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Mcmaster life science/top 6 questions

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Im looking into mcmaster life sci and here are my marks as of now:
English 77
Functions 97
bio 83
physics 81
chem 68
music 97
repertoire 93
calculus n/a 
So the admission requirement is ENG4U; One of: MHF4U, MCV4U; SBI4U; One of: MHF4U, MCV4U, SCH4U, SPH4U
 My questions are:
1. How are marks sent to universities? Do I choose/submit the courses I want universities to see so long as I satisfy the requirements?
2. Will marks beyond my top 6 affect my chances of acceptance? (chemistry for example would not fall under my top 6)
3. By the time mac life sci apps are due, my 2nd sem calculus course would not have started yet. If i want to use calc, which i anticipate getting 95 in, how can i include it in my top 6?
4. Does the program only look at the top 6 average or do they pay particular attention to individual courses?
5. could this combination possibly be my top 6: english, functions, calculus, bio, music, repertoire?
6. if my gr11 marks are garbage, will it affect my chances AFTER early acceptance?

sorry for the dumb questions i just need confirmation and assurance

thanks in advance,
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1. How are marks sent to universities? Do I choose/submit the courses I want universities to see so long as I satisfy the requirements?

You don't get to choose what marks get submitted. Your guidance counselor will upload all your grade 11 and 12 marks. The university will choose what marks to look at.

2. Will marks beyond my top 6 affect my chances of acceptance? (chemistry for example would not fall under my top 6)

No.

3. By the time mac life sci apps are due, my 2nd sem calculus course would not have started yet. If i want to use calc, which i anticipate getting 95 in, how can i include it in my top 6?

Again, you don't get to choose. The university chooses what courses to use to calculate your top 6. They will first look at all the courses for which you either have final or midterm marks. If your average is not high enough or you don't have all the required courses you need for admittance yet, they will wait until they receive your second semester midterm marks and look again. So if your marks are high enough without Calculus, they will make an offer then. If it is not, they will wait until they get your 2nd term midterm marks including Calculus and determine whether or not to make an offer. 

4. Does the program only look at the top 6 average or do they pay particular attention to individual courses?

They will look first at the prerequisite courses which you have indicated are:
ENG4U 
One of: MHF4U, MCV4U; SBI4U 
One of: MHF4U, MCV4U, SCH4U, SPH4U
They will then look at your 3 highest U/M courses to calculate your top 6.

5. could this combination possibly be my top 6: English, functions, calculus, bio, music, repertoire?

Your top 6 as it stands now will be:
English 77 
Biology 83 
Functions 97 
Music 97 
Repertoire 93
A grade 11 course

Once second semester midterm marks are received, and if your calculus mark is what you anticipate it will be, your top 6 will be:

English 77
Calculus 95
Functions 97
Highest Mark 1 (Music 97)
Highest Mark 2 (Repertoire 93)
Highest Mark 3 (Biology 83)

The last 3 marks will depend on what other courses you are taking second semester. If the marks for them are higher then they will be used instead.

6. If my gr 11 marks are garbage, will it affect my chances AFTER early acceptance?

No.

Here is a question for you OP.  Why are you applying to Life Sciences when your marks are Bio 83, Physics 81, Chem 68 but you have a 97 in Functions and you anticipate your Calculus mark to be 95? It's obvious you are stronger in math than science. Why aren't you applying to Math/Computer Science/Actuarial Science?

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OP has absolutely no business going into a rigorous life science program and is another delusional high schooler overestimating his or her abilities. 

Ann Anonymous is a good person for actually giving OP a thorough analysis of their situation. I would have simply stated this - Here is a question for you OP. Why are you applying to Life Sciences when your marks are Bio 83, Physics 81, Chem 68 but you have a 97 in Functions and you anticipate your Calculus mark to be 95? It's obvious you are stronger in math than science. Why aren't you applying to Math/Computer Science/Actuarial Science?

OP will obviously lash out at us saying that he'd rather do what he loves and blah blah blah, but OP will never get into any health care profession with such dismal science marks. My friends went into Mac life sciences with 90s and most of them dropped to 60s and 70s in university. 
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my friend who got 60s in u ofT life sci is now doing residence in med school ?‍♂️?‍♂️?‍♂️
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Just curious, why life science?  Your Biology and physics marks are Ok, but your chemistry mark is really hindering you. It looks like your math/music is strong, so maybe you could try something around there. By all means pursue your passions, but just remember that marks  in university (especially in a rigorous programs like life science) drop 15 to 20 percent and it will be difficult if you struggle with these basic high school concepts now.
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i should be excelling in the sciences but i havent been showing up to class or doing any hw or studying so its pretty good considering i have two 80s and a 68
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Whatever it's clear that OP is just making up excuses for their weak science grades. Don't let anyone tell you in the near future that you were not warned. I have friends who went into programs like Mac life sci with 90+ averages and dropped out. Your friend who had 60s in high school is now doing their medical school residency? Cool story bro. The only person that you're fooling right now is yourself. We couldn't care less if you go into an unemployable program, sink yourself in 50-100k in student debt, and then either drop out or graduate with very poor grades and no future prospects. Again, do not whine to people years from now that you wish people had forewarned you and given you a dose of reality. Because they did. We did.

All the best in whatever and wherever you go. Just acknowledge your own weaknesses, don't be in denial of the truth, and work hard. You hardly show up to class or do any homework and you're speaking to us about life science programs, medical school, and becoming a doctor? Again, cool story bro.
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Its weird that EVERYONE i come across say the same thing.. should i really just give up all hopes in becoming a doctor since i have no foundation and go into something else
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No! Don't give up just because someone on a thread tells you to. If you really want to get to medical school, you just have to work harder  and study a lot. You need to push yourself a little more if you want to get there. High school does not matter for med school, but you need to lay a solid foundation for yourself. That means putting in the work and understanding the material to the best of your abilities.
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Its weird that EVERYONE i come across say the same thing.. should i really just give up all hopes in becoming a doctor since i have no foundation and go into something else

These people speak with some sense. How can you even say that you hope to become a doctor when you're getting a 68 in chemistry?? This is just mind-boggling. Just how easy do you think it is to get into medical school? 83 in bio and 81 in physics are also not up to the standards of people who end up becoming doctors. These are excellent science students who study 24/7 to even get into medical school. You're doing rather poorly by these standards in high school. What are you hoping that people will tell you? That the world is made up of rainbows and unicorns, that everyone who dreams big makes it? It is statistically impossible for most Canadians to get into a Canadian medical school. Have you bothered to even look at any statistics? I'll make it easy for you. 

http://www.md.utoronto.ca/admission-statistics

U of T medical school received 3488 applications in 2015, interviewed 599, and accepted around 250. Do the math. The average accepted GPA was a 3.96 out of 4.0. This is a near straight A+ university average. Come on, kid. Go to the med school websites and look at their numbers. Instead of asking other people if you can become a doctor, look at the numbers and ask yourself this question in an honest manner. You know yourself better than most other people. Sciences get much harder in university so if you're not even great to begin with in high school, how will you perform to the level required to even be CONSIDERED by medical schools? You need to literally be a high A/A+ student to have a fighting chance for medical school admissions in Canada. 
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thanks for the reality check
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LOL becoming a doctor with those marks? Plus you said you don't even study, hah. I hope you know if you somehow get in you have to study for pretty much every day all day which you clearly aren't ready for.
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holy crap music so highhhhhhh
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