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Hey guys,

 

I'm a little confused at how averages are calculated. I currently have 140 credits and working on a second degree. Do they take the average from the last 120? I also have some classes where I've failed and retaken. Are both of those marks used in the calculation or just the retaken one?

 

Also I am a part time student, does that matter?

 

Thanks

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You can email CoM for a more accurate answer. I talked to an advisor (not a CoM advisor but a general sciences one) last year and this is what she told me: they look at your last 120cu overall. However, if they require an additional class from a semester to calculate your average based on 120cu, they don't pick and choose just one class, they will take the whole term so your average would include more than 120cu. 

For example if you have 126cu (so 42 classes). 30cu/year * 4 years = 120cu/undergrad. 126cu-120cu = 6cu (2 extra classes). Because these 2 extra classes would not be able to be differentiated from one of your semesters (unless taken in the summer), they would calculate your average with all 126cu. 

BUT if you have 135cu (45 classes). 135cu-120cu = 15cu (5 extra classes). Because these 5 classes are a whole term worth of classes, they would use your latest 120cu only and cut your first term of first year undergrad and therefore, your average would only use 120cu. 

I guess it is different for everyone and this is just a generalized attempt to make sense of the calculations. Among other things, it would also be different depending on whether or not you took those extra classes in the summer. So, don't take this to be the end all be all answer but I hope this helps you kind of understand what that advisor originally explained to me.  

This is from the UofS Med Application Information Pack (this is all for in-province btw):

"If you start a new four-year degree program after completing your first four-year degree, or restart university after a poor start and being away from post-secondary studies for at least 8 consecutive months before restarting your studies, you must be within 30 CU of completing the new four-year degree program at the time of application for the new or restart degree to be considered for UAA calculation purposes. All coursework for the awarding of the four-year degree must be completed by the end of April prior to entry to Medicine. For purposes of UAA calculation, the most recent 120 CU completed as of the end of December of the year of application will be used and the 120 CU must have been completed within < 5 years (for restart applicants, the time away from university will be removed when assessing the 5-year period). Although courses completed in the calendar year following application will not be used in calculating the UAA for admission purposes, academic performance in these classes must average > 75%. If you are not within 30 CU of completing the second degree at the time of application, only your first four-year degree will be considered.

"When the most recent 120 CU are used for calculation of the UAA, the earliest courses required to make the 120 CU total frequently fall time-wise within a larger number of classes taken concurrently (i.e., within the same academic term). In this case, the average of all classes taken concurrently will be used as the mark for each of the remaining courses needed to reach the 120 CU total (e.g., if the last 3 CU class needed to get to 120 CU falls within an academic term where five 3 CU classes were taken concurrently, the average of the five classes is used as the mark for the last required 3 CU."

"You are not required to carry a full courseload as long as you meet the stated time requirements. Also, it should be noted that the UAA calculation uses course credit unit weighting and an initial class and a repeated class will both be counted if they fall within the courses used to calculate the UAA."

You can read more on their site. 

 

Hope this helps. 

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8 hours ago, strugglingstudent said:

You can email CoM for a more accurate answer. I talked to an advisor (not a CoM advisor but a general sciences one) last year and this is what she told me: they look at your last 120cu overall. However, if they require an additional class from a semester to calculate your average based on 120cu, they don't pick and choose just one class, they will take the whole term so your average would include more than 120cu. 

For example if you have 126cu (so 42 classes). 30cu/year * 4 years = 120cu/undergrad. 126cu-120cu = 6cu (2 extra classes). Because these 2 extra classes would not be able to be differentiated from one of your semesters (unless taken in the summer), they would calculate your average with all 126cu. 

BUT if you have 135cu (45 classes). 135cu-120cu = 15cu (5 extra classes). Because these 5 classes are a whole term worth of classes, they would use your latest 120cu only and cut your first term of first year undergrad and therefore, your average would only use 120cu. 

I guess it is different for everyone and this is just a generalized attempt to make sense of the calculations. Among other things, it would also be different depending on whether or not you took those extra classes in the summer. So, don't take this to be the end all be all answer but I hope this helps you kind of understand what that advisor originally explained to me.  

 

This is not accurate information. 

According to the application information document (2019), " When the most recent 120 CU are used for calculation of the UAA, the earliest courses required to make the 120 CU total frequently fall time-wise within a larger number of classes taken concurrently (i.e., within the same academic term). In this case, the average of all classes taken concurrently will be used as the mark for each of the remaining courses needed to reach the 120 CU total" (p. 9).

https://medicine.usask.ca/documents/ugme/admission/Entry2019ApplicantInformation.pdf

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1 hour ago, Diamond22 said:

This is not accurate information. 

According to the application information document (2019), " When the most recent 120 CU are used for calculation of the UAA, the earliest courses required to make the 120 CU total frequently fall time-wise within a larger number of classes taken concurrently (i.e., within the same academic term). In this case, the average of all classes taken concurrently will be used as the mark for each of the remaining courses needed to reach the 120 CU total" (p. 9).

https://medicine.usask.ca/documents/ugme/admission/Entry2019ApplicantInformation.pdf

Ah I missed that, thanks! That makes sense :) 

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Ahh, okay I do think this clears it up for me a bit more! Thank you guys :)

 

I did send them an email and they did not explain anything further, they simply referred me to the website. The application package is pretty comprehensive but I did need clarification which they did not offer at all lol, so thank you guys again!

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