Originally Posted by jake0405
ya it's so weird, i don't get this system at all. technically what Leeoku should be true mathematically, but according to what the website says, im just not sure...
I see on other universities, when they post the grade requirement, they just use the letter grade.
So then what's 8.5? B or B+ ?
8.5 is neither B or B+.
They list the numeric GPA because you calculate your average mathematically (using numbers), not with the letter grades.
McMaster also considers a 9.5 to be equivalent to an 80 average (for Dean's List and stuff). This is because the 12-point scale doesn't convert evenly from percentages because the 100-percent scale isn't divided equally into the 12 grade points - for example, a 9 consists of 77-79.9% (roughly 3 percentage points) while a 10 consists of 80-84.9 (5 percentage points) and a 12 is 90-100% (ten percentage points).
You will never know your exact average in percent anyways, so the percent conversion from 8.5 is totally moot. It's just giving you a general idea.