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GPA w/o +/-... Makes no sense?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by cleanup, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. BobLoblawDDS

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    It's my understanding that AADSAS calculates one GPA where an A+ is a 4.33, an A- is a 3.667, a B+ is a 3.33, etc.

    However, the GPA where there's no +/- (so A-, A and A+ are all 4 and B-, B and B+ are all 3) makes absolutely no sense to me.

    In fact, if your Non +/- GPA is LOWER than your regular AADSAS GPA, doesn't that essentially mean you received more B+s and A+s than A-s and B-s? Does it not essentially mean that you received BETTER grades than someone with a similar GPA whose +/- GPA was no different than their regular AADSAS GPA? (ie. they had a balance of +s and -s while you had more +s than -s). And if your Non +/- GPA is higher, it means that you got a lot of A-s and B-s, as opposed to someone who had a lot of A+s and B+s whose GPA drops. How is this measure informative in a logical way?

    Please someone explain it to me! :) I must be missing something.
     
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  3. tvndental

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    The A+/A- system benefits people who can get the plus. (Get that extra .33)

    The A/B system benefits people who get minuses. (Round up)
     
  4. yangwang

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    getting a little too analytical there my fellow UofTer, schools look at both the w/ +/- and w/o +/-

    Don't worry too much, you will do well in the admission cycle, your profile is really stacked, must have worked hard the last 4 years. Which level of Millenium Award did you win? that one is a lot of money :p

    PS: don't include your medical shadowing in your dental app
     
  5. BobLoblawDDS

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    Well my AADSAS GPA is high but without the +/- each category drops about 0.08 which is sort of significant.

    Also, I never shadowed a doctor. GD = General Dentist. Or do you mean when I volunteered at TGH? I don't see what's wrong with that! I devoted 2 years of my life to it, not necessarily because I wanted to go to medical school, but rather to productively use my time. For example, I did a research credit and worked at a social psychology lab, but I don't hold a psych degree nor am I pursuing grad school. I liked to dip my toe into different waters and meet different sorts of people.

    And I received the top Millennium award - a little over $10000 If I recall correctly.

    Glad to see another U of T student on here. :)
     
  6. BobLoblawDDS

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    Wait, the way you worded it sounds odd. Do you mean that an A- in AADSAS (3.667) is rounded down to a 3 / B, not up to a 4 / A? Because that's absurd. @[email protected]
     
  7. a2ndragoon89

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    no, an A- would be considered an A in the no plus or minus group
     
  8. BobLoblawDDS

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    Whew. Thank goodness.
     

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