How Do You Calculate WEIGHTED GPA?

<p>By adding 1 point for honors/AP, or .5 points?</p>

<p>Because with .5 points, I have a 4.06, but with 1 point, I have 4.46.</p>

<p>So which is it?</p>

<p>It depends on your HS. Your UW GPA is what matters, though.</p>

<p>No, but I mean how do colleges do it and what is the standard way? Because even though different high schools calculate UW GPA's differently, the standard way to do it is 4(A), 3(B), 2(C), 1(D). And apparently there's an either 1 point or .5 point bonus when calculating GPA, because the UC's give the weighted GPA stats of their incoming class on their website.</p>

<p>For D's high school, the weighted GPA is on an 8.0 scale. She has the highest possible with a 6.26. I won't bother to explain the system. My point is that from high school to high school the systems vary widely. And BTW her UW is not just a 1,2,3, or 4. It is broken down much further which is another difference between high schools.</p>

<p>Every college does it differently, I think most do not weight. UC has a very particular formula. You can look it up on their site, but generally they add a point for AP and certain honors classes, but only up to like 8 semester's worth or something. They also do not count 9th grade and limit the extra points you can have in 10th grade.</p>

<p>There is no standard way.</p>

<p>AP classes get a 1.1 multiplier
(i.e a 90 becomes a 99 weighted)</p>

<p>Honors classes get a 1.05 multiplier
(a 80 becomes an 84 weighted)</p>

<p>it might sound a little ridiculous. but really the highest weighted in my school is only a 96 so it doesn't give too much of a boost</p>

<p>By adding 1 point for honors/AP, or .5 points</p>

<p>Because with .5 points, I have a 4.06, but with 1 point, I have 4.46.</p>

<p>Most colleges (with the notable exception of the UCs) go by UW GPA only. So a high weighted GPA rarely helps.</p>

<p>weighted GPA is only for ranking purposes really
colleges look at rigor compared to UW GPA</p>

<p>at my school you get an additional point for an A in an AP class is 5.0 instead of 4.0. But the highest GPA in my class is like a 4.3
im not sure how so many people claim to have like 4.6 GPAs and whatnot. that means that more than half the classes they have taken in high school have been APs. so like....they don't have many classes factored in or they have taken APs since preschool.</p>

<p>our school honors aren't weighted at all and AP is out of 5.0 instead of 4.0. </p>

<p>But yeah like others said weighted GPA doesn't mean anything.</p>

<p>From my understanding my school does not give extra credits for honors, and prep classes, though Ap is on a 5.0 scale such as an A would be 5.0 B would be 4.0. Weighted GPA's probably help you with your school ranking, acknowledge taking AP courses etc...
Though I would pay closely attention to your unweighted GPA for most schools will unweight it.... and unweighted GPA is more important, but weighted does have it's pro's.</p>

<p>if you have and A- which is a 3.7 it becomes a 4.7... and A+ becomes 5.0 instead of 4.0.... but thats only for AP courses</p>

<p>My school doesn't do GPAs. So I don't know how to compare my average here. It's a 94 with three AP classes. In the AP's I have 90, 95, and 98. About what would that be in GPA?</p>

<p>miawrites: we'd need every single grade you've received to calculate your GPA. Percentage doesn't convert to GPA.</p>

Most colleges (with the notable exception of the UCs) go by UW GPA only. So a high weighted GPA rarely helps.


<p>That is incorrect. Colleges go with whatever is on the transcript, plus the school profile. Few have the resources to recalculate each and every transcript.</p>

<p>If you want to go to a large state school you should go for regular classes and get straight A's. They focus on Unweighted GPA and test scores only due to the sheer number of applications. If you're going for a highly selective private school you should take honors or AP classes and get a B or better. Most colleges take the transcript as is focusing on class rank which includes weighted GPA.</p>