Hi! I'm going to apply to some US universities and I want to know if they know in some countries the exams are more difficult and that my grades are good here ( 8,6/10 in sophmore year) but when I convert it into a 4 GPA scale they look worse. Thank you!
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They do, but the reality is that for international students SAT/ACT scores are more important to compare you with other candidates. It is difficult for admission officers to understand how challenging is your workload and they might lack statistics on how well people from your country with similar grades perform. Good luck !
Yes - American Admission Officers will most likely be familiar with the grade system of your country already, but if you live somewhere like Belarus or Estonia that has very few International applicants then you should ask your counselor or dean of students (principal) for some sort of document that explains how the grading system works at your school. I think that just off the bat your school is required to send something like that to American universities so that they understand how your grades are in relation to your school.