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# Benchmark of GPA/ PERCENTAGES

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03 Sep 2010, 04:02
I would really like to know what level of percentage/ GPA is considered Poor/Average/Good/Excellent?

Aggregate percentages I received for 3 years undergraduate degree in Fashion was 64.5/ 100. I would really like to know If these will be considered low or average from Business School's point of view.
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05 Sep 2010, 07:11
Hi Everyone,

Can anyone comment on the percentages below:

64.5% /100...is it considered Average or low from Top 20 B-schools' perspective...?

Many thanks...
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05 Sep 2010, 12:46
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topaz, is this percentage considered good/bad in your school? Comparing percentages to gpa is like apples to grapes. for example you could look it as a strictly percentage of 64.5 and convert to gpa on a 4.0 scale so you get 2.58 which is not good at all in terms of top 20 schools but again it is dependent on the grading scale over there. if 64.5% is considered a "D" or "C" then maybe that gpa estimate is close.
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05 Sep 2010, 13:09
Hi shaselai,

Thanks for your reply. In my school Percentages did not matter much, more important was how creatively one could perform, but that is not the case when it comes to B-school hence I am very much concerned.

It seems I will really have to concentrate on my GMAT score.

Thanks again...
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07 Sep 2010, 09:05
Topaz wrote:
Hi shaselai,

Thanks for your reply. In my school Percentages did not matter much, more important was how creatively one could perform, but that is not the case when it comes to B-school hence I am very much concerned.

It seems I will really have to concentrate on my GMAT score.

Thanks again...

i see - that is a bit different than here. Do they have positions in class? Like what top percentage of class you are in etc? Do you have an estimate of what your grade average - mostly As/Bs etc. or even guesstimate test score averages?
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07 Sep 2010, 10:19
Ideally no.No body looked at anyone's marksheet. Since I did bachelors in Fashion, most employers or teachers were most concerned about student's design collection. It really did not matter how much a student scored in Textile science or History of western art.

When I graduated the highest percentages holder scored about 69%. But how do i show that while applying to B-school? however I have a combined marksheet of 6 semesters, which explains my performance subject wise.
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07 Sep 2010, 10:27
what are the grades on marksheets? are those A-F or percentage as well? It seems if highest is 69% then yours might be very good. But it is hard to tell but i am sure adcom have seen situations like this before and will make a good judgment.
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09 Oct 2011, 14:09
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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