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Optional Pass / Fail Policy

longhorn1998longhorn1998 2 replies1 threads New Member
I am a senior in college (about to graduate in a week). Not counting this semester, I have a cumulative 4.0 GPA. It looks like I will be getting my first A- this semester.

My university set forth an optional pass / fail policy on a course-by-course basis. I'm not sure if I should pass / fail the class and keep my 4.0 or just keep everything on a letter-grade basis and get a 3.99 cumulative GPA for undergrad.

Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
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  • itsgettingreal21itsgettingreal21 330 replies5 threads Member
    Take the A-. There’s no difference between a 3.99 and a 4.0. And a 4.0 with an optional pass is a 4.0*.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 10213 replies119 threads Senior Member
    I think if you take the P, it would be assumed you did worse than an A-. Take the letter grade.
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  • longhorn1998longhorn1998 2 replies1 threads New Member
    edited May 17
    @itsgettingreal21 and @momofsenior1 thanks so much for your advice!

    I should have prefaced this earlier, but an extenuating circumstance arose at home (a domestic violence incident) before the final for the class I got an A- in. This circumstance was exacerbated by the pandemic and significantly impacted my grade on the final; therefore, I'm not sure if I should pass / fail and explain the extenuating circumstance in the optional essay when I apply to grad school or take the 3.99. Thanks in advance!
    edited May 17
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 10213 replies119 threads Senior Member
    I’m sorry you had that situation but you don’t need to explain an A- grade.
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