What is GPA?
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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I wish to become a Neurosurgeon, but first I wish to practice in the United States or Singapore for half of my career and to spend last half of my career in India. Whether my wish is a good one? Is it possible? Is my decision is correct? Kindly commend on my wish?
Raja, we have been discussing your career and aspirations for a while now and we appreciate that you want to take Career360's opinion on the matter of your career. So by now, you are aware of the fact what it takes to become a neurosurgeon and what it is to clear USMLE, practise as a resident in the US. We also have discussed the life style and the salary part. Now regarding the first half and later half of the career, we only wish we could predict our timeline on this planet. We do not which might be the first half or which might be the later part. But no wish is bad. If you want to achieve something, you should lest you regret for the rest of your lofe. Now to practise in the US, you may have to appear for USMLE, clear the step 1 and then practise as a resident before you can get the license to practise as a full time neurosurgeon. That is a long process that might take good 4-5 years. You study MBBS in India for 50 months and then complete the 1 year rotational internship and it takes you as many as 5 years. And appearing for USMLE and then working as a resident take another 4 years and so 10 years of your life are spent getting a valid license to practise in the US. And then lets say after 5 years you want to move to Singapore, that takes a whole different processing because you need to appear for their license exam. And you work in Singapore for lets say another 5 years and you come back to India. 15 years of your life are spent studying and getting licenses. But the beauty is within 15 years you can actually get license to practise in 3 countries. So you need to take a call. Or how about you finish MBBS in India, move to Singapore to study your MD/MS and plan on moving to the US? That way the transition is going to be smoother.
Is there any age limit to take admission into Ph.D in USA?
The age limit which almost every University demands is 35 years. If anybody is above that they can might miss the chance to get enroll theirselves for phd.
This age is decided because phd is all about researching and writing ,they usually demand people who is also iinvolved in academics and departmental works.
Are Neurosurgeons happy in San Francisco?
Well I guess they are because they get very good six figure salary and have a great job security although it's stressing but still they like their job cause they got into it knowing the stress it may carry. Neurosurgery is very much in demand and is a very great speciality in medical field.
I hope my answer helps.
All the best.
Are Neurosurgeons happy in New York?
It will all depend upon the lifestyle and the office hours you put in the work. The number of opd days, OT days and the visit to the wards for rounds. It all affect the free time period for a doctor. In USA,you have to pay tax for the services thus it can be little less than what you make in india
Are US Neurosurgeons rich enough to live a comfortable life in the United States?
It will totally depend where are you working and what are you getting paid.
As US is anyways costly ,there lifestyle tends to change.Neurosurgeons in Us are paid according to their qualification as well as where they work
According to research
The average income for a neurosurgeon is $775,968
The middle range income is approx $704,170
the lowest paid are $350,000
And the top 10 % of the neurosurgeon get a pay of $1,229,881 per year!
So it totally depends upon your qualification and the place you work if you can have a comfortable life or not