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Grades vs. Test Scores


Grades vs. Test Scores

There’s no doubt that a your GPA is the most important factor when applying to college. But it’s also important to keep in mind that your GPA is just the baseline as almost everyone applying to a highly competitive college already has a high GPA. Therefore, your SAT/ACT scores can make all the difference in the overall admissions equation. Test scores give you an important opportunity to break away from the pack.

What’s the reason? GPA is extremely variable from one school to the next. For example, a 3.7 GPA at a private independent high school in New York may be worth more than a 4.0 GPA at a school in rural North Dakota. Then when you get into “weighted” GPAs, there are a whole slew of challenges in discerning what’s what. Because honors and AP/IB classes can be weighted at a school administrator’s choosing, the “weight” is highly arbitrary. Let’s not even get into how course content and difficulty can vary greatly across schools and even within schools by teacher! All in all, college admissions officers need another way to measure a student’s academic ability. Enter test scores.

At PA College Prep, we are committed to provide students the tools, values, and resources they need to achieve academic excellence. We believe that an education should foster students’ intellectual growth along with their social and emotional development. With a trained eye and a compassionate heart, our dedicated staff, counselors, and teachers nurture the dreams, intellectual curiosity, and goals of all who enroll. Our classroom environment is educational yet fun, and motivates students to excel in school.

As students advance through our specially designed curriculum, they gain the foundation and skills necessary to achieve high SAT, ACT, and PSAT scores. Students gain confidence and receive higher grades, ultimately enabling them to achieve success in top-tier universities.

Overall, PA College Prep’s mission is to inspire and guide students toward their fullest potential while promoting a lifelong passion for learning and personal growth.

Call us today or stop by our office to find out how we can help you reach your academic goals!

PA College Prep
1420 S. Glendora Ave. West Covina, CA 91790
office: (626) 918-1239

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