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Re: US GPA Inflation
« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2006, 08:54:20 PM »
Concordia works on a 4.3 scale (90%+ is an A+ although many profs refuse to give them) and the average GPA is 2.7.  I think it's really particular to the university, some are big on inflation others push their average down.

The average GPA at Harvard is 3.4, granted they have a body of exceedingly qualified, hard working students but that is still very high.

Let's be realistic here. Harvard is in a different class than Concordia.
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Re: US GPA Inflation
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2006, 04:50:47 AM »
I posted some of this as a response in another section of this board, but I thought I'd put it up here to get feedback from some other Canadians.

Basically, if there's one thing that's got me worked up more than anything else in the process of applying to American schools, it is being ripped off with my GPA conversion.

I just fing that there is a huge descrepancy in the relevant grading scales between Canada & the US.

I was a Poli Sci major in Canada, and getting 70s in a course or on a paper was considered pretty good. Heck, "Honours" standing was 70% or above.  When the ocassional 80s came along, I was thrilled.  I never knew anyone who got 90s in a Poli Sci course.  I had one prof who said that in his 20 years of teaching, he had only ever given one 90.

I've spent quite a lot of time in the states, and when I tell American students this - they think it's ridiculious.  My girlfriend (an American) graduated as a Psych major with a 3.9 GPA. Now, she's very smart - but the smartest psych students I know in Canada could never pull off the equivelent of that here. If they write an AMAZING paper, they will get a high 80, and be greatful for it.

Many american students have the mentality that anything under like a 3.8 is a bad mark - obviously there is a huge problem with grade inflation in the states.

It doesn't add up.. for example - here's how I'm getting SCREWED by LSAC on my GPA conversion.... This is what LSAC's report for me says:

NOTES: ACADEMIC HONOURS
GPA: 2.90

Now, I have a feeling I'm not the first Canadian to apply to an American Law School, so I figure I'll just put a blurb in my personal statement about the bad conversion, and hope that admissons departments will understand my situation.

Anyone have any thoughts on that?




This depends on the school you go to.  You could've gone to a different school that handed out real grades.  Good going.  HTFH.


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Re: US GPA Inflation
« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2006, 06:24:48 PM »
I had one prof who said that in his 20 years of teaching, he had only ever given one 90.

I think I had that prof. I'm telling ya, that is REALLY a good thing to say to frosh  ::)
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Re: US GPA Inflation
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2006, 09:51:33 AM »
Does the OP go to Queens?...because I had a prof just like that in first year. Does anyone knows what happens in the conversion for Queens students? We have both percentages and letter-grades but Ive hard some stories where adcoms take percentages and others where they take letter-grades...also our letter-grades are a little odd...65-79 is a B whereas at msot schools it starts at 70. Itd be bizarre of LSAC gave a 3.0 for anything from 65-79.

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Re: US GPA Inflation
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2006, 12:19:34 PM »
If I am the OP (original poster?), I went to Bishop's

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Re: US GPA Inflation
« Reply #15 on: December 08, 2006, 12:35:08 AM »
I was just wondering about how lsac converts percentages, or in my case a 12 point grading system, into a gpa. Does anyone have a general chart or list of percentage ranges and their identical grade point averages?
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Re: US GPA Inflation
« Reply #16 on: December 08, 2006, 01:42:21 PM »
I was just wondering about how lsac converts percentages, or in my case a 12 point grading system, into a gpa. Does anyone have a general chart or list of percentage ranges and their identical grade point averages?

12 point grading system, where have I heard that before? OU? Queen's?
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Re: US GPA Inflation
« Reply #17 on: December 08, 2006, 03:00:00 PM »
I was just wondering about how lsac converts percentages, or in my case a 12 point grading system, into a gpa. Does anyone have a general chart or list of percentage ranges and their identical grade point averages?

12 point grading system, where have I heard that before? OU? Queen's?

waterloo. apparently lsac is quite generous to waterloo students; i don't remember the details any more.

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« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2006, 03:01:03 PM »
they should be, waterloo is a top engineering and computer science school.
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Re: US GPA Inflation
« Reply #19 on: December 08, 2006, 03:01:48 PM »
they should be, waterloo is a top engineering and computer science school.

it's a top math school. engineering is arguable.