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Will Admission Officials Understand Rigor of an International High School?

Question: I am an international student and the school I go to does not provide weighted GPA nor does it have AP or IB classes. The major courses we take do have much larger credit hour. We take 4 subjects 5 days a week and there are subjects with lower value but this is not stated on our transcripts so the colleges might be misled. All that is written is the subject and the grade. I calculated my weighted GPA according to the level of difficulty of each subject and it is very high. How do I show this to the colleges I am applying to? How do I show them that I am actually doing great on very difficult subjects since my transcript represents every class as if they were of equal value?

College admission officers try to understand the curriculum and level of rigor at each high school in their assigned territory. But, nonetheless, even admission officials who are very experienced can have trouble deciphering the curriculum at international schools, especially when an applicant hails from a high school that is rarely represented in their applicant pool.

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