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Okay, so Toronto is now the current school on my radar. Who's with me? My current freakout is due to the fact that I can't find any information on what time the application is due tomorrow. I guess I'll be up all night making sure I get everything in before I head off to work tomorrow. But the 500 word SOP, plus revisions to my writing sample are going to drive me crazy. I wanna feel the solidarity here, people! ;)

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Surprise! They have a form you have to download and then copy/paste the text of your SOP into that document. Which means you have LESS than one page. I had sort of ignored the 500 word limit thinking one-page, single-spaced with standard formatting would probably do. Anyway, I was able to fit 550 words onto their form. I also used size 11 font, since that's what they use in their instructions on the top of the form.

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Wait, what track are you applying for? I finished my application for PhD direct entry a couple weeks ago, and I don't remember pasting my SOP into something (though my memory is not the most reliable right now...). It says my SOP has been received...

Surprise! They have a form you have to download and then copy/paste the text of your SOP into that document. Which means you have LESS than one page. I had sort of ignored the 500 word limit thinking one-page, single-spaced with standard formatting would probably do. Anyway, I was able to fit 550 words onto their form. I also used size 11 font, since that's what they use in their instructions on the top of the form.

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I'm not applying to Toronto, so take this as you will, but I've been operating with the assumption that 11:59, in my time zone, was the deadline for these schools. (Except for the jerks at Cornell, who say "5pm.") If you can get it in by midnight your time, it's probably for the best.

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Wait, what track are you applying for? I finished my application for PhD direct entry a couple weeks ago, and I don't remember pasting my SOP into something (though my memory is not the most reliable right now...). It says my SOP has been received...

Same here! I submitted my PhD application on Friday (non-direct entry though) and just uploaded my SOP straight to their documents page. They had instructions about what formats were allowed (DOC, PDF etc.) but no special form.

What threw me though, was that they have a special form you need to print out and send with your transcripts. They don't tell you this until you've submitted the main application though - thank goodness I hadn't sent mine yet.

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Same here! I submitted my PhD application on Friday (non-direct entry though) and just uploaded my SOP straight to their documents page. They had instructions about what formats were allowed (DOC, PDF etc.) but no special form.

What threw me though, was that they have a special form you need to print out and send with your transcripts. They don't tell you this until you've submitted the main application though - thank goodness I hadn't sent mine yet.

What is going on here? Haha... I haven't seen a transcript form, but I did find the SOP template. Essentially, it's just a summary of what they want with a place for you to write your name and program...that's all, though.

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I applied for direct entry PhD.

I haven't seen the transcript form either. But thankfully we have until January 9 (I think) before transcripts have to be received.

When I went to upload my SOP, it prompted me to use the department's form, which contained instructions and a place to write your name and program. It's not a big deal, but it did take up space. And since I was operating under the assumption that one page (standard margins and font) would reasonably satisfy the 500 word limit, I ended up having to cut it down a bit more -- which is probably good since that's what they asked for.

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The form you send in with the transcript was linked to in the small writing at the top of the documents upload page (I think - I did this on Friday and my brain is a bit fuzzy now). It's not a specific transcript form, but rather a page you need to print out with all your details for anything you have to mail in (which is only transcripts anyway). So read everything on that page, just in case!

I'm applying from overseas so have to mail mine in with plenty of time, even to get it there by January.

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