2 years ago
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Recalculating GPA

Hello. I am a Junior that will take 11 AP classes in total by the end of senior year, which isn't a lot but is a good amount. I am a straight-A student; however, my GPA is extremely low as a result of my school's grading system and miscommunication during the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes an A (93-96) 3.8 and only grades above 97 a 4.0, which seems a bit extreme. As a result, my GPA is 3.9 and will probably drop to 3.85 at the end of Junior Year. Also, my weighted GPA is 4.16, but it should be 4.44 based on CollegeBoard. Should I submit the one from CollegeBoard and explain it?

Based on my target school statements, "With a GPA of 3.9, they require you to be at the top of your class. You'll need nearly straight A's in all your classes to compete with other applicants. You should also have taken plenty of AP or IB classes to show your ability to excel in academic challenges and potential for rigorous courses". I think 11 APs, 6 college-level courses, and every Regents class with honors are acceptable. What are your opinions?

Will good colleges consider the grading scale difference? Do they and other colleges recalculate this GPA to their standards to put students on an even playing field? Let me know. Thank you!


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2 years ago

@Jonathan520 Can you clarify how your grades are reported on your report card/transcript? Are they reported as both or just 100 scales or just 4.0 scale?

If they are reported on a 100 scale or both scales, then I recommend that you only report your GPA on a 100-point scale which is a common app option.

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