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4.0 scale???

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by SnudgeMuffin, Nov 11, 2001.

  1. SnudgeMuffin

    SnudgeMuffin Senior Member

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    What is 4.0 scale? Is it the same as AMCAS scale? Also, I heard your A+'s don't matter because of 4.0 scale? Is that true? So, does A- count as 4.0? Just very confused. <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
     
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  3. Logan

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    No, A+ is a 4.0, A is 4.0 and A- is 3.7. Giving higher for an A+ is for high school.
     
  4. Keith

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    They have to ignore the + in A+ as a lot of schools don't assign them. Its their way of standardizing GPAs. + and - count for all other letter grades in a 4.0 scale.
     
  5. Which sucks for those of us who attend schools where there is no plus or minus system, just stragiht letter grades. An 80 is the same as an 89 at my school which is a B
     
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    On the other hand, there's no way in hell students at my school would approve of different grades for +/-. Actually, they wanted to institute that here and do a trial run. It never even got to the trial run because of huge student protestation. Straight letter grades all the way, because this school is so damn hard you need all the help you can get to maintain a good GPA. We don't care that someone with a B- is getting the same grade as someone with a B+. It took just as much work, just some people happen to understand a little clearer or something. Granted, it makes the university as a whole maybe look a little less competitive than schools with a +/- system, but it doesn't detract that much and the students don't care. If they implemented +/- here, we'd be so furious.
     
  7. Logan

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    Well I think thats a little bass ackwards. A B+ is is signifigantly higher than a B- and should be treated as such, otherwise what would separate students? Life isn't fair, somethings aren't about how much you put into a job, but on how well you do the job. Some people can grasp things better quicker and they do deserve better grades. Would you want two people, one who worked harder but missed a few more questions, to both get a 32 on the MCAT? Thats crap.
     
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    System without +/- definitely gives HIGHER GPA for good students. Just think about it, good students who get their grade generally above 90% will ALWAYS get an A (4.0) in no +/- schools, while THE SAME good students who generally get grades above 90% will get, B+ or A- or A. That IS A LOT OF DIFFERENCE.

    In fact, the difference is so much that definitely influeces a pre-med student's profile and likelihood of success.

    My onw case, I got 88.9 in my Chem II and 90 in my Cal II and 93 in my Bio II and 94 in my Bio I, I all got A for them. (Thank my nice retired chem professor.) I GOT 4.0 FOR ALL THESE COURSES!!!!!
     
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    The +/- system only helps those students who are poorer in their academic ability. For example an A- can drop an A student's GPA but a C+ compared to a C can help the other students GPA.
     
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