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GPA rounding?

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Re: GPA rounding?

Postby hephaestus » Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:24 pm

meadow201 wrote:did LSAC round up or down your GPAs?

They put your GPA to the hundredth: 3.XX. They round up/down the third digit using normal math rules.

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Re: GPA rounding?

Postby hephaestus » Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:24 pm

meadow201 wrote:
ImNoScar wrote:
meadow201 wrote:did LSAC round up or down your GPAs?

They put your GPA to the hundredth: 3.XX. They round up/down the third digit using normal math rules.


source? Because I've received conflicting information regarding rounding: one person says they round up if >=7, another says they truncate, and those like you who say >=5.

I had a 3.714 that was rounded down to a 3.71. I don't have anything more official than that.

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Re: GPA rounding?

Postby CyanIdes Of March » Fri Jul 26, 2013 5:17 pm

ImNoScar wrote:
meadow201 wrote:did LSAC round up or down your GPAs?

They put your GPA to the hundredth: 3.XX. They round up/down the third digit using normal math rules.


I've read in a few threads (testimonies) that they round up from an X.XX7. As in, if you have a 3.5069, that becomes a 3.500. but if you have a 3.507, that become a 3.51. I've mentioned recently that my actual calls to LSAC about this issue were met with massive confusion about how math worked in general and subsequently, no real answer.

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Re: GPA rounding?

Postby CyanIdes Of March » Fri Jul 26, 2013 5:39 pm

meadow201 wrote:
CyanIdes Of March wrote:
ImNoScar wrote:
meadow201 wrote:did LSAC round up or down your GPAs?

They put your GPA to the hundredth: 3.XX. They round up/down the third digit using normal math rules.


I've read in a few threads (testimonies) that they round up from an X.XX7. As in, if you have a 3.5069, that becomes a 3.500. but if you have a 3.507, that become a 3.51. I've mentioned recently that my actual calls to LSAC about this issue were met with massive confusion about how math worked in general and subsequently, no real answer.


so what's the final word? did your calls with LSAC get contentious when they thought you were asking the same question? I noticed you said "calls" in the plural


They got confusing because she didn't seem to think it was even mathematically possible for a GPA to ever be X.XXX, that they were default X.XX. After about 10 minutes of my explanations falling short, I accepted her answer and consulted the internet.

I later called again (because there really doesn't seem to be great consensus, just a few guys who testify to this or that) and I do believe they told me it was a 3.XX7, but it was so long ago I can't say that's what they said for certain.

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Re: GPA rounding?

Postby donmincho » Tue Jul 30, 2013 4:26 am

I called about this and was told they round up Degree GPA (not sure if .XX5 or .XX7) and truncate cumulative GPA. Why, I have no idea.

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Re: GPA rounding?

Postby Bildungsroman » Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:16 am

Who gives a shit? Just submit your transcripts and see what you get. I don't see how anything you do would change depending on where the rounding occurs if it does at all.

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Re: GPA rounding?

Postby jb1 » Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:26 am

At least for cumulative GPA, they either truncated or rounded down--same effect. I figured a 4.078 and a 4.07 was posted. Not complaining, just figured I'd share.

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Re: GPA rounding?

Postby CyanIdes Of March » Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:40 am

Bildungsroman wrote:Who gives a shit? Just submit your transcripts and see what you get. I don't see how anything you do would change depending on where the rounding occurs if it does at all.


Pretty short sighted statement. It can make a difference in a lot of scenarios. For instance, if you are trying to make sure you meet a school's GPA floor, and you are deciding what/how many classes to take. You could do the math and see that another course would help you meet that goal or not, and that extra class might put you just above or just under the rounding point, depending on what it happens to be.

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Re: GPA rounding?

Postby Bildungsroman » Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:43 pm

CyanIdes Of March wrote:
Bildungsroman wrote:Who gives a shit? Just submit your transcripts and see what you get. I don't see how anything you do would change depending on where the rounding occurs if it does at all.


