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# Is a 5.6 GPA good on a unweighted scale?

Updated: 11/11/2022

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13y ago

If every grade at your D's school is worth 4.0, including AP and honors classes, that means that her school runs on a completely UNWEIGHTED system. In some schools, AP and honors classes are "weighted" -- adjusted to account for class difficulty. In weighted systems, AP and honors classes are worth 5.0 credits; A = 5, B = 4, C = 3, D = 2, etc. So, if you were to have all APs and all Bs, your weighted GPA would be 4.0.

Weighted GPAs are pretty pointless though, colleges mainly care about unweighted GPAs.

It still doesn't make much sense unless colleges actually have their internal weighting system.

If you have a 4.0 system, and then for AP classes grade on a 5.0 system and combine the grades it may be difficult for colleges to compare. I assume colleges have a pretty sophisticated way then to compare. I would be curious if colleges scale everything back to a 4.0 scale internally to compare and contrast candidates.

When students give their GPA on this post, they don't often point out what sort of grading system it is.

I have heard of some schools using a 4.3 school with A+ being the highest etc. But I don't consider this a 4.0 scale then, it would be a 4.3 scale.

Do college applications actually request weighted or unweighted calculations?

The difference makes it hard to predict somethings. For example, my daughter received a brouchure from University of Miami. It says average weighted GPA for admitted students is 4.2. What does this mean?

Is is giving AP classes a 5.0 scale, as suggested above. If so, this isn't a very high GPA.

If it is on a 4.3 scale, with AP classes given a one/third step increase (for example an A- gets a 4.0 instead of a 3.66 and an A gets a 4.3), then it is pretty good.

If so, how does a school like Miami calculate from a school that does not have a weighted system. Do they actually go through a transcript and assign a high score to some grades and recalculate.

It seems easier to simply use an unweighted 4.0 system and then judge the difficulty of the courses in evaluating an applicant.

This means that 5.6 does not exactly exist. If it did, you would be the smartest.

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