a year ago
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Is it possible to raise my 3.61 un weighted gpa?

Hi everyone I am a sophomore in high school and I am wondering if it's possible to raise my unweighted to at least a 4.0 is it possible?

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a year ago[edited]

Hi, I calculated your future GPA based on the information you provided.

If you have a 3.61 UWGPA based on 1 year of HS and you are now a Sophomore, you will have a 3.74 UWGPA by the end of 11th/Jr year if you get straight As. If you continue with the straight As, you will have a 3.77 UWGPA by the end of 1st Semester 12th grade or when you are going to apply regular decision January assuming you get your mid-year reports around the same time. Your final UWGPA will be a 3.80 if you have all As for the next 3 years or 6 semesters. I ran the numbers with you taking 6, 7, and 8 classes per year and they all say the same thing.

Therefore, if your goal is to have the best possible chances at getting into a top school you have to do more than just have straight As because most of the Admits will have better grades than you. You will have to show the following 4 things in your academic record.

1.) Take the most challenging classes you can afford to take. So if you can handle it, take as many honors and AP classes as you can. This will show course rigor. This comes at a cost because Honors and AP classes require more homework and dedication. At some point, you will be torn between taking a regular class and taking an AP class but if you want to go to a top school, you will have to bite the bullet and take the harder class and grind it out.

2.) During your summers, you can boost your academic record by taking college classes. This will add to your course rigor and show you are a serious student. If you can handle it, you can take 1 or 2 summer classes at your community college next summer and the summer before senior year.

3.) Most top schools want to see that you are inquisitive intellectually and have a record of self-learning topics that you are passionate about. So for some people that means teaching themselves Japanese or Chinese, or teaching themselves how to Python program or learning a 2nd or 3rd instrument.

4.) Lastly, develop an academic narrative that supports what you are interested in studying in college, whether or not you fully intend to stick with it. So if you are interested in being a Medical Doctor, take Bio, AP Bio, AP Chemistry, AP Stats, etc. This shows that if you apply to a Pre-med program, you already are very well prepared. Likewise, if you are interested in being a Lawyer, take AP US History, AP Govt. Politics, AP Lang and AP Lit.

The fact you are asking the question means that you care about improving. There is no way to get a 3.9 or 4.0, so you have to work with what you have. And why I wrote so much is to tell you not to be discouraged but find other ways to show the colleges you are a great fit for their school because despite setbacks you can rise to the occasion, focus, and get the job done.

Good luck with your HS career.

a year ago

In short, if you get any less than a 4 in freshman year it is impossible to get a 4.0. This is because even if you get a perfect gpa for the next 3 years, your average will still be a 3.9. If you mean weighted GPA then you must take as many AP, honours or IB classes before college apps to ensure the highest chances of getting a good GPA

Good Luck!


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