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AADSAS and GPA Calculation

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Awuah29, Apr 29, 2004.

  1. Awuah29

    Awuah29 Christian predent
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    Hey guys,
    how does AADSAS calculate science and the non science GPA. I think somebody ask a simpler question, but I can't find the thread .
    Also what GPA will the schools look at? the GPA that I got at my school or the one from AADSAS?
    Thanks
     
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  2. Mo007

    Mo007 Gifted Hands
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    AADSAS calculates your cumulative GPA, BCP GPA and Sci GPA. Schools look at both AADSAS and transcripts GPA's. Depending on the school, the GPA on your AADSAS application maybe the one used for preliminary screening.
     
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  3. Biogirl361

    Biogirl361 1K Member
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    if you go to the aadsas website there is a chart with courses and aadsas course codes on it. all the ones with a star are science classes and the non starred are non science classes. two stars next to it means it is included in BCP gpa (i think). it is my understanding that schools use the aadsas gpa as an initital broad indicator of who they want to take a closer look at, and then out of those people they would look at everyone's transcript GPA (and what kind of classes they took) before deciding on interviews.
     
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  4. ziptree

    ziptree DDS
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    AADSAS will take all of the course grades and units you reported in the undergraduate/post-baccularate sections of your AADSAS application to calculate the following GPAs based on their standards:
    1. Cumulative GPA = GPA of all your classes
    2. Science GPA = Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math, Engineering (may be included in Physics or Math)
    3. BCP GPA = Biology, Chemistry, Physics. (This GPA is potentially one of the more important ones)

    Schools tend to discern between the inital round of students using the Cumulative GPA (probably >2.8, 2.9 is my guess), and as they start to decide who to interview, they look at the Science and BCP GPAs as well as personal statements and extracurricular dental experience for those students of lower GPAs.

    The three types of GPAs are calculate so that all applicants can be put on a similar playing field. Like for students who aren't Biology/Biochemistry/Chemistry, or a related major. For example, an engineering student who has later changed their mind might have lower Cumulative and Science GPAs due to their engineering classes. However, if you only consider their BCP GPA which includes their dental pre-reqs but mostly likely not their prior engineering classes, then they have a much better chance at getting an interview and potentially, a position in the class.

    Or, a Spanish major who has a decent Cumulative GPA brought up by their language classes may not have as strong a Science and BCP GPA as the above-mentioned engineering student.
     

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