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I am looking some kind of online calculator that will mimic what the AMCAS will show when I apply in a few years.

Background: I have quite a few F's from my freshman year where I quit going to class but did not withdraw. have done a 180 earning 8 A's and 1 B since going back.

Can I just make a mock or fake application on AMCAS with a made up name, and use their calculator on the actual application, like a trial run?
 
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Thanks Mavs I didnt know about that AMCAS list for sgpa. What I really need is to see how those retakes are going to actually look on my official gpa. Do you think there is a downside to using the AMCAS application as a trail run? how do people usually handle calculating retakes?
 
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chem4ever

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Thanks Mavs I didnt know about that AMCAS list for sgpa. What I really need is to see how those retakes are going to actually look on my official gpa. Do you think there is a downside to using the AMCAS application as a trail run? how do people usually handle calculating retakes?
AMCAS doesn't do retakes. Meaning they will count both of the courses in your GPA. So if you got a C in a course and retook that course and got an A, both the C and the A will be included in your GPA.

There was an awesome AMCAS GPA calculator running around SDN. It calculated my sGPA and cGPA to be exactly what AMCAS did. I'll see if I can find it.
 

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Thanks Mavs I didnt know about that AMCAS list for sgpa. What I really need is to see how those retakes are going to actually look on my official gpa. Do you think there is a downside to using the AMCAS application as a trail run? how do people usually handle calculating retakes?
They're going to look just like any other class...no grade replacement, they're just averaged in like any other grade.
The downside is that it's about 80x easier to just make a freaking Excel table.
Class_Grade_Credits_BCPM
Bio101_4.0__4_____Y
Eng101_3.0__3____N
.................................
cGPA = (B2*C2+B3*C3)/(C2+C3)
sGPA = (IF(D2=Y,B2*C2)+IF(D3=Y,B3*C3))/(If(D2=Y,C2)+IF(D3=Y,C3))

Except generalized for the table, of course...takes about 2min in Excel and you can continue adding all of your grades until you're done. So worth the time investment.
 
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When the MCAT changes over, will the sociology and psychology will become apart of the sGPA? Or just remain with the rest of our courses, and be solely for the test.
The fact that sociology and psychology courses may be added as pre-requisites does not mean that they become part of the science GPA (unless you are talking about psychobiology courses or neuroscience, etc.).
 
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I am looking some kind of online calculator that will mimic what the AMCAS will show when I apply in a few years.

Background: I have quite a few F's from my freshman year where I quit going to class but did not withdraw. have done a 180 earning 8 A's and 1 B since going back.

Can I just make a mock or fake application on AMCAS with a made up name, and use their calculator on the actual application, like a trial run?
Do NOT do a trial run. You would have to wait until June to submit it and until July or Aug to get your GPA back. Just put in the effort and do the calculation by hand. It will take you like 10 minutes.
 

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Can I just make a mock or fake application on AMCAS with a made up name, and use their calculator on the actual application, like a trial run?
As others have said, the bolded part above is an absolutely horrible idea which will not work and may cause AMCAS to launch an investigation of cheating/fraud if they suspect you have multiple AMCAS IDs for any reason. I'm sure you could explain yourself and avoid any real trouble, but it's always better to avoid investigation altogether.

Just take a couple hours some weekend and teach yourself Microsoft Excel -- use the template spreadsheet posted earlier if necessary so that you can learn how to work with formulas. Excel plus a list of officially recognized BCPM courses will allow you to keep track of your GPA for life! Besides, Excel will come in handy a lot in the future (keeping track of apps, monitoring MCAT study progress), I promise.
 

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As others have said, the bolded part above is an absolutely horrible idea which will not work and may cause AMCAS to launch an investigation of cheating/fraud if they suspect you have multiple AMCAS IDs for any reason. I'm sure you could explain yourself and avoid any real trouble, but it's always better to avoid investigation altogether.

Just take a couple hours some weekend and teach yourself Microsoft Excel -- use the template spreadsheet posted earlier if necessary so that you can learn how to work with formulas. Excel plus a list of officially recognized BCPM courses will allow you to keep track of your GPA for life! Besides, Excel will come in handy a lot in the future (keeping track of apps, monitoring MCAT study progress), I promise.
I think he means something like AACOMAS, which allows you to see your calculated GPA before submission of the application.

OP, theres no calculator on AMCAS and you have to have it verified before you see your AMCAS GPA. So you can only really ballpark what they will consider science or not. If you mean submit it under another false account, I'm not sure how that would work anyway since they would need transcripts before any verification actually takes place.
 
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That excel file was very helpful and does exactly what I needed. Thanks to everyone for their help.
 
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