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Smaug  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 2772)
Sat, 15th Mar '08 1:12 AM


How is GPA calculated?

My son's report card is as follows:


I read some where that A is worth 4, B+ is worth 3.5, B is worth 3.0, etc

If I do that and add them up and divide by 6, I get a GPA of 3.41.

Is that correct?

Cjar855  (Level: 133.4 - Posts: 838)
Sat, 15th Mar '08 1:17 AM

found this on google..

US GPA System
>Grade Points >Grade >Equivalent
>4 >A >High Achievement
>3 >B >Satisfactory
>2 >C >Minimum Passing
>1 >D >Failure

Cjar855  (Level: 133.4 - Posts: 838)
Sat, 15th Mar '08 1:17 AM

Smaug  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 2772)
Sat, 15th Mar '08 1:30 AM

The college ones all have this gobbledy gook about hours and credits. My son is a junior in HS.

I saw a site somewhere (I can't find it now), where + and - grades were given half points.

Seems logical, there is a big difference between a B+ and a B-.

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sat, 15th Mar '08 11:01 AM

The high school I teach at does not use the + or - ; the transcript and the GPA only show A, B, C, D, F, or I (incomplete).

Although we do offer Honors level courses where an A=5. But all the GPA calculations are done automatically through the computer and the registrar's office, so teachers have very little say or reason to deal with this.

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sat, 15th Mar '08 11:21 AM

Some of the schools I have gone to over the years have had the half point system for plusses.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 15th Mar '08 11:30 AM

In our school system, D is not even part of the equation - anything below 70 is failing.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 15th Mar '08 11:32 AM

Smaug - I don't know if this will help you or not, but here's what is used at WSU for undergraduates.

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Sat, 15th Mar '08 1:04 PM


Christiansinger  (Level: 93.7 - Posts: 61)
Sat, 15th Mar '08 3:41 PM

Most school systems that have both + and - grades use .25 for them. In other words a B- is 2.75 and a B+ is 3.25. If that is the case your son's average is 3.29. There should be an explanation of the school's grade structure in the student policy handbook.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 15th Mar '08 5:27 PM

Anyone else's school system have below 70 as failing?

Smaug  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 2772)
Sat, 15th Mar '08 5:59 PM

whether or not yous use the plus system is huge in this case -- the differences between a 3.66 and a 3.16.

Tiggerdb  (Level: 82.2 - Posts: 37)
Sat, 15th Mar '08 6:08 PM

His GPA will also reflect the grades he earned in his freshman and sophomore years in high school, not just the ones earned in his junior year. That is why most schools will list the current semester's GPA and cumulative GPA on the report card.

In answer to the question about whether below 70 is failing, the school where I teach considers anything below a 60 as failing (the student must retake the course), but teachers can recommend a student retake a class if the student earns a D for the semester. However, the parent can insist that the student continue on to the next course in the sequence.

Bleepy  (Level: 138.8 - Posts: 620)
Sat, 15th Mar '08 6:22 PM

My high school junior is in a system where grades are calculated as straight A's , B's, C's, ...ect...(4.0, 3.0, ,2.0...) The flaw????? A student who earns, let's say an 80% average in a class ends up with the same value as one who earns an 89%. There is a HUGE difference between the two grades. But...both would end up with a B, or 3.0. Fair??? I think NOT!

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Sat, 15th Mar '08 7:19 PM

The Navy had the easiest method. 4.0 was perfect and went down a tenth until you got to 2.5// 2.4 was failing.

Kaufman  (Level: 254.1 - Posts: 3936)
Sat, 15th Mar '08 11:33 PM

Did you count the point deduction for gross misuse of an apostrophe in the subject line?

Smaug  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 2772)
Sun, 16th Mar '08 1:31 AM

Ken, I should get a 4 point bonus for letting it slide that you and Garry were spooning in the same building last week...

Sargon  (Level: 111.2 - Posts: 1256)
Sun, 16th Mar '08 5:54 AM

The only way to be sure is to check with the school. The high school in our district converts to a 12 point scale:
A =12
B = 9
B-= 8
D = 3
D-= 2
E = 0
They do not give A+ as a grade.
The semester grade is calculated by using a formula. First quarter is 40%, second quarter is 40% and semester exam is 20%.
After averaging the grades divide by 3 to convert to the 4.00 scale.
Sometimes honor classes are given extra points. For example our school used to add .5 to advanced classes. That's how some students have a GPA over 4.00.
Also check to find out if there are any classes not included in the GPA. In our district the required 9th grade physical education and keyboarding class were not included. But the elective classes in those areas such as Weight Lifting and Keyboarding II are part of the calculation.
The only way to be sure is to make an appointment with the school counselor and let them review the calculation with you.

Zeedee  (Level: 222.2 - Posts: 1088)
Sun, 16th Mar '08 6:16 AM

I agree that you should ask the counselor. At my son's school, it also mattered how many times the given class met. PE was two days a week, and therefore counted as less in the average than Math or English which met every day. The formulas can get pretty complicated.

Sargon  (Level: 111.2 - Posts: 1256)
Sun, 16th Mar '08 1:33 PM

Our high school would compute the GPA this way:

C+ = 7
B = 9
B+ = 10
B+ = 10
A- = 11
A+ = 12

Total 59 divided by 6 = 9.833333

Divide by 3 to convert back to a 4.00 scale = 3.277778

Smaug  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 2772)
Sun, 16th Mar '08 6:47 PM

FWIW, here was my son's SAT coach's answer:

GPAs are interesting. High schools typically provide two GPAs: weighted and unweighted. The weighted GPA takes into consideration if a course is advanced, honors, AP, etc. Both the weighted and the unweighted GPA consider the number of credits that a course is worth. So, if health is not as many credits as English, it doesn't factor in as heavily.

You are close with your rough estimates of translating, but the + / - stuff is a little off. Here's how most colleges convert:

A 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3

Regardless of how the GPA is reported by the high school, colleges usually recalculate their own GPA, based on the numbers above. In addition to using those rough estimates, colleges will also provide their own weight to certain classes. Math, English, science, languages, etc. carry more weight than health, business, cooking, art, music, etc. And the way that colleges do this varies from school to school.

So by that he comes to a 3.26, right at what Sargon said. But that isn't with weighting, credits, blah, blah

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