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  1. For McGill, I'm pretty sure they only consider a second bachelor's degree if you've totally completed and graduated from the first. If this is the case, then your 45 credits from Laval would still be considered in your cGPA. The other problem might be the 3 courses per semester. I know that some schools won't consider this full time, even if you're taking additional courses in the summer (which is what you seem to be doing if you're taking 3 courses per year, right?). I don't remember what McGill's policy on this is. As for whether you should complete a 90 or 120 credit degree I'm no
  2. I've been watching those discussions and wondering the same thing as well. I'm not really sure what factors are causing this in the states though, so I'm not really sure how it would map onto Canada. If I were to speculate, I'd say that lobbying/regulation/healthcare funding is different enough in Canada that it's unlikely that we would see the exact same situation. But what do I know lol.
  3. McGill just knocks any A+s down to As (4.0) and then calculates your cGPA based on that. If you want to confirm how they do it for your school you can download the Academic Workbook Guide here and there's a table in the appendix explaining it all.
  4. No iirc they don't! Whatever was completed by November 1 and was entered into the academic workbook is what they'll use to assess your GPA.
  5. Well you can apply based on a second undergraduate degree of at least 60 credits (generally 20 classes at 3 credits/class), but you need to 1) have at least 45 credits (15 classes) completed by the Nov. 1 application deadline, and 2) complete all remaining credits for the degree by July 31 of the year of matriculation to med school. In other words, you only need 15 courses to apply, but you need to complete at least 20 courses (i.e. you actually need to graduate with the second degree) before you start med if you're admitted. Does this answer your question?
  6. As long as the 25th was no later than the last date published on the McGill website you'll be fine. Last year I wrote the test on the last date available and minerva didn't mark it as received until the second week of November iirc. This year I did the same and it still says not received/not processed.
  7. So I actually went back and replaced my name in the citation with my student number, but I emailed admissions to see if that was okay. I just received the following reply: "I am writing to reassure you that this is fine. Note that we redact any names in the publication section for our raters, but if we need to verify anything in the office we can look up your name with your student ID." So it looks like you're fine either way because they process names out of the CVs before the raters see them.
  8. Yeah I don't think it's anything to worry about either. The system probably just updates on weekdays or something.
  9. McGill doesn't care about filename - on the webpage they even suggest that you put your first and last name in the filename, but they also say that it doesn't matter. As for the publications, I'm not sure. I don't have any solo publications, so I just left my last name/first initial in there assuming that it would be drowned out by all the other authors and they wouldn't notice. Now I'm wondering if I should replace my name with [student number] or something.
  10. Yeah I meant that more in case you wanted the certainty. But tbh it would be such a petty thing for them to ban you over I wouldn't even worry about it.
  11. I'm glad you figured out the problem. Your GPA is below the average, but if you get points for academic context and/or have a solid CASPer and CV then you still might be in the running! Good luck.
  12. Honestly I'd be surprised if they care at all, but the only way to find out is probably to ask them directly. It would be pretty strange if they banned you from future applications, and I haven't seen them publicly say anything about that. What do you mean "what happens with the score"? It'll disappear into the void and join all the expired MCAT scores lmao
  13. If money's not a problem and you've already written CASPer for this year I'd say yeah, give it a shot. Was the MSc on your application last year? You should get a bit of an academic score boost this year if it wasn't already on your application last year. But you probably need to have a really good CASPer result. At least if you apply this year with a completed MSc you might get a better sense of what you need to improve if you decide to apply again.
  14. From here: "up to 3 [basic science prerequisite] courses can be in progress during the year prior to starting the program." So yeah, you're fine.
  15. Are you 100% certain that you converted your grades properly? Is there any way that you could have incorrectly identified the school that you studied at (maybe the workbook internally doesn't know that you go to a school that uses a 4.3 scale? idk if thats possible since idk how the thing works)? If you have any A+s that are raising your GPA at your home institution, this could cause your McGill cGPA to fall once all the A+s are converted to As, but that wouldn't really explain the incorrect local gpa. Unless you've inadvertently made some sort of error I'm not really sure what it could be. Ha
  16. Interesting! Thanks for the update.
  17. I totally understand needing some reassurance! As for the website, I'm pretty sure there are at least a few pages that aren't totally up to date. If you look here you'll see the percent breakdowns at each stage. There's no place for the MCAT anymore. That said, I understand that they "consider it" for the sake of American applicants who need to submit it to be eligible for US loans, or for undergraduate applicants whose degrees were completed outside of Canada. In that context I understood it simply as a way to "confirm eligibility", and not a competitive point of comparison between applicants
  18. The fact that you've done masters-level studies will give you a bump in the academic ranking since 10% of the academic component of the pre-interview rank depends on "academic context" like graduate studies and progression of course difficulty. Seems like you should be fine in that regard. Sure, maybe your cGPA is slightly below average, but it seems like you're close enough that it's unreasonable to rule you out. If your CASPer/CV are solid then you should be able to at least get an interview I'd think. As for the MCAT, it's effectively irrelevant at this point. Previously it was only used in
  19. Dropping from 27/835 to 830/1035 seems really strange. Was your basis of admission degree the same one for both years? Unless you were screened out this year based on a poor CASPer score this doesn't make any sense to me.
  20. Huh, so even though you made it to the prescreen, you only got an overall ranking, and not a break-down for the three components? Do you mind saying what mistakes you think you made on the CV? As for CASPer, it's still 20% of the ranking and its basically a black box. Unless your GPA or CV will be vastly better for the next cycle, I think it's reasonable to try and maximize your practice for CASPer, and it could be money well spent if just for the peace of mind. Edit: [deleted]
  21. I haven't received my ranking yet either. I was going to wait until Wednesday or Thursday before contacting them, but idk.
  22. I think that sounds right. And yeah I definitely put everything in chronological order. I don't really know what else I did since I didn't save the version of the workbook that I was messing around with. But idk, if you meet the second degree conditions they've outlined, I'm sure that the workbook will either work or they'll look at it more closely when you submit it formally.
  23. So I'm applying this year based on a second degree. I talked to admissions about it and they said that being evaluated on the basis of a second degree itself doesn't put me at any disadvantage compared to others with just a first bachelor's degree. So yeah, you'll be considered to be on the same "level". As for the workbook, I'm not sure. I played around with the last one based on the particular graduation date I'll have relative to when I apply (i.e. I just moved all the dates back by a year) and it worked fine for me and recognized my second degree as my basis of admissions degree. It's
  24. AFAIK you're evaluated based on your R-Score if you're applying to the Med-P program right out of a Quebec CEGEP. If you're applying as a University applicant you're evaluated based on GPA. They're two entirely distinct entry streams.
  25. On one hand I understand that their methodology sort of limits what they can provide, but on the other hand this seriously limits the utility of the ranking for people (like me) who expected to rank really poorly on academics, but decently well on the CV/CASPer and were hoping to gain some insight into their competitiveness... I basically applied this year just to get my component-specific rankings LOL. And I agree, it sucks that we don't have any useful information on how they use academic and/or CASPer scores at the file review stage. I'm really not into how much of a black-box CASPer i
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