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.

Typically, only “core 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.