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Drop D-Grade Class if I’m an A Student?

I’m getting a D in one of my classes but As in all the rest of them. Should I drop the D-grade class? Will dropping the class look better or worse to colleges than a D on my transcript?
01 Dec '15, 16:07 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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What's More Important to Colleges - GPA or Test Scores?

Do colleges prefer students with low GPAs and high SAT/ACT scores or students with high GPAs and low SAT/ACT scores? Which factor is more important in the admissions process?
18 Dec '15, 12:08 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Should I bother applying to UPENN?

My parents really want me to apply to UPENN, but I don't think I'm qualified and I would rather not waste my time on a pointless application. My SAT score is a 2000, and my weighted GPA is around a 3.9 as of this year. I feel like applying would just mean throwing away my money. Is it at all worth i...
25 Jan '16, 11:09 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Will a bad grade in AP Calculus AB destroy me?

I received a 65 in AP Calculus AB. I started off the year with medical issues that disabled me from attending class consistently in the beginning of the year. Despite an otherwise adequate report card, is this 65 going to destroy my chances of getting into my match/target/reach schools? I am applyin...
03 Feb '16, 10:23 Laura_PrepSc...536
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How do colleges weight GPA?

At my school, weighted GPA is on the scale: AP: 6.0, Honors: 5.0, Regular: 4.0. We also have an "Academic Core" GPA which is: AP: 5.0, Honors: 4.5, Regular: 4.0. Which, if any, do colleges use?
03 Feb '16, 10:40 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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High GPA but low SAT for UNC?

I have looked into the college I want to go to (UNC Chapel Hill, in-state student), and I have noticed that my GPA is above their average, but my SAT scores are below their average. I'm scoring around a 1650 on the 2400 scale. I also tried taking the ACT, but I scored in the same range. I have prett...
03 Feb '16, 12:15 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Are there colleges that don't look at High School GPA?

I've heard about schools who don't look at ACT or SAT scores, but are there any cases of colleges ignoring GPA for their admissions decisions?
08 Feb '16, 16:00 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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How much does Junior year matter?

I am half way through my Junior year and have dropped a solid 5-6 percentage points from hard classes. I want to know if they will factor in my consistent 2 year 98% averages with my so far 92%, or if they look at my junior year and call it a day?
08 Feb '16, 16:32 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Has anyone gotten into an ivy with a few C's in High School?

I know schools like Harvard aim high, but even people who have struggled prove to be just as capable or even better than the peers at Harvard. I was wondering if you, personally, know of anyone who has had "terriblish" grades in high school because they were unique and had a difficult past. Would wr...
10 Feb '16, 14:59 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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2310 on the SAT, should I also take the ACT?

I currently have a 2310 SAT composite from the December 2014 test and have been considering retaking it again for a higher (hopefully perfect) score to make up for my lower grade point average. Would having both the SAT with subject Tests and ACT enhance my application? Also, would a 36 on the ACT b...
11 Apr '16, 14:22 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Are ACT Scores Correlated With High School GPA?

Do students with higher high school GPAs get higher ACT scores than those with lower GPAs? I have a 4.0, but I didn't feel as confident with the ACT Saturday as I generally do with my grades in school.
11 Apr '16, 18:45 Laura_PrepSc...536
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2.3 GPA - Still Division I Eligible?

If a student has a certain low GPA (2.3), can scoring high on the ACT keep him/her going to a Division 1 school? If so, how high would they have to score to go D1?
20 Apr '16, 16:21 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Is it a good idea to do research in high school?

I have an opportunity to do research at a university, but I won't be able to take morning classes at my high school. This means throughout high school I will have only 5 AP classes and a lower weighted GPA. Is this trade off worth it?
02 May '16, 09:34 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Can I get into Johns Hopkins with a 3.8 GPA?

I'm a freshman in high school and currently have a GPA of 3.5. I am going to work as hard as possible in my sophomore and junior years to increase my GPA to a 3.8. Is it possible to get into a school like Johns Hopkins with that GPA?
03 May '16, 16:25 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Are average GPAs on school admissions pages on a 4.0 or 5.0 scale?

I'm confused about whether I should be looking at my weighted or unweighted GPA while doing my college search. Do colleges typically refer to just one on their admissions pages?
03 May '16, 20:22 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Can an international writer get into top US colleges?

