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Retaking a course for the higher grade---Will this kill me?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Chris127, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. Chris127

    Chris127 Senior Member
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    Say I receive a C in a course. Then I take it again next semester, and receive and A. At my school, the higher grade is kept. Will the fact that I actually retook a course hurt me in the future on admissions? Especially if I keep the higher grade?
     
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    You will DIE!!!!
     
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    yes, what he said.
     
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    All your grades will be reported on the aamcas app. so it gonna end up being the avg of your high and low grade.
     
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    If its not a science class don't retake. I was advised not to retake any classes I didn't need to, which includes sociology. I got a C in Bio I but its not worth it for me to retake when I can show upper levels with higher grades and a higher trend.
     
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    I didn't know that it averages it?
     
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    Well if you get a C in Calc I and retake and get an A then AMCAS counts both grades and it nets a B.
     
  8. Chris127

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    But at school, its not averaged into your GPA, just the higher grade. So I'm asking as to whether when med schools see that on AMCAS, will they be concerned, even though the lower grade wouldnt show in my GPA?
     
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    Exactly. So while the net effect is "averaging" the grades, it's just like you took two classes. AMCAS counts each and every instance a grade was assigned.
     
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    AMCAS GPA will likely not be the same as your school GPA.
     
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    AMCAS and medical schools don't care what your undergraduate school thinks your GPA is. So your school's policy doesn't matter at all. The lower grade *will* show in your AMCAS GPA, which is what schools look at.
     
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    I did this with Organic Chem. 2. I had received As in Orgo1 and lab, and Orgo 2 lab--but a C in Orgo 2 lecture (there was a huuuuuuuge issue with the teacher and all of the students). Anyway, I knew the grade did not accurately reflect my understanding of the material so I retook and got an A.

    This has come up in EVERY interview, and when I explain the situation, my interviewers seem to respect my decision to retake the course. Hope this helps!
     

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