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What exactly is GPA/MCAT

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Purifyer, Dec 11, 2001.

  1. Purifyer

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    Hey, as you're probably aware from my complete ignorance of the aforementioned acronyms, I'm international [already in med] :) . I'm just curious from reading posts on these forums, what a GPA 'translates' into. IE, a 'GPA' of '4.0' is 'good', but what is it? An A average? What's the highest theoretical GPA? 5? Also slightly off topic I presume an A is a 86+ percent?

    Also with the MCAT, what is an 'awesome' mark? I was gonna post this in the allopathic forum, but then I thought the pre-allopaths would probably be more mark conscious ;)
     
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  3. BurgerEater

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    Hey, Dunedin's a pretty damn cool place. You guys still have couches out on the lawns all the time?
     
  4. mpp

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    The 4.0 is out of a 4.0. Typically

    A = 4.0 = 90%
    B = 3.0 = 80%
    C = 2.0 = 70%
    D = 1.0 = 60%
    F = 0.0 = < 60%

    Some schools or classes have different grading schemes. Some schools add a +/- that adds or subtracts 0.5 (or some other fraction) from the grade point average (GPA).
     
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    Hello Purifyer (I hope that's not a reference to "purification by pain" as in Spanish Inquisition-style - that's what it made me think of for some reason), but anyway, I'll try to shed some light...

    In the US, grades are generally assigned as follows, although there is considerable variation within colleges and between them.
    A= 90-100%
    B= 80-89
    C= 70-79 and so on...
    "Curving" is also practiced by some professors. This is a way of boosting people's grades up.

    Anyway, GPA is based on grades, hence Grade Point Average. An A=4.0 points, B=3.0 points, C=2.0 points, and so on. A 4.0 GPA is the maximum at most schools. I say "some" because relatively few schools add +/- to grades, so that an A+ would be valued at say, 4.3 grade points...

    MCAT maximum is 15 for each of the three sections for a total of 45. Writing sample is scored on an alphabetic scale from J to T with T being the max. A great score is generally though to be 36 or greater, although it depends on who you ask. Hope this helps...
     
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    Please note: the average for SDN users appears to be a supremely hot 3.8 GPA and a 36 MCAT. ;)

    Andrew
     
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    That was an incredibly large number of posts between 1:01 and 1:05 EST a.m.
     
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    Yeah really! I thought mine was the first reply until I found 4 others had beaten be to it!
     
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