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My cumulative GPA, thus far:

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Above 4.0
  1116 votes / 5%
  5555 votes / 28%
  2952 votes / 15%
  1447 votes / 7%
  562 votes / 2%
Below 2.0
  424 votes / 2%
I transcend the concept of GPAs
  5576 votes / 28%
Depends if I can average in kindergarten.
  1681 votes / 8%
19313 total votes.
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My cumulative GPA, thus far:

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 24, 2013 @03:21PM (#42682693)

    If your GPA is 4.0 or above, you're not taking classes which are difficult enough. I graduated with a PhD in Chemistry, and my undergrad and post-grad GPAs were both weighted down slightly by purposely taking insanely difficult classes. Those people around me with 4.0 GPAs were more interested in that silly number than learning material, and wouldn't take certain classes if they didn't think they could get an A.

    Of course, at your school(s) YMMV.

  • by war4peace (1628283) on Thursday January 24, 2013 @03:23PM (#42682713)

    Obvious option missing. For that ignored minority who doesn't belong to the Mighty US of A.

  • 1.18 (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 24, 2013 @03:49PM (#42683003)

    I was always too busy programming to worry about school. I've always felt school was the greatest setback of my entire life.

  • Who cares? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Dynedain (141758) <slashdot2.anthonymclin@com> on Thursday January 24, 2013 @04:03PM (#42683147) Homepage

    I graduated from my university over ten years ago, and even in my chosen major, GPA had very little impact on hiring.

    Now, my GPA is meaningless as my hiring potential is based on my work experience and portfolio. Plus cumulative GPA going all the way back to elementary school, even if possible to calculate, only shows how good I was at being a student, not how good I am at learning, or how adept I will be in the workplace.

  • by war4peace (1628283) on Thursday January 24, 2013 @04:11PM (#42683241)

    You wouldn't understand the local stuff because it's written in a language you don't speak. Also, the site's tagline is "News for Nerds, stuff that matters" instead of "News for American Nerds, stuff that matters to Americans".

  • by Bigby (659157) on Thursday January 24, 2013 @04:38PM (#42683551)

    Actually, if your GPA is above 4.0, then it is fake. I can't run faster than the fastest person...even if I am the fastest person. The mere suggestion of such a thing makes it look silly and I have to discard it.

    It is a big red flag, which would force me to go to the University and ask them for best score of everyone that took the same curriculum. Then I need to estimate what a perfect score would be. All of this defeats the purpose of a GPA.

    Look! I ran a 9.3 sec 100m dash! I got 1.5 sec off for running 110m instead!

  • Re:Low (Score:4, Insightful)

    by degeneratemonkey (1405019) on Thursday January 24, 2013 @05:35PM (#42684121)
    An addendum regarding the meaninglessness of GPA as a performance metric: I'm speaking only from anecdotal evidence, which is of course just as good as hard data.

    I have observed a stronger correlation between high GPA and manipulative capacity than I have observed between high GPA and productive capacity.
  • Re:Bell Curve (Score:4, Insightful)

    by dkleinsc (563838) on Thursday January 24, 2013 @05:36PM (#42684129) Homepage

    Why isn't this a perfect bell curve?

    Because stupid people don't generally get involved in the kinds of activities that would lead one to reading /.

  • by marcovje (205102) on Thursday January 24, 2013 @05:56PM (#42684371)

    Then it should move to the .US domain.

  • by Xeranar (2029624) on Thursday January 24, 2013 @06:59PM (#42684971)

    It's a damned 5 point scale you goob. They were introducing them when I was leaving high school and some schools have adopted them both at the secondary and post-secondary level.

    Most grad students in the program I was in averaged around a 3.5 which according to the department head was about right. You should be getting Bs in grad school whether you want to or not. Really in grad school the arguments between As and Bs can get granular based on literally a fistful of points. I lost .2 GPA over what I calculated out to be 15 total class points out of 1200.

    Once you're in grad school, stop worrying and just do.

  • Insane (Score:5, Insightful)

    by jandar (304267) on Thursday January 24, 2013 @07:28PM (#42685251)

    GPA is a insane concept. Insofar very US american ;-).

  • Fuck GPA (Score:4, Insightful)

    by addie (470476) on Thursday January 24, 2013 @08:07PM (#42685619)

    I've never swore on Slashdot before, oh goodness me. But seriously. Fuck GPA.

    I was just like lots of you here; I excelled in high school because it was easy. Never did any homework, slept through class, and aced the tests. Next came undergrad: something I was horribly unprepared for. I panicked, started abusing certain substances to deal with anxiety, stopped going to class, and barely limped across the finish line to get a non-honours degree with a transcript pretty enough to use as toilet paper. Eight years and a fair bit of perspective later, I went back to school to get an MA. By this time I had figured out how to game the system and get top grades without really studying all that much. What's my point? GPA measures nothing except a) how easy the material is, or b) how hard you work, or c) how immature you are, or d) how much pot you're smoking, or e) none of the above.

    In the working world, I prove my worth every single day by what I produce, and I think I'm pretty damn good at what I do. If my boss had asked to see my transcript in my interview, I wouldn't have had a chance in hell of getting this position.

    Fuck GPA. I'm now in a position where I can review potential hires. Going to school at any level teaches you something about life (good and bad), and if you managed to graduate, then I'll judge you equally with the next guy or gal who graduated regardless of what school it was or what marks you may or may not have achieved. If the rest of your CV speaks to experience and creativity, then I'll give you an interview and see what kind of person you are. No way I'm judging you by your marks. There are just too many variables.

  • by war4peace (1628283) on Thursday January 24, 2013 @10:35PM (#42687017)

    Some respect towards the other 6.8 or so billion human beings. Too much to ask? Maybe. You decide.

  • by manu0601 (2221348) on Thursday January 24, 2013 @11:22PM (#42687335)

    Slashdot is an american website

    But I guess slashdot readers are not a majority of americans. There should be a poll for that.

    NB: I have no idea what a GPA is, even after reading the wikipedia page

  • by jackb_guppy (204733) on Friday January 25, 2013 @07:53PM (#42697007)

    They quite useful. Saved my kid 1 yr of college. 3/4 payment needed.

  • by AuMatar (183847) on Saturday January 26, 2013 @01:28PM (#42701145)

    You got fucked by your school. I went to UIUC, a highly regarded engineering school. I went in as a junior with 59 hours earned via AP tests. I then took easier class loads of 12-15 hours a semester and graduated in 3 years with no debt. AP is a great way of avoiding silly non-tech electives, and its cheaper timewise and cashwise than going to a community college for two years.

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