Comparison of GPA Calculation Options
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This topic shows example GPA results to help explain the calculation options. It does not cover all possible variations of GPA setups.
The examples show several GPA calculation options for a student with the following mark reporting information:
Non-weighted GPA calculated by year at the end of marking period 4 based on a semester mark
This example illustrates a student's GPA result for a school that has defined the GPA setup and level table as follows:
- Issue GPA by year.
- Calculate GPA based on SEM mark.
- Use attempted credit from course and use partial credit.
Courses are all assigned to a non-weighted level for this GPA type.
Course Mark Type / Issued Mark Point Value Credits for Mark Quality Points English 9
SEM / M2
A
4.0
.5
2.000
SEM /M4
A-
3.67
.5
1.835
Algebra 1
SEM / M2
B
3.0
.5
1.500
SEM /M4
B+
3.33
.5
1.665
Micro Excel 1
SEM / M2
C
2.0
.5
1.000
GPA = Quality Points / Credits
GPA = 8.000 / 2.5
GPA = 3.2000
Examples to Compare Options for Weighted GPAs based on Weighted Point Value Vs Add-On Points
The following examples help illustrate the results for the different methods of weighting GPAs for Honors and AP courses.
Weighted GPA calculated by year at the end of marking period 4 based on a semester mark
This example illustrates a student's GPA for a school that has defined the GPA setup and level table as follows:
- Issue GPA by year.
- Calculate GPA based on SEM mark.
- Use attempted credit from course and use partial credit.
Micro Excel 1 is a non-honors course and is assigned to a non-weighted level for this GPA type. English 9 and Algebra 1 are honors courses and are assigned to a weighted level for this GPA type. The weighted level weights the point value of each mark by adding 1 point to the non weighted value. Refer to the example scales below.
Non-weighted point value scale
A = 4.0 points
B = 3.0 points
C = 2.0 points
D = 1.0 points
F = 0.0 pointsWeighted point value scale
A= 5.0 points
B = 4.0 points
C = 3.0 points
D = 2.0 points
F = 1.0 pointsCourse
Mark Type / Issued
Mark
Point Value
Credits for Mark
Quality Points
English 9
SEM / M2
A
5.0
.5
2.500
SEM /M4
A-
4.67
.5
2.335
Algebra 1
SEM / M2
B
4.0
.5
2.000
SEM /M4
B+
4.33
.5
2.165
Micro Excel 1
SEM / M2
C
2.0
.5
1.000
Totals
2.5
10.000
GPA = Quality Points / Credits
GPA = 10.0000 / 2.5
GPA = 4.0000
Weighted GPA adjusted by add-on points calculated by year at the end of marking period 4 based on a semester mark
This example illustrates a student's GPA result for a school that has defined the GPA setup and level table as follows:
- Issue GPA by year.
- Calculate GPA based on SEM mark.
- Use attempted credit from course and use partial credit.
Micro Excel 1 is a non-honors course and is assigned to a non-weighted level for this GPA type. English 9 and Algebra 1 are honors courses and are assigned to a weighted level for this GPA type. The weighted level assigns 0.2000 add-on points for all marks above a D. Note that in this case, the add-on points are not weighted by credit.
Course
Mark Type / Issued
Mark
Point Value
Credits for Mark
Quality Points
Add-on Points
English 9
SEM / M2
A
4.0
.5
2.000
0.200
SEM /M4
A-
3.67
.5
1.835
0.200
Algebra 1
SEM / M2
B
3.0
.5
1.500
0.200
SEM /M4
B+
3.33
.5
1.665
0.200
Micro Excel 1
SEM / M2
C
2.0
.5
1.000
0.000
Totals
2.5
8.000
0.800
GPA = Quality Points / Credits + Add-on Points
GPA = 8.000 / 2.5 +.800 = 3.2 +.800
GPA = 4.0000
Weighted GPA adjusted by weighted add-on points calculated by year at the end of marking period 4 based on a semester mark
This example illustrates a student's GPA result for a school that has defined the GPA setup and level table as follows:
- Issue GPA by year.
- Calculate GPA based on SEM mark.
- Use attempted credit from course and use partial credit.
Micro Excel 1 is a non-honors course and is assigned to a non-weighted level for this GPA type. English 9 and Algebra 1 are honors courses and are assigned to a weighted level for this GPA type. The weighted level assigns 0.2000 add-on points for all marks above a D. The add-on points are weighted by credit. Weighted add-on points are calculated by multiplying the add-on points value by the credits.
