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What’s the GPA weight for AP classes in high school?

Hey, can anyone break down exactly how much more an AP class weighs on your GPA compared to a regular class? I’m trying to figure out if it’s worth the extra effort for my GPA or if I should focus on other extracurriculars instead.

7 months ago

The way GPA is calculated can vary from school to school, but typically, AP classes are given more weight because they are more challenging and are considered college-level courses. A regular class might be on a 4.0 scale, where an A is a 4.0, but an AP class might be on a 5.0 scale, where an A would be a 5.0. So, if you get an A in an AP class, it could have a more substantial impact on your weighted GPA than an A in a regular class.

However, keep in mind that while a weighted GPA can be a good reflection of the rigor of your coursework, colleges also look at your unweighted GPA and the difficulty of your classes separately. This means that even if the weighted benefit isn't huge, the fact that you're challenging yourself by taking AP classes can be viewed positively by admissions committees.

In terms of balance, it's important to not spread yourself too thin. Colleges appreciate depth in extracurriculars, so if you're passionate about certain activities, it can be worth focusing on those rather than trying to do everything just for the GPA boost.

7 months ago

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