Is the GPA for A-Levels (International) taken on the same 4.0 scale?

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So, I am applying to US, and top Uni's there have an average GPA of 3.9 or so out of 4.0. The problem is that the US HS education has no board exams, and as such are easy internal school exams. This means the GPA of American students tend to far higher than GPA of students who take British exams. That is so because American exams are far far easier than A-Levels, and even their AP is easier.

As such, I have a GPA of roughly 3.5-3.6/4 with International A-Levels. Considering the difficulty of A-Levels, can I apply to Ivy, which have an average GPA of 3.9?
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I am an international student and was looking to apply to the US but didn't end up doing so in the end so I totally get your concern. For the US, apart from ECs I think it's just how your grades look overall. For Ivies you would most likely want to get As for your A levels.
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They look at way more than grades. They want strong ECs, letters of recommendation, and essays too. If you're talking about the GPA field on CommonApp, you should select "Not reported". Don't try to convert A-Level grades to GPA.
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(Original post by dlwlrma_)
I am an international student and was looking to apply to the US but didn't end up doing so in the end so I totally get your concern. For the US, apart from ECs I think it's just how your grades look overall. For Ivies you would most likely want to get As for your A levels.
Ok thanks. I have 4A's in my AS and a predicted of most likely A*A*A*A*A. Is that enough, or do I need to give any GPA/cGPA?
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