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IB grade conversion

thisyearsgirlthisyearsgirl Registered User Posts: 1,953 Senior Member
edited May 2005 in High School Life
I've been trying to figure out how to convert my GPA from the IB 7-point scale to the American 4-point scale. According to the notes on my report card,

7=A+
6=A-
5=B
4=C.

Logically, then, a 4.0 (an A on the traditional scale) should be equivalent to a 6.5, directly between A- and A+. Does anyone know if this is right? Is there an "official" conversion scale? Will adcoms assume that 7.0=4.0 and thereby hurt my average?

(Then there's the part about taking what amounts to honors classes throughout high school without the benefit of weighted averages, but that's a completely different rant--ah, the loveliness that is IB.)
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Replies to: IB grade conversion

  • snow-wingssnow-wings Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    I have been wondering about the scale too ... sorry I can't be of much help.
  • thisyearsgirlthisyearsgirl Registered User Posts: 1,953 Senior Member
    Anyone else? For me, it would mean the difference between a 3.85 and a 3.57...agh.
  • thisyearsgirlthisyearsgirl Registered User Posts: 1,953 Senior Member
    snow-wings -- Ooh, I just noticed you're part of the class of 2007! (I am too)
  • warblersrulewarblersrule Super Moderator Posts: 9,249 Senior Member
    I don't really know how the IB conversion would work, so I did a search. The only thing I could find is the conversion the University of British Columbia uses.

    7=96%=A
    6=90%=A-
    5=86%=B
    4=76%=C
    3=70%=C-
  • thisyearsgirlthisyearsgirl Registered User Posts: 1,953 Senior Member
    That's pretty bizarre, because at my school a 3 wouldn't be a C-, but an F. The scale you posted seems to hurt students with high grades and be more lenient on students with low grades.
  • warblersrulewarblersrule Super Moderator Posts: 9,249 Senior Member
    I was guesstimating that you were on a 10 point scale. My school uses:
    93+ A
    85-92 B
    77-84 C
    70-76 D
    0-69 F

    By my school's grading scale,
    7=A
    6=B
    5=C
    4=D
    3=F
    :)
  • thisyearsgirlthisyearsgirl Registered User Posts: 1,953 Senior Member
    No, I'm on a 7-point scale, as detailed in the first post. I don't know the percentages, because it varies between classes and teachers.
  • snow-wingssnow-wings Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    I am on a seven-point scale too, sorry I didn't reply sooner. Yeah for 2007!
  • thisyearsgirlthisyearsgirl Registered User Posts: 1,953 Senior Member
    I actually asked our college counselor about this, and she says colleges don't convert--because a 7 is technically an A+, which puts us at a disadvantage compared to the four-point scale. A 7 is very difficult to get, and no one ever has a 7.0 unweighted GPA.
  • otacon88otacon88 Registered User Posts: 241 Junior Member
    i'm in IB, and my school does the regular 4.0 GPA. only our IB tests are in the 7 point scale.
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