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  1. McMaster definitely sends out regrets emails, I got one last year saying I was “not chosen for an interview” around maybe March 3rd 2020? Something like that!
  2. I can’t speak for UofT, but I don’t believe that Queen’s sends out acknowledgement emails. The only time I heard from them last year was on decisions day. As long as ORPAS says things submitted successfully then you’ll be fine!
  3. Hey! I’m a first yr OT at Queen’s! In the fall, Queen’s had a hybrid model where some classes were online & some were in person (approx 2 lectures, one tutorial, & one lab in person per week, give or take). Online classes are pretty much the same experience for anyone else in school rn - can feel long & test your patience & attention span. But I don’t think my learning potential suffered overall, I still absorbed the content & completed assignments fine. It really helped that Queen’s has a 5person groupwork model, so they become your bubble for all group work plus you’re al
  4. I believe once applications are submitted to the schools from ORPAS, some schools will send you an acknowledgement email. I think I got ones from Mac & Western, but not from Queens. After that, I don’t believe there is any contact (at least from the schools I mentioned) until offer day apart from Mac which sends out emails (early march?) for MMI offers/rejections. There’s not much for them to say to applicants until the decisions have been made!
  5. Hey! I am a first year at Queen’s OT & had zero shadowing experience before applying! However I had experience working with both children & adults with disabilities through work, school, & volunteer positions. I think direct shadowing experience is of course helpful, but definitely not a requirement. Hope that helps, good luck!
  6. I was actually part of last year’s application cycle & I’m a first year in Queen’s OT now! Just figured I’d check out this cycle’s forum to see what’s happening haha
  7. Hi, your stats sound excellent! You’ve definitely got lots of options for where you’re applying. I don’t think there’s much of a way to know how many people are applying this cycle, but schools could potentially adjust how many they accept. The current first year OT Queen’s class was reduced to 50 rather than the typical 75 due to concerns with finding placements for everyone during covid, but I’m unsure if any other unis did a similar thing. However don’t let that discourage you - despite covid, everyone graduates the same. Schools have to adapt to allow students to fulfill the requirements.
  8. Hi! Honestly I think your stats seem pretty great. Your experience seems similar to mine (research lab, 100+ hours working with a relevant population), & I also majored in kin. Plus your subgpa is higher than mine! I got into Queen’s OT this year from (presumably) high on the waitlist, so I would think you’d at least be a candidate there. If you feel your application could use more experience, you could seek out a shadow opportunity with an OT this fall - although I know that could be difficult with covid & all. Feel free to dm me if you have any other questions! Good luck!
  9. UofT never gave out rankings for their OT waitlist to my knowledge, so I have no clue
  10. She heard back yesterday, that’s all I know! She’s waiting to hear from Queen’s OT just in case, but otherwise she’ll be accepting UofT for sure
  11. One of my classmates did yesterday! Her deadline to accept the offer is July 22 I believe
  12. Log into SOLUS & scroll to the bottom of the page under Admissions, if you click “view status”, it should say that you’ve accepted your offer of admission with the correct program & career (graduate). As long as nothing is pending or unofficial on your SOLUS, then I think you’re fine. The school just seems to be a bit slow with rolling all of this out thus far
  13. I haven’t gotten anything about an unconditional offer yet, but my SOLUS says I’m a registered student. Have you activated your Queen’s email yet? I’ve gotten a couple emails from the school with a bit of info on registration, but nothing specific to the program. They also said in the most recent email that they would only be communicating with us via our Queen’s email now
  14. Been a while since I used them so I don’t have specific urls, but the official casper site has a good practice test, & it’s worth it to google for practice tests & try those. Same with the typing games. Check around & see what works best for your studying!
  15. Use the practice test they have on the website often! There’s also a few websites for med applicants with tips on the CASPer, and outlines for how to answer most effectively. If you struggle with typing speed, try some online games for typing, or typing races. I did a few every day for a couple weeks leading up to the test
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