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04/25/2020 at 08:38PM
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Do Universities consider low GPA for international students?

I am currently studying in India an switched my board from ICSE to SSC ( From central to state board) in my junior year of high school. I scored 96% in tenth standard and 63%(!!) in eleventh. This was because the SSC is very, very strict in paper corrections, plus it came as a total change to me. So now, I have a very low GPA (around 3.2) for an international applicant to UCSB. I am planning to take the SAT soon and through practice tests, I know I am definitely going to score a 1400+. Will UCSB consider my exceptionally low GPA? According to Indian semesters I have already entered my 12th. Can I do anything to increase my GPA?

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04/25/2020 at 09:52PM

Hi there! You ask some very good questions regarding your GPA. To start, I would like to say that if you are applying to top 20 schools in the US, your GPA may not cut it. But in regards to applications to UCSB, according to the Prepscholar blog, the average GPA at UCSB is a 3.39, so you are very close. Your test scores may make up for how your GPA is lacking, if you do end up scoring exceptionally on the SAT, which it sounds like you will!

Now onto the question of how to increase your GPA. I am not particularly well versed in the way of bringing up your faltering GPA, but I can offer you some tips of how I got my grades from lower than I wanted to average. (Please regard that I do not know how Indian schools work, I only know the American school system, so please do not hesitate to reach out for clarification)

1. Get a tutor for classes where you are struggling.

2. Ask your teacher if you can correct anything or make any work up.

3. Prioritize your schoolwork.

4. STUDY for tests, especially finals! This saved me in my math class when I was on the edge of an A and an A-.

5. Utilize online resources such as Khan Academy! (They're super helpful, and free!)

Good luck with everything, and I hope you get into UCSB!


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