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leiface

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Just a technical question. My school does not count each class as 1 credit, it on average counts each class as 3 credits. The credits can vary between 1 and 5 for the amount of work. The credit value also factors in to our GPA. So if I got an A in a 5 credit class versus a D in a 1 credit class, it wouldn't hurt my GPA much. What I want to know is if the online med school application takes how many credits into account or counts all classes equally. In this case, I think my GPA will be different...

Please let me know!

Thanks!
 

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it takes the number of credits into account, that only makes sense. my amcas gpa though was a little higher than my school gpa.

anyone agree or disagree?
 

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they calculate it the exact same way your school does for the most part. they will convert quarter units into semester units if you go to a school that is on the quarter system.

and by the way...basically every college in the US calculates grades that way.

oh...however if you retake a class due to a bad grade, the AMCAS will have record of both grades and does not replace it like your transcript might.
 

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mine was lower because of a few A+s that got converted to an A
 

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Originally posted by JKDMed
How is that even possible?

If the person had A-, those effect your school GPA but not your AMCAS GPA
 

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Originally posted by quideam
If the person had A-, those effect your school GPA but not your AMCAS GPA

Really? Does amcas count pluses and minuses?
 

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AMCAS counts pluses for all grades except A's. It does not count any minuses.
 

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Originally posted by quideam
AMCAS counts pluses for all grades except A's. It does not count any minuses.

I was under the impression of
A+=4.0
A =4.0
A- =3.7
B+=3.3
B =3.0
And so on...... It does not count any minuses? If that were true i would be standing with a 4.0 so far. But I do no believe this, I have read many previous posts that go along with my previous grade listings.
 

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AMCAS' grade conversions:

A+ 4.0
A 4.0
A- 4.0
B+ 3.5
B 3.0
B- 3.0
C+ 2.5
C 2.0
C- 2.0

etc. I promise you that this is true - I just filled out my AMCAS a little over 6 months ago.
 

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Originally posted by quideam
AMCAS' grade conversions:

A+ 4.0
A 4.0
A- 4.0
B+ 3.5
B 3.0
B- 3.0
C+ 2.5
C 2.0
C- 2.0

etc. I promise you that this is true - I just filled out my AMCAS a little over 6 months ago.

no way. cause that means my school gpa and amcas should be different but they are EXACTLY the same. AND i have some A-s.
 

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No, honestly, i'm telling you... ok, let me go see if I can find something about this on their website.
 

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but what you might find i think is that amcas prolly calculates gpas different depending on the way YOUR own school does it.

my school takes into account all the + and - except A+s.

A+, A: 4.0
A-: 3.7
B+: 3.3
B: 3.0
B-: 2.7
C+: 2.3
C: 2.0
C-: 1.7 etc.....

and amcas converted my grades accordingly making sure they took this into account and thus i got exactly the same GPA.
 
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Hmmm.... that's a good point. My school doesn't give out minuses, only pluses, so maybe that's why my application counted 3.5 for B+, etc? Interesting... i'll try to see what I can find :)
 

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i think if you do a search on sdn...i remember this being discussed and i also thought it was interesting....because i didnt think other schools graded differently so yeah....amcas takes this into account and does it somehow.
 

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Umm, what about "AB"s? Heh.
 

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Alright posts after mine are kinda confusing me. Are you guys agreeing on my original post now?
A+=4.0
A =4.0
A- =3.7
B+=3.3
B =3.0
?
 

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Originally posted by fullefect1
Alright posts after mine are kinda confusing me. Are you guys agreeing on my original post now?
A+=4.0
A =4.0
A- =3.7
B+=3.3
B =3.0
?

so here it is.

not all schools use that grading system.

there are schools that dont give out minus grades.

there are schools that give out grades like this: AB

so AMCAS knows this....and converts it accordingly to whatever specific method they have for these other schools that use a different grading system.
 

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"A grade of B+ = grade of AB."

What a total fawkin crock of chit. There is a huge difference between an AB and a B+.
 

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Originally posted by Ernham
"A grade of B+ = grade of AB."

What a total fawkin crock of chit. There is a huge difference between an AB and a B+.

What is an AB grade, i have never even heard of anything like this.
 

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Here is my old chemistry syllabus for general chem.
A = 93%-100%
AB=89-92.9%
B=84--88.9%

It's suppose to be "right between an A and a B," but it is generally used as a "slightly more generous A-."
 

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Originally posted by NRAI2001
What is an AB grade, i have never even heard of anything like this.

yeah this is a certain type of grading system that some schools employ...tho none of the UCs use this.
 

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AB sounds exactly like an A-.
 

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Ok, so if a school uses the traditional grading system:

A = 4.0
A- = 3.7
B+ = 3.3
B = 3.0 etc

How does the AMCAS conversiton work?
 

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Originally posted by Apparition
Ok, so if a school uses the traditional grading system:

A = 4.0
A- = 3.7
B+ = 3.3
B = 3.0 etc

How does the AMCAS conversiton work?

then there is no conversion.
 

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Originally posted by Apparition
Ok, so if a school uses the traditional grading system:

A = 4.0
A- = 3.7
B+ = 3.3
B = 3.0 etc

How does the AMCAS conversiton work?

what you see on your transcript is what you will see on your amcas.
 

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So if my school uses only plus grades and not minus grades, all of my B+ grades will count as a 3.5 instead of a 3.3? Because I have been using 3.3 to calculate my stuff.
 
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