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# What gpa is an 86 average in a 4.0 scale?

Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
edited April 2011
If i were to get an 86 average in total of all my grades, what would be my GPA.
Post edited by Manny95 on

## Replies to: What gpa is an 86 average in a 4.0 scale?

• Registered User Posts: 2,373 Senior Member
By most scales, it would be 3.1
• Registered User Posts: 5,233 Senior Member
edited April 2011
to do it correctly you need to convert each courses grade into a A,B, or C grade and then figure out an average ... doing a straight converstion of an overall average can be quite misleading.
• Registered User Posts: 2,373 Senior Member
No, you can make the direct correspondence. The scale I was using puts a 95 as a 4.0, a 90 at 3.5 and 85 at 3.0.

So, 86=3.1

While conversion scales can vary, this is the system i've seen used most. It sounds like Manny's school gives grades on a 100%. In this case, an A- is 90-92, A 93-95, A+ 96 and up, and similarly in the other letters.

I think it also depends on how the school would report it on the transcript. Our HS does not report letter grades; only the percentage, so if my child's GPA were 86, I would call it a 3.1. To convert all their grades into letter grades doesn't acknowledge the gradations (sorry for the pun) in our system and would give a misleading number, on its own and within the context of the school for class ranking purposes.

And, how the student falls within their own school rankings is more important than what the GPA itself is for most college admissions. This is why I paid no attention to what people said on CC about how good or bad someone's GPA was, because I knew that at our school, a 3.5 for example, means something entirely different than it does at someone else's school. At some schools, a 3.5 puts a student only in the top 50%, while at others, it's only the top 10% of students who can achieve this grade.
• Registered User Posts: 25,432 Senior Member
No, you can make the direct correspondence. The scale I was using puts a 95 as a 4.0, a 90 at 3.5 and 85 at 3.0.

So, 86=3.1

That is plain silly. You have to go class by class and control with your own school scale.
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