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Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by Hope14, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. Hope14

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    is it true that they only calculate your highest grade for the gpa if you have repeated a course?


    sorry if this questions been asked...couldnt find the thread...

    thanks
     
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    It depends on the school. Some schools average your grades, others take your highest grade.
     
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    PharmCAS averages the two. Non-PharmCAS schools vary. Don't know if some PharmCAS schools recalculate giving the higher of the two grades, but I doubt it.
     
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    oh that stinks!! the Pharmcas scale is off too and if the schools do use the pharmcas gpa, then the gpa tends to drop significantly when classes are retaken ........... :(......:mad:
     
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    yes, that's what people been noticing who've applied in the past. pharmcas gpa typically lower than they anticipated.

    you can read more about it on www.pharmcas.org
     
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    I read this again and thought it might need clarification. Both grades are calculated into the GPA as separate grades, not as a single averaged grade.

    C + A = C + A, not C + A = B
     
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    isnt that essentially the same thing? i mean when they average the grades if you have two 4 hour credits of an A + C / 2 = B. i mean its just how averages work.
     
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    The only difference would be in your quality points. A 4 unit class would be worth 12 points if you averaged in one B versus counting quality points for both grades 24 quality points basically worth 2 B's. If you have 200 quality points it's not as big a deal. If all you have is your prereqs it could be somewhat more significant.

    2 4 unit classes, 1 A, and a C replaced by an A would then average out to would be 3.5 (1 A + 1 C = 1 B, 3*4 + 4 * 4 = 28, 28 points/ 8 units attempted = 3.5)

    The same 2 classes, but all three grades calculated ( 1 C = 8 pts, 1 A = 16 pts, 1 A = 16 pts = 40pts/12 units= 3.33

    For two classes with a single replacement it's a 0.17 difference, more classes will decrease the effect, but it'll be non-zero. More replacements will increase the effect.

    In my case I only had 22 units calculated through my school, but 24 calculated by PharmCAS, my school calculated 1 D, PharmCAS calculated GPA using both. Hence 3.09 vs 2.86
     

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