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How is GPA calculated out of 4?

This might seem basic, but I'm still somewhat confused about the GPA system. How does my school calculate a GPA out of 4, and what does each point represent?

7 months ago

Hey there! No worries at all, understanding GPA calculations can be a bit confusing at first. Generally, a GPA (Grade Point Average) out of 4 is calculated using letter grades that correspond to a point value. Here's a basic breakdown:

- An A (which might be a 90-100%) is typically a 4.0.

- A B (maybe an 80-89%) is a 3.0.

- A C (around a 70-79%) is a 2.0.

- A D (60-69%) is usually a 1.0.

- An F (below 60%) is a 0.

To get your GPA, the point values for each class are averaged together. For instance, if you had three Bs and one A, your GPA would be (3.0 + 3.0 + 3.0 + 4.0) / 4 = 3.25.

Now, some schools use a weighted scale for honors or AP courses where an A might be worth more, say a 4.5 or 5.0, recognizing the increased difficulty of these courses. Your school might use a system like this, or stick to the standard 4.0 scale.

Also, your school might provide specifics on how they handle plus and minus grades (like an A- or B+), as those can sometimes be calculated slightly differently, like a 3.7 for an A- or a 3.3 for a B+.

If you're looking to calculate your GPA or if something is not clear, your school's guidance office is a great place to start. They can provide the exact scale your school uses and help with any other questions.

7 months ago

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