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Retaking classes

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I was wondering the policy of this at most schools. I'm a physics major/pre-med (which also gives me a zoology minor and a chemistry minor), and got a C in calculus I (got A's on 3 tests, bombed the fourth test on integrals with a 30%), but got A's in Calculus II and III . Would most schools let me take Calc I again, or should I take it again?
 

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Would most schools let me take Calc I again,
Surely only your school's policy counts, as far as you're concerned, and you can find that out for yourself easier than we can. :wink:

Here, a student can take the same course a total of three times, with only the most recent grade counting in the GPA, although the previous attempts still appear in the academic record (transcript). But students retake a course only if they fail it, or if they get a D in their major department, or if they need to get their GPA above the required minimum (2.0 both overall and in the major). I've never heard of anyone here re-taking a course to raise a C, except maybe to reach the minimum GPA. But if the GPA is that bad, there must be D's in there anyway which would be more worth raising.

or should I take it again?
I wouldn't. Your time is better spent taking higher-level courses and doing well in them.
 
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Most schools won't let you retake a class if you got a C or better in it; you have to pay for the retake yourself (financial aid will only pay if you failed the course) so if you were rich enough you could just keep retaking courses until you had a 4.0. And since you are unlikely to learn anything more by retaking it, it looks bad to grad/med schools when you could have spent the time learning something new instead.
 
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The point about this is not clear. Do you WANT an improved grade average, or do you just want to learn your Calculus 1 material better?

You did much better in Calculus 2 and 3 so you must have eventually learned Calculus 1 material more than well enough, maybe through review. Maybe you became more accustomed to the concepts and skills through practice. Maybe you learned to be more careful and to avoid mistakes in problem-solving. Calculus 2 & 3 are just as tough or more tough than Calculus 1 and they definitely rely on much of it.

Chances are you maybe not allowed to repeat a course which you earned a C or better, but as others said, check with your school.

If only your skill and knowledge are your concern, you could just study Calculus 1 on your own. No real need to earning credit at above "C".
 

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