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Mac Health Sci - DO I HAVE A CHANCE?

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I would say you make a good candidate, more so than my self. Not in terms of marks, but in terms of the activities you've completed.

After a 90% average, the only thing they look at (as I've heard) is your supplementary essay and your community experience. So though this doesn't mean any thing, I personally think you would have a good shot at getting in.
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I would say you make a good candidate, more so than my self. Not in terms of marks, but in terms of the activities you've completed.

After a 90% average, the only thing they look at (as I've heard) is your supplementary essay and your community experience. So though this doesn't mean any thing, I personally think you would have a good shot at getting in.
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and If you're applying through the IB program the only thing that matters is your personal IB score (1-7 in each course), not the % you got. I belive universities don't care about your % as they have their own conversation chart which they use to convert IB grades.

so that 99 means nothing. it's a 7, which at UWO counts for a 98 (because that's how their chart works.) I'm not sure about the chart in McMaster.


EDIT: Also, UWO counts a 6 as a 90, so I suspect those 95 and 94's that you listed would be donwgraded to 90 since that's how their chart works. As always, i'm not sure if its the same with McMaster (in terms of their chart.)
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Yes you have a 90+ average so you have a chance. Mac health sci doesn't look at your ECs. Now it's all down to the quality of your supp app.


@Comradeponov wrote
and If you're applying through the IB program the only thing that matters is your personal IB score (1-7 in each course), not the % you got. I belive universities don't care about your % as they have their own conversation chart which they use to convert IB grades.



This is actually not true if you're an Ontario resident. I was an IB student and universities didn't look at my IB grades at all, they just looked at my Ontario %. They will only consider your IB grades if you are from out of province or if you specifically request them to (if your IB marks are a lot better than your provincial ones). It's all the same in the end though, if you did well on the IB exams then your translated Ontario mark will be good as well.
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^This.

Mac health sci chance threads are not necessary, unless you want to share your supp app.
90%+ and you have a chance, 95%+ and you have a slightly better chance, ECs mean nothing.
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The fact that EC's don't matter is the best part of the Health Sci application. High School is for playing hours of video games.



@andrewk512 wrote
^This.

Mac health sci chance threads are not necessary, unless you want to share your supp app.
90%+ and you have a chance, 95%+ and you have a slightly better chance, ECs mean nothing.


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Yes, all the above posts are pretty accurate. Unlike some other programs and their applications, Mac Health Sci doesn't ask you to list your ECs. If you have a 90+ average, you pass the cutoff and the first round. After that, you are evaluated based on your Essays. Some of the past years' essays have been posted on this forum. The ones I've read from the admitted students have almost always been mindblowingly excellent and passionate.

You'll often find the students with the highest marks getting in because well, they have better essays.
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Can you please give us a link to some of these essays? I'm really interested in reading past questions and answers.
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@Comradeponov wrote
Can you please give us a link to some of these essays? I'm really interested in reading past questions and answers.



Do a search on the forum. There was one thread that had like 60+ pages - there were numerous amount of essays there.
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@Comradeponov wrote
Can you please give us a link to some of these essays? I'm really interested in reading past questions and answers.



As already mentioned, there are several essays still up from last year on the thread called "McMaster Health Sci Supp App '10-'11". My 2nd and 3rd answers are still up, but I just took down the first question since the same one is on the supp app this year.


Advice: start writing your supp app well before its due (I started mine in Decemeber), and get it edited by a couple people so that you can get several different opinions. Even if you end up changing it a couple times (or about 20 times like me :P), that's fine, as long as you're happy with the final product. And don't submit it on the last night, in case of any technical errors.

Best of Luck to everyone applying this year!
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I was taking to a fourth year health sci student today and he said in all your prerequisites you need more then a ninety. Which means your 89 may be a problem. it should not be that much but thats just what he said. After all your marks passed the 90 mark its all on supplementary.
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@mayaxo wrote
I was taking to a fourth year health sci student today and he said in all your prerequisites you need more then a ninety. Which means your 89 may be a problem. it should not be that much but thats just what he said. After all your marks passed the 90 mark its all on supplementary.



You've been trolled. A lot of my friends in health sci had one/a couple marks that were sub-90. Doesn't matter as long as your top 6 is 90+.
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I know the "cut-off" is 90+, but just the average average of health sci applicants is actually about 95. Although higher marks might imply that a candidate is better at writing/more intelligent/has a better supplementary, I'd be tempted to say that marks do hold weight after 90. Like others have said though, your supplementary is by far your greatest weapon in slaying your competition.

Just to reiterate, I'm pretty sure you can have marks under 90. My final mark for bio was 81 (although it was after my acceptance), and I know of multiple other cases where people had marks under 90.
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Great marks! So long as you do well on your supp. essay, I'm sure you'll get in right away.
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@rudyunni wrote
Hey all,
I'm going to Grade 12 next year, thus completing my 2 years of the IB Diploma program. I'm just gonna post my marks and my main extra currics here and take look and please tell me if I so far, have a chance in making the program?!

Grade 12 2/2 IB Chemistry(SL): 99
Grade 12 2/3 semester bio(HL) : 95
Grade 12 2/3 semester math (SL): 95
Grade 12 1/3 semester history (HL): 94
Grade 11 1/3 semester english (HL): 89
Grade 11 Summer school physics (non-ib): 95
Grade 12 Summer school physics (non-ib): expecting 90-95

Extracurrics

1. Student Council President (next year)
2. Student Trustee for my School board
- i sit on the board meetings for my school board, representing my students + I run student senate which is basically the student council of the school board
3. Founding member of iHealthSS (will serve to push for the increased awareness of medical topics in secondary schools
4.School Reach
5. Curling
6.Volunteer at hospital (info desk + escort)
7. Volunteered for a week and a bit at a research lab

any ideas? do i have a hopes? ill be going hard in english next year to get that past the 90 threshold!





Our physics teacher and his fan. Hey J.
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