I will be a first time applicant this cycle and am curious about the process. Ive looked through the FAQs on the portal, but am still a little unclear on the timeliness of how the process is handled by CASPA, so if you've applied in the past let me know how it went for you!
From what I understand is that I will not be able to request my LOR's or submit my PS until CASPA opens on April 30th. After that I will select the schools I want to apply to(only the programs that I am qualified for at that time, as I will become eligible for other programs later this Summer), pay the application fee and then give CASPA 4-6 weeks to verify my grades and calculate my c/sGPA before the school reviews my application? My GPA is right on the cusp for some programs I want to apply to, and it would be great to have a CASPA verified GPA prior to applying to those schools so I dont waste money. Ive calculated my GPA numerous times, though still have some level of uncertainty. For instance I retook a four credit class three times, with two Fs and finally a B, so is that calculated by CASPA as (0+0+12/12)?
It would be great to know sooner rather than later so that I can enroll in Maymester courses to improve my cGPA early.
If I were to have my grades entered and all supplemental information added to CASPA by May 1st with programs selected, when would the school actually receive a completed application? Is there no way to submit LOR before April 30th?
Sorry for the multi-layered questions.