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What is the difference between GPA and Weighted GPA?

Asked by Lynn , Last updated: Jan 11, 2021

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B. Wright

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B. Wright, Analyst, MCA, Boston

Answered Dec 02, 2020

GPA stands for grade point accumulation, and it is a very important part of a high school and college education. It helps indicate how well or how poorly a student is performing. Depending on the type of school that a person is attending, their GPA can be unweighted or weighted.

GPA stands for grade point accumulation, and it is a very important part of a high school and
A weighted GPA can be measured on two different types of scales. One is from 0 to 5.0, and the other is from 0 to 6.0. Unweighted GPA is measured from 0 to 4.0. Unweighted GPA's do not focus on the difficulty the learning may have been (IE AP OR IB classes), while weight GPA does.

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Answered Jul 09, 2020

You may think that GPA and weighted GPA are the same but actually, they are not the same. When you say a weighted GPA, this will take into consideration the difficulty of the coursework that is available for you.

When you say an unweighted GPA, this means that it would need to be 4.0 and above so that classes and scales will be considered equal. The score for the weighted GPA is going to be higher at 5.0. The more difficult your classes are, the better.

Different colleges will consider both if they would like to see if you are eligible to become their student or not. Take note that aside from the weighted and non-weighted GPA, they would need to check out the bigger picture just to be sure with what they will get.

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M. Klose, Content Writer, Oakland

Answered Jul 08, 2020

GPA is an acronym for “Grade point accumulation”. GPA is used to measure college student academic performance. The GPA calculation varies in different schools. We have a weighted and unweighted GPA.

The weighted GPA is measured on a scale of 0 to 5.0 or 0 to 6.0 and the unweighted GPA is measured on a scale of 0 to 4.0. The unweighted GPA does not consider the student’s difficulty; an A is 4.0 or 3.74 in unweighted GPA, which can be earned in an honors class AP class or lower-level class.

Weighted grade takes into account all the difficulty a student had during the academic sessions, an A in an AP class is 5.0, a 4.0 can be considered an “A” in a regular class.

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