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# Understanding an 8-point GPA scale

My high school uses an 8-point GPA scale, which I find rather confusing. Can someone explain how this scale works, and how would I go about converting my GPA to the more commonly used 4.0 scale so I can better understand my competitiveness for college applications?

9 months ago

An 8-point GPA scale is different from the more commonly used 4.0 GPA scale, but it is relatively easy to understand and convert. In an 8-point GPA scale, A+ (97-100%) would typically be a 8.0, A (93-96%) would be a 7.0, A- (90-92%) would be a 6.0, and so on. Here is a breakdown of the scale:

- A+ (97-100%): 8.0

- A (93-96%): 7.0

- A- (90-92%): 6.0

- B+ (87-89%): 5.0

- B (83-86%): 4.0

- B- (80-82%): 3.0

- C+ (77-79%): 2.0

- C (73-76%): 1.0

- C- (70-72%): 0.0

To convert your 8-point GPA to a 4.0 scale, you can use the following method:

1. For each of your courses, find the equivalent 4.0 scale grade by dividing your 8-point GPA for that course by 2. For example, if you have an 8.0 in a class, it would convert to a 4.0 (8.0 / 2 = 4.0).

2. Multiply the equivalent 4.0 scale grade by the course credit hours (or weight, if your school uses a weighted GPA system).

3. Add up the results from step 2 for all your courses.

4. Divide the sum from step 3 by the total number of credit hours (or weighted credits) to calculate your GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Keep in mind that colleges will receive your actual grades, and they are often familiar with different GPA scales. They will consider your transcript within the context of your specific high school. However, converting your GPA to the 4.0 scale can give you a general idea of your competitiveness compared to other applicants with more familiar grading scales.

9 months ago