GPA

College Application Topics: Cumulative GPA

Ø  Your cumulative grade point average (GPA) is based on the mathematical average of the designated numeric value of each semester course letter grade for all of your high school credit classes.  You can find your cumulative GPA by looking at the cumulative summary at the bottom of your transcript.  This number is used in most college applications.

 

Ø  Letter Grade to Point Value table:

Grade Mark

Point Value

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

 

Ø  Marks excluded from GPA calculation are: Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory

Ø  GPA is computed using a weighted averaging method using the following steps

o    Step 1 – determine course length, GPA credit value, and Grade Mark

o    Step 2 – calculate semester GPA credit by taking GPA credit for the course and dividing it by the semester meets (how many semesters offered of the class to make a full year course)

o    Step 3 – Multiply the semester GPA credit by the Grade Mark value to get the semester points

o    Step 4 – Total up semester GPA credit and total up semester points

o    Step 5 – Divide semester points total by semester GPA credit total to get GPA value

o    Semester point value = (GPA credit/semester meets = semester GPA credit) x grade mark value

o    Grade point average = total semester point values divided by total GPA semester credits

Example of GPA calculations for a student:

Course

Grade

Length

GPA credit

Semester meets

Semester GPA credit

Grade Mark Value

Semester Points

Band

A-

Year

1.00

/2

= 0.50

x 3.70

1.85

Communications

B+

Year

1.00

/2

= 0.50

x 3.30

1.65

Math

B+

Year

1.00

/2

= 0.50

x 3.30

1.65

Physical Ed

B+

Term

0.25

/1

= 0.25

x 3.30

0.83

Reading

B

Semester

0.50

/1

= 0.50

x 3.00

1.50

Science

A-

Year

1.00

/2

= 0.50

x 3.70

1.85

Social Studies

B

Year

1.00

/2

= 0.50

x 3.00

1.50

Totals:

 

 

 

 

3.25

 

10.83

Total of semester points = 10.83, total of semester GPA credits = 3.25, GPA is 10.83/3.25 = 3.33 (B+)

Ø  Additional Information on how GPA is Calculated

o    Please note:  Issaquah School District does not rank students.