How can you have a GPA higher than a 4.0 on a 4.0 scale?

<p>Is that normal? Is it also normal for schools to use a 4.0 scale for weighted GPAs?</p>

<p>You can’t. GPAs higher than 4.0 are generally on a weighted scale. People might say they have “higher than a 4.0” as if it means “better than perfect,” but that’s because they’re confusing weighted and unweighted GPA.</p>



<p>No, it’s usually a 5.0 scale. Though it’s not possible to get a 5.0 GPA at a lot of schools, because at most schools you can’t take all weighted classes.</p>

<p>Some schools gives A+ a score of 4.3, so people say they have a 4.14 or something on a 4.0 scale, when it is really out of 4.0. When people say that a 4.3 is unweighted they are being dishonest. </p>

<p>To answer your second question, most schools have some sort of weighted gpa. Mine is on a 6.0 scale (6.0 AP, 5.0 honors, all else 4.0) but most schools seem to be on a 5.0 scale.</p>

<p>Students are confused about weighted and unweighted GPA scaling just as Halcyonheather said. Scales can differ among schools, but I see 5.0 used on a weighted scale more often.</p>