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Hey, quick question. Could someone explain to me what a GPA is? I'm a junior and I know it's important but I'm a bit unsure on what it means and how it's calculated. Thanks!

26 days ago

Sure, happy to help! GPA stands for Grade Point Average. It's a numerical representation of your academic performance in high school so far.

Many high schools use a 4.0 scale, which implies an A (90-100% for most schools) equals a 4.0, a B (80-89%) equals a 3.0, a C (70-79%) equals a 2.0, and a D (60-69%) equals a 1.0. An F (below 60%) gives you no points. The specific numerical intervals may vary slightly from school to school (sometimes an A starts at 93% and an A- is from 90%-92%, for example).

To calculate GPA, you assign each course you've taken a corresponding point value based on the grade you received, they are all added up and divided by the number of courses you have taken. For example: If you have taken four courses and received an A, B, A, and C, your GPA would be 3.25 (4.0 + 3.0 + 4.0 + 2.0 divided by 4).

Many high schools also have weighted GPAs. This is when advanced classes such as AP or IB courses are given a higher numerical value, usually on a 5.0 scale, to reflect the greater challenge of these classes. So an A in an AP class represents a 5.0 rather than a 4.0.

Colleges use your GPA to help assess your academic performance and potential, but it isn't the only factor they consider. So while it's important to aim for a strong GPA, it's also significant to participate in activities, have strong letters of recommendation, a well-crafted personal essay, and good standardized test scores, where required.

26 days ago

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