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Understanding your GPA

You hear about it all the time—the dreaded Grade Point Average (GPA).

“You need a good GPA to get into a good college”
“You really need to try and raise your GPA”
“This test will definitely affect your GPA!”

But with all this talk about it, what exactly is a GPA anyways? There is a lot to understanding your GPA but here is a basic run down to help you get started…

Simplified, your GPA is the average of all your grades from all your classes put into a numerical value. A GPA helps you to see how you are doing collectively with all courses. So, every grade you get in a class equals a value:

  • A = 4
  • B = 3
  • C = 2
  • D = 1
  • F = 0

You then take all of your grades, add them together, and  4+3+3+2=12 divide by the total number of classes. This equals your average grade for all classes—or GPA. For example, let’s say you are taking four classes this semester. Currently, you are making an A, two B’s, and a C. So let’s do the math:

  • 12/4=3

So your current GPA for this semester is 3! But, the key here is that your GPA carries over with you throughout your entire school career. So as a high schooler, your GPA is decided upon every class you take for the entire four years—and that’s why it’s so important to do your very best in EVERY single class! Every class counts, and it all adds up.

Let’s take the same example from earlier, but make a slight change. Let’s replace one of the B’s to an F. Guess what happens? You GPA drops from a 3 to a 2.25! And that is the difference between getting into a better college. That is the difference between getting an academic scholarship or not. GPA is important, so keep up with it! Don’t wait until your senior year to care… it’ll be too late.

 

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