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High School and College GPA Calculator: How to Interpret Your Grade

While the season’s end is coming closer, it is time to think about your GPA results. Grade point average, so ignored by many students during the entire education program, has a great impact on the future admission process and chances to win a place.


High School and College GPA Calculator: How to Interpret Your Grade-1

The international online GPA calculators you may find at various academic sites like ours work only for some English-speaking countries and their educational institutions. Converting student’s personal GPA to a 4.0 scale is possible as shown in the chart below.


U.S. Universities and colleges report grade point average on a 4.0 scale. So, the highest possible mark is 4.0. It means that while the top grade is an A, the top GPA score equals 4.0. It is the standard generally accepted scale at most higher educational institutions; many high schools use it as well.

High School and College GPA Calculator: How to Interpret Your Grade-2

If you have perfect scores all around, then there is no need to use this calculator as your GPA is obviously 4.0.

Alternative Conversion Scales

High School and College GPA Calculator: How to Interpret Your Grade-3

This particular scale is the most widespread GPA conversion scale accepted by all high schools and universities of the United States. Some institutions apply 0.67 and 0.33 steps to precise even more. However, this variation does not significantly influence the outcome (final GPA). Perhaps, only a few schools use 0.5 steps. For instance, both A- and B+ are converted to 3.5. Basically, a particular grade with “-“ sign is the equivalent of the previous letter with a “+” sign. This type of conversion is less accurate as far as A- and B+ are rarely considered the same grade in different systems. They differ a bit, but still, there is a gap (while A- is no less than 90% of the requirements met, B+ is more than 85%).

A+ is sometimes converted to 4.3 (or 4.33) points, but many universities do not have an A+. You could barely see A++. But it’s just the professor’s prerogative.

Very often, high schools award an extra point for AP (Advanced Placement) classes, so the GPA can reach 5.0 in such cases. However, this GPA is known as a weighted GPA. An unweighted GPA is still calculated out of 4 points. It is indicated on the transcript next to the weighted GPA.

Is D Considered a Passing Grade in the U.S.?

Perhaps, it’s one of the most frequently asked questions. Well, from own experience, I can say that it can be the lowest passing grade (even with a minus sign) at a bachelor level. However, less than 70% of the course is not enough to accomplish master’s degree.

High School and College GPA Calculator: How to Interpret Your Grade-4

You’ll have to re-take the subject until you’ll hit at least 70%.

F is the only failing grade everywhere. It is the same as receiving 0.0!

As for the elementary, middle and high school education, D is a passing grade in the majority of public schools (primary and secondary schools) in the U.S. by the way, in some cases more than 50% is allowed. In many higher education institutions, core courses with a grade of D cannot be transferred. Students can re-take them in the next semester (spring or fall). You can’t get a diploma with at least one course with a D+ or less when speaking about, for instance, MBA. Most high schools require a minimum 1.0 GPA to graduate. It is easy to achieve, so don’t worry if your results are close to that mark. But mind that you will experience hard times when applying for your further enrollment.

Most undergraduate programs require a minimum 2.0 GPA. Most graduate programs require 3.0 or above.

That is basically it. Just make sure to check your course syllabus once more. This document usually contains more details such as conversions for B+ or 85% which could be equal to 3.5. Our calculator has a general 4.0 GPA scale that should work for most people.

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