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GPA and SAT Score

TarheelhopefulTarheelhopeful Posts: 79Registered User Junior Member
I just read a post on how your GPA and SAT score are supposed to match somehow but what if they don't? How does it look if your GPA is between 3.3-3.5 and your SAT Score is around a 2000-2100? It's not like I planned it that way...does that mean your school is difficult, or will colleges think you were lazy or maybe just very involved in school and outside actvities like I have been????
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Replies to: GPA and SAT Score

  • samiamysamiamy Posts: 1,670Registered User Senior Member
    well, what are your courses like, the most challenging at your school, or the easiest?
  • TarheelhopefulTarheelhopeful Posts: 79Registered User Junior Member
    I am currently in 2 honors and 2 AP classes....next semester 1 honors, 1 regular, and 2 AP
  • samiamysamiamy Posts: 1,670Registered User Senior Member
    Well, yes schools do know the rigor of a particular school. My school does not weight any accelerated or honors courses. You only get extra weight for an AP and that is only 1 point IF you get an A in the course which would be 95 or better, half a point to 85, .25 from 85-79, then nothing below that.

    From neighboring school districts, my GPA ranges from 93 at mine, to 98 using another districts method. Doesn't mean that GPA of 98 is better than my 93. WE don't have insanely high GPA even our val is only at 97 right now. Our district has the most IVY acceptances around our area.

    Your school should indicate their methods of weighting somewhere in their website, or on your official transcript that will go with your applications.

    An admission rep I spoke to said if you have a 99 GPA in all regular classes their going to wonder why you didn't challenge yourself and take an AP in your strongest subjects. If your not allowed of they don't have them, thats one thing, if you didn't by your choice thats something else.
  • LiistLiist Posts: 1,787- Senior Member
    My SAT scores are in the 2200 range, but since my school has such a rigorous curriculum, I'm barely passing with a 3.0 (weighted) GPA
  • ablegreenablegreen Posts: 49Registered User Junior Member
    if you have a low gpa, aim for a high SAT score
    cause GPA is worth more than SAT score
  • happycollegemomhappycollegemom Posts: 1,170Registered User Senior Member
    high schools must send their own "report cards" on what the school offers,ie, CP, honors, AP, etc.with each student's transcript. admissions will then line this up with the applicant to see how many of the most rigorous they took.
  • samiamysamiamy Posts: 1,670Registered User Senior Member
    yeah, my official transcript has a key,
    College prep 1
    Accelerated/Honors 2
    AP/Science research 3
  • AndaleAndale Posts: 7,304Super Moderator Senior Member
    if you have a low gpa, aim for a high SAT score
    cause GPA is worth more than SAT score
    This is not a generalizable piece of advice.

    The above posters with very high SAT scores and rigorous curricula but GPAs which don't "match" their SAT may be fine.

    But high SAT/mediocre GPA can be a scary combination - can look like a "slacker" profile. If your curriculum and your recs and your school's tough grading policy explain it all... then perhaps ok. But if you, in fact, *are* slacking off, the high SAT may harm your admissions chances at some schools.

    Moral of the story: craft a college list that takes your GPA *and* your SAT into account. Make sure you have safeties on both counts on your list.
  • MelancholyDaneMelancholyDane Posts: 643Registered User Member
    I wish only test scores mattered. I also wish I were the only singer in America.
  • YanksDolphinsYanksDolphins Posts: 1,046Registered User Senior Member
    There isn't really any correlation. In my HS, people ranked in the 10's-20's had SAT's higher than some in the top 10.
  • bjs_7bjs_7 Posts: 108Registered User Junior Member
    A good SAT score generally proves that you're pretty intelligent and pretty good at the SAT (it's not all about how smart you are).

    A good GPA proves that you're intelligent and that you're willing to work harder than a good percentage of people in your class.

    GPA > SAT

    That's how I see it anyway
  • DuperDuper Posts: 1,125- Senior Member
    A good SAT score generally proves that you're pretty intelligent and pretty good at the SAT (it's not all about how smart you are).

    What?
  • stephi878stephi878 Posts: 179Registered User Junior Member
    I have a 3.8 UW gpa and I took 3 AP classes in the past, and am taking 5 now. My SATs are 1770, which I think just shows what a horrible test taker I am.
  • bjs_7bjs_7 Posts: 108Registered User Junior Member
    To Duper: Sorry if I was unclear. My point is that to get a really high SAT score you have to be smart (well duh) but in addition you have to know how the SAT test writers think and how the test is set up in general. There are certain traps that can be avoided that can help boost your score.
  • sunshineydaysunshineyday Posts: 1,780Registered User Member
    What's a 3.5 GPA as a letter grade? How about a 3.8?
    My school doesn't calculate GPA....
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