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How R-scores are handled in American colleges?

CatriaCatria Registered User Posts: 11,349 Senior Member
edited September 2012 in Canada
I have a question pertaining to R-scores as used to apply in American colleges. They appear in every Quebec CEGEP transcript, course-by-course, and are used as a criterion of admission in Quebec universities for students applying in "restricted" programs (for the record, I am enrolled in an unrestricted program, which admits everyone that satisfy the program's requirements).

So let me be clear about what actually goes into R-scores: they take in account the class rank, with the transcript showing both your own (numerical!) grade and the class average, but also takes in account class strength, using Secondary 4 and 5 provincial finals' scores. Overall, R-scores are norm-referenced, with 25 being, by definition, the province-wide average, with a standard deviation of 5.

R-scores replace high-school GPAs in the Quebecer context; I also think that Quebec CEGEPs can provide quality education. But are there a lot of American colleges that are familiar with R-scores other than a few Northeast schools?
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Replies to: How R-scores are handled in American colleges?

  • CatriaCatria Registered User Posts: 11,349 Senior Member
    I assume Canadian schools would perhaps be more familiar with R-scores than would American universities and, so, perhaps R-scores will be treated by English Canadian admissions offices in a similar way to American ones. In which case how, say, UofT or UBC (or just about any other school outside Quebec that could see Quebecer students apply for it) could handle R-scores?
  • tomofbostontomofboston Registered User Posts: 2,373 Senior Member
    American schools will look at your entire high school and CEGEP record from 9th grade on and your SAT/ACT scores. They will not be looking only at any one item like an R score. They will also look at your essays and letters of reference from teachers.
  • CatriaCatria Registered User Posts: 11,349 Senior Member
    American schools will look at your entire high school and CEGEP record from 9th grade on and your SAT/ACT scores. They will not be looking only at any one item like an R score. They will also look at your essays and letters of reference from teachers.

    I knew that American adcoms looked at SAT/ACT scores, essays, letters of reference and extracurriculars. But if you had to look at high school records as well, it will make the entire experience that much more unpleasant for American adcoms, since neither have GPAs and class ranks are so crudely computed that there are no overall class rank but a sectional rank. Even so, sectional ranks only sort students into five tiers within a section.

    There is no such thing as a Quebec high school transcript so sending in high school records from 9th grade means sending in end-of-year report cards for Secondary 3, 4 and 5. But I suppose that calculus, as well as chemistry and physics, as taught in CEGEPs, are apparently up to AP-level standards...
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