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3 months ago
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Is it bad that I got a B as a term grade?

Term 1 ends next week and I have all A's in all ap classes except 1. I have a B+ (88%) in one class. If next term I get an A in the same class the 2 term grades will average out to be an A. But do colleges look at term grades or semester grades?

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3 months ago[edited]

It depends. I believe that usually, colleges will only see your final semester grades. If you've seen a copy of your transcript, those are the grades they will see when they evaluate your academics. Regarding the B, it should be fine because colleges generally would rather see you get a B in a challenging class, rather than an A in an easy class. Because it is an AP class, and you're showing that you are challenging yourself, I think it will be fine. But, it shouldn't matter anyway, though, since it is not a final, semester grade. Hope this helps!

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3 months ago

Getting a B+ in a hard class is pretty much the same as an A in an easy class. Colleges look at semester grades mostly. So it would probably show up as an A. I wouldn't worry to much, but you can ask your counselor or google to see how the colleges your applying to check grades and what grade would show up on your transcript.

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3 months ago

A B+ Is good. you'll be ok.

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3 months ago

You should ask your guidance counselor or another school official about what transcripts look like. For example, my school gives grades every quarter but our transcripts only show final grades. However, other schools show grades for every semester, others every term, etc.

Colleges usually ask for more info than your transcript provides, so they really might not even see that term B if you get a final grade of A. However, if it's shown on your transcript but your record is really good otherwise (i.e. this B is an anomaly and you usually get A's), it probably won't be a huge detriment, especially if they see that you worked on improving and ultimately got an A in the class.

Bottom line: Ask your guidance counselor (or even other students who might know) about what your transcript looks like, and don't stress because one B in your high school career isn't going to make or break your college app (a bunch of B's would be a different story, though).

Hope this helped!

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