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Should I mention the tough grading scale in the notes on my common app
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My HS uses a 7 point grading scale so our letter grades are typically lower than many other schools that use the standard 10 point scale. We also don't have pluses or minuses. So, even though I have a 91 average, I only have a 3.3 GPA because a 92 is a B. The transcript my school sends will only have the letter grades. I know they send a report, and colleges in my area are familiar with our district policy, but I had an admissions counselor suggest that I also explain this grading system in the notes of the Common App for schools that may not know my district policy. Does this seem like a good idea or should I just take my chances?

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8 months ago

Your HS counselor is responsible for not only submitting your transcripts but also a school profile that explains the grading policies at your school. It would be unnecessary and redundant to re-explain it yourself. I highly recommend that you focus on other components of your application that will help you stand out against peers applying to similar colleges as you. Good luck.

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