Grading system discrepancies

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Mystique, Jan 10, 2002.

  1. Mystique

    Mystique The Procrastinator
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    I can't remember if we've thoroughly hashed this subject or not. I know schools have different grading policies (A,A-,B+, etc) and (A, B, C, etc). In the former case, an A is a 4.0 and an A-is a 3.7. In the latter case, an A is a 4.0. Schools w/ the latter grading policy (or from what friends tell me at other schools) list only the letter grade (A, B, ....) w/out the particular numbers. Does this bother any of you. I understand that in the case of the Bs and Cs in both cases the calculated GPAs would end up being about the same b/c of the grade values. But, what about the A and A-. At my undergrad, an A- brought you down all the way to a 3.7ish. So basically if you were borderline A/A- you were screwed. Anyways, this bothers me b/c I got a whole lot of A-'s on my transcript. Why doesn't AMCAS change it's grading policy to reflect that slight discrepancy?
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