Grades, Your GPA, Education, and Learning: How Do We Compare Apples to Apples?

Today a reader wrote in to ask a question about comparing grading system between two different geometry classes in California. You can read the question here. Picture this. Two geometry teachers in the same school.  Each uses a different grading scale.  In one class, you need an average of 90% to get an A, while […]

High GPA or Rigorous Courses? Think Academic Preparedness

As a college consultant, I continue to receive many questions about which is better: taking easier classes and getting a high GPA, or risk losing a few tenths of a point by taking rigorous classes. I’ve started asking others their opinion on this matter. When I was at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, last week, […]

GPA Explained–With Some Simple Advice

One of my most popular posts is dedicated to explaining the difference between an unweighted and weighted GPA.  It generated a lot of discussion (and continues to do so). I thought I would take the opportunity to provide more clarity about how a GPA is used in the college admissions process. But an initial word […]

How to Calculate Your GPA–Letter Grades and Percentages

What does your GPA mean? What is your real GPA? What is your core GPA? How will your GPA be used in the college admissions process. This article helps you understand how your GPA may translate into percentages.

Failing Grades at Community College: Will They Kill Me?

Sometimes people write with personal questions, seeking advice for their particular situation. I received one today from a student at a community college who had a couple of failing grades.  Clearly, the student had finally woken up and figured out that getting Fs was not such a great idea.  But with that new understanding, what […]

Higher GPA or Harder Courses?

Should I take easy courses to get a high GPA, or take harder courses and risk watching my average tumble? Answer: take a risk. Admissions officers will reward you.

Weighted GPA or Unweighted GPA?

Weighted GPA vs Unweighted GPA? How do you calculate GPA for college? This article explains.