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bigDee

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    I know two people who immigrated here from another country and previously received a degree in biology when they were in Pakistan. One has a 4.0 after two years of community college. Another has a 4.0 after a year of community college and a year of smu. My question is, do you guys think they have an advantage with their gpa since one, they have already seen a lot of the course material before and two, they have already experienced the rigors of a university? I don't think they will be reporting that they already have a degree from out of the country since there's no reason to. Either way, do you think this advantage is fair or unfair?

    I haven't put much thought into this but it's just something I've considered and I'm wondering if med schools consider it too. I'm wondering if they take into consideration a person's gpa as differently than normal for someone who has already had 3/4 of the same classes out of the country.
     

    littlealex

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      Dude, they have to adjust to a new culture and master materials under a new language. They deserve whatever grade they get. Plus, it sucks superbly for them to have to retake everything AGAIN that they already know.

      School doesn't judge you on how fast you learn, they judge you on how well you know the material on the day of the test.

      I don't think med schools care.
       

      bigDee

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        Dude, they have to adjust to a new culture and master materials under a new language. They deserve whatever grade they get. Plus, it sucks superbly for them to have to retake everything AGAIN that they already know.
        First you imply that the material they learn is new because its in a different language. Then you say it sucks that they have to retake the same material they already know. So which one, do they know it already or not?
         
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          I know two people who immigrated here from another country and previously received a degree in biology when they were in Pakistan. One has a 4.0 after two years of community college. Another has a 4.0 after a year of community college and a year of smu. My question is, do you guys think they have an advantage with their gpa since one, they have already seen a lot of the course material before and two, they have already experienced the rigors of a university? I don't think they will be reporting that they already have a degree from out of the country since there's no reason to. Either way, do you think this advantage is fair or unfair?

          I haven't put much thought into this but it's just something I've considered and I'm wondering if med schools consider it too. I'm wondering if they take into consideration a person's gpa as differently than normal for someone who has already had 3/4 of the same classes out of the country.

          I think its 100% fair. Do you think you have an unfair advantage when you take your english classes?
           
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