What are your chances of acceptance?
Your chance of acceptance
Duke University
Loading…
UCLA
Loading…
+ add school
Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
1.0
4.0
SAT: 720 math
200
800
| 800 verbal
200
800

Extracurriculars

Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

How do letter grades correspond to GPA on a 4.0 scale?

Okay, so I get that AP classes can boost my GPA because they're weighted, but how exactly do letter grades translate to GPA points on the 4.0 scale? Does it differ a lot between high schools?

7 months ago

I'm happy to explain the basics of the GPA scale to you! On a standard unweighted 4.0 GPA scale, an A is typically equivalent to 4.0, a B is equivalent to 3.0, a C is equivalent to 2.0, a D is typically 1.0, and an F is 0.0. For AP or honors classes, many schools use a weighted GPA scale to reflect the increased difficulty. On a weighted scale, an A might count as 5.0, a B as 4.0, and so forth.

The specifics can vary between schools as some may use a plus/minus system (e.g., an A- could be a 3.7), and some do not. It's not standardized across the board, so your high school's policy on GPAs is the one that colleges will consider when they look at your transcripts. Most high schools will have a guide or scale that shows their particular conversion. Check with your counselor or look at your school's grading policy to understand precisely how your letter grades will convert to GPA points.

7 months ago

About CollegeVine’s Expert FAQ

CollegeVine’s Q&A seeks to offer informed perspectives on commonly asked admissions questions. Every answer is refined and validated by our team of admissions experts to ensure it resonates with trusted knowledge in the field.