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FEATURE UPDATE: GPA/WE Fields [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2010, 12:03
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A GPA field is now added to the user profile section of the user control panel. Like the GMAT fields, this field is optional. If you are comfortable sharing your GPA, we’d love to see it.

To update your user profile: User Control Panel > Profile >
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Re: Feature Update: GPA Field [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2010, 12:10
i'm kind of against it, because on its own a GPA won't really tell you too much about an applicant. for example, let's say you see a person who has a 3.4. was this 3.4 at a top 5 ivy? was it in a top engineering program? did the person double major? this is in contrast to the gmat score, which can stand on its own as a standardized test score.
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Re: Feature Update: GPA Field [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2010, 12:22
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I definitely see your concern. The field is meant to be used in conjunction with the GMAT score(s), although you certainly don’t have to. It’s meant to give a quick reference to a fellow member’s stats. On the board, many members post 700+ GMAT scores, others may feel discouraged from posting lower scores. With the GPA, we hope to provide a “more balanced” view. It certainly will not be a substitute for full profile evaluation.

P.S. Work experience information is in the works.
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Re: Feature Update: GPA Field [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2010, 12:53
I'm into it. Sometimes I see people with outlandishly high GMAT scores and they'll mention some good-looking WE or ECs, and then I'll discover they've been dinged somewhere, and I'm like: What the...?! I have no chance.

Then I dig a little and find out they have like a 0.8 GPA or something and it makes more sense. Helps me feel like there is some logic to it all.

Even if, probably, there really isn't.
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Re: Feature Update: GPA Field [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2010, 15:05
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I'm into it. Sometimes I see people with outlandishly high GMAT scores and they'll mention some good-looking WE or ECs, and then I'll discover they've been dinged somewhere, and I'm like: What the...?! I have no chance.

Then I dig a little and find out they have like a 0.8 GPA or something and it makes more sense. Helps me feel like there is some logic to it all.

Even if, probably, there really isn't.

This is actually one of the reasons we are implementing this.
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Re: FEATURE UPDATE: GPA/WE Fields [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2010, 10:21
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updated with Work Experience fields.
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Re: FEATURE UPDATE: GPA/WE Fields [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2010, 10:45
For International candidates, this *might* not add any value, besides some of them might not be able to provide a GPA, since you're not allowed to convert.

The WE is great! +1
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Re: FEATURE UPDATE: GPA/WE Fields [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2010, 11:04
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Can the GPA field be a little longer? I wanted to put sub-3 or <3 but it didn't accept either one.

Also major level of school

like "3.3 top ivy poli sci"
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Re: FEATURE UPDATE: GPA/WE Fields [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2010, 11:56
Is there a way to not have blanks auto-populated as 0's? each time the profile is updated, those zero's get filled in, and then you have to go manually delete them...

Also, would it be possible for the WE to allow decimals? I think I put in 2.5 and it rounded it to 2.

Obviously, not high priority changes. Keep up the great work!
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Re: FEATURE UPDATE: GPA/WE Fields [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2010, 13:20
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Thanks for the all feedback. We'll gather these and get them fixed.

Also, do you like the WE section as is? Or would you prefer:
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WE 2: <free text>
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For the free text, you can enter # years and industry. This will make the space less cluttered and give you more freedom.
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Re: FEATURE UPDATE: GPA/WE Fields [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2010, 15:07
Asimov - I think what you proposed may be preferred personally - people who took the GMAT 3x w/ 3 industries would have really "tall" posts... (This post is already pretty tall).
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Re: FEATURE UPDATE: GPA/WE Fields [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2010, 07:37
Those zeros are inserted automatically and I couldn't find a way to avoid that. However, they are deleted automatically every 2 hours, so you don't really have to delete them manually unless you want immediate results :).
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Is there a way to not have blanks auto-populated as 0's? each time the profile is updated, those zero's get filled in, and then you have to go manually delete them...

Also, would it be possible for the WE to allow decimals? I think I put in 2.5 and it rounded it to 2.

Obviously, not high priority changes. Keep up the great work!

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Re: FEATURE UPDATE: GPA/WE Fields [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2010, 08:32
I think this is a great feature. However, when you put your detailed profile information out, you run into certain kind of risks.


Perhaps these info should be viewed by members only.
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Re: FEATURE UPDATE: GPA/WE Fields [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2010, 09:11
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Those zeros are inserted automatically and I couldn't find a way to avoid that. However, they are deleted automatically every 2 hours, so you don't really have to delete them manually unless you want immediate results :).

First of all, I like to thank dzyubam for making the changes.

I'm not sure if that's true. I didn't deleted the "zeroes" in my profile yesterday, and they are still there.

Maybe the variable type is the issue here. It looks like the "free text" fields do not default values while the "numeric" fields default a value (same as GMAT scores). Another suggestion to look at is see if the field has a "default" property.

billyjeans wrote:
I think this is a great feature. However, when you put your detailed profile information out, you run into certain kind of risks.

Perhaps these info should be viewed by members only.

I think security controlled field (like the give kudos button) is a great suggestion if that's feasible.
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My bad. There was an issue with automatic deletion of the zeros in WE field. It should work now.
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Re: FEATURE UPDATE: GPA/WE Fields [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2010, 10:48
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Thanks for the all feedback. We'll gather these and get them fixed.

Also, do you like the WE section as is? Or would you prefer:
WE 1: <free text>
WE 2: <free text>
WE 2: <free text>
For the free text, you can enter # years and industry. This will make the space less cluttered and give you more freedom.


I am in agreement with some other suggestions to have just one field (that would combine years and industry) for each WE instead of 2 (separate years field and separate industry field). But don't let this distract you - I am just a single vote :wink:
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Re: FEATURE UPDATE: GPA/WE Fields [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2010, 08:18
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The work experience section has been updated to be free text. You can put detailed description in there.

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