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Calculating American GPA from Canadian marks

smugg707smugg707 Posts: 88Registered User Junior Member
edited March 2008 in College Admissions
So... I was browsing the forum... and I see tons of people with 4.0/4.0, or 3.9/4.0 GPA.. I was very surprised, in my school, even people with 92 average is rare... I was thinking, how can someone get a 100% or like, 99% average? But I guess they calculate it based on A, B, C, D and take average of it?

But, in America A is a 90-100. But in Canada we consider A as a 80-100. Which one do we use? I am guessing 80-100 because it's supposed to be a lot harder to get higher marks in Canada.

Thanks!
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Replies to: Calculating American GPA from Canadian marks

  • trackdude410trackdude410 Posts: 229Registered User Junior Member
    kids on cc arent representative of the us as a whole.
    tons of 99% percentile people
  • mrclassicfreakmrclassicfreak Posts: 540Registered User Member
    Yeah. In some States schools, it's even possible to get over an average of 100% while we Canadians work our butts off for a 90.
  • CDN_dancerCDN_dancer Posts: 2,579Registered User Senior Member
    I never understood that (the whole "I got 4.5/4.0" thing) Here no matter how good you are, the highest mark that will show up on the report card is 100% (even if technically it's say 102% because of some bonus question on a test or whatever)
  • trackdude410trackdude410 Posts: 229Registered User Junior Member
    its weighted average, when you take an ap(college level course) many schools will weight that grade so like an A in ap class could be like a 5.0 get a couple of aps and As in them and you easily have higher than 4.0 weighted average
  • CDN_dancerCDN_dancer Posts: 2,579Registered User Senior Member
    Yeah, I understand that; it still seems a little strange just because here, even when we "standardize" IB/AP marks, the max score is still 100% (At my school, we standardize IB marks on a bell curve, with a class average of about 85-89%, depending on the class. The idea being that if we were in the regular equivalent of the IB course, we would be averageing around 85-89%)
  • RacinReaverRacinReaver Posts: 6,598Registered User Senior Member
    Wait, so an A is 80-100 and the average grade is between an 85 and 90 for AP/IB classes? Sup nice grade inflation there.

    Also, the schools I've attended set grades the following way:
    A: 93-100
    A-: 90-93
    B+: 87-90
    B: 83-87
    B-: 80-83
    etc.

    So you don't need to have a 99% in every class to have a 4.0, just a 93% or better.
  • WealthOfInformationWealthOfInformation Posts: 2,022Registered User Senior Member
    GPA's are like currencies - they exchange at different rates and between Canadian and American grades, there isn't a set equivalent. From my knowledge, Canadians and other foreign students are looked at through a different lens. For most Canadian schools, 88%+ average will make you competitive for the elite private schools in the US.
  • CDN_dancerCDN_dancer Posts: 2,579Registered User Senior Member
    Wait, so an A is 80-100 and the average grade is between an 85 and 90 for AP/IB classes? Sup nice grade inflation there.
    My school doesn't use the letter system at all, so I can't comment on that. One of my teachers at one point did do some sort of letter conversion for a midterm grade, and for him an A was 90+.

    The 85-90 average for IB classes again is only for my school; I'm not entirely sure how other schools in my city operate, although I'm guessing it's around that too. In Alberta we have to write provincial standardized tests in grade 12 which count for 50% of our marks, so ideally our school grade is within a few percentages of what we receive on the provincial test. The 85-90 average is based on how classes in the past have done on the provincial exam.
  • elegant0dancerelegant0dancer Posts: 179Registered User Junior Member
    I agree with Canadians working their butts off to get a 90.... in my grade only 3 of 185 people have averages above a 90..... so would anything over 90-92 say be an approximate 4.0??
  • QuixoticRickQuixoticRick Posts: 1,289Registered User Senior Member
  • AmbitiousteenAmbitiousteen Posts: 893Registered User Member
    woah really?.... i got a 92% average in grade 11 year first semester and had all three sciences+english HOW YUMMY IS THAT lol... i eased my way through gr 9 and 10 though receiving 83% and 87% overall average... and ur right about the "only gettin 100% on report card" part... i had a 105% in math this second semester LMAO, but it only showed 100% on report card... i guess ur right in which it is harder to claim a better grade in canada, seeing as we do not split or curriculum apart in certain subjects- math/sciences french and english, like the states do.
  • AmbitiousteenAmbitiousteen Posts: 893Registered User Member
    i think we got about 30 kids or so in the 90% honour roll and thats the total of all 4 grades... only 30 kids... its ridiculous, and theres like 100+ kids in the 80% honour roll
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