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13 Jun 2018 373 Book icon 2 mins Share

How and why GPA matters when you are looking for a degree abroad?

A higher Grade Point Average could be your ticket to the study destination you have always thought of. Here’s why!

13 Jun 2018 373 Book icon 2 mins Share
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Why your GPA matters?

What’s GPA?

Grade point average (GPA) is a measure of your skills and education received from an institution where you had studied earlier. Typically, a GPA scale ranges between 1 and 4, where anything above 3 is considered to be a good GPA score. Most universities and colleges abroad ask for good GPA scores as eligibility requirements to measure a candidate for admissions.

Your GPA can be high or low, and there are various ways to improve your GPA score. An internship during studies or work experience after graduating could help you with your admissions, if you have a low GPA score. But, please remember, no amount of internships or work outside or after your studies can substitute your GPAs. This means you must focus on your GPAs as well as getting hands-on learning experience when required.

Why is GPA so important?

When a university admissions team looks at your GPA, the very first thought that comes to their mind is ‘what kind of a student’ are you? A higher GPA speaks volumes about you, and a lower GPA could cast a bleak picture in their minds.

However, it doesn’t mean all students who have lower GPA are not suited to study abroad, or they never get a chance to do it. There are several students who come and speak to our counsellors, with a desire of higher learning abroad, who would have due to some reason been unable to score more in their high school. Fortunately, they not only get admissions abroad, but also at good universities owing to their hard work and perseverance.

GPA is a metric that most organisations and institutions use to gauge your performance. For example, when you apply for a certain country study visa, the visa officer might question your low GPA and may not be convinced about your genuine intentions of studying overseas. In such cases, you don’t have to coerce him or her to believe you, but handle the situation with patience and in a more effective way.

When you apply for your studies, say postgraduate degree abroad, your undergraduate scores are not the only hope for you. The GPA that you achieve in your 10th or 12th will also be considered so make sure you focus on your studies.

When GPA doesn’t matter!

GPA can’t always rule the roost! A low GPA doesn’t indicate that the student is lacking in creative abilities or he has less intelligence. There are many reasons behind a person’s low GPA; it could be due to any family troubles or emotional disturbances that a person underwent right before the exams, resulting in poor GPA in his final-year exams.

Once you complete your schooling and move on to further study and jobs later on, there are certain things that will matter more than your GPA – resume, SOP, LOR and test scores. Therefore, there are other means of showing your abilities and a high GPA isn’t the only way out.  

What’s your GPA and where do you want to study abroad? Do let us know what your qualifications are. Our counselling team can help you with your admissions abroad.

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