What is an Unweighted GPA? How to calculate it?

Unweighted GPA is your average GPA calculated without considering the difficulty of the course. We will further see what is Unweighted GPA, How to calculate it and How it is seen in the eyes of colleges.

Updated by Viswathika on 27th February 2020

Grades and marks are the measures of academic success attained by the students. Different High schools have different ways to calculate the overall performance of their students but GPA is the common one. 


What is the GPA?

Grade Point Average or GPA is the average of letter grades which are converted into their respective number points. Generally, it is given on a scale of 1.0 to 4.0. This number indicates how well you have performed in your High school. Higher the Grade point greater is your performance and lower GPA indicate your poor performance. The marks you obtain is converted into a percentile, Percentile will get converted into grades and grades are given respective grade points. Average of these points are obtained, This Cumulative grade is called as the GPA. The following table denotes the percentile, grade, and points respectively.

Percentage

Grade

GPA

100-97

A+

4.0

96-93

A

4.0

92-90

A-

3.7

89-87

B+

3.3

86-83

B

3.0

82-80

B-

2.7

79-77

C+

2.3

76-73

C

2.0

72-70

C-

1.7

69-67

D+

1.3

66-65

D

1.0

Below 65

F

0

If you know your mark or percentile, you can easily calculate your GPA on your own using the above-mentioned table or if you know your grade you can easily find your GPA, Total of the subjects divided by the total subjects gives you the overall GPA.

GPA plays a vital role when you are applying to your dream college. It is the first eligibility criteria in the college admission process. Having a Higher GPA makes you stand on the edge during your admission over other students. Merit-based scholarships are also provided by the GPA you secured. You need a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to get scholarships. Ask you, scholarship provider for more details on your minimum required GPA. Try keeping your GPA high and make yourself eligible. 

There are two types of GPA scale:

Weighted GPA 

Unweighted GPA

In this article, We will see what is Unweighted GPA, How to calculate it? and How your college values it.   


 What is an Unweighted GPA?

An unweighted GPA is one of the most used GPA scales across the U.S. It is similar to the traditional GPA calculating method. It is the method of calculating GPA without taking the difficulty of the course into account. That means if a student scores A in a regular or easy class and A in an AP or a difficult class both are considered to be the same. It is generally a 4.0 point scale of GPA. The highest GPA that can be obtained on this scale is 4.0 points. As the difficulty of the course is not considered, no extra credits for special courses are given, so the GPA remains to be 4 and not more than that.


Disadvantages of an Unweighted GPA

As in an unweighted scale, the difficulty of the course is not considered, it does not depend, if you take a challenging course or easy course, both yield the same score. In case, if you have taken a rigorous course and your friend has taken an easy course, due to the difficulty of the subject you may score less grade than him, then your GPA will be lesser than him. So you cannot compare students' marks under the unweighted GPA scale. You cannot determine whether your GPA is good or bad as the subjects are not weighted only your scores in the subject are considered.                              


How to calculate your GPA?

If you are at the end of your freshman year in high school, you would have completed 2 semesters till now. Using the above-mentioned table calculate the GPA for the grade obtained.

First semester

Let us assume you have secured the following grades against each subject.

S.no

Subject

Grade

Unweighted  GPA 

1

English

C+

2.3

2

Gym

A

4.0

3

Mathematics

A

4.0

4

Science

C

2.0

The overall Unweighted GPA of the First semester comes out to be 3.07.

 

Second Semester

  If your performance decreases the next semester and let us assume the following grades:

S.no

Subject

Grade

Unweighted  GPA 

1

English

D+

1.3

2

Gym

B

3.0

3

Mathematics

B

3.0

4

Science

D

1.0

The overall Unweighted GPA of the second semester comes out to be 2.07.


Cumulative GPA

A cumulative GPA is the average of an unweighted GPA obtained. For instance, Cumulative GPA of the following case is given by

First Semester 

3.07

Second Semester

2.07

Cumulative GPA

2.57

This is how you should calculate your Unweighted GPA and the Cumulative GPA.


How your college values your Unweighted GPA

During the early times, the weighted and unweighted GPA was considered the same but later they also started checking the subjects the student took. That means, Scoring a straight A’s by choosing an easy or regular course cannot fetch you college seat. On the other hand, selecting AP of difficult programs and scoring an average of B’s can fetch you a seat. In simple words, College will not only check your unweighted GPA, they will also consider the subjects you took.


Finally,

Be it weighted GPA or Unweighted GPA both check your performance at the High-school. It gives an overall idea about your productivity. Try doing difficult courses than the regular one without stressing yourself. If you are ready to do AP classes, it shows you are hardworking and determinant, this makes you a more competitive candidate during the college admission process.