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My son is in grade 11 right now in Canada and some marks are low. At the end of the year, if things go as they are, these will be his grades:

IB Biology 85%
AP Chemistry 95%
Grade 12 Chemistry 97%
Grade 12 Physics 98%
High School Calculus 95%
World Geography 98%
Grade 11 English 88%
Grade 12 English 86%
Peer Mentoring(required course) 93%






Since some of his marks are low, he is planning to self study some AP courses and just taking the exams at the end of the year. He is expecting a 5 on each of AP Physics, AP Calculus, and maybe AP Biology. He is also planning to take SAT for physics, chemistry, biology, and math for which he wants a 700 or 750+. If he can do this, can he get into a good medical school considering some of his marks are bad in the high school diploma.

Last year he did the following courses and the overall average was 96:

Grade 11 Physics 98%
Grade 11 Chemistry 100%
Grade 10 Math 99%
Grade 11 Math 99%
Grade 12 math 100%
Grade 10 Science 97%
Grade 10 English 88%
Grade 11 Writing 84%
Grade 10 History 98%


Next year he is planning to take some university courses at his local university. These include Calculus based physics, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. He is also planning to take Calculus 2 and possibly get a A grade which corresponds to 80%-100% at our university. His grade 11 year is off to a bad start
 
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His marks are not bad at all. I finished high school in Toronto with a 90% average, and could have easily applied and got into a Polish 6 year medical program. A 96 average is incredible, and I think you need to be more supportive of your son. Hopefully HE wants to go into medicine and is not being forced against your will.
 
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but are his grade 11 marks low. And should it help if he takes a couple of SAT/AP exams by self studying and doing very well on them?
 
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None of the marks you posted up there are low! He has stellar grades and seems to be a very intelligent kid. If he's doing this well in school SATs should be a breeze, and AP will b great also. You should note that AP courses can count as university credits, so if he does AP physics he doesn't have to take a university physics.
 

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While medical school admissions are competitive in most countries, nothing you've posted is "low".

Why are you encouraging him to go to a "European medical school"? Is he interested in coming back to Canada? If so, training in Europe is not particularly wise. As noted above, his marks are plenty high to achieve admission to some of the less prestigious English programs. However, his goal should be training in his home country.
 
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if he can keep those marks up in university and get good extra curricular + a great MCAT he should be able to get into any canadian med school he wants. You should know that excellent marks aren't everything. They look for rounded individuals, so someone with 100% or 4.0 GPA and nothing else that makes them standout will definitely not be accepted. The average GPA of acceptance in Canadian med schools is 80-85%, which is on par with the most competitive US programs (Harvard etc.).
 

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My son is in grade 11 right now in Canada and some marks are low. At the end of the year, if things go as they are, these will be his grades:
IB Biology 85%
AP Chemistry 95%
Grade 12 Chemistry 97%
Grade 12 Physics 98%
High School Calculus 95%
World Geography 98%
Grade 11 English 88%
Grade 12 English 86%
Peer Mentoring(required course) 93%






Since some of his marks are low, he is planning to self study some AP courses and just taking the exams at the end of the year. He is expecting a 5 on each of AP Physics, AP Calculus, and maybe AP Biology. He is also planning to take SAT for physics, chemistry, biology, and math for which he wants a 700 or 750+. If he can do this, can he get into a good medical school considering some of his marks are bad in the high school diploma.

Last year he did the following courses and the overall average was 96:

Grade 11 Physics 98%
Grade 11 Chemistry 100%
Grade 10 Math 99%
Grade 11 Math 99%
Grade 12 math 100%
Grade 10 Science 97%
Grade 10 English 88%
Grade 11 Writing 84%
Grade 10 History 98%


Next year he is planning to take some university courses at his local university. These include Calculus based physics, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. He is also planning to take Calculus 2 and possibly get a A grade which corresponds to 80%-100% at our university. His grade 11 year is off to a bad start
Not sure which European schools you are looking at. Schools in Poland for instance want you to write an entrance exam I believe, its not usually difficult, most people go to Poland if they can't get acceptance in their home country for instance.

If you are thinking UK you have a shot, but you'll need some ECs. With that you'll need to look at requirements and research schools. You'll also need to write the UKCAT.

However, I recommend staying in Canada for undergrad and applying to medical school in Canada.
 
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