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Do dental schools even consider GPA without quality points? I actually have a 3.6 GPA with quality points and 3.3 GPA without quality points, so there is a pretty steep difference.

Anyone with insight?
 

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I've never heard of a GPA being calculated without quality points. Isn't that basically the definition of GPA?

I may be totally incorrect, as I've never heard them called "quality points," but isn't that basically weighing each class based on the number of credits? ex. a 5 credit class holds more "weight" than a 2 credit class.

Please correct me if I'm wrong; we may be talking about totally different things!
 

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I've heard of quality points but never bothered asking what they are. How do I calculate them?
 
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You get two separate GPA calculations once your grades are verified by AADSAS.

GPA with quality points, i.e., all "+" and "-" are considered.
GPA w/o quality points, i.e., "+" and "-" are NOT considered. If you have an A-, this category will convert that grade into an A. Similarly, a B+ is converted into a B only in this category.

I was always told there would be a science GPA, non-science GPA and BCP GPA, but this extra category is confusing.

Any thoughts if this GPA w/o quality points category is important as the others mentioned?
 

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Thats not what quality points mean. Quality points differentiate a 4.0 1 credit class from a 4.0 4 credit class. The class that is worth 4 credits will have more quality points than the 1 credit class.

What you are referring to is the +/- system that has been in used for quite some time. Some schools have A+s and some schools don't, this gives and approximate gpa to even out the playing field, for example a student with a 4.17 GPA would have a gpa that is less than 4.0 (provided he isn't a 4.0 student but has 4.33 A+'s to boost his gpa) to give a better idea of his academic prowess.
 
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which one is more important? do they use both for screening GPA purposes?
 

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Whichever one that is lower they use that for admissions.
 
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tussiN1
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I heard some do this but this could be rumors. anyone else hear anything or thoughts?
 
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tussiN1
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a couple of students from NYU and Bu said that the GPA with the + and - factored in is much more important. is it like that for other dental schools?
 

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and both GPAs are important. not one is more important than another from what i heard
 

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My GPA was a 3.4 but AADSAS calculated it to be 2.75. I've tried to contact them and will only get a copy and paste reply to the GPA information link. I did not re-take any classes or attended another university. I'm starting to panic...what should I do?