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Filling out the 'Courses and Grades' section on Common App?

Hi peeps! Starting to work on my Common App and kinda stuck on the 'Courses and Grades' section. It's kinda intricate. Any tips on how to accurately fill this out or pitfalls to avoid?

7 months ago

Hello there! Absolutely, the 'Courses and Grades' section can be a bit of a tricky one. It's great that you're reaching out for some guidance on this.

First off, make sure you have your transcript handy so you can refer to exact course names and the grading scale your school uses. Be precise in how you enter your courses—include any honors, AP, IB, or dual enrollment designations that apply, as this reflects course rigor.

An example would be 'AP Biology' instead of just 'Biology.' Avoid common mistakes like mixing up the grading scale (such as inputting a percentage when your school uses letter grades) or inaccurately reporting your classes (like saying you took a course in the wrong year). Take your time with this section, be meticulous, and double-check everything before moving on.

Finally, don't hesitate to ask for help from a counselor or teacher if you're unsure about any part of your transcript. A little attention to detail here goes a long way in presenting your academic history accurately to admissions officers, which is crucial in order for them to understand your readiness for college-level coursework. Best of luck with your application!

7 months ago

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