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11 months ago
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Why does weighted GPA matter?
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This has been something on my mind ever since I started looking into online AP courses about two months ago. Mainly what I'm trying to figure out is if it would affect my overall estimated GPA. Do they combine or do they stay as a separate measure from each other. I haven't taken a proper high school class in a solid three years as of writing this due to covid, so I don't really have the ability to ask a college adviser.

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Weighted GPA matters because it gives more recognition to challenging courses like Advanced Placement (AP) classes. These courses are considered more rigorous, and a weighted GPA takes that into account by assigning extra points to grades earned in these classes. This means that getting an A in an AP course will have a higher GPA value than getting an A in a regular course.

When it comes to college applications, having a higher weighted GPA can work in your favor as it demonstrates that you have taken on challenging coursework. It can also indicate your ability to handle advanced academic material, which is a positive factor in the admissions process.

In most cases, colleges consider both your weighted and unweighted GPAs during the application review. The unweighted GPA is based on a standard 4.0 scale, while the weighted GPA reflects the additional points earned from AP or honors courses.

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