Grade Point Averages

PTCAS calculates a standardized set of GPAs to help programs evaluate applicants using uniform criteria. PTCAS GPAs may differ from those calculated on your transcripts due to the grade standardization process. Programs may use the PTCAS GPAs or calculate their own.

PTCAS GPAs Include:
  • Courses only from colleges and universities in the United States and Canada
  • Repeated courses
  • Study-abroad courses, if reported on a United States transcript
  • Withdrawn failing
PTCAS GPAs Do Not Include:
  • Foreign courses
  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • CLEP
  • Audited
  • Deferred
  • Institutional/departmental exam
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Incomplete
  • Pass/fail
  • Withdrawn/withdrawn passing
Check Your PTCAS GPAs

Allow 4–5 weeks for PTCAS to calculate your GPAs once your file is complete. PTCAS will email you once your coursework is verified and GPAs are calculated. Login to your application to view your GPAs. If you have questions about your GPAs, contact PTCAS customer support.

PTCAS Grade Scale

4.0

3.7

3.5

3.3

3.0

2.7

2.5

2.3

2.0

1.7

1.5

1.3

1.0

0.7

0.5

0.0

A/A+

A-

AB

B+

B

B-

BC

C+

C

C-

CD

D+

D

D-

DE

E/F

GPA Calculation Rules
  • Repeated courses are included in GPAs, even if they are later repeated for a higher grade or excluded from the GPA on the transcript.
  • Failed courses are included in GPAs, even if they are later repeated for a higher grade or excluded from the GPA on the transcript.
  • If credits or grades are missing, courses are excluded from GPAs.
  • PTCAS will not calculate GPAs by totaling grade values and dividing by the number of courses completed.
  • PTCAS includes grades and credits from transcripts where the course was originally taken, regardless of transfer credit earned at other institutions. The only exception is study-abroad coursework that transferred to a United States institution with itemized credit and grades.
  • GPAs are calculated on a 4.0 semester-based system.
  • Quarter hours are automatically converted to semester hours (Quarter hour x .667 = semester hour).
  • Unit credits are converted to semester hours.
  • Grade value is multiplied by semester credits.
  • Grade value (eg, A=4.0) x semester credits (eg, 3) = quality points (eg, 12).
  • Total quality points divided by total credits attempted = PTCAS GPA.
  • All credit hours are rounded to the tenths place.
  • PTCAS GPAs are rounded to the hundredths place.
PTCAS GPA Descriptions
Overall Cumulative GPA includes all undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, graduate, and professional courses.
Undergraduate Cumulative GPA excludes postbaccalaureate undergraduate courses.
Graduate Cumulative GPA includes graduate courses only. No postbaccalaureate courses.
Each Institution Attended GPA may differ from the college or university transcript due to grade standardization process.
Science GPA includes anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, and physics courses.
Combined Science and Math GPA includes all courses in the science GPA, plus math.
Course Subject Separate GPA for every PTCAS course subject:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English composition
  • Math
  • Movement science
  • Other course
  • Other science
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Social/behavioral science
PTCAS Grading Schemes

PTCAS will assign the following grades to courses with numeric grading scales, regardless of the letter grade value assigned on the official transcript. Enter your course grade exactly as it appears on your transcript.

 

Grade on Transcript

PTCAS Letter Grade

PTCAS Grade Value

100-90

A/A+

4.0

89-80

B

3.0

79-70

C

2.0

69-60

D

1.0

59-0

F

0.0

 

Grade on Transcript

PTCAS Letter Grade

PTCAS Grade Value

4.00-3.80

A+/A

4.0

3.79-3.60

A-

3.7

3.59-3.40

AB

3.5

3.39-3.10

B+

3.3

3.09-2.80

B

3.0

2.79-2.60

B-

2.7

2.59-2.40

BC

2.5

2.39-2.10

C+

2.3

2.09-1.80

C

2.0

1.79-1.60

C-

1.7

1.59-1.40

CD

1.5

1.39-1.10

D+

1.3

1.09-0.80

D

1.0

0.79-0.60

D-

0.7

0.59-0.40

DE

0.5

Less than or equal to 0.39

F

0.0

Narrative Transcripts

Most US institutions evaluate students’ work with a numeric grade (eg, 4.0) or alpha grade (eg, B+). Some institutions evaluate students with narrative sentences or paragraphs discussing the student’s work. PTCAS cannot verify narrative transcripts. If received, these transcripts will be scanned and released to your selected programs.

Review PTCAS GPAs

You may review your PTCAS GPA by logging into your account on the PTCAS website. Your PTCAS GPA will be calculated within 4–5 weeks after PTCAS receives your submitted application, all transcripts, and the correct fee payment. PTCAS will send you an automated email once your GPAs are online. PTCAS GPAs are likely to be different from those calculated by the institutions you attended due to the PTCAS grade standardization process. Please contact PTCAS by email with questions.



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