# My school uses averages...hows that gonna work?

<p>I converted each of my courses from averages to gpa points on a traditional scale (B+ = 3.33, A- = 3.67)...is this what colleges will do to my courses for transfer admissions? I figure theyll do this because averages are somewhat unorthodox on the university level.</p>

<p>i believe it is more like B+ = 3.3, A- = 3.7, A= 4.0</p>

<p>B- = 2.7
B = 3.0
B+ = 3.3
A- = 3.7
A = 4.0</p>

<p>My school uses the numbers aca used.</p>

<p>that is very interesting, so it's harder for u guys to get like a 3.7 i take it, u need some As then right?</p>

<p>Georgetown:
A - 4.00
A- - 3.67
B+ - 3.33</p>

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that is very interesting, so it's harder for u guys to get like a 3.7 i take it, u need some As then right?

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<p>If you intend to apply to law school, the LSDAS will calculate your GPA with the exact same numbers.</p>

<p>really? I know many schools including Cornell that do A - 4.0, A- = 3.7, B+ = 3.30, B= 3.0</p>

<p>Cal Berklely and NYU use the same system.</p>

<p>my primary question is: will colleges convert my grades?</p>

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my primary question is: will colleges convert my grades?

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<p>No, they will not. They use the GPA as reported by the school from which you are applying.</p>

<p>nspeds, how do u know that. I mean how can you possibly be absolutely sure that won't.</p>

<p>It has been confirmed by those who review applications.</p>

<p>even if they use the average system?</p>

<p>because i know thats pretty rare in the states</p>

<p>my school does, however, have letter grades next to the percent so i thought maybe the colleges would recognize the significance of letter grades.</p>

<p>anyone know?</p>

<p>They'll look at the numbers and mentally convert them to good, bad, great, awful, etc. I think you can figure out how the numbers correlate to teh adjectives.</p>

<p>yeah well heres the thing...my canadian avg is a 78, which is a B+. Its bad enough that our grading standard is different so a 78 seems terrible here, but if u take my individual courses and give them points, then i have a 3.4-5 as opposed to a 3.33 (B+)</p>

<p>in this case the good, bad, average judgement becomes real subjective.</p>

<p>aca0260,</p>

<p>im in the same boat as you... coming from a canadian university, the LSAC assessment for my specific school says at an A is a 4.0 (80% and above). I think it makes sense that your 78% is a B+ as the grading scales in Canada probably dont vary a lot. A 78% in the States may not be impressive or good at all but a 78% in Canada is really, really excellent. at my school, most students would be incredibly happy with a 78% on an essay, as the averages for my classes have ranged in the fifties.</p>

<p>Anyone with experience transferring from Canada out there? I'm wondering what my chances are for top ives and stanford. I believe my extracurriculars are the strongest aspects of my candidacy but who knows... most people who apply probably have amazing ECs so it is hard to tell. My academic average is hovering around a 87.5-88.5% right now depending on first term grades which are just coming in now. i know of a few people who have transferred or gone on to grad/law/business school at harvard from my university with an undergrad avg in the low 80s...but i don't know what ECs they had, or whether they were legacies, etc. its hard to tell but at least this whole application process can at least be a good learning experience for grad school and all that.</p>

<p>happy holidays!</p>

<p>oops i forgot to add, what school are you from aca0260? im guessing from your name... acadia?</p>

<p>adriana if u have an 87.5-89 in the canadian system, ure competitive almost everywhere...i replied to ure pm already and kind of discouraged u from applying to harvard and yale (even now the chances arent so great because they accept so few applicants) but if you have an SAT above 1350, you should go for it. 87.5-89 is pretty much the best you can do in this system, and thats what these schools like to see.</p>

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the LSAC assessment for my specific school says at an A is a 4.0 (80% and above).

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<p>Unfortunately, undergraduate schools do not use the LSAC when evaluating an applicant.</p>

<p>nspeds,</p>

<p>thats definitely true. but i included it because its the only mechanism i have found for gauging and comparing canadian avgs with US gpas. :( well, i hope the system the colleges use is somewhat similar.... anyone have ideas about this?</p>