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## How does this College GPA calculator work?

This is an educational tool that helps you calculate your grade point average in a simple and fast way.

All you have to do is enter the grade and enter the number of credits for each of your classes for the College GPA calculator to do the work.

Below the calculator you will also find a step by step method with an example on how to compute GPA if you want to learn how to calculate the grade point average and do it yourself.

## What is the Grade Point Average (GPA)?

This is a mathematical calculation that indicates the average of all the final grades for courses, weighted by the unit value of each course within a program. It is an internationally recognized method that shows where the grades fall on the scale, while it helps:

- Measure a student's academic work;

- Prospective employers assess and compare applicants;

- Educational institutions assess applicants.

The GPA is obtained by taking the number of grade points earned in a given period of time divided by the total number of credits taken.

The assessment scale goes from A+ to F with corresponding grade points ranging from 4.00 to 0.00. The letter grade is assigned a grade point value according to the Grading Systems-ED 3-5 POLICY.

Here is an example of a grading scale. The 4.0 GPA scale:

 Grade Grade Value A+ 4.00 A 4.00 A- 3.70 B+ 3.33 B 3.00 B- 2.70 C+ 2.30 C 2.00 C- 1.70 D+ 1.30 D 1.00 D- 0.70 F 0

## How to calculate your GPA?

You can also determine your GPA on your own. Here are the steps to do it:

 Example Student Transcript Course Credits Grade English 5 A Science 4 B Math 6 B+ History 5 A-

Step 1: Assign each grade the numeric value using the grading scale accepted by the educational institution where you take your classes.

 Course Credits Grade Grade value English 5 A 4.00 Science 4 B 3.00 Math 6 B+ 3.33 History 5 A- 3.70

Step 2: Multiply each grade value by the unit credit points.

 Course Credits * Grade value Grade Points English 5 * 4.00 20.00 Science 4 * 3.00 12.00 Math 6 * 3.33 19.98 History 5 * 3.70 18.50

Step 3: Sum the resulting values from the above column with grade points.

 20.00 + 12.00 + 19.98 + 18.50 = 70.48

Step 4: Sum the unit credit points.

 5 + 4 + 6 + 5 = 20

Step 5: Divide the result from step 3 (the weighted GPA unit score) by the result from step 4 (total credits). This is the average you needed to find.

 70.48 / 20 = 3.524

There are 3 types of GPA often referred to:

■ Semester GPA: is the sum of all the grade points divided by all the credit hours in a given semester.

■ Cumulative GPA: is defined as the sum of all grade points earned divided by all credit hours from the start of classes till the moment of calculation.

Weighted GPA: is calculated after adding extra points for honors or advanced courses.

25 Mar, 2015