How to Calculate High School Grade Point Average

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High school students should stay aware of grade point averages as they progress through their school years. High schools generally compile an honor roll that gives recognition to students who earn grade point averages over 3.0. Many high schools also have minimum grade point average requirements for their student athletes. High school drivers may also have lower insurance premiums when they achieve higher grade point averages. When high school students begin to consider secondary education, a high grade point average will help these students get into college, as well as receive grants and scholarships.

Things You'll Need

  • Grade information
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Calculator
  • Compile a list of all of the grades you have earned for all of the classes you have taken. Separate the grade information by each year or calculate a cumulative grade point average by using all of the grades from all of the classes you have taken over your entire time in high school.

  • Add all of the "A" grades you have received together, the "B" grades you have received, and so on. Make a simple chart by writing down all of the grades--A through D--with the number of each grade beside the grade.

  • Multiply the number of "As" by four. Multiply the number of "Bs" by three. Multiply the number of "Cs" by two. Multiply the number of "Ds" by one. Add all of these numbers together. For example, if you have three "As," three "Bs" and one "C," you will add 12 + 9 + 2 to equal 23.

  • Divide your answer from step three by the number of grades you added. Continuing with the example numbers used in step three, you would divide 23 by 7. The answer is 3.29. A grade point average of 3.29 is equivalent to a "B" grade.

Tips & Warnings

  • There is no adjustment for "pluses" or "minuses" that follow a letter grade.

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