2 years ago
Admissions Advice

How can I calculate my GPA?

In my country, we use 1-9 grading system. 1 is the best and 9 is the worst grade. This system does relative evaluation.

Grade 1: Top 0-4% (96-100 percentile)

Grade 2: Top 4-11% (89-96 percentile)

Grade 3: Top 11-23% (77-89 percentile)

Grade 4: Top 23-40% (60-77 percentile)


I only get grades, not exact percentile or rank. How can I choose the GPA scale in Common App? And how do I count it when I calculate the GPA?

And additionally, there are some subjects that have different grading. They have 3 grades, A, B, and C.

Grade A: 80-100 (Combined score of exams, assignments, performance assessments)

Grade B: 60-80

Grade C: 0-60

There is the students share of each grades in my transcript. Grade A share varies from 10% to 30%. The others goes roughly same. How do I have to count it in GPA?

Lastly, we have primary school, middle school, and high school. I graduated the middle school when I was 15, 9th grade. And 10th grade is when most students enter high schools.

However, my middle school transcript doesn't provide credits, although my high school one does.

How should I adjust them to get cumulative GPA?

Thank for you attentions.


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2 years ago

Hi there @chrimp,

The Common App field for cumulative GPA is optional. In your case, where your GPA does not follow the 4.0 scale, you can just leave this field blank and elaborate in your Additional Information section. Your transcript with a line item of each of your grades will be sent to the schools you apply to so that admissions officers can review your academic standing and convert it to their standardized format for comparison.

I understand that it can be frustrating to not know exactly where you rank when it comes to your grade point average. I'd recommend that you use some online GPA converters or calculators to get a better idea of where you stand. This can help you inform your admissions strategy so you can better choose what schools to designate as targets, safeties, and reaches.

Hope this helps!

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