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  1. The whole "upward trend" thing is an American thing. Outside of Calgary's 10% "Academic merit" (perhaps) and the more opaque schools potentially looking at trends (which we have no way of knowing) it's the number on the wGPA/cGPA that matters here. We do many things differently here so be wary of any American advice.
  2. Well the data would suggest you need ~50th percentile CASPer (at a minimum) so if you feel you did well don't be too surprised if you get an interview but you're not a shoe-in either. You're in the mushy middle where you have decent odds but it could go either way, feelings about exam performance are fickle things and no one can change anything at this point post-CASPer so it's an unfortunate waiting game.
  3. There isn't enough data to tease out the minimums for OOP, which are likely more volatile anyway since it's only 50 seats. Basically you can use the main chart for baseline competitiveness then add whatever OOP margin you feel is appropriate based on your stats (so saying "add 15 percentile points" doesn't make sense if you're already at the very top or bottom, the difference will fluctuate). With the smaller OOP interview numbers it's harder to predict as less people post those in the first place.
  4. 2019-2020 cycle dates. Mac: Jan 8th (Historically "Invitation to Interview - McMaster MD Program") Ottawa: Jan 23rd (Historically "Status of application - Faculty of medicine - University of Ottawa") Western: Jan 30th (Historically "Your Application to Schulich Medicine at Western University", at least for a rejection) Queens: Feb 3rd (Historically "Queens School of Medicine Interview status 2020")
  5. All OMSAS schools use the OMSAS scale for their calculations; it's why the scale exists in the first place. Most people don't have that dramatic a drop but it's not uncommon for the OMSAS GPA to be lower than your undergrad school GPA.
  6. Not to freak anyone out, but one thing to bear in mind is the cutoffs do (apparently) fluctuate based off the pool, and it's possible with other schools seeing admissions spikes, that Queens (without the strict rules of Western, and opaque cutoffs) could have attracted significantly more applications this year, leading to everything staying relatively similar. If you gain a couple hundred more applications, some of them actually competitive, it may not move the cutoffs that much as you would expect with the addition of a new screening tool, particularly if this year is a test-run for CASPer. B
  7. I'd agree with the sentiments above, keep trying, rewriting is hardly unusual, but would add that you may want to try branching out from CARS focused (only) prep. Try reading more Washington Post/Atlantic style features and opinion pieces each day to really grasp the "structure" of how non-fiction is written, maybe even look into some free "intro to non-fiction writing" classes to help you out in deciding the structure. With more prep you may just find CARS becomes easier when you do focused practice. Dont be afraid to try out new strategies and push off your test to the summer if you need to.
  8. The actual policy statement is interesting: Nurses don't go to medical school, neither do "other health professionals". This idea seems less like a concrete promise and more like someone was tasked with writing a blurb on how to "increase numbers of clinicians" in BC without understanding the details or nuances of it. I would imagine starting a new school would be prohibitively expensive as you need to pay for infrastructure, both physical and in staff roles, already present at UBC. If they did actually follow through on their pie in the sky idea, unlikely as it is, and "forgot"
  9. I'd imagine you'll be fine unless it's a systemic thing (2 small errors are not). If someone is reading at light speed (because who really wants to spend a ton of time reading "Member of ABC Club" a dozen+ times..) they may even fail to to notice/chalk it up to simple keyboard errors everyone makes. Add "Questionable Handwriting" as an "Other" ABS entry next time (if needed) and you're well on your way to success.
  10. @Acnoid and @Premedwithadream No one can give you any certainty, use the charts I made on the last page to guesstimate your required minimum CASPer and self-evaluate your odds after that. I know it might be comforting to have some tell you "good/great" and to have some opinions to dampen/enhance neuroticism, which is great, but it's simple math with a big CASPer x-factor. At Mac it's literally 3 things (and grad degrees potentially), all objective numbers, 2 of them you know already, so no one else can really add anything other than noting they got an interview/in with the same stats
  11. Which province do you live in? Alberta I'm guessing based off your graduate choices? I have good news and bad news. The good news is your cGPA doesn't matter at most schools, it's your weighted GPA, which at many schools doesn't include at least some courses/1 year (the Alberta/Calgary approach). This includes the UofA, UofC, and UBC after you graduate. You do actually meet the cutoffs for some schools but you need to expand your focus from the West. If those 2 last years are full-time, meet their weighting rules (look them up yourself on their website), and are >3.7 on the OMSAS scal
  12. This is last year's SAI renamed, which apparently had a 3.85/3.87 cutoff for English stream (less if French stream): You're running tight on time, but it may be worth emailing to ask if they changed it from last year.
  13. So long as it doesn't end like UBC law's donor debacle it can't be all bad: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-donor-peter-allard-sues-ubc-demands-his-name-be-printed-on-all-law/
  14. Ottawa uses CASPer, although no one knows how it's worth, that being said, if it's used competitively at all (and Ottawa is a school that likes to use things competitively) it's unlikely OP is going to have any luck.
  15. The study is where I got the SDs to enable percentile calculations from, it does not provide the data I calculated myself: https://bmcmededuc.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12909-020-02126-0
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