I keep wondering how the admission committees will look at my undergraduate records. I am from Brazil and here during undergraduate studies we are graded on a 0 to 10 scale on 0.5 point increments and on graduate studies we are graded just like in the US, in a 0 to 4 scale with 1 point increments.
My GPA for undergraduate studies is 7.97, which looks pretty bad compared to someone from an American institution with a GPA greater than 3.0, but is outstanding for the Physics program I attended, where less than 20% of the people who start the program actually finish it and only around 5% manage to do it without failing a single class.
In my MS studies, in the same University, my GPA was 3.83, the only class I failed to get an A being the one the professor asked me if I thought I deserved it. I hope my Master's GPA, Physics GRE and research experience will help erase the bad impression that the 7.97 will surely cause.