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Class Rank, Weighted and Unweighted GPA, and the "Education Race"

It’s time to declare a moratorium on class ranking. One of my most popular post is on the difference between weighted and unweighted GPA, and the phenomenon of class rank.  I get scads of comment on that post, and on other similar ones. Today I received one from a distraught parents whose daughter was being […]

Weighted GPA, Unweighted GPA, Class Rank, and College Admission

Why do high schools give extra weights to honors, Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses? Readers of some of my other posts related to GPA have expressed confusion.  I have stated that admissions folks at selective colleges are most interested in your unweighted GPA.  So these extra weightings are, in effect, stripped in […]

How Good are Advanced Placement (AP) Courses? Are They Worth Taking?

Several recent client questions have centered upon the value of Advanced Placement (AP) tests and their importance in the college admissions process. Conventional wisdom holds that AP courses are excellent preparation for college. They are considered to be rigorous. The general idea is that they are the equivalent of college-level, introductory survey courses. (The Advanced […]