A few things to remember. A lot of schools consider themselves "Competitive". That is why the academy and most colleges requests a school profile. Saying the classes offered, the average gpa, where most of the graduates go to college, etc... Seems like most schools like to call themselves competitive. Not saying yours isn't. But what really varies from school to school is the gpa when the weight the classes. We had one poster on here who's school had a weighting system that took the score actually above a 5. Some only weight as high as the mid 4's. Then, compare that to a school that doesn't weight at all. So, in all reality, a weighted 3.8 to an unweighted 3.4 isn't that significant.

Now; this is where is gets tricky. That is just your gpa. Do NOT READ MORE INTO IT. That's all that is. You know I love math, so imagine something for me. Imagine that the highest score in the academic section of the academy application is 800 points. Each gpa is times 100. So, you have 340 points so far towards the max of 800. (3.4 gpa times 100 = 340). Then, averaging 7 classes per semester times 4 years, that equals 56 classes. You get 10 points for every advanced AP/IB class you took. So, assuming 20 classes were AP, that's another 200 points. Now you have 540 points of a max of 800. Then, they find a common denominator to compare ACT tests to SAT test. So, lets say you get 10% for each SAT test score. You got a 650 and 660. Thats 65 and 66 points. That's another 131 points. Now you are at 671 points. Then you get 50 points if in the top 10% class ranking. 40 points if in the top 20%. So, we'll give 50 points for this. Now you are at 721 points out of 800 max.

Now; all of these points are fictitious but hopefully you understand the concept. It's this type of formula that they use to develop the max academic scores. Of course, there are other variables used to compensate for other difference. e.g. Home schooled; School without AP or IB classes available; etc... So. the point is; don't worry about how they marked your gpa. Yes, everyone would love if there's was a 4.0. Obviously, the only ones that will be probably a 4.0 are those that have a 4.0 unweighted to begin with or have the max weighted gpa available. The point is, relax. The gpa is part of a total academic package that includes gpa, sat/act, class rank, course difficulty, and school profile. Best of luck to you. later... mike....