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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 12point scale doesn't convert evenly from percentages because the 100percent scale isn't divided equally into the 12 grade points  for example, a 9 consists of 7779.9% (roughly 3 percentage points) while a 10 consists of 8084.9 (5 percentage points) and a 12 is 90100% (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.