT they had coming in. They will be great doctors regardless.
  7. Agreed - I 100% support BSAP and ISAP. Thanks for the balanced view. Thus far, most people on this thread who seem to be talking favourably about BSAP/ISAP are already IN medical school (you can claim it hasn't changed pre-post admission, but I guess we'll never know how true that is). I just thought this is an important context to point out because at the end of the day, I see yesandno 's comments rooted in past rejections, moreso than anything else in my opinion. We all know how TOXIC pre-medical culture is, and the desperation it cultivates amongst us to gain admission, particularly i
  8. Just a thought, while reading through these comments: I wonder what impact being a pre-med VS. already being in medical school/residency/staff has on an individual's opinion on BSAP/other special admissions streams. if any? For those already in medical school/residency/etc well before these admission streams were implemented (or just gained admission), do you think your opinion would change if you were currently seeking admission to medical school (presumably, your lifelong dream) today? I'd really like to hear from individuals like me, who is still seeking admission to MD pr
  9. Well with that GPA and UofT's apparent emphasis on higher GPAs, I bet you could get away with shitty references lmao
  10. In my opinion, your chances of getting in are more dependent on your strategic SCHOOL LIST than what your actual stats are. Just because someone had amazing stats and didn't get in anywhere doesn't necessarily mean that someone with stats below that have no chance. I know plenty of people with high stats, but don't get in anywhere because they only applied to non-Canadian-friendly and/or really top-heavy schools (Stanford, Harvard, JH, etc.). They were basically misinformed with how to formulate school lists. To OP: If people share their stats with you, and share an outcome, make SURE that the
  11. Very true! I guess this upcoming cycle, raw GPA ~= wGPA. lol
  12. Holy. That's insane - 3.89 raw GPA average. I'm pretty sure the wGPA average was again in 3.96 range. I think they were embarrassed at how high the average weighted GPAs were this cycle, so they didn't disclose it. Misleading. The GPA average didn't go down, nor do I believe the process is getting more holistic at UofT. They've ALWAYS reported average wGPAs in the past. Getting really discouraged at this point.
  13. That's correct, but they're talking about AEEs, and the bolded/underlined part is not any different than what has been done in previous years.
  14. LOL how in the world does making most people's wGPA lower make admissions MORE equitable? Where in fact, those who are from lower SES backgrounds would have presumably benefited substantially MORE from the older wGPA formulation than those from higher SES backgrounds (aka those who are statistically more likely to maintain a peak and consistent state of performance during undergrad, so their wGPAs ~= cGPAs). Equity is UofT's favourite word, but I still don't see the relation. Seems like the opposite effect.
  15. Lol, more waiting. But, the question is, are the phase 3 changes being implemented during our admissions cycle? Or for the next?
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