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Grades in Dental School

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by slave4MD, Oct 12, 2002.

  1. slave4MD

    slave4MD Member
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    Oct 12, 2002
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    How do they grade you in dental school? And what type of work will you be graded on?

    What is the average/mean gpa of dental schools in a typical dental school?
  2. Yah-E

    Yah-E Toof Sniper
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    Dec 12, 2001
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    Q: How do they grade you in dental school?
    A: Majority of U.S. dental school will use a grading system. I know for fact that some dental schools uses a Pass-Fail system (no grades like medical schools). For the dental schools that do have a grading system, there are two types, A-F or Percentage. At my school, Nova, we get graded based on the Percentage system. A 92.1% average is better than a 92.09% average. Everything is in percents.

    Q: What type of work will you be graded on?
    A: EVERYTHING from basic science courses to clinical work to preclinical courses (quizzes, projects, papers, presentations, exams, and procedural assignments/requirements).

    Q: What is the average/mean gpa of dental schools in a typical dental school?
    A: I would hypothesize that the average GPA in dental classes across the nation would be above a 3.0. Being in a graduate school and program, it is pretty typical that the class aveage GPA is above a 3.0. The peek of the bell curve would probably be around 3.3-3.5. The bell curve also would probably be lobsided towards the high grade marks, meaning a lot more of classmates will have a GPA higher than the class average and fewer classmates with a GPA lower than the class average.

    Example of a class' grading demographics:

    Class Rank: Out of 100 students
    #1 = 99.5%
    #2 = 98.4%
    #3 = 98.1%
    #4 = 96.4%
    #5 = 96.3%
    #6 = 95.9%
    #7 = 95.7%
    #8 = 93.7%
    #9 = 93.5%
    #10 = 92.4%
    #20 = 90.3%
    #50 = 86.3%
    #70 = 81.5%
    #90 = 78.4%
    #99 = 73.3%
    #100 = 72.8%

    [A = >90%; B = >80%; C = >70%; Fail = <70%]

    As you can see, you're ranked 50th in your class and you have a 86.3% grading average! Based on these numbers, there are roughly 30 students cramp together between the range 86.3% and 90.3% and it shows its extreme competitiveness.

    Hope this gives you some idea.


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