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• 08/24/2020 at 08:14PM •
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How much can your GPA go up from the end of junior year until ED applications?

current junior, taking all APs senior year

@crsgo042208/24/2020 at 10:01PM

What’s your current UW gpa out of 4?

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• 08/24/2020 at 10:25PM[edited]

EDIT: i didn’t realize that you meant specifically from end of junior year to early decision in which case... i dont think it goes up :( you apply ED in november then you’re applying w your junior year cumulative gpa. colleges do, however, see your first quarter senior year grades.

I typed out an incredibly long answer before and it deleted so I’ll keep this short. I’ll tell you how to calculate your own, new unweighted GPA since that’s really what colleges look at. Unweighted GPA is basically useless now since the weighting system is not only complicated t also inconsistant.

1. count up how many credit bearing classes you will have completed (minus PE) by the end of ur junior year

2. mark down the final grades you got in each class, and convert them into a number! use whatever grading scale ur high school uses, whether it be 4.33, 4.0, 100, etc (check the bottom of ur transcript, it should be listed there). i.e. an A in algebra 1 would be a 4.0, or a 93, a B- in calc AB would be a 2.67 or an 80, etc

3. calculate your PROJECTED grades for the junior year courses. make it the same as you usually get, whether that’s mostly bs mostly as or a mix.

4. sum up on numerator all of the final grades for every class you took / denominator how many classes you took (i.e. 4.0 + 3.67 + 3.33 + 4.33 … / 18 )

* for electives or classes that are only 1/2 year or 1/2 credit make sure you divide the final grade you got by 2 and add only 0.5 on denominator

5. that’s your unweighted GPA out of 4.33 or whatever scale your school uses :), use the iowa state gpa convertor (google) to convert it to a 4.0 scale

This is the realistic option. If you want to see how much it could possibly improve then just sub in the highest possible grade (A+ or whatever the highest value is) for all of your AP classes.

• 08/24/2020 at 10:08PM[edited]

There is no simple answer to your questions because each HS puts a different weight on AP classes and you provide no context for your question. You don't provide your GPA, UGPA, and how many weighted classes you already took and what your grades were, and how your HS treats AP classes. Some HSs do not weigh AP classes so if you have a 4.0 for the 1st 3 years of HS, you will still have a 4.0 during senior year. Other schools weigh AP classes 10% more some 25% more. For instance, if you are on a 100.00 scale, some HS's give you a 110.00 for an AP class. If you are on a 4.0 scale, some HS's give you a 4.5 or a 5.0 for an AP class. Taking all AP classes won't make much difference in 1 reporting period if you already have a 4.0 and took a lot of AP classes already. (maybe an extra 1/10th or 2/10ths) It makes more of a bump if you have little or no AP classes and a lower GPA to start with.

• 08/24/2020 at 10:53PM

It won't go up and it can't unless your school recalculates your goal before ED applications. Your GPA at the end of junior year will be used otherwise. By regular decision time though, you should have a recalculated GPA based on senior grades from the first half of the year.


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