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 HONOURSGPA: 2.90Now, 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?
I'm gonna take a wild guess and say that the OP went to UofT or Queen's. BTW, that LSAC report also shows the average LSAC GPA of all applicants who had their transcripts "tampered" with by LSAC. If your if indeed high vs the average it'll still show. Also, I talked to one adcomm and she said that they also look at how your mark compares against the average marks in the class. But otherwise, GPA deflation does suck