I know some schools have systems that allow for A+'s My questions is when adcoms evaluate two transcripts, and one comes from a student who went to a school that uses A+'s, and another comes from a school which doesn't, suppose the two transcripts look like this: Student A (from school that has A+'s) XYZ101: A+ XYZ201: A AZZ301: A XYA401: A+ Student B (from school with no A+'s) XYZ101: A XYZ201: A - AZZ301: A - XYA401: A Will adcoms look at these two students as essentially the same? I can reason two ways: (a) yes, adcoms will treat the students as being academically analogous, as both received maximum possible grades in two courses and one step below the max in two other courses; an A+ for student A = an A for student B, and an A- for student B = an A for student A ...or... (b) no, adcoms will treat student A as superior, despite the fact that his "earning potential" was higher, simply because an A+ is an A+ and an A is an A. is the A in student A's school viewed as an A- by adcoms because it wasn't 'perfect'? Which of these two options is true? If (b) is true, than I think the evaluation system is completely unfair because (a) seems more logical to me. What do you think?