# 074 – Your academic record will be the first part of your application to be checked by the college admission officers of the schools to which you will apply.
The courses you take and the grades you receive make up a big part of your academic record.
On this episode, we focus on the importance of grades as part of your transcripts, and how they are reported as a Grade Point Average.
Jankel and I uncover the difference between unweighted and weighted GPA, and the reason why most schools, especially the more selective ones, will pay particular attention to weighted GPA.
As the episode reached the mid-point, we present examples of two students who took various courses, including one who took higher-level courses.
Through these examples, we analyze the importance of taking high-level courses, and the effect these have on weighted GPA.
Towards the end, we present the steps students could take if they graduate from high school with grades that are too low to get into the colleges or universities they dream of attending.
There is a very important step they could take, which may make their dreams a reality.
Links used on this episode:
CMP Episode 066: Advanced Placement Courses. How to Figure Out How Many and Which AP Courses to Take. The Right Mix of Courses to Have in Your Academic Record
CMP Episode 069: How to Build a Strong Academic Record. Your Academic Record Will Define How Your Application Will Be Viewed by the Schools to Which You Apply
From Shemmassian Academic Consulting: Weighted vs. Unweighted GPA: What’s the Difference?
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