I'm entering my junior year of university in September and I'm thinking about applying to some US and British schools for post-graduate work. I was discussing entrance requirements with one admissions officer when she mentioned that my grades and course credits would have to be converted to the US system. I always thought that the Canadian and American university systems were pretty compatible? So I'm wondering, generally, how the grading and credit system works in American universities and how they'll have to convert my grades and credits.
For example, at the university I'm currently attending, classes last one semester or about four months and range from 1 to 4 credits depending, I suppose, on the classroom hours and work load involved. Classes are typically 3 credits though - for example... intro microbiology is 3 credits, but calculus is 4 credits, and you typically do 15 credits per semester. Our GPA is out of 4.0, and an A is the highest mark you can get and is anything above 85% in the class.
Oh, also, one of the admissions sites I looked at for a US school talked about "Minimum Total Semester Credits" and "Minimum Total Quarter Credits". For example, for English composition they want 6 semester credits and 9 quarter credits. I've never heard of any difference between semester credits and quarter credits??
Also, for British schools, what does this mean:
"A Level ABB offers are made to exceptional candidates, AAB offers to outstanding candidates, and AAA offers to the majority of those selected. Predicted or actual grades of at least ABB are required but AAA/AAB preferred as offers of ABB are only made to candidates achieving the top score at interview with very good BMAT scores."
I already read that I don't need a BMAT to apply because I'm from North America, and they want only a 3.4 GPA, but I don't really understand what all this B and A stuff is.
I know I could ask people at the universities, but I would to like to harass them as little as possible!
Thanks for any info you guys have!