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2 specific questions about GPA calculation for DO schools

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by UT8305, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. UT8305

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    Hey everybody, sorry if this is a repeat of any threads but I wasn't able to find my answer so i started a new thread, I have 2 questions.

    1. In terms of DO schools, or maybe this applied to allopathic too, but do they look at the overall gpa more so then the science gpa, because in terms of taking higher level science classes i've done biochemistry and intermediate inorganic chemistry and recieved a B/C and a C respeativly, other then that i havn't taken anything other then that, my major is exercise science with an allied health focus so most of my courses are those pertaining to that major as i changed from an undecided to that in my junior year. I am repeating ,my lower core biology courses after recieving a C and B/C again also for DO schools at a school other then my own...its too expensive, some DO schools told me this would be okay.

    2. my second question is that i am concerned how they calculate my gpa in general, see I've done alot of summer classes at other schools in my area (tampa fl) because again summer classes are way too expensive..I've done about 18 credits in total at other schools (7 at a CC during summer of freshman year and the rest at a 4 year college) which is like a full credit semester and i received an A in all those courses, my question was since my school doesn't use the grades in calculation of my CGPA but only transfers the credits, will the DO school use my grades from the other classes in calculation of my cgpa at their school (or on AAMCOS) or will they only look at my gpa for my main school.. its a stupid question i know please help me out because i ve been getting mixed responses from ppl.
     
  2. Semicolon

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    1. DO schools (and any other med schools for that matter) will probably focus more on your science GPA than your cumulative GPA. You should retake any pre-reqs you received a C in if you do not like your science GPA. Don't forget that AACOMAS will replace a worse grade if you do better when you retake it.

    2. When calculating your cumulative GPA, AACOMAS will count ALL classes taken at ALL schools, no matter when or why you went there (you need to send transcripts from all schools you've attended). So it doesn't matter where you took a particular class; it will all still be counted towards your cumulative GPA.

    Hope that helps. Good luck!
     
  3. Bacchus

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    AACOMAS will take the most current grade. I'm sure this is what the replier above me means...just clarifying.
     
  4. Chocolate Bear

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    Exactly. This means that if you do WORSE the second time around, THAT'S the one that will be used in your GPA calculation. So be sure you ace it on the retake. :thumbup:
     
  5. apachefly21

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    As far as the repeats for courses, what if you took Macroeconomics at a community college and got a c, but took it at a 4 year university later and got an A. My understanding is that the most recent course is the accepted grade, but what if its the same course with a different course number, like the case above? Being the course number for Macroeconomics at the CC and the 4 year university arent the same? Its the same class though.

    Thanks
     
  6. bananaz

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    If the content and credits are equivalent it shouldn't be a problem. Just list the one at the university as "Last Repeat ##" and the one at the CC as "Repeat ##".
     
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    Just to be clear, the science GPA only includes Biology, Chemistry, and Physics course right? I took a Geology course sophomore year, will that be factored in?
     
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    And also, I tok and engineering course on statics, would that count as physics? It is labeled as Engineering 1200 on my transcript.
     
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    There are some other things that count as science to aacomas. Both geology and engineering are on that list and will count as "other science" courses on your application. For a list of what to count as science, check out page 18 of the aacomas instruction book: http://www.aacom.org/Documents/AACOMASInstructions.pdf
     

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