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Failing a class and retaking it

shadow2shadow2 Posts: 253Registered User Junior Member
Does the F in a class show up on my transcript if I take the class again and get a higher grade like a B? Is the F factored into my GPA?
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Replies to: Failing a class and retaking it

  • LeftistHominidLeftistHominid Posts: 3,803Registered User Senior Member
    it shows up i think, but it doesn't get factored in if you retake
  • Columbia_StudentColumbia_Student Posts: 5,046Registered User Senior Member
    If you take it again, Berkeley will replace your grade with the new grade. This is for your UC GPA only, and the failing grade will still be on all official-like transcripts.

    Unless you've failed 12 units already, in which case, Berkeley averages the two grades (the failing grade + the retake), instead of grade replacement.

    ucberkeley: what happens if you fail a class????
  • shadow2shadow2 Posts: 253Registered User Junior Member
    So if you transfer to another college for grad school, the F is still factored in?
  • LeftistHominidLeftistHominid Posts: 3,803Registered User Senior Member
    not exactly, they will recognize the retake mostlikely
  • Columbia_StudentColumbia_Student Posts: 5,046Registered User Senior Member
    My understanding is that it will replace the grade up to 12 units. So that is what your transcript will show, the later grade.
  • shadow2shadow2 Posts: 253Registered User Junior Member
    What's the lowest grade you can get to be able to retake the class? I mean, should I just give up, knowing that I'll do a retake, or just keep working, and maybe miraculously pull a C?
  • swimcatsmomswimcatsmom Posts: 15,013Registered User Senior Member
    Also depends what your future plans are. Medical school and, I believe, law school will factor both grades into your GPA.
  • Columbia_StudentColumbia_Student Posts: 5,046Registered User Senior Member
    If you receive an F in a course, you can simply retake the course for a letter grade. While the F will still show up on your transcript, it will not be calculated into your GPA. Only the new grade you receive will be counted. You may repeat any class in this manner if you receive below a D+, and you may only repeat up to 12 units of coursework. After that, you do not receive units and the grade does not count, however it does show up on your transcript. While failing a course is not the end of your academic life at Cal, it is important to find resources and tutors who can assist you in improving your academics.

    Academic Services Centers :: Academic Advising :: FAQ
  • Columbia_StudentColumbia_Student Posts: 5,046Registered User Senior Member
    Swimcatsmom is correct. For medical admission retake a class grade is average in.

    This is what I found googling, not particular to BYU but medical admission in general

    [url]]http://ccc.byu.edu/healthpro/preMedicalInformation.php[/url]
    Repeating classes:If you receive a C grade or higher in a class, we do not recommend that you retake the course. It will only be a waste of your time. When you apply to medical school each grade is treated equally regardless of how many times you have taken the class. You should only retake a class in which you received a C grade or higher if you did not learn the subject matter well enough to do well in subsequent classes and on the MCAT. You should repeat classes in which you received a C- or below.
  • Waiting4CollegeWaiting4College Posts: 1,966Registered User Senior Member
    what about an NP in a variable unit self-paced class? how do med schools factor this into the gpa...does it get looked at an F or a D+ or what?
  • Columbia_StudentColumbia_Student Posts: 5,046Registered User Senior Member
    http://roosevelt.ucsd.edu/academics/gradGPA.pdf
    A “NP” grade does count as an “F” on the law school applications. AMCAS may
    assign an F to a NP grade
    . “W” grades are never factored into the GPA for admission
    purposes. A+ grades do not count for more than 4.0 in GPA calculations for medical and
    law school applications.
    The admissions
    committee’s impressions of the D or F are generally worse than of a W. Avoid the D’s
    and F’s.Students often ask us near the 4th and 9th week drop/change deadlines if they should drop
    a class or change a grading option. We generally tell them that if they don’t have any
    W’s, or very few of them, that a W will not hurt like a C, D or F might, especially for
    medical school. They may be asked to explain the W in an interview, but that will
    generally be less damaging than a D or F on the record, which brings down the GPA.

    Do law schools count a “P” grade as a “C”? This is absolutely not true. “Law Services”,
    the application service, does not count a “P” grade into the undergraduate college GPA.
    When applying to law and most medical schools, all repeated course grades are
    counted into the overall GPA (both the original grade and the repeated grade). UCSD
    allows the first four repeated courses’ grades to be omitted from the UCSD GPA
    calculation; not so for law schools, as well as all allopathic (M.D.) medical schools. D.O.
    (osteopathic) schools do omit first grades in their calculations.
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