GPA calculation question

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GPA calculation question

Postby GrcP8nter » Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:13 pm

I know that LSAC only calculates your GPA based on the grades before your first degree.

What about if you graduate, and before you send your transcripts to LSAC you re-take some classes with lower grades. Assuming that your college does not list the previous grade on your transcript, Would LSAC calculate your GPA with these new grades?

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Re: GPA calculation question

Postby GrcP8nter » Sat Apr 03, 2010 2:03 pm

I'm guessing I should have used a different title

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Re: GPA calculation question

Postby singingvontrapp » Sat Apr 03, 2010 2:10 pm

I don't know from how your college does things, but isn't a transcript supposed to be a record of all credited academic activities that you undertook in an institution? Does your college really just expunge an entire 4.0 semester units (or whatever you use out there) and pretend it never happened?

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Re: GPA calculation question

Postby Nom Sawyer » Sat Apr 03, 2010 2:15 pm

GrcP8nter wrote:I know that LSAC only calculates your GPA based on the grades before your first degree.

What about if you graduate, and before you send your transcripts to LSAC you re-take some classes with lower grades. Assuming that your college does not list the previous grade on your transcript, Would LSAC calculate your GPA with these new grades?


Even if your college replaces your old grades with the new ones, LSAC would count both. Thus your LSAC GPA would now include both the previous grade and the new grade in the same class.

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Re: GPA calculation question

Postby GrcP8nter » Sat Apr 03, 2010 3:05 pm

Nom Sawyer wrote:
GrcP8nter wrote:I know that LSAC only calculates your GPA based on the grades before your first degree.

What about if you graduate, and before you send your transcripts to LSAC you re-take some classes with lower grades. Assuming that your college does not list the previous grade on your transcript, Would LSAC calculate your GPA with these new grades?


Even if your college replaces your old grades with the new ones, LSAC would count both. Thus your LSAC GPA would now include both the previous grade and the new grade in the same class.


But if my college replaces the original grades with the new ones, how would LSAC know what the original grades were? Wouldn't they have to use only the new ones?

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Re: GPA calculation question

Postby GrcP8nter » Sat Apr 03, 2010 3:16 pm

For instance if I took Intro to Macroeconomics and recieved a D, then re-took the grade and got and A it would say for a grade in the first class RP, meaning repeat at my school. Then it would list the class again under a different semmester and give the grade as A. So how could LSAC count the original grade, even if the new grade was after getting my BA.

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Re: GPA calculation question

Postby phoenix323 » Sat Apr 03, 2010 3:21 pm

GrcP8nter wrote:For instance if I took Intro to Macroeconomics and recieved a D, then re-took the grade and got and A it would say for a grade in the first class RP, meaning repeat at my school. Then it would list the class again under a different semmester and give the grade as A. So how could LSAC count the original grade, even if the new grade was after getting my BA.


Your school transcript will list ALL of the courses you've taken. Even if you repeat courses, and even if you took them after you've graduated. Otherwise, everyone would do what you propose, i.e. retaking classes for a GPA boost. It wouldn't really be fair to just allow people to recreate their GPA's after graduation, would it? Unfortunately, you're going to have to live with your bad grades just like everyone else. You can't just erase what you don't like.

So you can retake if you like, but just know that LSAC will still take into account your original grade (i.e. both the D and the A in Macroeconomics) Schools don't replace the grade on your transcript, they just add the retake.

Ultimately, we at TLS are not the source for all things LSAC. Why don't you just call the LSAC, toss them your hypothetical and see what they say?
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Re: GPA calculation question

Postby xyzzzzzzzz » Sat Apr 03, 2010 3:32 pm

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Re: GPA calculation question

Postby im_blue » Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:49 pm

phoenix323 wrote:
GrcP8nter wrote:For instance if I took Intro to Macroeconomics and recieved a D, then re-took the grade and got and A it would say for a grade in the first class RP, meaning repeat at my school. Then it would list the class again under a different semmester and give the grade as A. So how could LSAC count the original grade, even if the new grade was after getting my BA.


Your school transcript will list ALL of the courses you've taken. Even if you repeat courses, and even if you took them after you've graduated. Otherwise, everyone would do what you propose, i.e. retaking classes for a GPA boost. It wouldn't really be fair to just allow people to recreate their GPA's after graduation, would it? Unfortunately, you're going to have to live with your bad grades just like everyone else. You can't just erase what you don't like.

So you can retake if you like, but just know that LSAC will still take into account your original grade (i.e. both the D and the A in Macroeconomics) Schools don't replace the grade on your transcript, they just add the retake.


Incorrect. Most schools list all grades for repeated courses, but some remove the original grade from the transcript or replace it with an "RP" or similar grade, in which case LSAC does not count them (refer to the LSDAS Information Book).

My view is that the classes in question won't be counted at all, since RP grades are ignored, but the new grades were awarded after the bachelor's degree.




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