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Difference between transcript and AMCAS GPA?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003], Apr 23, 2002.

  1. Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003]

    Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003] Platinum Member 7+ Year Member

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    What's the difference? I understand that overall GPA maybe different on transcript and on AMCAS application. How may it happen? Is there any legal way to make your GPA look better on AMCAS application than on the transcript?
     
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  3. Doctora Foxy

    Doctora Foxy Meow 7+ Year Member

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    AMCAS took away my two beautiful A+'s :(

    Other than that, the difference in gpa is usually due to people taking courses at other schools. For example, if you take summer school at a different university, those classes are not transferred into your transcript gpa, but it will show up on amcas.
     
  4. SMW

    SMW Grand Member 7+ Year Member

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    If you retake a class and get a better grade, then your school transcript GPA is going to be better than your AMCAS GPA, because AMCAS requires you to report every class and grade even if you retook for a better grade. Whether your school and AMCAS GPA will be the same depends on whether they use the same scale (duh). It's unlikely they'll vary by enough to make any sort of difference.
     
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    SMW Grand Member 7+ Year Member

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    Hey, Foxy, when did you pass me in number of posts?!?!? <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />
     
  6. RLMD

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    Does AMCAS count +'s and -'s as adding and subtracting .3333, respectively? That is what my school does, but I know of several schools that dont do that. How does AMCAS interpret +'s and -'s?
     
  7. SMW

    SMW Grand Member 7+ Year Member

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    Yes, they count them, I forget how. Just log onto the AMCAS site and you'll find it somewhere.
     
  8. Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003]

    Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003] Platinum Member 7+ Year Member

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    In my school, B+ means GPA of 3.5. We do not have B- or anything like that. A+ is still 4.0 though <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
     
  9. Doctora Foxy

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    yeah A+ was still 4.0 for me, but they erased the pluses :(

    And I'm sorry SMW, I've been on a posting rampage lately. I think I need to see a psychiatrist--I'm waaaay too addicted to SDN. It's my way of dealing with senioritis and the inability to do any homework or studying. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
     
  10. Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003]

    Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003] Platinum Member 7+ Year Member

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    Foxy: it is alright and do not forget about those breathing exercises...
     
  11. sandflea

    sandflea Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by RLMD:
    <strong>Does AMCAS count +'s and -'s as adding and subtracting .3333, respectively? That is what my school does, but I know of several schools that dont do that. How does AMCAS interpret +'s and -'s?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">yes, this is exactly how it's done. my undergrad school calculated grades the same way so my AMCAS GPA was identical to my college GPA.
     
  12. trouta

    trouta Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    The other way that your GPA can be affectd is that AMCAS may not count high school classes that you got college credit for and thus those grades wont be factored in (this happened to me).
     

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