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Postby samkhar » Sun Dec 10, 2006 6:31 pm

How could I know what is my GPA whereas I'm not an american student? (I'm from France)

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Postby aquarius » Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:46 am

I am from France as well, and it is very tough to explain to american people that the best grade in france is 3.0/4.0 and that having less than 2.0/4.0 is common. I think the best is to give them unconverted grades /20, and to ask your teacher to explain that in the french system, nobody has ever got over say 16/20, and that the average grade is ..../20, something like that. The admission comitee just need you to compare your situation to the situation of the average of the students.


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Postby mathlete » Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:04 pm

How can it possible make sense that it is impossible to get the best grade attainable (4.0)? Why not make it 3.0/3.0?

You French are nuts.

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Postby invidia » Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:04 pm

Well, a 3.0/4.0 is like a 75%. I don't see how that's the highest grade in France. Are you saying something like a 75%-100% is equivalent to an A in america?

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Postby aquarius » Tue Dec 12, 2006 12:14 pm

As an example, my undergraduate GPA was 2.65, and I obtained 990 on the physics GRE. The best undergraduate GPA in my school was 3.05, and the average GPA was 2.6
Actually, nobody can get a perfect 4.0 because teachers just give very long examinations which cannot be solved on time. In some cometitive examinations, I obtained 20/20 because they were rescaling the grades. Normally they give the exam, correct it and don't rescale anything (they don't give 20/20 for the best student). I know that it is stupid, but I cannot change the whole french system by my own.

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