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The Grade Point Average (GPA)

GPA is one of the more weighted pieces of information you can provide to a college or university. Most colleges will use the GPA in addition to test scores such as SAT or ACT to help make a decision on admission. GPA is simply the average of a student’s semester grades, starting with the freshman year.

Although there are variations, most high schools use a 4.0 scale (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1 and F=0). if a student has all A’s, they have a 4.0 GPA. To compute your GPA, assign the number score of each of your letter grades, add them together and divide by the number of grades. Most high schools will have the  accumulative GPA on your report card. If you don’t know your GPA your high school counselor will help you.

Some schools may have “weighted grades” for honors or AP courses. An A in an honors course may be worth 5 point instead of 4. A variety of methods are used to determine GPA. Regardless of the method used, the higher the grades, the higher the GPA. The higher the GPA, the higher chance you have of making it to the college of your choice.

© 2013 Roger D. Chamberlain

Roger Chamberlain
Roger Chamberlain works for a university helping low income and under represented high school students prepare for and be successful in college.
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