## How to calculate GPA

The **grade point average** or short: GPA, is an average of scores based on qualifications (letters) you get each semester. It is assigned to each letter a numerical value from 0 to 4 or 5 points, depending on the scale of your institution. The schools also regarded the *cumulative GPA* when you postulate to the University or graduate. Unfortunately, there is a universal way of calculating the GPA. In fact, the GPA calculator methods vary depending on the country and the institution, since some give some points for excellence qualifications and some calculated results by units. However, if you know the basics and some of the most *common methods* for *calculating the GPA*, hopefully you will have a fairly clear idea of yours.

It is a rating scale. The rating scale more common in schools in the United States is four points. With this scale, a score of A = 4 points, B = 3 points, C = 2 points, D = 1 point and F = 0 points. This is called **unweighted GPA** some colleges use a **weighted GPA**, assigned 5 points to more rigorous classes, as honor, advanced courses (AP) courses and the of international baccalaureate. Other classes are weighted in the same way. Students who take the 5-point classes can end up with GPA above 4.0.

*Collect your latest grades asking your teacher, an administrator, or a Secretary. You can also find out what qualifications did you get if you check my old report cards or academic records.*

You must collect the final of each of your classes grades. Individual classes ratings, ratings for half of the school year or the mid semester do not count. Your GPA only counts the final grades for the semester, school year or quarter.

It records the decimal value of each qualification. Write the correct decimals with each qualification using the four point scale. Therefore, if you have an A – in a class, recorded a 3.7; If you have a C +, it registers a 2.3.

Specifies the number of credits. For educational schools, especially in University courses, each one has a number, calculated in credit hours. *Credit hours* is units that use schools to measure the *workload*. In general, credit hours are based on the mode of instruction, the number of hours in the classroom and the amount of hours devoted to the study outside the classroom. find out the number of credit hours assigned to each course you are taking. This information should appear on your academic record or in the catalog of the school.

Some schools offer mostly 3 credit hour courses, others offer courses of 4 credit hours and others make a mixture. For many schools, laboratories are of 1 hour.

If you can’t find the hours of credit from each of your courses, talk with an administrator or Secretary.

Calculates the weighted scores. If you want to find the GPA, have to do some mathematical calculations to determine the different values of the scores going in the overall GPA.

Universities often offer special tests for those who can not *calculate a GPA* due to the period of time between the school and entering University. Asked at the University that you are interested for more details.

The majority of reports or academic records of students have a list of GPA by semester, quarter or school term. Sometimes, they will also include a list of cumulative GPA.

Many colleges offer online tools called “GPA calculator“, calculating your GPA when you enter grades, credit hours, and other additional data.