How to Calculate A Grade Point Average by hcj

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									                                                                            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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