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  1. PsycUndergrad

    Should I retake the Psyc GRE?

    Yeah, unless it’s specified that you need to take the psychology GRE, it probably isn’t worth it. I only took it because one of my programs required it.
  2. PsycUndergrad

    SSHRC Doctoral 2018-2019

    Wow, that’s a crazy score, probably the highest I’ve ever seen. Congrats!!
  3. PsycUndergrad

    Should I retake the Psyc GRE?

    I used the Princeton Review book and it helped me score in the high 90th percentile. It’s actually much shorter and probably less comprehensive than the Kaplan book, but I found it to include all the necessary information without going into excessive detail. A lot of the information from the book showed up on the test, especially the names of famous psychologists. It also had helpful tips about taking the test since it’s scored strangely (e.g. leaving an answer blank is better than answering incorrectly, etc). I spent about a week memorizing the book content and taking the included practice tests multiple times. There’s also a practice test online from ETS that is almost identical to the real test.
  4. PsycUndergrad

    Should I retake the Psyc GRE?

    Definitely retake if you can. I’m not sure how you studied last time, but I recommend learning how the test works and taking as many practice tests as you can find. Chances are you already know most of the material, but the test can require really specific response strategies to do well.
  5. PsycUndergrad

    SSHRC Doctoral 2018-2019 Waitlisted

    It just gave my score, and not much else. Apparently if funds become available, I will be “advised without delay.”
  6. PsycUndergrad

    SSHRC Doctoral 2018-2019

    I got 11.1 and was waitlisted so 11.5 seems about right for the fellowship cut off.
  7. PsycUndergrad

    SSHRC Doctoral 2018-2019 Waitlisted

    I was waitlisted with a score of 11.1. Not sure what committee but I’m in psychology. My score seems super low compared to the winners so I’m guessing I’m probably low on the list.
  8. PsycUndergrad

    FRQSC/FRQ waitlist?

    Is anyone here from Quebec/ever applied for FRQSC or other FRQ agencies? Specifically for doctoral awards since I know masters is different. I didn’t get it but was ranked pretty high, and I’m wondering if there’s a waitlist (since some people will probably get SSHRC and turn it down). There’s no mention in the letter, so I assume any rejected funds just return to the agency instead of going to the next person on the list.
  9. I think it’s reasonable to contact them if you prefer those schools over your current acceptance and are holding onto another offer while you await their response. I think it’s more of a problem when you email them just because you’re impatient or anxious. In that case, there’s no good reason to contact and it will probably not come across well.
  10. PsycUndergrad

    ABA therapist - clinical vs. research experience?

    Definitely go for research. PhD programs don’t really care about clinical experience, and the more research the better. I’ve also encountered a lot of clinical psychologists with mixed opinions on ABA (won’t get into that too much!) so those positions might not be helpful to your application depending on which reads it.
  11. PsycUndergrad

    Getting accepted to school/applied child psychology program?

    Your GPA is fine. It seems like most grad applicants have a perfect GPA, but that isn’t really the case. If it helps, I had some issues in my first semester of 3rd year and got a D and two B+’s. I retook the D and got an A-, got all A’s for the rest of my degree, and was accepted to two Canadian clinical programs. One concern is it could affect your eligibility for tri-council funding (SSHRC, etc) which requires 3.7+ in both of your last two years. Publications are not necessary, but I would recommend trying to get some posters/conference presentations if you haven’t yet. Also, you might want to get some more experience in psych. Most applicants will have substantive experience in psychology research and a psychology honours thesis. Think about how you’ll explain your interest in psychology if most of your experience is in a different field. Very few people are admitted straight out of undergrad, and taking time off is the norm. In my experience, most people are in their mid-20s when they begin.
  12. PsycUndergrad

    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    I would wait to hear back from them. Programs don’t always notify exactly when they say they will- people go out of town, or can’t decide which students they want to interview, or there’s a snow day, or there’s a delay in processing applications. There’s no benefit to contacting your POI, just try to be patient.
  13. PsycUndergrad

    What are people's experiences being waitlisted?

    Just wanted to pop in with some numbers-based encouragement. If you look at the admissions data at almost any program, you’ll see that students are accepted from the wait list every year. E.g., at UCLA’s clinical program last year, they had to make 14 offers to get an incoming cohort of 8. Most programs have similar numbers. I know the uncertainty is stressful, but don’t give up hope! A lot of waitlisted applicants get accepted in the first few weeks of April as people start narrowing down their options and making final choices.
  14. PsycUndergrad

    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    I’ve gotten $300-500ish... didn’t come close to covering flights across the country, but still better than nothing! Not all POIs/programs offer it, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.
  15. PsycUndergrad

    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    I know of a few people who have done the program. It can be a good way of getting research experience before applying to PhD programs. A lot of people end up doing masters programs in psychiatry/experimental psych in general before getting into clinical programs.
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