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Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Biogirl361, Apr 1, 2004.

  1. Biogirl361

    Biogirl361 1K Member
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    when school websites post their average gpa's for the last incoming class, is that the transcript gpa or the aadsas gpa? because my undergrad school grades on a 3, 3.5, 4.0, etc basis and the aadsas grade conversion table has no provision for the ".5" grades (2.5, 3.5). consequesntly i have to list all my 3.5's as 3.0's, which makes my aadsas calculated gpa a rediculous amount lower than my true gpa :mad: . so i was wondering what schools look at and post on their website for gpa's, the aadas or the real one?
     
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  3. Mo007

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    Schools will look at your AADSAS GPA 1st - I am sure all schools look further, and calculate your cumulative GPA from your Transcripts.

    In any case, AADSAS only calculates the information you provide in the applications form - you could add courses accidently and they still report it to the schools - but it all comes down to the schools - which do further evaluations - to check if there are any discrepencies from your AADSAS application and Transcipts. That's why its so important to make sure everthing is entered correctly on the AADSAS application.
     
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    Are you sure about this? I was under the impression that schools using A/B grading system (3.5) would translate into 3.3 in AADSAS. That's what I recall reading.
     
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    where did you read that? because on the conversion table at aadsas it says for the 4.0 highest system you need to choose between 4.0, 3.0, 2.0, 1.0, 0.0. there is an AB that corresponds to a 3.3 in a column called "intermediate letter grades"... i thought that was for if your undergrad school assigned letter grades in that manner.
     
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    Maybe I misunderstood you. I thought your school used a grade called "AB" for something inbetween an 'A' and 'B'. In that case, AADSAS allows for that to be scored as a 3.33. But if your school uses only a number system (like 3.5) and no letter grade, that's a different story. I thought your situation was the former.

    You already probably have this, but here's the link to the conversion table:
    http://aadsas.adea.org/html-bin/grading%20system%20conversion%20table.htm

    FYI, below is something straight from the AADSAS instructions and might help clarify things. It's hard to recommend what you should do because I do not have all the specifics of your situation. But this info might help you make that determination:

    Nonconvertible Course Work. If you are unable to convert grades received to A through F letter grades by using the Grading Systems Conversion Table, consult with the registrar to find out if there is a conversion system available. If you use a conversion system other than one included here, please have your registrar explain the criteria on a separate sheet and include this with the official transcripts mailed to AADSAS and subsequently to all schools to which you have applied. Hours must be credit hours (either semester, quarter, or trimester), not class or clock hours.

    If you are unable to convert the grades and credit hours earned into letter grades and credit hours, you should record nothing in the Academic Course Work section for the sessions involved. For these sessions, AADSAS will not compute grade point averages or show course work on your application. Course work in this category must be represented by official transcripts which should be sent directly to AADSAS and subsequently to all schools to which you have applied, when specified. Refer to the Supplemental Materials Table.
     
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    somebody else on here has got to go to an undergrad school that gives 3.5's... could you please post how you entered those on your application? thanks :confused:
     
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    I'm also quite curious about this, because my school also gives 3.5 for B+. I would love to hear whether I could get my "old" (but still crappy) GPA back.
     
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    mocha,

    Based on everything I've read on AADSAS, I don't think you're gonna get your 3.5. Looks more like it'll get translated into a 3.33 because a B+ is equated to that...at least that's my interpretation of what was on their website.

    As for biogirl, her situation is different (I think). I don't think her school gives out letter grades, but rather just numerical averages...so there is no direct translation for letter grades so there is no translation for what a 3.5 means.

    But again, consult with your schools registrars office (per AADSAS website).
     
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    Yeah...that's what I thought...dang.
     
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    223 views and nobody else's school gives out 3.5's that has applied already?? :(
     
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    biogirl,

    Once you get this taken care of, can you reply back and tell us how you resolved the situation?

    Thanks.
     
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    people at my pre-dental club said that they just put B for all of their 3.5's, which on the aadsas scale is a 3.0. just doesn't seem right though, as my aadsas gpa would end up being almost a whole .5 lower than my true gpa (i have about half 3.5's and half 4.0's) :rolleyes:
     
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    That really sucks!!! I would hate to have to equate 3.0 with 3.5. That just doesn't make sense.

    But are you sure that 3.33 wouldn't be more appropriate? I'd check with both AADSAS and your registrars, regardless of what your dental club says. It just doesn't seem right.
     
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    I'm a bit confused about what is really considered as a "science" course..

    I've taken a few Psychology courses -- would those courses be counted towards my Science GPA? I'm just a bit confused.. at some univs. a major in Psychology would lead to a Bach. of Science degree..whereas at others, they're considered an "arts" course, leading to an arts degree..

    hmmm.. can someone fill me in?
     
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    Goto this website:

    http://aadsas.adea.org/html-bin/course_codes.htm

    All the courses with an asterix (*) beside it is considered into the Science GPA. The ones with a double asterix beside it are included in both your Science GPA and your BCP GPA. As you can tell, psychology is not considered a science.

    By the way, UofT sux! :D
     
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    It's kind of funny what AADSAS considers a science class and what doesn't. Not a single pyschology class counts as a science class but these do:

    Nuclear Power Plant Operation Technology
    Soil Sciences
    Ceramic Engineering
    Home Health Aide
    Central Supply Technology
    Medical Office Management
    Medical Illustration.

    I mean, really, office management and medical illustration count as science classes? Then should pysch count too?
     
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    I agree
     
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    Not sure if this is still relavant but....my undergrad used the following scale:

    A - 4.0
    AB - 3.5
    B - 3.0
    etc..

    On aadsas I had a to report an AB as a 3.3 (B+). This lowered my GPA by about .2 overall. It was also very difficult to explain this to admissions committees that I interviewed at. Most of them thought I was trying to pull a fast one on them and say my GPA was really higher than it said on aadsas.
     
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    Does anyone know why organic chem is only part of the science gpa and not included for the BCP, after all it is Chem, right?
     
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    Both orgos were included in my BCP.
     
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    I'm also pretty sure that 3.3 is the correct conversion too. I know how this sucks because I had many 3.5's and even some 3.8 and 3.9. They all had to be converted to the next lowest; 3.3, 3.7, 3.7, respectively. So, I'm pretty sure your 3.5 will be a 3.3. This was very hard for me to swallow and feel like I'm getting jipped. Oh well...what can we do? Nothing.... :oops:
     
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    I was wondering the same thing before, too, because I noticed on the AADSAS website that they didn't have two asterisks (denoting BCP) next to Organic Chemistry. But I found out that basically the website made a mistake by not listing OChem as BCP. When actually filling out AADSAS, OChem will be counted towards your BCP GPA, for better or for worse :)
     
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    Alright, thanks guys, good to know I wasn't just going crazy :)
     

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