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i don't think anyone knows. like 5 years ago or something it was 1/4 GPA 1/4 MCAT and 1/2 interview for your final score. so gpa and mcat factored in. i think swomen applicants were also given an advantage post-interview (could be wrong on this). however, that could have all changed by now.

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Well if that system is still at play it makes sense that swomen would get an advantage...ie lower mcat vs someone with those high cutoffs than theyre screwed right off the bat. but when given a score outta 1/4 is out out like the entire pool, or just interview..ie if u just met cutoffs than u gotta 0 in that whoel field

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we don't know how it is done. We used to but that information was from 2005/2006 on the breakdown - that is for far back in the past to be effectively useless data (think of all the changes at all the schools in the last 7 years - who knows what Western is doing currently).

 

We do know that SWOMEN applicants get a bonus although we do not know know much (that is posted in more recent Dean's reports so public domain).

 

We can guess (just a guess) though that just getting the cut offs is very likely not a 0 in a section - because people with low mcat and low gpa have gotten in and is it was 0 for both then it seems very odd they could get in not even on the waitlist.

 

Speculation is natural but ultimately useless - at this point you cannot change you MCAT or GPA and you are not likely to work less hard for the interview prep either way. Still it is human nature to wonder :)

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Is there a reason this information would be kept secret? Is it so they can reserve the right to do as they please?

 

same reason every school pretty much doesn't reveal everything/anything - you are completely right they do want the freedom to change things when they feel something should be changed. They (I think) also don't want people "gaming" any system - a good example of that would be Mac and the VR where people sometimes only take the MCAT exam to do the VR section.

 

Still compared to many schools Western is right out there with its rules for granting interviews. It is one of the very few schools that you can exactly determine if you should be getting an interview :)

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Still compared to many schools Western is right out there with its rules for granting interviews. It is one of the very few schools that you can exactly determine if you should be getting an interview :)

 

Care to elaborate?

 

 

"Admission to the Doctor of Medicine Program is highly competitive and possessing the minimum requirements does not ensure an interview or offer of admission. "

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Care to elaborate?

 

 

"Admission to the Doctor of Medicine Program is highly competitive and possessing the minimum requirements does not ensure an interview or offer of admission. "

 

Officially absolutely true. The school leaves itself some flexibility to exclude people that met the cut offs and yet the don't want to interview for some other reason.

 

That being said in practical terms I haven't run into a situation were some followed all the rules exactly, hit the cut off and didn't get an interview. This is going on 5 years now. There are threads and threads of this on the forum :)

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Care to elaborate?

 

 

"Admission to the Doctor of Medicine Program is highly competitive and possessing the minimum requirements does not ensure an interview or offer of admission. "

 

B/c the applicant pool COULD cause the VR / BS / cutoffs to increase, or even WS. No one knows. They will adjust it accordingly so that they can interview 450 candidates - stronger applicants one year, higher cutoffs.

 

Seems like though the 11 VR is working well for them...let's hope it stays that way.

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B/c the applicant pool COULD cause the VR / BS / cutoffs to increase, or even WS. No one knows. They will adjust it accordingly so that they can interview 450 candidates - stronger applicants one year, higher cutoffs.

 

Seems like though the 11 VR is working well for them...let's hope it stays that way.

 

Ha I always include the GPA/MCAT targets as just a part of the "minimum cutoffs" - the effect overall is the same regardless though :)

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