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C in English

rispatrispat Posts: 193Registered User Junior Member
helo
I just had my interview and my interviewer said "that C in English is going to HURT you a lot"...So now i'm pretty scared....I'm not that terrible in English (my TOEFL is good)...Anyways, does it matter a lot? Does MIT adcom think students MUST do everything well even if it's not something we're interested in or will major in??
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  • molliebatmitmolliebatmit Posts: 12,242Super Moderator Senior Member
    I think perhaps what your interviewer was saying wasn't that a C in a non-technical subject will hurt you, just that a C in general will probably hurt you.

    No, MIT doesn't expect that students do everything well -- but in many (highly grade-inflated) high schools, "not doing particularly well but still making an effort" = B. (I literally cannot imagine what I could have done -- or not done -- in high school and gotten a C.)

    If there's context which can explain your C -- ie if your high school isn't grade-inflated at all -- it might be good to attach a note explaining this.
  • rispatrispat Posts: 193Registered User Junior Member
    how do we know if the grades are inflated? I don't think the grades are inflated at my school...the highest weighted GPA in my class is 4.0 while I see many students on CC getting 4.6's. So i guess it's not inflated, yea?
  • sagar_indurkhyasagar_indurkhya Posts: 1,491Registered User Senior Member
    What if we go to a non-highly grade inflated school? Like, I know that everyone who takes AP Physics C and AP Chem ace the AP exam's with 5's, but the classes are much harder, and many get B's.
  • maverachmaverach Posts: 416Registered User Member
    Rispat, I have had the same exact question...

    Our GPAs are out of 4.0, and all your classes are normally weighted A-4.0 B+-3.5, and you add an extra .5 for passing the AP.

    So I have a 3.88 and I'm wondering how it's possible that people get over 4.5!!

    Grade-inflation wise, my grades are totally deflated, especially with the grading scale being B+ is 90-93 and A is 94-100. So at my new school, all my B+s would be A-'s. Hmph.
  • Crash_BlairCrash_Blair Posts: 608Registered User Member
    My interviewer didn't even look at my grades... o.O
  • rispatrispat Posts: 193Registered User Junior Member
    yea, no one in my English class gets an A. I think it's really not fair..a "B- student" who was in my school (thailand) went to the states and maintained a 3.9 gpa. hmph.. I know colleges kind of have an idea about the grading scheme in each school, but still, there are so many extreme cases
  • davandavan Posts: 104Registered User Junior Member
    My school averages a 4.5 for virtually all AP tests (none are below 4.0), yet there are MANY more B's than A's. In fact, last year the average score for people who got B's in AP Bio and Euro (two supposedly easy APs) was a 5 (well technically 4.89 or something for over 100 students in each).

    On the other hand, a school neighboring me averages about a 3 or so (more 2's than 4's) for people who got A's in most of the AP classes. Go figure...
  • OrgyJorgyOrgyJorgy Posts: 24Registered User New Member
    I think my school has got to be the only school in the nation that doesn't weigh GPAs.
  • Crash_BlairCrash_Blair Posts: 608Registered User Member
    Many schools don't weigh. Mine doesn't..
  • GandhijiGandhiji Posts: 713Registered User Member
    my skuuhl is getting rid of class rank......
  • bananainpyjamasbananainpyjamas Posts: 1,167Registered User Senior Member
    Grade-inflation wise, my grades are totally deflated, especially with the grading scale being B+ is 90-93 and A is 94-100. So at my new school, all my B+s would be A-'s. Hmph.

    Sorry, that doesn't count as deflation. If grades were truly "deflated," you'd see a bell curve distribution of grades in all your classes, including honors and APs. My school had the exact same grading scale and weighting system, yet the average GPA was a 3.7.
  • ckmets13ckmets13 Posts: 2,294Registered User Senior Member
    in my SUPA english class, the highest grade ever received with the current teacher was a 93, and there has been 1 A paper in 4 years, so its pretty impossible to get high grades in that class.
  • maverachmaverach Posts: 416Registered User Member
    banana, I went to a sci and tech school where all the classes were honors...we don't have rank and I have no idea what the distribution is. And I was comparing it to my new school. Sorry.
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