How to Recalculate Your GPA for College Admission

Many colleges recalculate your GPA (grade point average) using a 4.0 scale, and then add bonus points for AP, IB, AICE, dual enrollment/college and honors classes to arrive at a modified GPA or HPA (honors point average).

While each college has its own methodology, and some schools share the “formula” with prospective applicants, the top grade of an A typically corresponds with a 4.0.

Usually only “academic classes” are part of the GPA recalculation, so electives and non-core classes such as health, PE and drama are generally not included.

If your high school uses a different or weighted system, you first need to convert your GPA to a 4.0 scale. You can use the table below for a rough conversion.

  • A+ (97-100) = 4.0
  • A (93-96) = 4.0
  • A- (90-92) = 3.7
  • B+ (87-89) = 3.3
  • B (83-86) = 3.0
  • B- (80-82) = 2.7
  • C+ (77-79) = 2.3
  • C (73-76) = 2.0
  • C- (70-72) = 1.7
  • D+ (67-69) = 1.3
  • 
D (65-66) = 1.0
  • F (< 65) = 0.0

Many colleges use a GPA boosting methodology (e.g. quality points calculation) to give students additional “credit” for taking more challenging classes. You can use the table below for a general estimate. Some colleges and universities use a minimum grade threshold (often a C) for additional GPA weighting.

  • AP (Advanced Placement) +1.0
  • AICE (Advance International Certificate of Education, University of Cambridge) +1.0
  • IB (International Baccalaureate) +1.0
  • Dual College Enrollment (Entry Level) +0.5
  • Dual College Enrollment (Higher Level) +1.0
  • Honors +0.5

 

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