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Disclaimer: this is just a theory and I understand that there's no way to know for sure and that this isn't productive etc etc.. I am currently writing my ABS however and procrastinating :)

At some points in the ABS document, it basically says you can achieve maximum score by linking activities to the cluster. The fact that they're assigning points/score means that there's going to be a quantitative measurement of their "holistic" assessment. 

This adds one more numeric factor into the MCAT/GPA game, which kind of makes sense for Western. Whether they view everybody's ABS, however, or only look at those whose MCAT/GPA meets a certain cut off, is anybody's guess.

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1 hour ago, Gironomo said:

Disclaimer: this is just a theory and I understand that there's no way to know for sure and that this isn't productive etc etc.. I am currently writing my ABS however and procrastinating :)

At some points in the ABS document, it basically says you can achieve maximum score by linking activities to the cluster. The fact that they're assigning points/score means that there's going to be a quantitative measurement of their "holistic" assessment. 

This adds one more numeric factor into the MCAT/GPA game, which kind of makes sense for Western. Whether they view everybody's ABS, however, or only look at those whose MCAT/GPA meets a certain cut off, is anybody's guess.

hey :) almost every single subjective/qualitative measure used in admission is somehow used to create a numerical score so I would say your logic is not far off on that - with so many applicants and so many things going on turning it ultimately into a math problem is almost the only way to go. 

 

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1 minute ago, rmorelan said:

hey :) almost every single subjective/qualitative measure used in admission is somehow used to create a numerical score so I would say your logic is not far off on that - with so many applicants and so many things going on turning it ultimately into a math problem is almost the only way to go. 

 

that is true... i have been writing all day so when that thought came to me, i dont know why i thought it was revolutionary lol

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Just now, Gironomo said:

that is true... i have been writing all day so when that thought came to me, i dont know why i thought it was revolutionary lol

Ha well it is insightful - and not without importance. It really means you have to make it clear why you are using that particular entry etc. Thinking like a grader is not a bad way to go - it reminds you of the entire point constantly. If you have anyone review your matters - same thing tell them what you think the scoring system is or how it might work so they can with new eyes see if they think it is doing that. 

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