Does a GPA from Canada carry less weight on an application?

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pattymac
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Does a GPA from Canada carry less weight on an application?

Postby pattymac » Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:22 pm

I read something in a post alluding to this and I was wondering if anyone (especially Canadians) could elaborate. I'm not applying anywhere except in the US.

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Re: Does a GPA from Canada carry less weight on an application?

Postby CanadianWolf » Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:26 pm

Not sure whether many in the US understand that grading is usually stricter in Canada.

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Re: Does a GPA from Canada carry less weight on an application?

Postby pattymac » Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:27 pm

That's what I'm worried about. I have a 2.7, a 3.3 would have put me in the top three of my class...out of 180 kids.

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Re: Does a GPA from Canada carry less weight on an application?

Postby d34d9823 » Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:29 pm

CanadianWolf wrote:Not sure whether many in the US understand that grading is usually stricter in Canada.

It's the IQ adjustment kicking in...just kidding.

OP, I doubt adcoms are so dumb that they'll be like "Durr, Canadian GPA = US GPA, right? Eliminate this applicant!"

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Re: Does a GPA from Canada carry less weight on an application?

Postby CanadianWolf » Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:30 pm

Write an addendum explaining that. Unfortunately, USNews makes no allocation in its rankings for foreign GPAs, although I do know that several undergraduate schools delete foreign GPAs from their reports to USNews.
A study released within the last few days ranked Canada as the most highly educated country in the world; the US placed 12th. (Saw this on CNN within the past two days.)

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Re: Does a GPA from Canada carry less weight on an application?

Postby pattymac » Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:02 pm

Thanks for the help guys.

(I'd have to say I respectfully disagree with that study tho :P. I live in a province that mandated a fifth year of high school and replaced that with a "literacy" test in tenth grade. Seriously, if you have to check if your students are literate by the age of 16, we have some serious problems).

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Re: Does a GPA from Canada carry less weight on an application?

Postby James Bond » Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:03 pm

Yes. Canada sucks. Everyone knows this.

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Re: Does a GPA from Canada carry less weight on an application?

Postby d34d9823 » Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:06 pm

James Bond wrote:Yes. Canada sucks. Everyone knows this.

Only when the wind is from the south. When the wind is from the north, Canada blows.

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Re: Does a GPA from Canada carry less weight on an application?

Postby James Bond » Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:06 pm

d34dluk3 wrote:
James Bond wrote:Yes. Canada sucks. Everyone knows this.

Only when the wind is from the south. When the wind is from the north, Canada blows.


:lol:




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