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Replies to: Averages

  • YaleRocksYaleRocks Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    Well, unless your GC mentions it, you'll be at a disadvantage.
  • prjikiprjiki Registered User Posts: 277 Junior Member
    @happysunshine & hinderpanda
    I know what you mean cos my school has quite a few hardmarkers. However, it is ok as long as you specify your ranking to admission. I got my ranking a few months back even though my school doesnot rank (needed it for summer camp applications). If you ask, your school WILL rank you.

    My understadning re this whole Canadian gpa issue is that gpa alone does not tell much, really. Mine is 91.5 so far, and whenever people hear it, they say I should do better. But then the second they hear my rank (top2-3%), they say it is more than good enough for ivies. I attend a crazy competitive public school that is very focused in academics with 1,200 students in 3 grades, and, in many many courses, average score is low 70s! (Talk about hardmarkers!!) Seriously, before I got my ranking I was very very bitter cos it was impossible to get anywhere above 95 which some friends at other schools WERE getting. But I do not worry now.

    It is 'ranking' and 'school demographics' that add meaning to your 'gpa'. Do find out your ranking if you think your school is a toughie, if not, don't. :)
  • itsinreachitsinreach Registered User Posts: 512 Member
    Haha prjiki, you think low 70s is bad - it is common at my school for the class average to be 65! But it's not because it's a super intense school, actually the opposite. I've realized the emphasis on academics here is very lax compared to many others schools.

    Although we do have one EXTREMELY hard marker in math and physics. Data management had 25 students to start this semester, there's 5 left and the average is in the 50s!

    Viggy Ram - what province do you go to high school? It concerns me that you are worried about a 93% avg or whatever it is, seeing as mine is hovering around 90 like hinderpanda's. I am applying to Columbia in the fall.
  • ViggyRamViggyRam - Posts: 2,216 Senior Member
    ^Ontario.

    and OK everyone, thanks for clearing it up. I'm not stressed anymore. gonna focus on SAT now.
  • hinderpandahinderpanda Registered User Posts: 288 Junior Member
    lol, i see..but i do know quite a few people in my school who actually have a pretty high average, like 92~93ish ones. like if you take band or family studies or whatever, you can get 99s = =///.
    a lot of the really high scorers take spares/take an "easy" course to boost their marks.
    i don't know how the unis are gonna know stuff like this, and my ranking probably won't be super high either...T0T
    and what's REALLY sad is that i'm taking visual art courses (which, to be honest, aren't the most stressful course..xD but i do have a passion for visual arts, so i think it's justified that i'm taking them), and the art teacher is wacko, and refuses to give "high" marks...class average for design is like low 70s...
  • jonv112jonv112 Registered User Posts: 49 Junior Member
    I took vocal music all four years and I was afraid that it wouldn't be seen as a challenging course. It's the only "easy" course I've ever taken, but I'm also really passionate about music. I've gotten the highest mark in the class in grade 10 and 11, I currently have the highest midterm for the grade 12 course (99%), and I sing in all four of my school's choirs. I'm also Vice President of the Music Council (a position that requires me to be in a music course). The rest of my courses are pretty challenging lol.
  • [insert.name][insert.name] Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    @HinderPanda:

    I think there's a question on applications where your GC checks off whether or not you took the heaviest courseload. DWAI, unis will probably be able to seperate those who have "boosted" averages and those who don't :)
  • hinderpandahinderpanda Registered User Posts: 288 Junior Member
    ^ Trueeeee. xD I forgot in my moment of panic. xDD
  • prjikiprjiki Registered User Posts: 277 Junior Member
    ^ Not only your gc but one of your visual arts teachers can mention in rec letter that your score was one of the highest and that you have passion for v.a.

    Another thing I found relieving is that standardized test scores help univs figure out how harsh or lenient your school is too. For instance, if you happened to get 780 in sat chem while your school score in chem is 90, univs do know what to expect from your gpa - low 90s at best, not high 90s.

    SO don't worry if you are doing ur hardest.
  • hinderpandahinderpanda Registered User Posts: 288 Junior Member
    ^ well actually, my mark for v.art was the highest only last year..this year i have a dif. teacher, who doesn't like my stuff nearly as much = =. i pretty much dropped 10% in my arts marks...96->86...T-T

    the SAT thing, some ppl say that if your standarized test scores are really high, then unis get nervous->smart students that don't work hard enough in their classes...
    which would do you think is closer to the "truth"?
  • hinderpandahinderpanda Registered User Posts: 288 Junior Member
    checked with my guidance counselor today.
    we don't rank (unless you wanna sit there and count), but the honour roll could be arranged by grade, so we looked up my mark, and i'd be in the top10%
    YAYYYY
    xD

    But I'm gonna try to do better, I think I can make it into the top 5% if I try really hard. xD
  • ViggyRamViggyRam - Posts: 2,216 Senior Member
    my schools does actual rankings. (like 1,2,3.....). Just found out.
  • 2Yina22Yina2 Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    quintile ranking is not really ranking, but it's pleasing to see lol
    and I do understand how you feel about a 93; asian stress (and it can lower the average by soooo much)
  • ViggyRamViggyRam - Posts: 2,216 Senior Member
    ^yea, it really lowered my midterm average but I've gotten that mark up some since midterm. Are you a junior too (gr.11)? And does the ranking at the end of gr.11 matter the most? (ie. if I drop to no.2 after first sem. gr12 does it matter or not?)
  • 2Yina22Yina2 Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    yesh I'm a junior

    and junior year matters the most because it's the last final grades they see, though they might get your midyear report in before they decide

    I'm having all my finals right now, hope I can maintain my grades haha
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