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12 Point GPA?

stempsstemps Posts: 153Registered User Junior Member
edited August 2008 in College Admissions
My high school grades on a 12 point scale and it's really annoying that it doesn't really apply to the standard format directly. The formula is as follows: A+ is 12, A is 11, A- is 10, etc.

I was wondering if colleges recalculate GPA when they receive applications, because mine is obnoxiously hard to evaluate. I've done mostly honors classes, but I have no idea how they are weighted, so if anyone has a generally accepted formula, that would be appreciated too.

From calculating on my own I have a 11.879/12 Weighted GPA and a 3.927/4 Unweighted, but I really don't know how these two numbers can coexist.

Thanks for all help!
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Replies to: 12 Point GPA?

  • stempsstemps Posts: 153Registered User Junior Member
  • KeilexandraKeilexandra Posts: 5,492Registered User Senior Member
    Pomona uses a 12-point GPA internally... that's the only time I've heard of it, but you might ask them.
  • TXArtemisTXArtemis Posts: 1,055Registered User Senior Member
    Some colleges recalculate all GPAs to their own standard; some don't.

    When school starts this fall, go see your GC and ask him/her to show you how they handle this issue in putting together your application and supporting materials. I think you will be both impressed and relieved.

    The key when it comes to GPAs is your school's presentation of its grading system and your transcript. There are at least three ways the school will be supplying information to help the adcoms understand your academic performance relative to your peers at your high school: (1) There is usually an official "profile" that is probably on your school website somewhere. This tells the prospective college your school's grading and class rank systems, courses offered and diploma requirements, stats re: standardized test scores, historical college placement for students from your high school, etc. (2) Applications often have a section for the school to complete that covers this type of information. (3) GCs will submit supplemental transcript "translations," make phone calls to adcoms and in other ways educate admissions offices about your school's grading system and your performance within that system.

    Remember, you are judged in the context of your high school experience considering the level of rigor of curriculum you chose from what was offered and your performance on that curriculum vs. your fellow students' performance.
  • stempsstemps Posts: 153Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks so much TXArtemis. I found my school's profile on the guidance dept. site and figured it out. It turns out 12=4.3, 11=4.0, 10=4.6, etc.
  • Kayleigh_9109Kayleigh_9109 Posts: 365Editor Member
    My HS uses 12 too.. My GPA is a 10.679 or something and its equiv to a 3.9 according to my GC
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