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Anonymous A asked on Oct 24, 2020

Hi all,

The grading system from my undergrad university is not on a 4.0 scale. However, in order to apply for my graduate studies, I did get a report from WES (World Education Service) certifying that my CGPA translates to a 4.0/4.0 (which coincides with what my current university considers as a 4.0 based on their international grade equivalencies). Given that I’m applying to offices in the U.S/Canada, should I include my GPA on a 4.0 scale or its original one?

Thx

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Francesco
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replied on Oct 25, 2020
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Hi there,

Congrats on your GPA, it is quite impressive. If you have proof the conversion is 4.0, you can definitely use that scale as part of the application.

Best,

Francesco

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Udayan
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Hu,

Feel free to use it - its just as good an indicator

Udayan

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Mehdi
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replied on Oct 26, 2020
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Hi there,

I think you should put both of them and on the 4.0 GPA mention that it's the equivalence that was given by WES.

I hope this helps!

Mehdi

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Clara
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Hello!

I had to convert them myself and never had any issue.

In any case, best would be to put the two

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Robert
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Hi Anonymous,

In principle it doesn't matter, as long as the grading scale is clear to the recruiter. That's the main point here, be explicit and don't assume it will be interpreted correctly otherwise..

Hope this helps - if so, please give it a thumbs-up with the upvote button below!

Robert

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Ian
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Hi there,

Yes you can use it! However, just clarify that it's a WES translation.

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Ken
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It's hard to say without knowing your specific circumstances (e.g., which degree from which undergrad school in which country) but my usual suggestion is to include the actual grade but include your ranking relative to peers (e.g., top 15% of the class, etc.) which I find more telling than 4.0 GPA. At MBBs, recruiting teams are used to being able to convert grades from different geographies and your grad school will matter more either way.

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Henning
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replied on Oct 25, 2020
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If you need to fill a webform that refers to a 4.0 scale, use 4.0. If you have more space (e.g. a text field), provide the original score and the context.

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Nakul
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replied on Oct 26, 2020
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Hello,

Definitely list both, your original GPA and the converted one. If you're extended an offer or sometimes even with an initial application (depending on the firm), you have to provide proof of your transcript.

Achieving a GPA of 4.0 is surreal. In the American system, it basically means straight As on literally every subject. I'd strongly advise to double check this conversion, but if this is actually your case, then a huge congratulations! You will be a prime candidate for many (majority) firms.

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Hello there,

that's a great GPA, congratulations!
Include it on a 4.0 scale with clarifying (if there is space) so that there won't be any misunderstanding, as some Canadian universities use a GPA out of 9.0.

Cheers,
GB

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