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PharmCAS gpa calculations & pharm school admissions

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by pharmula, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. pharmula

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    I'm confused about retakes and pharmCAS gpa calculations.. I did lousy my first 2 years of undergrad for which i take complete responsibility for. I took calc twice and dropped it (so I have two W's) freshman year. Retook it in the summer and got a D. Now, years later I am taking it and working hard to earn a better grade. So my question is this, pharmacy schools require at least a C in calc. Do I need to get at least a C in this class I'm CURRENTLY taking now to fulfill that requirement? Or when pharmCAS calculates the math GPA and averages the D with the grade I get this time, is that the C requirement they're looking for?
     
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  3. RX2020

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    Pharmcas calculate everything but W's since they carry no value in your GPA. It shows up in your profile but does not reduce/increase your GPA per their system.
    If you have a D (4cr. calculus) and you are taking it again and you come out with an A ( you have C+ average)
     
  4. R2pharmD2

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    You only need a C in the class you're taking now to meet the minimum requirement. It doesn't matter what it averages to, although with 2 withdrawals and a D it would certainly help your cause if you could pull off an A or a B.
     
  5. Fuaaark

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    thought I was reading a post that I wrote, but had no recollection of for a second there lol
     
  6. chrispharm

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    Pharmcas will recalculate with the retakes. So, a D + B will come out to a C.

    Their gpa calculation is the bane of my existance now days.
     
  7. thesituation559

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    Interesting. I didn't know pharmcas took the GPA this way. I like it. It's fair to the individuals who worked hard and got good grades the first time.
     
  8. xNeenax

    xNeenax Delano's Minion
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    I like it too. Though some schools recalculate the gpa taking only the highest grades, which doesn't seem that fair to me, but oh well it's just something I have to deal with.
     
  9. chrispharm

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    yea real fair for those who took classes say 10 years ago and still have to deal with it.
     
  10. SparkleMotion

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    I'd argue that taking classes twice is a hell of a lot more work, time, and money than doing well the first time...
     

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