Padding your GPA

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Slobberson
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Padding your GPA

Postby Slobberson » Sun Jul 29, 2012 5:01 pm

If you want to lock in your 1L GPA, would it be best to take the hard classes pass fail, or the easy classes pass fail?

At first blush, I thought - take the hard classes pass fail, then just smoke the easy ones. But, I think that most people will probably do this, so wouldn't it then be easier to get an A in the hard classes, where most people are taking them pass/fail?

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Richie Tenenbaum
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Re: Padding your GPA

Postby Richie Tenenbaum » Sun Jul 29, 2012 5:17 pm

Depends on how your school does the curve with pass/fail people--if they are excluded entirely, then you are still on a curve with probably a group of people (just a smaller group--which in some ways is worse since that makes the distribution more unpredictable) that you do not want to be on a curve with.

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Re: Padding your GPA

Postby BarbellDreams » Sun Jul 29, 2012 5:21 pm

Neither. Take classes with posted grade distributions that are swayed to giving out a crazy amount of A's and are small section classes thus not requiring a curve.

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Re: Padding your GPA

Postby Slobberson » Sun Jul 29, 2012 5:28 pm

So then what do you use your pass fails on for best effect?

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Re: Padding your GPA

Postby BarbellDreams » Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:07 pm

Slobberson wrote:So then what do you use your pass fails on for best effect?


If you plan it out ahead of time and get a decent enrollment appointment you won't have to use them at all. Otherwise Pass/Fail anything with a forced curve, unfriendly grading or bar classes you're interested in but are unsure of how well you'll do on.

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Re: Padding your GPA

Postby NotMyRealName09 » Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:09 am

If you're lucky and your professor is cool, she might say something like this. "The grade cutoff for pass/fail is a C-, and I NEVER give out anything lower than a C-. Just saying...." Then I pass/failed that class and totally blew it off. Excellent.

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Re: Padding your GPA

Postby omg clay aiken ! » Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:46 am

BarbellDreams wrote:Neither. Take classes with posted grade distributions that are swayed to giving out a crazy amount of A's and are small section classes thus not requiring a curve.


this. gpa is king. take the easiest possible classes.

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Re: Padding your GPA

Postby emkay625 » Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:51 am

Can you do this? What schools let you take a 1L class pass/fail?

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Re: Padding your GPA

Postby 071816 » Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:00 am

emkay625 wrote:Can you do this? What schools let you take a 1L class pass/fail?

None. I would assume OP is referring to 2L classes.

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Re: Padding your GPA

Postby emkay625 » Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:03 am

chimp wrote:
emkay625 wrote:Can you do this? What schools let you take a 1L class pass/fail?

None. I would assume OP is referring to 2L classes.


OH i see now. Sorry. RC fail on my part.

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Re: Padding your GPA

Postby evilxs » Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:04 pm

He nailed it. Save the pass/fails for when you need it. Secured Transactions is on the bar for my state and our normal professor just went on sabbatical. No way in hell I am taking it graded from some unknown professor. I'm signed up to take it audit this semester.




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