What is GPA: For students who want to pursue their undergraduate or graduate studies in the USA, GPA is a vital element in the admission requirement of top colleges. In fact, a majority of top universities treat an aspirant’s GPA or the Grade Point Average as a vital measure to judge his academic capabilities. However, many boards outside the USA do not follow the same grading system hence creating a problem for students whose academic activities are measured in terms of percentage or divisions. In this case, many US universities require the international students to convert their scores to GPA in order to create a common platform for students to compete.
In this article, we explain to you what is GPA and how it is converted:
What is GPA?
The Grade Point Average or GPA is the grading system to measure the academic achievement of a student in the US. Technically speaking, GPA is the average grades a student receives through a fixed period, like from middle school to high school. In the USA, every semester students receive a GPA based on the grades they had earned in all of their classes throughout the semester.
How is GPA calculated?
Each course in a semester carries credit points given in the form of letter grades- A, B, C, D and F. So, at the end of the semester, students receive a GPA based on the credits earned during the period which is measured on a 4 or 5 point scale including fractions. So, the relative credit point for A is 4 that for F is fail.
Here’s how the average GPA is calculated in USA:
How to convert your GPA?
Boards across the world have their own ways of measuring the academic capabilities of students. While many opt for credits in the form of grades, others follow the percentage system while measuring students. Most boards in India opt for the percentage system while institutes like IITs and NITs go for credit points. While each institute has its own grading system, most of them award a cumulative performance index or CGPA on a scale of one to 10.
The following table shows the relative grades against the percentage of students:
Average GPA required in the Top 5 universities in the USA:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
University of Chicago
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After Completing PG of Medicine in India to become a Doctor at USA, the candidate has to practice in post graduation at USA too and then apply for work visa in USA once they get the residency confirmation to continue as a Doctor in USA.
Hope this information helps you.
Shachi, you are eligible for pursuing Master's based on your
qualification. You are a Chartered Accountant only after you successfully complete your CA Finals. Until then you will be a Candidate who is pursuing your CA. But based on your
qualification, you can study your PG.
Let us see how you become a doctor in the US after completing your MBBS from India. So, supposedly, you have competed MBBS in India. Now you have two options to complete residency in the US.
USMLE is United States Medical Licensing Examination. Step 3 assesses if you know the application of the medical knowledge without supervision. It is the final exam in the U.S. to obtain a license. Only after completing Step 3 will you be able to obtain the license.
Take the USMLE exams. Once you finish MBBS, try to do a month or two of elective training in one of the American universities in your intern year. Once you are there, reach out to people and try to find a research job in the department you are interested in for the next year. Once you are in research, try to publish a few good first authored papers, and as many co-authored papers as possible and attend conferences.
You will need high USMLE scores, US research experience, publications and conference presentations to get into a residency program. And above all, a very supportive and well connected mentor in the US.
Very few doctors take the second route. While studying Masters, they prepare for USMLE 3 and once they have completed USMLE Step 3, just like any other professionals, they apply for jobs in the hospitals for Residency.
Doctors are paid during Residency (minimum 3 years). After completing Residency, you have to take state board license to practice medicine in that particular state. Some of them get so tied up in their Masters programme that they are unable to focus on USMLE.
Hope this helps. All the best!
see you can definitely go for ms in usa after completing your graduation course. see different university has different criteria for admission, GRE/ toefel/ielts is must beside your academic scores. some times a good Letter of recommendation is also helpful for being shortlisted. I would like to tell you one thing score fees is really high in usa universities compare to indian universities, make sure there is placement or after degree course completed work opportunities is available or not.
hope it would help.
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