A list of grades is not always enough to determine academic success. High school students need to be aware of their cumulative grade point average when applying to college, and university students need to keep their grade point averages above a certain level to maintain a positive academic standing. The cumulative grade point average is made up of grades received as well as the number of credits earned in each class.
Things You'll Need
- Paper and Pencil Calculator List of Grades
Use your list of grades and write down each letter grade (without the plus or minus signs) on a sheet of paper. Next to each of these grades write down the number of hours each class earned. You will not need to write down the hours if this is for determining high school GPA, where all classes are counted equally.
Translate the letter grade to its numeric value. Use the following chart for the translation:
A is equal to 4
B is equal to 3
C is equal to 2
D is equal to 1
F is equal to 0
Write down these numbers on your sheet of paper.
Multiply the numeric grade value of each class by the number of hours each class was worth. For example, receiving a "B" in class that was worth 4 credit hours would give you 12 as your answer. After you've written these numbers down for each class, add them together and record the sum. This number represents your total grade points.
Divide your total grade points by the total number of credit hours attempted. Your answer will be between zero and four. This answer is your grade point average.
Use the above method to determine the total grade points received during your attendance at the school and divide by the total number of credit hours attempted. The final result is your cumulative grade point average.
Tips & Warnings
- If all classes are worth an equal amount, then simply divide the total number of grade points received by the number of classes taken.
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