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# Understanding GPA scales - help?

Sup everyone! So, I'm really puzzled about GPA scales. Can someone help me understand the difference between the 4.0 scale, 100-point scale, and any others that might come my way during the application process? Please, I need some clarity!

a month ago

Hello! Absolutely, it can seem confusing at first but here's a quick overview.

First, the most commonly used scale in the U.S. is the 4.0 scale. Here, an A (90-100%) typically equates to a 4.0, a B (80-89%) to a 3.0, a C (70-79%) to a 2.0, a D (60-69%) to a 1.0 and an F (below 60%) to a 0.0. Some high schools use a scale that counts plus and minus grades a bit differently (B+ could be a 3.3, B a 3.0, and B- a 2.7, for example).

Next, there's the 100-point scale. It is quite straightforward. Your grade is literally the average of all the grades you got in a class, usually weighted according to the importance of the assignment or test.

The weighted GPA scale is another one you may come across. In most U.S. high schools, advanced courses (like AP or IB classes) are given an additional "weight". For example, an A in an AP class might be a 5.0 instead of a 4.0, a B a 4.0 instead of a 3.0, etc. This scale usually goes up to 5.0 or 6.0, depending on how the school classifies dual enrollment or honors courses.

Remember that colleges often have their own systems for recalculating GPAs. For instance, a college might unweight a GPA to compare students on a 4.0 scale, ignoring the extra points for AP classes. So, while understanding these at a basic level is helpful, it's also crucial not to get too stressed out over the specifics. You should focus more on doing as well as you can in your classes, as wholesomeness in studying pays off in any scale!

Remember to keep track of what your high school uses and communicate it clearly when asked on applications. If it's not clear on your transcript, you should check with your guidance office for clarification. Colleges are accustomed to seeing all of these different types of scales, and have methods in place to standardize them for comparison. So, there is no real advantage or disadvantage to having a GPA on one scale versus another.

a month ago