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GPA Scale?

myluckydogmyluckydog Registered User Posts: 154 Junior Member
edited September 2012 in Common Application
I have a 4.4 weighted GPA (as calculated by my school and appearing on my transcript) but my guidance counselor told me that the school does not have a "scale."

The CommonApp won't save my info unless I fill in the "scale" box from the dropdown menu?

Any suggestions?
Post edited by myluckydog on

Replies to: GPA Scale?

  • aanderson67aanderson67 Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    Isn't "scale" just saying out of what as a possible max? So in a normal course is an A a 4 or a 5. That will tell your scale.
  • ElleyaElleya Registered User Posts: 796 Junior Member
    I don't get the scale either. I thought it was the maximum obtainable GPA.

    But if it's as aanderson says, then that makes a little more sense to me.
  • myluckydogmyluckydog Registered User Posts: 154 Junior Member
    An A is a 4 (regular), 4.5 (honors) and 5 (AP), but the guidance counselor specifically said that the school does not have a scale.
  • aanderson67aanderson67 Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    Sounds like the scale is a 4 to me.
  • cty4evercty4ever Registered User Posts: 156 Junior Member
    if it's a 4.4 weighted, it's likely out of 5.
  • myluckydogmyluckydog Registered User Posts: 154 Junior Member
    It seems that to say it's out of 5 makes it look less impressive than it really is because you can't have a 5.0 (unless you took ONLY AP courses which you can't).

    Theoretically the scale should be calculated for each student's schedule and should be the highest possible GPA she would have if she had gotten an A in every class, right?
  • thirrdplanetthirrdplanet Registered User Posts: 678 Member
    If we have a weighted and unweighted gpa, which one should we use? I could theoretically have two different scales then.
  • raqbauraqbau Registered User Posts: 218 Junior Member
    You can use either one, most people use the weighted one though.
  • aanderson67aanderson67 Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    There are not 2 different scales for weighted and unweighted that is why those terms are used. If there were 2 different scales we wouldn't need to use the terms. Weighted (means weighted for the AP and honors courses) so it is a 4.4 on a 4.0 scale.
  • thirrdplanetthirrdplanet Registered User Posts: 678 Member
    I think I'm going to use my weighted because my class rank is a lot higher on it also.
  • raqbauraqbau Registered User Posts: 218 Junior Member
    Either way some universities recalculate your GPA based on your transcripts.
  • CedardogCedardog Registered User Posts: 314 Member
    I'd put out of 5. At my school we have weighted grades with the top of our class around 4-4.6, no one can really reach a 5 because it involves all AP and honors courses when we need certain electives to graduate. Even though we can't achieve a 5, I was told by my counselor to put down it was out of 5. You probably have the same system since you can get credit up to a 5 even if it is impossible to achieve a 5.0
  • ahsmuohahsmuoh Registered User Posts: 1,325 Senior Member
    DD's scale is similiar to OP and our GC said to say the scale is 4.0. Interesting to hear GC's saying different things!
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