bigbangg

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i have 3.2 GPA and this is my senior year
I thought about doing the double majoring
so i can have a chance to retake the courses again

then I read something like

they don't look into retakes ? is that true?

then should i just do the post bac?

plz help
 

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Your post is confusing....

AMCAS averages retakes -- that is, the 2nd course is simply averaged in:
Bio 1 1st time -- 4 units -- C
Bio 1 2nd time -- 4 units -- A

Average: 8 units -- B <--yes, they both count separately, so it's 8 units total!

When/where/how you take each course is irrelevant. All college/post-HS courses [taken at or associated w/ a US institution] count.
 

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I think you know this but I think you can only retake classes where you didn't pass. But either case, it's better to do a post-bac to show improvements :) But this is only when you have time and money and also if you don't consider applying med school after graduating from your institution.
 

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I think you know this but I think you can only retake classes where you didn't pass. But either case, it's better to do a post-bac to show improvements :) But this is only when you have time and money and also if you don't consider applying med school after graduating from your institution.
Nope, depends on your institution. AMCAS will average retakes regardless. That said, what happens if you somehow retake a B and get an A? What if you retook the class twice and got two A's? Would they average it to 12 units (corresponding to your example, apumic) of A's? That can't be right, but then does that mean there's never a way to get above a B without getting an A the first time around?
 

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Nope, depends on your institution. AMCAS will average retakes regardless. That said, what happens if you somehow retake a B and get an A? What if you retook the class twice and got two A's? Would they average it to 12 units (corresponding to your example, apumic) of A's? That can't be right, but then does that mean there's never a way to get above a B without getting an A the first time around?
You're not "getting" anything better. You're just adding more courses to your transcript. People who say "AMCAS averages" aren't really correct. The fact is that it does NOT "average." Your original grade simply remains. When you retake, you are adding another entry. As a result, some people say that it "averages." In fact, you really just took another class. Take that to it's logical conclusion to understand my example.