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# How is GPA Calculated?

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06 Apr 2018, 09:45
In law school, for example, you would have to input all grades and they would compute all grades individually to a 4.33 scale (including any F's that you received).

But I imagine that B Schools are likely just using the GPA as given by the applicant's undergrad program/school? My school allows me to retake courses. I have a couple of courses I retook and the way that my program calculates the school GPA is to take the replacement grades, if any, into consideration rather than to take both grades into consideration.

Does anyone know if Top B-schools in America simply take the GPA as given from the undergraduate programs and then convert that final number given into a 4.33 scale? Or are each grades converted separately into the 4.33 scale and then averaged out (even the replaced grades)?

Any information would help! Thanks!
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18 Apr 2018, 00:05
Most US colleges report grades on a 4.0 grade, where the top grade, an A, equals a 4.0. Should your degree be from a non-US college or university, however, many other scales can be used for your GPA and GPA conversion can therefore be quite a complicated matter. Keep in mind that some programs ask applicants not to convert their GPA but to report their GPA in the original scale and explain what the scale was if needed.
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19 Apr 2018, 07:45
Hey grumpygrandpa
Most US b-schools will take the final GPA directly from the school's calculation. When in doubt, call and ask the school directly. I've definitely run into some weird cases where it's not so straightforward or the school calculates the final GPA in an unique way. In these instances, my clients have been given specific instructions on what to do. (Sometimes these instructions are to leave the GPA field in the app blank and briefly explain why you've done that in an optional essay. BUT do not assume this is how to handle it in your case. Definitely ask!)
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