As you might imagine, we get a lot of people here looking to convert their GPA between the 4.0 and 5.0 scales. We even used to offer a GPA converter. We recently disabled the converter because it was being used incorrectly. There is a lot of confusion when it comes to converting between the 4.0 and 5.0 GPA scales, and this is completely unnecessary. Please read the following facts about GPA conversion to be sure you are good to go.
1. If you have a “0″ or an “F” included in your GPA, then you cannot convert between the 4.0 and 5.0 GPA scales and vice versa. Period. In this case you will need to re-calculate your GPA using a calculator with the proper scale.
2. If (1) above does not apply to you, then you can convert between 4.0 and 5.0 quite simply by adding or subtracting 1.0 to or from your GPA. For example, if you want to convert from a 3.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale to a 5.0 scale, you can simply add 1.0 to make the conversion. In this case, the converted GPA would be 4.75 (3.75 + 1.0 = 4.75).
3. You CANNOT convert between GPA scales using a ratio or by dividing by 4.0 or 5.0. This simply does not work. Don’t even bother!
There is a lot of bad advice on the internet regarding converting GPA. Please use your brain and follow common sense and you shouldn’t have any problems. Don’t waste your brain power on this stuff!