I have some questions... they are quite a bit but I really need to know the right answer as I'm not from the US and everyone - including my teachers - seems to be VERY misinformed. The only advice they give me is to be well-rounded, and you said that's a bad thing... I think it's bad too :D. Also, i...
04 May '16, 10:03 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Average 10th grade student - How do I create better study habits?

I’m a pretty average tenth grade student with GPA of 3.2, but I know that I can do much better than this. I’ve been reading your blogs, and hope that you can give me some good advice. The truth is that I don’t work hard at all. My biggest issue is not being able to focus while I’m studying. I’d muc...
10 May '16, 11:04 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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3.0 GPA Junior - Ivy League Chances?

I'm a junior ending the year with a 3.0 gpa . Do I still have a chance at getting into Ivy League schools? I also just recently developed my spike and want to go for it more next school year. I'm training now to be a lifeguard this summer. I have a handful of voluntary things that I love doing. I do...
10 May '16, 12:46 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Do some colleges ignore grades from freshman year?

I heard that certain colleges disregard your academic performance in 9th grade and just look at 10th and 11th grade. Is this true? If so, which colleges do it?
27 May '16, 12:29 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Are my SAT score and GPA good for college?

Hi, I'm a sophomore in high school with about a 3.82 GPA (with honors) and a 1990 practice SAT score based on tests I've taken in prep courses. Assuming I keep up my grades for the next two years and score in this range when I take the real test, how good are these credentials for college?
10 Jun '16, 14:53 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Do colleges recalculate GPAs?

Do colleges recalculate high school students' gpa according to the rigor? I know that they like AP and honors courses, but I'm not sure if or how they recalculate gpa when they are looking at our transcripts for admission.
14 Jun '16, 10:46 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Will schools see all of my senior grades if I apply SCEA?

If I want to apply to a school SCEA, will my fall term senior grades be factored into my GPA?
15 Jun '16, 12:01 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Should I retake my math class for a better grade?

Hi Prep scholar, I tested out of math 3 this summer (equivalent to precalculus). I passed the test out but I got a B. I got an email from my principal asking if I would like to retake the class or have it put on my record and go to AP calc AB (I am a rising sophomore). I want to go to a top college ...
17 Jun '16, 09:03 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Can I get into college with a 2.0-2.5 GPA?

I'm about to be a senior. For most of my high school career I kept a 2.0 -2.5 gpa. I know that's incredibly low. Would any college accept me?
17 Jun '16, 09:32 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Do Colleges Ever Reject Overqualified Applicants?

This may be a ridiculous question, but I'm wondering whether colleges ever reject students whose test scores and GPA are well above their average range? For example, if someone with a 2400 applied to a school where the average SAT score of accepted students was a 1700, could they get rejected? My th...
23 Jun '16, 11:34 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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What is more important? Class rank or grades?

Im an international student who had received a 95.2% in my sophomore year but only an 85% in my junior year. But my class rank in my junior year was 3, which is the top 7%. Is my drop in grade going to be overlooked or is it going to affect my chances?
08 Jul '16, 14:04 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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How rigorous do your high school classes have to be to get into top Universities?

I scrutinized Allen Cheng's successful Harvard Application many times and I read examples of others who got admitted into top universities and I noticed that they all had one thing in common. All of them took rigorous classes in high school pertaining to their subject of study but they weren't in ho...
13 Jul '16, 11:14 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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A-Minus effect on GPA and how do IVY LEAGUES recalculate GPA?

Hello, I am a rising junior, and I am very worried about my GPA. I have a lot of A-minuses, which are counted as 4.00 in most high schools. I recently heard that IVY LEAGUE schools weigh an A- as a 3.7, rather than a 4.00. So does that mean that if you have an A- average, you have a 3.7 GPA? Prepsc...
21 Jul '16, 12:05 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Cornell Average GPA is 4.01, is this out of a 4.0 scale (Unweighted)?

According to the PrepScholar website, the average GPA for a Cornell student is a 4.01. Is this grade weighted or unweighted? This seems a little strange to me because according to the PrepScholar website, other schools such as UCLA have higher GPA requirements than Cornell, which is Ivy League.
30 Oct '16, 19:40 Fred_PrepSch...101
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Do I need APs if I have strong extracurriculars as an International Student>?

I'm from Bulgaria, a small country in Eastern Europe. Our educational system is quite different from yours. Our schools don't calculate GPA and don't offer AP courses. Does not having APs put me in a disadvantage, as I'm going to apply to top US colleges? The difficulty for me in taking APs is this...
30 Oct '16, 22:16 Fred_PrepSch...101

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