Self-reporting for high schools in the U.S.A.

Students applying on the basis of a U.S. high school diploma from a school located in the U.S.A. will be required to self-report their grades using the designated web form accessible through Minerva. Do not send, or have your school or any digital certification service (e.g. Parchment) send, paper or electronic transcripts at this time.

You must self-report your grades unless:

  • You are completing a U.S. high school diploma outside the U.S.A. (you must in this case upload your academic documents).
  • You completed high school more than 5 years ago.
Important things to remember
  • You are required to report all academic courses, including repeated and failed courses.
  • If you have completed high school courses outside of the U.S.A., or if you are completing a post-grad year or taking additional courses after graduation, you may be required to upload a transcript in addition to self-reporting the grades you have obtained at your school.
  • It is recommended that you check the status of your application on Minerva regularly, even after self-reporting your grades, as you may be asked to provide additional documentation.
  • If you are admitted, your self-reported grades will eventually be verified against official, final grades received from your school.
  • The deadline to self-report your grades is March 15, 2021.

Guidelines

  • Use the web form in the Minerva Applicant Menu.
  • You must report your final results for all Grade 9, 10 and 11 courses, as well as in-progress results for your current Grade 12 courses.

How to self-report your grades

You must have on hand:

  • A copy of your most recent transcript and/or grade report
  • Your McGill ID number and Minerva PIN

To access the self-reporting form:

