Re-Ad/AP 1/10/2008 How to Calculate A Grade Point Average Understanding how BSC grade point averages (GPAs) are calculated and being skillful at actually calculating one’s GPA are crucial knowledge and skill for all students. The following worksheet will allow you to learn this skill so you may begin using frequent GPA calculations to track your progress toward your academic goals. In computing the GPA, grades are assigned the following numerical values: A = 4.0 B+ = 3.3 C+ = 2.3 D+ = 1.3 F = 0.0 A- = 3.7 B = 3.0 C = 2.0 D = 1.0 B- = 2.7 C- = 1.7 D- = 0.7 The semester GPA is calculated by multiplying the grade numerical value for each course by the number of credit hours each course is worth. These totals are added together and the sum is divided by the total number of completed semester credit hours. For example: Course Credit hours Grade Grade Points Quality Points BIOL121 3 A 4.0 = 12.0 LAFR102 3 C+ 2.3 = 6.9 ENGL101 3 B 3.0 = 9.0 HIST221 3 B+ 3.3 = 9.9 MATH105 3_ B- 2.7 = 8.1 15 45.9 45.9 15 = 3.060 semester GPA The cumulative GPA (cum.GPA) is calculated by summing the credit hours completed during all semesters/terms of BSC enrollment and the total semester quality points for those completed courses. To understand how the cum.GPA is calculated, complete the following steps: 1. Calculate the semester GPA for the course schedule below by following the same steps used in the sample above. Refer to the college catalog to determine the number of credit hours each course carries. Course Credit Hours Grade Grade Points Quality Points ENGL102 ___ A ____ = MATH110 ___ C- ____ = BIOL122 ___ B ____ = POLI100 ___ C+ ____ = PHED155 ___ A- ____ = LIBR102 ___ B+ ____ = ________ ___________ Tot. Semester Quality Points Tot. Semester Credit Hours = _______ Semester GPA 2. Calculate the cumulative GPA as follows: [First semester quality points] 45.9 Credit hours attempted 15 [Second semester quality points] +_____ Credit hours attempted +_____ grand tot. quality points earned grand tot. credit hours attempted = ______ Cum.GPA Academic Standing The minimum cumulative GPA for good academic standing is 2.00. Any time the cumulative GPA falls below 2.00, a student will be on academic probation and will be subject to academic separation according to the following formula of overall credit hours earned and earned cumulative GPA: Credit Hours Earned Separation Below Cumulative GPA of 0 – 16 1.00 17 – 31 1.50 32 – 46 1.65 47 – 61 1.75 62 – 89 1.85 90 or above 2.00 Note: “Credit Hours Earned” includes all course work completed at BSC plus credit accepted in transfer. However, only grade points earned at Bridgewater will be utilized in calculating the GPA. Armed with skill in calculating the semester GPA and cumulative GPA (Cum.GPA), you can set grade goals for each semester to allow you to establish and maintain your target cumulative GPA. For example, if you have a current cumulative GPA of 1.80 on 15 credit hours attempted at BSC (27 earned quality points) and wish to raise that cumulative to 2.00 through the grades earned during your next semester of enrollment, the following steps will allow you to project the grades you must earn: 1). 2.00 28 = 56. 0 desired Cum.GPA total GPA hours necessary attempted as of end of quality points current semester 2). 56.0 27 = 29.0 necessary quality points quality points quality points already earned needed 3). 29.0 13 = 2.23 quality points needed credit hours for semester GPA current semester needed Projected GPA Worksheet SAMPLE ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPT SUMMARY Number of Enrolled Hours in Next semester (subtract credits for FRSK courses) STUDENT INFORMATION LABEL: D A C B 1. _____________________ X _____________________ = _______________________ *Desired Cum. GPA Total GPA Hours + Necessary Quality Points at end of Current Current Enrolled Hours Semester (A+B above) 2. _____________________ - _____________________ = _______________________ Necessary Quality Points Cumulative Quality Necessary Grade Points (from 1.) Points (C above) 3. _____________________ ÷ ______________________ = ________________ Necessary Grade Current Enrolled Hours Minimum Semester Points (from 2.) (B above) GPA required to attain desired Cum. GPA * Equation assumes successful completion of all current courses. WHAT GPA DO I NEED TO EARN NEXT SEMESTER IN ORDER TO RETURN THE FOLLOWING SEMESTER? 4. ________________ + ______________ = Total Earned Earned Credits for Identify the GPA that corresponds to the Hours enrolled in anticipated credit earned at the close of Credits Currently Academic next semester (B) (D – Earned Standing the next semester in the box above. Credits on label) Use this GPA to re-calculate your projected GPA for next semester.
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