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CASPA GPA vs. Transcript GPA

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Hey everyone, I have a quick question regarding CASPA GPA standardization, I'm not sure if anyone here can answer it but here we go:

On the CASPA website in the GPA section there is an area that says: "Why is my GPA different than the one on my transcripts?" 
Then it states that one of the reasons is because: "CASPA’s numeric scale for letter grades may be different than the one used at your home institution."

Im currently a RN- when getting my BSN degree the institution does use a different grading scale than what is listed for CASPA. For the institution I attended the grading scale was:
A: 93-100, B: 86-92, C: 78-85.

Meanwhile it seems that CASPA uses the typical: A: 90-100, B: 80-90, C: 70-80.

So, considering all this do you think that CASPA would alter the GPA for my undergraduate BSN degree? If so, this would make a big difference in my GPA. Any insight on this would be a great help. Thank you everyone for taking the time to reply!

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Yes. The GPA that CASPA calculates and reports to the schools that you apply to is the one listed on their site. This is a way to standardize applicant's GPA. You can calculate it yourself, to see what it will be.

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Unless your school reports % on your transcript (unlikely), CASPA will translate A=A, B=B, etc. They are not going to contact your school and see if your B was a 89% or a 91%. Usually, when the school has odd % like yours does, they have adjusted the scale to better fit an appropriate curve. 

When CASPA says that they may calculate a different numeric scale, I am pretty sure they are referring to the fact that an A=4, B=3, F=0, etc, not the actual percent of points within a course. 

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Grade points are how many points a reported letter grade is worth (i.e. A=4). The percentage a school assigns to get said letter grade is different from grade points and has no bearing on GPA.

 

If that's what the OP was asking, I misunderstood.

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I understand grade points being tied to a given letter, regardless of the scale. But if CASPA really would just do what is being suggested and make an A on my transcript and grading scale an A on their different grading scale, under what circumstances would their statement about their numeric scale being potentially different than a given institutions, and thus changing the GPA even apply?

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I understand grade points being tied to a given letter, regardless of the scale. But if CASPA really would just do what is being suggested and make an A on my transcript and grading scale an A on their different grading scale, under what circumstances would their statement about their numeric scale being potentially different than a given institutions, and thus changing the GPA even apply?

 

The point here is that an A =4, B=3, etc.  At some schools an A- = 3.3.  At others an A- = 3.25.  This is where the GPA may change.

 

If your school gives you an A, CASPA will give you an A.  If your school gives you an A- and you get a 3.5 for it but CASPA gives an A- a 3.3, then your CASPA GPA will be less than what your school calculates your GPA as.  (I have no idea what CASPA gives each letter grade, this is just a for instance).

 

It's the weird in between grades (the +/-) that might have different values between a school and CASPA.  It's pretty universal that an A is a 4, B is a 3, etc.

 

CASPA will give you all the same LETTER grades as your school - it's just a matter of what value those letters hold with CASPA compared to your school.

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I understand grade points being tied to a given letter, regardless of the scale. But if CASPA really would just do what is being suggested and make an A on my transcript and grading scale an A on their different grading scale, under what circumstances would their statement about their numeric scale being potentially different than a given institutions, and thus changing the GPA even apply?

 

Agree with MT2PA above

In addition to that, another circumstance would be if you have taken a class twice. Your school will likely only use the higher value in calculating your GPA (grade forgiveness) but CASPA will use both values. For example, if you take a course and get an F (value 0) and then retake and get an A (4), your school will only use the A to calculate your GPA, but CASPA will throw that 0 in there and it will forever haunt you. 

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Ahmad: You need to stop trying to take over other people's threads.  It's rude, and distracting to the OP who is asking a very different question.  The OP is not a foreign grad and this question is irrelevant here.

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