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06/09/2020 at 02:20PM
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Can a few B’s reduce my chances of getting into a good school?

I’m a Year 11(sophomore year) student in Nigeria, with mostly A1’s(about 85-100%) but my grades recently slipped and I got a few B2’s(about 70-80%) this term. At first I wasn’t really worried because my GPA remained the same but I just realized that my school uses a completely different grading system from most schools, and now I don’t know if my scores were good enough in the first place.

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06/09/2020 at 02:37PM[edited]

Since you are an international student, your grading system will most likely be adapted into some sort of equivalent to the US GPA system. I did some googling and I found that a B2 is equal to an A on the US system (A+, A, A-, etc… where we have the +/- system). Assuming that, your transcript/grades would be mostly A+ and A which puts you in good, competitive standing for an ivy league college! (fyi in the US A+ is 97-100 and A is 93-96%). You should make sure that you are taking as many advanced or high-level classes that you can take, and if your school offers IBs or dual-enrollment classes with a local university you should do those as well.

In other words a B1 is not equivalent to a US “B” so therefore your grades would be far better than “Bs"

This is the scale I used, for reference:


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