# How to Figure Out GPA

Wondering how to figure out GPA? Read this article which is a mini-guide in GPA calculation...

Aastha Dogra

Calculating GPA on a 4.0 Scale

There are different ways used by various education establishments to calculate GPA. Your institution may follow a 4.0 scale, and take into consideration the number of hours spent in attending classes in order to calculate your GPA. Firstly, you have to find out the points which are assigned to each and every grade by your school or college. Usually, the following point system is used.

A grade ~ 4.0 points

A- grade ~ 3.7 points

B+ grade ~ 3.3 points

B grade ~ 3.0 points

B- grade ~ 2.7 points

C+ grade ~ 2.3 points

C grade ~ 2.0 points

A grade ~ 4.0 points

A- grade ~ 3.7 points

B+ grade ~ 3.3 points

B grade ~ 3.0 points

B- grade ~ 2.7 points

C+ grade ~ 2.3 points

C grade ~ 2.0 points

Method # 1

Now, let's suppose that you have to calculate the GPA of three subjects, i.e., Math, English and Science.

In these subjects your grades are:

Math ~ B

Science ~ A-

English ~ A

Number of hours you spent in attending the classes:

Math ~ 5 hours

Science ~ 4 hours

English ~ 3 hours

In these subjects your grades are:

Math ~ B

Science ~ A-

English ~ A

Number of hours you spent in attending the classes:

Math ~ 5 hours

Science ~ 4 hours

English ~ 3 hours

Total grade points in Maths = number of hours × points against B = 5 × 3 = 15

Total grade points in Science = number of hours × points against A- = 4 × 3.7 = 14.8

Total grade points in English = number of hours × points against A = 3 × 4 = 12

Your total GPA would be total grade points in all subjects ÷ total number of hours = 15 + 14.8 + 12 ÷ 5 + 4 + 3 = 41.8 ÷ 12 = 3.48

Thus, in this example, your GPA is 3.48

Method # 2

If your institution does not take into consideration the number of hours you attended classes, then calculation of the GPA becomes even more easy. Here are the simple tips for calculating GPA for high school, when only grade points are considered. We will take the same example mentioned above.

Math ~ B

Science ~ A-

English ~ A

Now, grade points for each of the subjects would be:

Math ~ 3

Science ~ 3.7

English ~ 4

GPA = total grade points ÷ number of subjects = 3 + 3.7 + 4 ÷ 3 = 10.7 ÷ 3 = 3.56

Math ~ B

Science ~ A-

English ~ A

Now, grade points for each of the subjects would be:

Math ~ 3

Science ~ 3.7

English ~ 4

GPA = total grade points ÷ number of subjects = 3 + 3.7 + 4 ÷ 3 = 10.7 ÷ 3 = 3.56

Other Methods for Calculation of GPA

Some educational institutions use a 5.0 scale. In such a case, the following grade points may be assigned to each of the grades, although it varies from institution to institution.

A+ grade ~ 5.00

A grade ~ 4.00

A- grade ~ 3.67

B+ grade ~ 3.33

B grade ~ 3.00

B- grade ~ 2.67

C+ grade ~ 2.33

C grade ~ 2.00

C- grade ~ 1.67

D+ grade ~ 1.33

D grade ~ 1.00

D- grade ~ 0.67

U grade ~ 0.00

Certain educational institutions may simply assign 4 points for A, 3 points for B, 2 points for C, and 1 point for D.

A+ grade ~ 5.00

A grade ~ 4.00

A- grade ~ 3.67

B+ grade ~ 3.33

B grade ~ 3.00

B- grade ~ 2.67

C+ grade ~ 2.33

C grade ~ 2.00

C- grade ~ 1.67

D+ grade ~ 1.33

D grade ~ 1.00

D- grade ~ 0.67

U grade ~ 0.00

Certain educational institutions may simply assign 4 points for A, 3 points for B, 2 points for C, and 1 point for D.