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# Of GPAs at the University of Waterloo

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Hey everyone, I'm at the University of Waterloo and just finished my first year. I'm having trouble finding out my overall year average for my GPA. First term was an 83, second term a 74, so by OMSAS a 3.70 and a 3.00 (uh!) respectively.

On that note, any suggestions for upping the marks?

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You go grade by grade, so you should have ~10 class GPAs to average together.

And if you want to up your marks, study more and work harder. It's not a free ride.

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Oh, so they take all term GPAs into consideration? (Not accounting for the ignored courses/years here.)

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Different schools have different weighting formulas, but yeah, you add up every course GPA and then take the average. (don't forget to take course weighting into account)

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Yeah, good point....but I'm wondering though, is that an alright starting point for my grades? They clearly aren't atrocious, and definitely can use some upping, but I'm really not too sure about what the usual grade spread is for first years. That and I'm feeling a little down about them. Thoughts?

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What is the GPA if you calculate it the right way?

I just finished first year engineering at U of T, and my cGPA is 3.45, thanks to a couple of low marks in classes that I hated.

*Edit* It's actually a little lower using OMSAS scale - 3.42

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Crap, how do you calculate cGPA again? I was told this once but it eludes me now....

And does OMSAS have its own GPA, not considering cGPA?

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There's a sticky, but here's a short summary.

cGPA is just cumulative GPA, meaning your total GPA for all of university.

Example:

Chemistry (.5 credit) - 3.7

Biology (1 credit) - 3.9

English (.5 credit) - 3.3

Calculus (.5 credit) - 4.0

cGPA = [(course weighting) * (GPA in that course)] / total course weighting

So for this case, the calculation would be:

cGPA = [(.5)(3.7) + (1)(3.9) + (.5)(3.3) + (.5)(4.0)] / [(.5) + (1) + (.5) + (.5)]

Which equals... 3.76

*EDIT* Oh, and the only difference between your UW GPA and OMSAS GPA is that they use different scales. They are calculated in the same way.

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Right, gotcha, and actually I just managed to ascertain my cumulative GPA for the year, its a 3.30, so yeah, hit the books.

In regards to OMSAS, their GPA is calculated by considering all the courses individually, right? For example, I took a required bio coures in each term, each being 0.5 credit. Thus, their weight in calculating the OMSAS GPA is a multiplier of x1, right?

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