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12/07/2020 at 04:46PM[edited]

Do AOs recognize a difference between 2 grades?
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So I currently have an 80.4% in AP Micro. My school uses the grading scale of A-93 B-85 instead of the more common 10 point scale. If my grade stays the exact same would AOs see it as a “B” or would they see it as a “C”?

My school subs in numbers for letters so 1=A 2=B and the transcript lists the number.

I’m specifically talking about selective/competitive schools.

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12/08/2020 at 12:17AM

Unfortunately, I believe that your admissions officers are only going to see the numbers or letters reported on your transcript. (So, if your school calls an 80.4% a C or 3 and reports it that way, this is what your admissions officers will see.) If your transcript shows 1-5 number grades AND percentages, though, then your admissions officers will most likely do their own evaluation and view your 80.4 as a B-.

I hope that it is standard practice at your school for your guidance counselor(s) to explain this grading system in students' college recommendation letters. If not, you should definitely ask your guidance counselor to explain the grading to your schools and/or explain the system yourself in your CommonApp additional information section.

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12/07/2020 at 07:11PM

I think it depends on how it looks like on your official HS transcript.

If the line for AP Bio shows only the 80.4% final grade (for example) and not the letter grade, then most AOs at top schools will read this like a low B.

If the line for AP Bio shows only the letter grade C (I'm assuming that's how your school would mark it), then they would read it as a C.

If your schools show both percentage of grades and letter grades side by side for all your classes, then I would recommend using the add'l essay to explain that your school has a system-wide "grade deflation" grading process because most schools in the US use the 100 point scale for grades. 90-100 (A), 80-89 (B), 70-79 (C) 60-69 (D) <60 (F).

Hope that helps you out.

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@DebaterMAX12/07/2020 at 07:28PM

Thanks! My school subs in numbers for letters so 1=A 2=B etc and my transcript lists the number. Would that change anything? I say letters as it’s just more understandable.

@CameronBameron12/07/2020 at 08:07PM

So are you saying that on your transcript if you got a final grade for this class it would look like AP BIO - 2 ....80.4% or something else? I've never seen anything like it.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@DebaterMAX12/07/2020 at 08:08PM

It shows APUSH 2 PreCalc 2 Physics 1 etc. it’s the modified grading scale just with numbers not letters

@CameronBameron12/07/2020 at 08:15PM

So how does your HS tabulate a GPA then from 1s and 2s? Do they convert them back to 4s and 3s? or something else. Are the Percentages never seen on the transcript?

[🎤 AUTHOR]@DebaterMAX12/07/2020 at 08:25PM

Percentage isn’t shown. But it’s the standard gpa formula A=4 B=3 etc. weight is normal plus one if it’s a 3 or higher. Honors isn’t calculated.

@CameronBameron12/07/2020 at 10:07PM

So how would your school grade you right now with a 80.4% on a fictitious transcript? Would it say AP BIO - 3 then? or something else?

[🎤 AUTHOR]@DebaterMAX12/07/2020 at 10:26PM

Ap Micro 3

@CameronBameron12/08/2020 at 12:30AM

I see thanks. In that case, I highly recommend that you explain what your real UWGPA would be if your school calculated it like the other schools in the Add'l Info essay section. You could very well have a better GPA if you recalc'd it yourself and sharing that with them.