Pretty short sighted statement. It can make a difference in a lot of scenarios. For instance, if you are trying to make sure you meet a school's GPA floor, and you are deciding what/how many classes to take. You could do the math and see that another course would help you meet that goal or not, and that extra class might put you just above or just under the rounding point, depending on what it happens to be.

No, that's stupid. I am skeptical that anyone will ever find herself in a situation where this question changes a decision she would make. OP probably just asked because he's neurotic.

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Re: GPA rounding?

Postby CyanIdes Of March » Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:12 pm

Bildungsroman wrote:
CyanIdes Of March wrote:
Bildungsroman wrote:Who gives a shit? Just submit your transcripts and see what you get. I don't see how anything you do would change depending on where the rounding occurs if it does at all.


Pretty short sighted statement. It can make a difference in a lot of scenarios. For instance, if you are trying to make sure you meet a school's GPA floor, and you are deciding what/how many classes to take. You could do the math and see that another course would help you meet that goal or not, and that extra class might put you just above or just under the rounding point, depending on what it happens to be.

No, that's stupid. I am skeptical that anyone will ever find herself in a situation where this question changes a decision she would make. OP probably just asked because he's neurotic.


But I basically just told you that this situation happened to me and it did change a decision I made. It's not stupid, it's strategic. A point, at certain GPA ranges, could conceivably change an outcome. It's an empirically observable fact.

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Re: GPA rounding?

Postby Ti Malice » Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:20 pm

Bildungsroman wrote:
CyanIdes Of March wrote:
Bildungsroman wrote:Who gives a shit? Just submit your transcripts and see what you get. I don't see how anything you do would change depending on where the rounding occurs if it does at all.


Pretty short sighted statement. It can make a difference in a lot of scenarios. For instance, if you are trying to make sure you meet a school's GPA floor, and you are deciding what/how many classes to take. You could do the math and see that another course would help you meet that goal or not, and that extra class might put you just above or just under the rounding point, depending on what it happens to be.

No, that's stupid. I am skeptical that anyone will ever find herself in a situation where this question changes a decision she would make. OP probably just asked because he's neurotic.


For Y, there's a big difference between a 3.89 and a 3.90. At both Y and S, there's a big difference between a 3.79 and a 3.80. I believe the former is the poster's dilemma. Worrying about .01 would be neurotic behavior in most cases, but there are absolutely instances in which it's a legitimate concern.

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Re: GPA rounding?

Postby t-14orbust » Sat Aug 03, 2013 3:28 pm

meadow201 wrote:
now that we've settled this, can we move onto cold hard facts about rounding? e.g., anecdotal evidence of whether LSAC rounded you up? because a forum search is all over the place on this issue


After reading this thread I thought my lsac gpa would be truncated, but it was rounded up. It was an X.XX91 and was rounded up. If that isn't clear enough I'll use some fake numbers: 3.4891 >> 3.49

edit: This occurred for both my cumulative and degree gpa, which are exactly the same.

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Re: GPA rounding?

Postby t-14orbust » Sat Aug 03, 2013 5:09 pm

meadow201 wrote:
t-14orbust wrote:
meadow201 wrote:
now that we've settled this, can we move onto cold hard facts about rounding? e.g., anecdotal evidence of whether LSAC rounded you up? because a forum search is all over the place on this issue


After reading this thread I thought my lsac gpa would be truncated, but it was rounded up. It was an X.XX91 and was rounded up. If that isn't clear enough I'll use some fake numbers: 3.4891 >> 3.49

edit: This occurred for both my cumulative and degree gpa, which are exactly the same.


yea good to hear. what about semester by semester? I had one semester that was #.##[5 or 6] which was rounded up. the cumulative was #.##[7 or 8] and that was also rounded up.

Why would this thread make you think your GPA would be truncated when the anecdotal evidence cuts both ways?


I don't think semesters should matter because cumulative is just: (total quality points/total quality hours). It shouldn't matter whether or not your semester gpas were rounded because they won't use those numbers in the calculation of the cumulative, if that makes sense.

I can check if my semester gpas were rounded though, if you want to know that badly.




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