4.0 Unweighted? What does it mean?

<p>I know that 4.0 is the GPA and I know that unweighted means without considering AP/Honors level... but does 4.0 Unweighted mean that for all 4 years of highschool you didn't get anything less then 100 on every test, assignment, class, marking period etc?</p>

<p>I see many people with "4.0 Unweighted" and I find it hard to believe that people can be as perfect as having straight 100 every single time. Am I understanding it correctly?</p>

<p>Thanks :)</p>

<p>I don't think anyone can go through high school with a 100% on every single assignment. A 4.0 UW GPA means that the student got straight A's, not necessarily 100% grades on everything. For example, I have a 4.0 UW GPA, but still got a C on an AP Bio exam. (It was still the highest grade in the class, though. lol ;)</p>

<p>4.0 does not equal 100 average. In most schools it just means A-average. An A at some schools is as wide range as 90-100. so airbear, you can "believe" this people with 4.0's. Pff.</p>

<p>I'm sorry. I don't understand your part about "believing" this people. But it's okay.</p>

<p>Ahh ok, it kind of makes sense. Thanks. :) Its kind of interesting that some schools would list anything between 90-100 as a 4.0 on a transcript (if they do at all) while some other schools may print the exact number like a 3.8 or something.</p>

<p>Maybe I am still a little confused. :P lol</p>

<p>That part was talking to the OP:</p>



<p>You're forgiven :]</p>

<p>Ah yes, I had a feeling you were talking to me :) lol. It's funny how I've never thought about the 4.0 until now, I guess I used to think that there was just some people that do get 100's all the time - which there are, but not as common! lol.</p>

<p>As you know, GPA (Grade Point Average) is usually computed from zero to a 4.0 scale, with “0” being a failing grade of F and a “4” for an A. </p>

<p>An “Unweighted” reflects no additional “weighting” or points given to an AP, Honors or IB (International Baccalaureate); whereas, a “Weighted” GPA does give additional weighting (usually one additional point, such that a “weighted” grade for an AP class for an A becomes a “5”, instead of a “4”). </p>

<p>Therefore, an “Unweighted” GPA of 4.0 reflects straight “A’s” in all classes taken, without any consideration given for AP, Honors or IB classes. </p>

<p>If you then factor in additional weighting, the “Weighted” GPA can then range above 4.0, although it would be highly unusual for somebody to have a “Weighted” GPA of 5.0 – this would imply the student has taken ONLY AP, Honors or IB classes and attained an “A” in all classes. The “Weighted” GPA is one way in which some colleges can numerically account for the academic rigor of the classes you’ve taken and that you have challenged yourself academically.</p>

<p>Well, some schools just give a letter grade for at least some of the assignments. So they couldn't be as precise.</p>

Its kind of interesting that some schools would list anything between 90-100 as a 4.0 on a transcript (if they do at all) while some other schools may print the exact number like a 3.8 or something.


<p>Uhh.....A-san, I am going to guess that you are an international student? In any case, you don't seem to be familiar with the concept of GPA.</p>

<p>GPA stands for Grade Point Average, and is usually from a scale of 0.0 to 4.0, calculated based on your semester grades. Thus, in high school you will have 8 semester worth of grades and the GPA is calculated from those grades.</p>

<p>A = 4.0
B = 3.0
C = 2.0
D = 1.0
F = 0.0</p>

<p>This is the general rule. In one semester a high school student usually takes 5-7 classes. So, for example, if the student takes 6 classes and receives a mark of "A" in all 6 classes, he has a GPA of 4.0. If, however, he has one B and 5 As, his GPA drops to 3.83.</p>

<p>Now, what is an "A" grade? Usually it means you earned a total of anywhere from 90-100% of possible points in a class. So, this means you could have gotten 100s on all of your tests, or 98s on all of your tests, or some 98s, some 95s, some 92s, or even some 85s or 75s, as long as they average out to be 90% or higher.</p>

<p>As for unweighted versus weighted, so far I have been talking about unweighted grades, which is usually more important and used more often. The weighted grade varies but generally means more points are given for advanced classes like AP classes. For example, an "A" in an AP class may be worth 5.0 instead of 4.0. So if you have all As but one A is from an AP class, your GPA will effectively be 4.18.</p>

<p>However, exactly how a high school/college weighs the GPA is unclear as there are many ways and some don't weigh grades at all. Generally the uw GPA gives a better picture.</p>

<p>Thanks for the explanations guys. :) No, I am not international student. Though in our school they dont use a 4.0 unweighted scale. I kind of knew how it worked generally, such as I know 4.0 is the highest :P though I didn't know that any value from 90-100 counted as 4.0.</p>

<p>Yeah, a lot of US School do in fact just round to the exact grade, so a 98 would be a 3.8, a 96 would be a 3.6, etc.</p>

<p>Not that I know of. 98 = A = 4.0. 96 = A = 4.0. Unless the school does not use a letter grade system in which case the numbers "98" or "96" would be averaged and reported instead of using a 4.0 system. There may be schools that count A- as a 3.7, B+ as 3.3, and so on, but beyond this I am not aware of any other way of calculating grades.</p>

<p>Ok, so what would my GPA be for one year, unweighted, if I had 91, 93, 90, 86, 93, 92? That about be 5 A- and 1 B+ - this is according to vicissitudes scale described like A- being 3.7.</p>

<p>My GPA would be 3.633?</p>

<p>well, it depends on how you look at it. at my school, an A- and an A is considered the same 4.0. i don't think any high school has a different criteria for A-, but i'm not sure. i think in college they do this, but not in high school. so i think your GPA would just be a 3.8. =)</p>

<p>So going by that scale my GPA is 3.83 Unweighted. Not bad, it sounds better then the other way. Though ultimately it depends on how the university calculates it?</p>

<p>yeah it ultimately does depend on the university. but just remember that everyone is on the same scale so if your GPA goes down then so will everyone else's (most likely), so i wouldn't worry if i were you.</p>