Course
Mark Type / Issued
Mark
Point Value
Credits for Mark
Quality Points
Add-on Points
Weighted Add-on Points
English 9
SEM / M2
A
4.0
.5
2.000
0.200
0.100
SEM /M4
A-
3.67
.5
1.835
0.200
0.100
Algebra 1
SEM / M2
B
3.0
.5
1.500
0.200
0.100
SEM /M4
B+
3.33
.5
1.665
0.200
0.100
Micro Excel 1
SEM / M2
C
2.0
.5
1.000
0.000
0.000
Totals
2.5
8.000
0.800
0.400
GPA = Quality Points / Credits + Weighted Add-on Points
GPA = 8.000 / 2.5 +.400 = 3.2 +.400
GPA = 3.6000
Examples to illustrate GPA Based On Final Mark if Course is Completed or Semester Mark
Non-weighted GPA calculated by term at the end of marking period 2 based on a final or semester mark
This example illustrates a student's GPA result for a school that has defined the GPA setup and level table as follows:
- Issue GPA by term.
- Calculate GPA based on FIN, then SEM mark. In this case, the calculation will use the FIN mark if the course is ended or the SEM mark if the course is still in progress.
- Use attempted credit from course and use partial credit.
- Courses are all assigned to a non-weighted level for this GPA type.
The calculation is being run at the end of marking period 2 so the Micro Excel 1 class is completed, but the other classes are still in progress.
Course | Mark Type / Issued | Mark | Point Value | Credits for Mark | Quality Points |
---|---|---|---|---|---|
English 9 | SEM / M2 | A | 4.0 | .5 | 2.000 |
Algebra 1 | SEM / M2 | B | 3.0 | .5 | 1.500 |
Micro Excel 1 | FIN | C | 2.0 | .5 | 1.000 |
Totals | 1.5 | 4.500 |
GPA = Quality Points / Credits
GPA = 4.500 / 1.5
GPA = 3.0000
Non-weighted GPA calculated by term at the end of marking period 4 based on a final or semester mark
This example illustrates a student's GPA result for a school that has defined the GPA setup and level table as follows:
- Issue GPA by term.
- Calculate GPA based on FIN, then SEM mark. In this case, the calculation will use the FIN mark if the course is ended or the SEM mark if the course is still in progress.
- Use attempted credit from course and use partial credit.
- Courses are all assigned to a non-weighted level for this GPA type.
The calculation is being run at the end of marking period 4 so all classes are completed.
Course | Mark Type / Issued | Mark | Point Value | Credits for Mark | Quality Points |
---|---|---|---|---|---|
English 9 | FIN | A | 4.0 | 1 | 4.000 |
Algebra 1 | FIN | B | 3.0 | 1 | 3.000 |
Micro Excel 1 | FIN | C | 2.0 | .5 | 1.000 |
Totals | 2.5 | 8.000 |
GPA = Quality Points / Credits
GPA = 8.000 / 2.5
GPA = 3.2000
Examples to Compare Results for Use Course Credit VS 1.0 Credit for All Courses
The following examples illustrate the difference between setting up the GPA to use course credit or to use 1.0 credit for all courses.
Non-weighted GPA calculated by term at the end of marking period 4 based on a final mark
This example illustrates a student's GPA result for a school that has defined the GPA setup and level table as follows:
- Issue GPA by term.
- Calculate GPA based on FIN.
- Use attempted credit from course.
Courses are all assigned to a non-weighted level for this GPA type.
Course
Mark Type / Issued
Mark
Point Value
Credits for Mark
Quality Points
English 9
FIN
A
4.0
1
4.000
Algebra 1
FIN
B
3.0
1
3.000
Micro Excel 1
FIN
C
2.0
.5
1.000
Totals
2.5
8.000
GPA = Quality Points / Credits
GPA = 8.0000 / 2.5
GPA = 3.2000
Non-weighted GPA calculated by term at the end of marking period 4 based on a final mark and all courses are 1.0 credit
This example illustrates a student's GPA result for a school that has defined the GPA setup and level table as follows:
- Issue GPA by term.
- Calculate GPA based on FIN.
- Use 1.0 credit for all courses.
Courses are all assigned to a non-weighted level for this GPA type.
Course
Mark Type / Issued
Mark
Point Value
Credits for Mark
Quality Points
English 9
FIN
A
4.0
1
4.0000
Algebra 1
FIN
B
3.0
1
3.0000
Micro Excel 1
FIN
C
2.0
1
2.0000
Totals
3
9.0000
GPA = Quality Points / Credits
GPA = 9.0000 / 3
GPA = 3.0000