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Are A+'s worth shooting for? (since on AMCAS A+=A=4.0?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by rams1986, Dec 20, 2005.

  1. rams1986

    rams1986 Junior Member
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    I was just wondering what the deal was with GPA- particularily in regards to A+ grades; I noticed that the AMCAS converts A+s to 4.0s (presumably because not all school hand out such grades), so does this mean that one should not bother striving for A+ grades? Do med schools just see the AMCAS, or do they see a transcript mailed from your university (in which case the A+ would appear). Generally what is the deal with all this?

    Sorry for the massively toolish question, but I'm curious.
     
  2. rcd

    rcd .2K Member
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    I asked this question about a year ago, consensus was that there wasn't any difference between A+'s and A's med-school-ap wise.
     
  3. crys20

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    nah i don't think much noticeable difference even if on amcas an A+ were to show up which i am unsure but don't think it does...really not worth it, although always good to shoot for the highest grade possible i guess :)
     
  4. argonana

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    A+s do show up (just not under the AMCAS conversion column). so yeah, if you get them, med schools will definitely see. i don't know if they care, but you should always strive to do your best imo....


    edit: lol yeah, this is def a toolish thread, but it's actually technically a good question that we can respond to accurately...
     
  5. SeventhSon

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    at an interview i've had an interviewer comment on my A+'s. She said it was (among many other things of course) important to show you could go above and beyond the requirements for the course, at least a couple of times.
     
  6. crys20

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    all right, so consensus is always shoot for them but don't kill yourself or go crazy over it since it doesn't touch the GPA.
     
  7. crys20

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    very toolish question, agreed, btw ;) ;)
     
  8. kimmcauliffe

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    You're not a tool. Just an overachiever. Which, by the way, makes me want you to be my doc someday.

    Cheers!
     
  9. DrBowtie

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    99 means you studied atleast 6 points worth too much.
     
  10. Chinorean

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    Colleges give out A+'s? :confused: Which one do you go to?
     
  11. Zoom-Zoom

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    Eww only wussie schools give out A+'s! Do they give out smiley faces and stars too? :smuggrin:

    Sorry I couldn't resist. I really don't think there is a difference. Since many schools don't give A+'s it would be kind of unfair to favor them, although they would definitely look good if you had a lot. To be honest, If you're in the position to worry about the difference between an A and an A+ then you probably don't have to worry too much about med schools either. I wish I was worried about that....actually...no I don't :rolleyes: I would take that extra time you would spend studying and put it into some EC's, go feed some homeless people or make some friends or something
     
  12. Severus

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    I've never studied extra hours to get an A+. If you just go about your normal routine, and study enough to understand the material, sometimes you just get lucky. It's really not a matter of missing out on friends and volunteer work just to scrounge up some pretty useless +'s.
     
  13. crys20

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    lol i love the comment that 99 means you studied 6 points too hard. better to go spend that time doing something fun, or cool, etc because i tell you cool, legit ECs really do help, probably much more than A+s when push comes to shove.
     
  14. Dr.Erin2B

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    My institution doesn't give A+'s. Tell me this:

    Do A+ = >4.0 at your school?
    I understand that A+=4.0 for amcas
     
  15. Doctor Bagel

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    my postbacc school gives pluses and minuses, but the highest grade is an A, not an A+. however, at my law school, the highest grade was an A+, and it was worth 4.3 points. i was sort of bummed that i couldn't count those toward my amcas graduate gpa because my gpa dropped about a point.

    to the op, i wouldn't specifically try to get A+s, but if you try your hardest, you'll probably pick up a few.
     
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    My school gives A+ grades, but they are also worth 4.0.
     
  17. C.P. Jones

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    yea, i'm with these normal schools that give A's and have no A+'s.....so if these adcoms know anything, they would notice that one person who has a bunch of A+'s shouldn't be looked at more highly than one w/ all A's since they may be the same......anyway, that's what a GPA is for
     

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