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Would choosing pass/fail over the letter grade hurt my chances at college admissions?


My school now has a policy due to covid-19 that says that for each class you can either take the final letter grade or you can convert it to a pass/fail, which means that you don't get credit in it and it doesn't affect your gpa, it just says pass/fail. I wanted to take the letter grade for all of my classes other than engineering (for which I have a B), and the other ones I'm more than likely going to end in the A's range. The classes I take are AP Bio, APWH, English 10 Honors, Math Analysis Honors, and Chemistry Honors. I want to go into pre-med in the future. Will p/f engineering affect me?


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DebaterMAX did ask more or less the same question yesterday, and I think my answer to his question should be equally applicable here. Here's the link to it:

The gist is that I don't think it'll have a strong effect in either direction. In a normal year, taking a course P/F would raise the question of why you choose P/F, and it's usually not worth it to do that just to avoid a B. But I think with the current circumstances and COVID, schools are going to be more likely to take P/F grades at face value, so choosing to take P/F on that one course shouldn't have a huge effect.

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So i heard from others some schools Cal system notably are disregarding this semesters GPA. If you refer to a question I originally posted yesterday ish. Denton answered it and I cant top that.