9 months ago
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Should I input my unweighted gpa into Collegevine's chancing engine to see a more accurate representation of my chances?

My school only does a weighted scale so I can't see my unweighted GPA. Should I put the weighted GPA that is on my transcript into the chancing engine? My school has a WEIGHTED scale that is out of 4, not 5. What do you guys think I should put? Thank you!


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3 answers

9 months ago

The CollegeVine chancing engine is designed to use your Unweighted GPA, not your Weighted GPA.

99.99% of college admissions use the Unweighted GPA because in general, few schools calculate their weighted GPAs alike. Some use a 4.0 scale only while others use a 5.0 or 6.0 scale and I've also even seen an 11 point scale. Also, some schools give a 0.50 pt weight to APs other 1.00 pt bump. Some schools give a 1.0 pt bump for IB classes and others a 2.0 pts. So you see the only way to normalize the data set for everyone is to submit an unweighted GPA and then CV can compare and contrast you with your peers. If you submit your weighted GPA, you will get a wrong % percentage probability range for your college acceptance to all the schools on your list.

Putting in anything except your UW GPA is like comparing Apples to Grapefruits, not Apples to Apples.

And if you don't know what your UWGPA is just assign the following numerical values to your letter grades.


A=4.0, A-=3.7, B+=3.3, B=3.0, B-=2.7, C+=2.3, C=2.0, C-=1.7, D+=1.3, D=1.0, F=0.0

Good luck.

9 months ago

To the right of the GPA field is an info box with a link to a guide for calculating GPA. If you have a letter or percentage grade for each class you should be able to figure out your unweighted GPA.

9 months ago[edited]

My school does the same as yours. I put in my weighted and unweighted (calculate yours on CV) to see the differences and to get the best report possible. I would recommend that you use your weighted GPA as most schools use whatever is written on your high school transcript. There usually isn't that big of a difference unless our GPA is 3.7 UW and 4.3+ Weighted. But, try both and see where it places you.


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