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GPA difference between A & A minus? Confused!

kjSeankjSean Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
edited January 2012 in Common Application
Hey CC,

I am a sophomore right now, and was wondering how this whole A and A minus thing works. I might sound paranoid, but bear with me: a CollegeBoard website tells me universities rank A minus as a "3.7" GPA, not a 4.0.

Link to that: How to Convert Your GPA to a 4.0 Scale

But my school's transcript (I've seen a senior's) makes an A minus a "4.0". (for us, A- is 89.5% to 93.5%). My counselor tells me that the transcript only shows the letter grades, not the percentages.

If so, will my A- be a 4.0 still, or do colleges scale differently from certain high schools like mine?

Thanks for resolving this mystery.
Post edited by kjSean on

Replies to: GPA difference between A & A minus? Confused!

  • SnowflakeVTSnowflakeVT Registered User Posts: 2,468 Senior Member
    If you are trying to convert your grades to a 4.0 scale, then an A- is a 3.7, or if taken to two significant digits, a 3.67. Most schools would call an A- also in the 89.5 - 93.5.

    Don't worry too much about the conversion of each grade. Once you have your overall grade average for your school (like 91=A-) then you can cover that to a 3.67 or 3.7.

    Some high schools give A+ grade for 97-100 or a similar range. For those schools, you would use a 4.33 for an A+, but then you would still have to scale it to a 4.0 scale to compare to others on a 4.0 scale.
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