  1. Log into Minerva
  2. Navigate to the Applicant Menu
  3. Choose U.S. High Self-Reported Grades Submission

  1. Answer all the questions in the first section of the self-reporting form.
    1. If you have studied outside of the USA in the last four years (not School Year Abroad or an exchange), select ‘Yes’ and specify where these studies were taken.
      • You may be required to upload a transcript and/or provide proof of English proficiency, depending on the location of these studies.  If so, this requirement will be added to your Minerva checklist after review of your file.
    2. If you attended the School Year Abroad program outside the USA as part of your high school curriculum self-report your grades for the year in which they were taken.
    3. If you attended an Exchange year in the host country’s system, self-report the grades for courses you followed in the U.S.A. and skip the year of courses taken during the Exchange. After an initial review of your application, you will be asked to upload a copy of the transcript from the exchange year through your Minerva checklist.
    4. If you have already graduated from a US high school and/or continued to study following graduation, select ‘Yes’ to the relevant question.
      • You may be required to upload a transcript. If so, this requirement will be added to your Minerva checklist after review of your file.
    5. If your overall unweighted GPA on a 4.0 appears on your transcript, enter it exactly as it appears. If it does not appear on your transcript, is over 4.0, or is noted as a cumulative percentage, you may leave this field blank.
    6. If your class size appears on your transcript, enter it exactly as it appears. If it does not appear on your transcript, you may leave this field blank.
    7. If your class rank appears on your transcript, enter it exactly as it appears. If it does not appear on your transcript, you may leave this field blank. If your class rank is reported as a percentile, enter the class size as 100 and the percentile as your rank.
  2. Enter each course exactly as it appears on your most recent transcript and/or grade report:
    1. Select your State.
    2. Select your School
    3. Select the Year by grade level (e.g. Grade 9, Grade 10, etc.).
      • If you took a course in the summer, enter it for the grade level indicated on your transcript.
    4. Select the Subject area of the course.
      • If your course does not fall into one of these areas, select “Other Subject Areas.”
      • Do not enter Physical or Health Education courses or courses completed in Grade 8 on this form.
    5. Select the specific Course as indicated on your transcript.
      • If the course does not appear, select the one closest in name, as you will be able to adjust this in the next field.
    6. Enter the Course Title exactly as it appears on your transcript.
    7. Select the Level of your course.
      • For regular courses, select ‘Standard’.
      • Otherwise, select the specific level (‘Honors/Advanced’, ‘AICE’, ‘AP’, ‘Dual Enrolment’ or ‘IB’) of the course.
      • If your course is listed as AP and Dual Enrolment, enter it as AP.
    8. Indicate the Course Length.
      • If your year-long course (e.g. Physics) is split in two semesters with a different title in each semester (e.g. Physics A and Physics B), add them as ‘Full Year/One Grade’ and leave the Semester/Term field as ‘N/A’. You will be able to adjust the credit weight later.
    9. Select the Semester/Term when the course was taken.
    10. Verify that the ‘Credits/Units’ match with what is displayed on your transcript.
      • If this information is incorrect, you can manually adjust it in this field.
      • Ensure the credit weight is evenly distributed between all terms of the same course.
      • Enter the credit units associated with each course as they appear on your transcript, making sure that the total credits are distributed evenly over each term.  If no credit value is reported on your transcript, leave the credit value exactly as it appears on the form and save the course with the default credit values.  Do not enter zero.
    11. From the picklist, select the Grade (either letter or numeric) you obtained.
      • If your Grade 12 course is scheduled for a later term, enter ‘IP’.
      • For courses that have been assessed as ‘P’ or ‘CR’/’NC’ (or similar), enter that on the form, exactly as it appears on your transcript. 
      • You may refer to the Other grades reference chart below.
    12. Do not average your grades.
      • If your final grades are reported as two semester grades, enter them as they appear on your transcript.
    13. Do not convert your grades into another format.
    14. Do not apply any weight to your grades.
      • If your school adds weight to the final grade itself, you may need to upload a copy of your transcript instead of self-reporting. Please contact Service Point if this is the case.
  3. Verify that the information you have entered is accurate.
    1. If it is accurate, select ‘Save’.
    2. If you made an error, click on ‘Edit’ to edit the entry or ‘Delete’ to re-enter the entire course.
    3. Do not use the ‘Reset’ function. The ‘Reset’ function is only used when you want to make a change while adding a course (and before you save it). If this happens, you can click ‘Reset’ to redo that course entry.
  4. Submit your completed self-reported grades form.
    1. You will only be able to ‘Submit’ the form once you have entered all your high school results, including those for your current Grade 12 courses.
    2. You will be asked if you have reported all your grades.
      • If you have not, select ‘No’ and return to the form.
      • If you have, select ‘Yes’.
    3. Once you have selected ‘Yes’ after clicking ‘Submit’, you will be asked to ‘Agree’ that the University reserves the right to verify your self-reported information with your school.
    • An offer of admission granted on the basis of self-reported results may be revoked at the discretion of the University should significant discrepancies be discovered.
  5. Correcting grade information after the form has been submitted
    After the form has been successfully submitted, you will not be able to make changes to any of the reported results.  Be careful not to click ‘Submit’ until you have completed the form and verified your entries!
    • If you require a correction of a submitted result, complete and submit the Service Point online request form.
    • You will only be able to report additional results for Grade 12 (e.g. mid-year results), if they are required.  If this is the case, you will see this request on your Minerva checklist.
  6. Providing updated Grade 12 mid-year results
    If, after an initial review of your application, you are requested through your Minerva checklist to provide updated mid-year results:
    • Log back into the Self-reporting form and update the information that you provided for Grade 12.

Verification

  • All self-reported grades will eventually be verified against official grades from your school.
  • In case of a discrepancy between self-reported and official grades:
    • the latter will be taken as the official version
    • the applicant may be required to provide an explanation
    • an admission decision is subject to change.

Other grades reference chart

IP In Progress
The course is currently in progress and a grade is not yet available for this term.
P Pass/Passing
The course is not graded but the student completed course requirements and passed.
S Satisfactory
The course is not graded but the student completed course requirements and received credit.
CR Credit
The course is not graded but the student completed course requirements and received credit.
NP Not Passing
The course is not graded but the student did not pass.
INC

Incomplete (also sometimes entered as ‘I’)
The course requirements were not met for any reason and the student did not receive a grade or course credit.

U Unsatisfactory
The course is not graded but the student did not complete course requirements and did not receive credit.
NC No Credit
The course is not graded but the student did not complete course requirements and did not receive credit.
W Withdrew/Withdrawal
The student withdrew from the course.

 

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