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Rankings, how to round

Rankings, how to round
« on: July 13, 2006, 08:35:25 AM »
Are you in the top half if you're in the 50.2 %?  Top third at 33.4, etc? -- since you would round to 50, 33, etc.

Re: Rankings, how to round
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2006, 09:03:06 AM »
Are you in the top half if you're in the 50.2 %?  Top third at 33.4, etc? -- since you would round to 50, 33, etc.

Are you saying that rounding down is acceptable?  Last I checked one half = 50% so being at 50.2% would make a person the top of the bottom half of the class.  one-third = 33.33333% does not = 33.4% thereby making the person also unable to claim being in the top third strictly speaking.  If it is a common practice to do so on resumes that's one thing, but looking strictly at the numbers and equating it to their fractions does not work.  Personally I'd check with what the school would say since the potential employer is likely to contact them if the gpa doesn't fit what they believe equates to that ranking.

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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2006, 11:52:15 AM »
C'mon man... You mean I can't round my 3.7 GPA UG up to 4.0? That's just not fair...

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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2006, 05:14:40 PM »
i agree completely, being an engineer myself and anal, but what about peeople that transfer, at our school, usually about 5% of the class transfer, obviuosly, its people near the top of the class, now what do you do, if a firm is looking for top 10% and half of those people are no longer in the class??

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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2006, 06:36:30 PM »
Look and see if your school handbook has rounding rules; some do.

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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2006, 01:31:35 PM »
They'll come out with a new ranking in August once people transfer out and those that remain all get to climb the six, seven, eight etc. spots.

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Re: Rankings, how to round
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2006, 06:55:20 PM »
They'll come out with a new ranking in August once people transfer out and those that remain all get to climb the six, seven, eight etc. spots.

Not all schools do. We're I'm at they only come out with rankings once a year. Not when people transfer out.

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« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2006, 06:58:07 PM »
I think at my school they don't round at all. I know they round down for GPA, which sucks because I'm .01 point away from the next highest number, but that's life. If there's any question, you could just be X out of XXX students instead of a percentage ranking.

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« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2006, 07:51:08 PM »
Thanks, especially to John for that summary.

I think to be upfront but fair, I'll say something like 101/200 (50th %)

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« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2006, 07:56:47 PM »
That's what I have on my resume. I have Xth out of XXX students (X%). Career services didn't have a problem with that, so I guess it's ok.