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International GPA Conversion?

ControllaControlla Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
edited July 2017 in International Students
I just completed my National Advanced Level (A LEVEL) in a university.
But my scores might appear lower than the average applicant.
For instance, in my 1st semester Economics,I had 70% which is technically an A (70-100) but it might seem low to top colleges in America even though the nearest % to me was 50% (second position).... I was first.
My 2nd semester Economics, I had 76% and the second had 47%. They' were set hard by PhD lecturers that teach the real university students.

Final (external) exam results coming out soon though.They are marked nationally.

I was honorarily appointed ( I didn't apply, I was just told I was chosen) to a university-students-only group and my lecturers all agree that I am academically at a level higher than my peers.

How can I make selective colleges understand this? I really tried my very best in the exams..
How do I convert to American GPA? I can't possibly have a <3.0 GPA according to the American scale.

Replies to: International GPA Conversion?

  • paul2752paul2752 Registered User Posts: 5,113 Senior Member
    Well, mention it in applications.

    Also, you can't convert the GPA on your own. YOu have to use either use a reliable 3rd party company or let the colleges calculate it.
  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 Registered User Posts: 5,913 Senior Member
    Most of the more competitive colleges are fully au fait with the major educational systems grading structures. @paul2752 is right- don't try to convert it on on your own. Your recommenders will make it clear where you are relative to your cohort.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 40,128 Senior Member
    You don't convert. You indicate rank, how many for this score, what the next scores were, and how that compares nationally (percentile nationally = "roughly top 5% nationally"). Same thing for national exams.
    What country/system are you from?
  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls Registered User Posts: 4,887 Senior Member
    I am pretty sure that the admissions folks at selective colleges know how to interpret these numbers (or if not that they get appropriate information from the schools where you are). I don't think that you have any problem here at all.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 40,128 Senior Member
    Lower secondary narional examinations such as OLevels or GCSE's will be expected, as well as predicted A Level or IB results.
    If you're asked to estimate GPA, since you rank first, say 4.0 unweighted and in the "testing" section provide your national exam results.
  • ControllaControlla Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
    WASSCE for Olevel @MYOS1634 though A there is 75-100 while for my National Alevels it is 70-100.
  • ControllaControlla Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
    Thank you all for your help! I was so worried that I didn't even have up to a 3.0!
    Do you think a result with a few Bs in WASSCE would be enough to get into Selective colleges? With a good Alevel result!
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