By understanding how to calculate your GPA – which stands for Grade Points Average – you will be able to identify if you are qualified for a particular scholarship in any academic institute or not. It also helps you to understand if you are qualified to take admission in your desired college/university. Calculating the grade points average has never been a difficult task but still some of us don’t think in the same way.

Understanding how to calculate the grade point average is also very important when you want to know how you have performed in the current semester. Although many individuals prefer to go online to check their GPA, however, it is more beneficial if you learn this simple procedure yourself. By learning GPA calculation yourself, you will never need to ask anyone to help you calculate it. Basically there are two methods by which GPA can be calculated. However before proceeding to learn those methods, let us understand few important considerations.

First of all, it is important for you to understand that the classes which are deemed as pass/no pass or incomplete do not affect your overall GPA. Also, your GPA will not be affected if there is a W or withdrawal on the report. However it should be kept in mind that every college or university follows a different set of rules. Therefore, it is highly recommended that one must check out those rules first.

How to Calculate GPA – Simple Calculation

•    First of all, find out what grading scale is used in your academia. Also find out the decimal point system that your school uses.

•    Identify how many classes you have taken in your current semester and what grades you have received in those subjects. You can ask these details to your class teacher or one of the office administrators.

•    Now sketch three columns. In the first column write the name of the subject/class, in the second column write the grade and in the last column write the grade points keeping in view the above given GPA score table.

•    Now add up all the grade points values to get the total.

•    Now divide the total grade points by the number of classes you have taken. In this case 4

How to Calculate GPA – Credit Hours Method

•    Calculating the GPA using the credit hours method is also a walk in the park. Start with sketching five columns this time. For example:

•    In the above given table you get the grade points for each class by multiplying the scale value of each subject with its respective credit hours. Now add up all the values of the grade points and divide its total value with the total value of the credit hours

Although the calculation is very simple but it is a little time consuming. So if you don’t want to go through all the manual calculations, you can use online GPA calculators.

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