Applying to college? You’re likely hearing a lot of talk about your GPA and how much it matters in the college admissions process. Your GPA is your grade-point average. It indicates your overall performance in school, i.e., your grades. Your GPA is a calculation of your letter or percentage grades and is a number from 0.0 to 4.0. Still confused? We’re going to break it down for you.
How to Calculate Your GPA
Your GPA is the average of your entire high school academic performance. Essentially, add all of your grades together and divide them by the number of grades. Voilá! That’s part one. The next thing you need to do is convert them to the 0.0 to 4.0 scale. Here’s how letter grades and percentages typically compare to GPA numbers.
Note that this is just a general table as ome schools may have slightly different variations. However, this table gives you a good general idea of how letter grades compare to percent grades and how they both compare to GPAs.
From this chart, here’s how the math goes. If the average of your grades is an 81, then you’ll have a GPA of around 2.7. If you have a C-average, then your GPA is a 2.0.
A tip for those of you who go to schools where the grades are given as letter grades. If your school doesn’t give you a GPA or average of your grades, here’s what how to get a good idea of what your GPA is.
- Acquire your transcript.
- Convert your letter grades into their corresponding GPA numbers.
- Add all of the numbers together.
- Divide them by the number of grades.
- There you have it!
Here’s an example of how to compute your grades. These are the grades of a rising sophomore at Lincoln High School: