it's just about time to start applying to grad schools here. since it's probably too late to do anything about a low gpa I wonder if the kinds of courses i've done could "cancel" that out somehow. my school requires at least 4 4th-year courses (cross-listed with 5th-year master's ones i guess) but after this term i'll have 7, and i'll have covered a lot of stuff that's tested on PhD candidacy exams. the problem is that i haven't done really well on most of them. of course having all A+s would help but would the bureaucrats consider someone who doesn't have stellar grades if they've covered a lot of stuff & wouldn't have much "remedial" work to do? a master's student in physics told me that all it took for him to get in was a prof saying that he'd be willing to supervise him, so maybe if i get good references i could still get in. i guess what i'm asking is how firm are schools generally with grades?