Grade Point Averages (GPAs) Questions

Q: How are ADEA AADSAS GPAs calculated?

A: ADEA AADSAS reports a variety of GPA calculations to the dental schools. The grade conversion table and rules used to calculate GPAs can be found Here. ADEA AADSAS reports: overall GPA (undergraduate, graduate and combined); and these undergraduate GPA's: biology-chemistry-physics GPA (BCP); science GPA (all science courses including math, natural sciences and BCP; non-science GPA.

ADEA AADSAS also calculates GPA's in two different ways: with and without +'s and """˜s. This is done at the request of the dental schools. Some prefer to use the +/- system and other prefer to use grades without +'s and """˜s.

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Q: Why are my ADEA AADSAS GPAs different from my transcripts?

A: ADEA AADSAS applies consistent rules about GPA calculation to all applicants, regardless of college/university attended. Refer to those rules in the Instructions portion of the ADEA AADSAS application. There are a number of reasons why your ADEA AADSAS GPA is different that the GPA reported on your transcript. These include: rules about repeated courses, transfer work from other colleges and universities, varying weights assigned to grades. Refer to those rules in the Instructions portion of the ADEA AADSAS application for clarification about ADEA AADSAS GPA calculation.

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Q: How do I convert the numeric grades on my transcript to an ADEA AADSAS letter grade?

A: Review the information portion of your transcript (usually located on the back of your transcript) to determine if grade equivalencies are provided. Many schools provide information about grade equivalencies on their Registrar's website. If you can find no equivalencies, contact ADEA Customer Service at (617) 612-2045, or

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Q: When are my GPAs available?

A: ADEA AADSAS-computed GPAs will become available after transcript verification has occurred and your application is ready to send to the dental schools.

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Q: Where can I view my GPAs?

A: To view ADEA AADSAS-computed GPAs:

  • Logon to your ADEA AADSAS application
  • Go to the STATUS section and click on "GPA Calculations"

To determine which courses are included in GPA calculations, go to the "College Courses Completed" section in your application under "Coursework". You will be able to see the courses included in your GPA calculation, including any corrections to your course history based on transcript verification.

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Q: I repeated a course as an undergraduate. My undergraduate institution only counts the second grade earned in my GPA. Why are both grades counted in my ADEA AADSAS GPA?

A: As a standard business rule, when applicants repeat courses, ADEA AADSAS calculates the grades earned in both the original and the repeated course, even if the institution does not. This provides a consistent way of evaluating all applicants from all colleges and universities.

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Q: What can I do if I disagree with the ADEA AADSAS GPA calculations?

A: First, review ADEA AADSAS policies for GPA calculations located in the Instructions section of the application. If you still believe that ADEA AADSAS has made an error, contact ADEA Customer Service at (617) 612-2045 or You will be instructed about next steps to take.

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