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Hello

My apologies if this question has been discussed earlier.

Most of the consulting companies ask for GPA in the application form. My college used Percentage system during Bachelors. How to convert percentage to GPA??

I searched some techniques, but they are too vague.

Thanks a lot...
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26 Jun 2009, 12:20
Most universities have their conversion rate. Call them up and ask!

For example, my college GPA to %age formula was [18x(CGPA)+20]... It varies from university to university.

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26 Jun 2009, 12:37
Follow the directions for each school's application carefully.

From what I saw, most of them will tell you not to make any conversions at all. If they don't say that, I would be sure to comment in the optional essay any conversions you did and how you did them (ex. using the schools official conversion method).

I attended two different undergraduate schools with two different GPA scales. I was told to leave the "cumulative GPA" box empty and put an explanation in the optional essay.

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27 Jun 2009, 10:01
Conversion is not straigtforward at all. Although many schools require that applicant doesn't try to convert score into 4.0 GPA scale, it is useful to know "how you stand". I've found one site with excellent conversion tool displayed country by country. It is World Education Service (WES), to acces the coversion grade page simple (and free) registration is required. I registered with that site a year ago and here are some sample tables I captured overthere:
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The link to the site is:
http://www.wes.org/index.asp

You are going to find Grade Conversion Guide in "Students" area, but free registration is required. When you register, you'll be able to se tables similar to those two I displayed here.

And I've thought this information could be especially interesting for applicants from India:
http://www.wes.org/students/indiapolicy.asp
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60-100=A? Does that mean their test is insanely hard?
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27 Jun 2009, 11:51
Something like that... I am not Indian nor I am familiar with their grading system, but I suppose it is terribly hard to obtain anything above 80-85. I've very rarely seen an Indian with 80+ GPA and I've never seen nothing over 90 (and probably nothing above 85 either).
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09 Oct 2011, 13:10
All,
I am facing this Percentage to GPA dilemma myself and after having spoken to a professor in Ivy league, I learnt that a <3.5 could be risky as it brings down the average of the entering class. I reached out to the school to find out how my 78%, and being in the top 5 in a class of 60 would be normalized to a GPA but haven't heard back. There are no grades on my mark-sheet, so all one can know is that it is an Honors degree from a certain university in India. Looking at some conversion formulae on Internet, my GPA can go as low as 2.9, which I personally feel is inaccurate.
Should I try to explain my position on percentage and all in the optional essay? Earlier I was thinking of explaining a recent job switch, the only one in last 7 years, in the optional essay. Can I explain two things in the optional essay - % and job switch?

Thanks a lot for your help.
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