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.
- AP (Advanced Placement) +1.0
- AICE (Advanced 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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