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Old 10-30-2011
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Hi all.

1. Does prematching chances decrease when you interview late in the season? e.g. is December too late?
2. On what basis do they offer prematches?
3. How many prematches are offered per program?

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Programs that offer prematch, are usually programs that think that if they don't do it then they'll end up with weaker candidates in the match.

That being said, generally speaking, these programs are low-profile community programs.

Some of them they fill 50% of seats with prematches and 50% with the regular match. Some 80/20, some 70/30, some 100% prematch!

In general, they give prematches early in the season but that does not mean there are no prematches later on in December or even January.

There are no criteria. The criteria is that you are a great candidate and they don't want you to go to another program so they catch you with a prematch.

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