# How to Calculate Your GPA

May 14, 2019 by

GPA is not something you will find in the European countries. It is mostly used in countries like the United States of America. The acronym itself translates to Grade Point Average, and when it comes to calculating it, things can get a bit tricky. There are plenty of reasons why someone should be interested in their own GPA. After all, it is the common denominator which shows your academic achievements. You might find a lot of different calculators on the internet which can make everything simpler, but that is not the be all end all for the calculations.

Scales

Even if you are not living in the country which uses such a grading system, you should still know something about it. The calculations begin with giving each letter a numerical value. Usually, it starts with A=4.0 and F=0.0. There are no E”s in some schools, and finding the exact reason of why that is would be rather difficult. However, this is not something universal as there are plenty of schools that have 5.0 as the highest evaluation. Not to mention a weighted scale which complicates things even more. On that a bit later. The biggest takeaway from this one is that you need to be certain of what your school is using.

It would be worth mentioning that there are some which have the “+” and “-” that get added to the letters. The rule of thumb is that pluses and minuses are worth 0.3 points. So for instance, an A+ would be 4.3, whereas A- would be 3.7.

High School Weighted GPA and Unweighted GPA

The reason for the weighted GPA is to evaluate classes which are harder. A good example would be AP Calculus and the fact that an A here would be worth quite a lot more than in your usual class.

Let’s say that you have 6 subjects for the semester and would like to calculate how much of a GPA you have. The rule is pretty simple, and the best way to show it is by giving an example. Student X had 4 A”s, 1 B and 1 C. If the A”s are worth 4 points, B”s are worth 3 points, and C”s are worth 2 points, the formula would look like this: 4×4 + 1×3 + 1×2 = 21. Divide the number by 6 because it is the number of total subjects, and you have an average of 3.5.

University GPA