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# How are cumulative GPA's determined?

I am a college student, nearing the end of this portion of my college career. I have had 8 A's on my record, and one B (it was supposed to be an A, but I never questioned it I was happy to have at least a B)

Why would l have a 3.88 GPA, as opposed to a solid 4.0? Would the additional A's cancel out the single B?

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- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
No, you can only have a 4.0 if you have all A's.

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- 1 decade ago
Most universities and colleges use a simple 4.0 scaling system.

Basically:

GPA = Sum for every class (grade x credits for class) / total credits

Some institutions (like the one I attend) use a + and - system where a B+ is worth 3.25 and an A- is worth 3.75. This can make the process much more complex but the equation is the same.

BTW a 3.88 GPA is a monstrously great GPA. This is something to be proud about. Even the best graduate schools only require a 3.25.

Ken (Senior Montana Tech-Chemistry and concurrent Grad Student in Geochemistry)

Source(s): 1. University of Montana System grading handbook (really more like a brocure) 2. Senior majoring in Chemistry and graduate student (concurrent)- Login to reply the answers

- corlLv 44 years ago
its particularly comlicated in the initiating, yet gets straightforward in case you purely think of roughly it. you're making an A, thats 4 factors. Multiply that however the style of hours the class is properly worth, and you have the style of high quality factors. 3 hr classification, an A thats 12 high quality factors. do this for each classification (B is 3, C is two, D is a million), then upload all those high quality factors together. THEN, upload that entire high quality factors on your grand entire of high quality factors so a strategies, and thats the finished. Divide that extensive style by making use of the style of GPA hours youve taken, thats which comprise failed training. then you've your cumulative. this technique is stable for determining what you ought to make to get a undeniable cumulative GPA. you are able to swap the grades around and ascertain each and every of the countless eventualities. stable success... i understand i force myself loopy figuring those products out

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- 1 decade ago
You get a 4 for the A's and a 3 for the B. Add them up (usually weighted by credit hours) and divide by the credit hours.

So if you have a B, you'll never have a 4.0

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- 1 decade ago
GPA are calculated according to the table below and three steps following. (For the record, an 'A' does not cancel out a 'B' - everything counts)

A = 4.0

A- = 3.7

B+ = 3.3

B = 3.0

B- = 2.7

C+ = 2.3

C = 2.0

and so on...

Multiply each grade recieved by the number of credit hours for that class.

Sum all of these numbers.

Divide the sum by the total number of credit-hours.

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- 1 decade ago
You earn grade (quality) points on the following basis:

4 quality points per unit of "A,"

3.7 quality points per unit of "A-,"

3.3 quality points per unit of "B+,"

3 quality points per unit of "B,"

2.7 quality points per unit of "B-,"

2.3 quality points per unit of "C+,"

2 quality points per unit of "C,"

1.7 quality points per unit of "C-,"

1.3 quality points per unit of "D+,"

1 quality point per unit of "D."

A grade of "F" or "WU" earns no quality points.

So if your courses are 3 units each:

A = 3.0 x 4 = 12.0

B = 3.0 x 3 = 9.0

12 + 12 + 12 + 12 + 12 + 12 + 12 + 12 + 9 = 105

Total Number of Units = 27 (9 courses total x 3 units)

105 divided by the total units (27) = 3.88 GPA

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- PaulLv 71 decade ago
4.0 is perfect. If you do any less than all A's, you're going to get less than a 4.0.

To calculate your GPA:

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