How long are grades valid? (more details)


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Dec 1, 2016
  1. Pre-Medical
    Hello everyone,

    I'm new here and I wanted to ask about grades and for how long they're considered by admissions. I do see that similar topics have been discussed but I wanted more details. I'm 26, and I had some crappy grades a little over 8 years ago now, and I'm getting back into the swing of things to retake those courses and keep a high GPA until it comes time to apply to med school. I wanted to know if there is a timeline when admissions won't take the grade into consideration, regardless of whether you did well or not? By the time I apply to med schools, it will have been 10 years since I got those grades.
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      The grades will always be put into your AMCAS GPA. Do you just mean admissions subjectively not caring? Probably an 8 year gap is plenty, keep doing great in the newly started classes!

      That is probably a reasonable way to view it above. But there are two different issues that I want to clarify for other readers of the thread:

      The grades are there forever and ever in terms of calculating GPA, which is done at the AMCAS level .
      However more schools are listing ages for courses counting towards prerequisite fulfillment, which is done at the indivdual school level.

      Mass retaking of classes may not always be best strategy . What courses have you retaken and/or planning to retake?
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