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    nvrajan27 is offline Newbie 510 points
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    interview & written exam

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    hi, now i applied for 4 yr M.d program in pums on fall of 2014. pums wants me to take mcat but i didnt so they want me to write exam before my interview. if anyone know about written exam could pls help me out ?

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    Hi, I am also applying to PUMS hopefully too!
    Sorry I can't help with your post but I have a question anyway for you.
    I am from the UK and speak no polish, I am just trying to gain an understanding of the background of other students, hope you don't mind me asking!
    Where are you from, can you speak polish, and what are you currently studying??
    Thanks

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    i m from india. i don't know polish language and i m currently doing bachelor degree in biomedical science. when do u have interview ??

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    Does any students know anything about the entrance exam at all? How difficult is it? How much do you actually need to prepare in order to make it?

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    I haven't taken the exam, but I can speak from experience that the Polish educational system is more advanced that that of North America so you shouldn't take the test too lightly. Their highschool curriculum is on par with Canadian university level courses. That being said, when I interviewed (5 years ago) they wanted to know from me how proteins were made. I started talking about DNA transcription and translation, polyadenelation etc... the answer they wanted was Amino Acids.

    The main point is that in the past few years Poznan lost their US government loan status due to a poor pass rate on the USMLE exams so now they are finally being more careful for who they accept. If you have a BSc degree I'm sure you'll do fine.

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    Hi! I wrote and had my entrance interview in Toronto March 1st 2014. The dean of Science as well as the assistant dean of medicine were both there. They ask you the questions. The entrance exam is only for gaining more points towards your application. So for example, I applied for DDS program and to gain 'recommended admission' you need to rack up 60 points. They give you a certain amount of points for how you answer the questions during interview, your grades from school, extracurricular
    For example I have done research at a university lab for the past 3 years and they gave me extra points for that as well as providing them with papers that have been published at that lab that I was involved in. So don't worry about the entrance exam, if you do bad you'll just have to wow them during the interview to gain the points. I know I didn't do so well because I am still in school (university) and I had midterms and proposals due that month so I had very little time to prepare. I got recommended for admission and I am now waiting for the real acceptance letter to come in. During the interview, they will have 3 groups of papers on the table (Chemistry, Physics, Biology). You must choose a strip of paper from each group and answer the question. The questions I got were
    Bio: What is the difference between a cancer and a non-cancer cell?
    Answer: I talked about the DNA mutation briefly and about mitosis and cell cycle. I then went on to talk about how cancer cells divide rapidly and cause tumours which ultimately prevent blood flow to healthy tissue and thus why organs start to fail. Both deans were happy with my answer and didn't ask to elaborate.
    Chemistry: what is the difference between hydrophobic and hydrophilic? give example.
    Answer: talked about properties of hydrophobic and hydrophilic molecules, talked about bilayer membrane and fluidity.
    Physics (I suck at physics so this one was the toughest): why do planes fly?
    Answer: ... I talked about aerodynamics and the structure of the wing. Then the dean of science helped me explain how the air moves across the wings, creates pressure that keeps the plane up.
    Overall, it was stressful. The questions aren't hard but you have to say specific words or else they will keep asking you to continue explaining. The deans and professors are super nice and they help you out a lot. They give you hints and say specific words to try to jug your memory. Don't worry you'll do great!

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    Thanks for the info everyone

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