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GPA Conversion – What you Need to Know

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!

4 Responses to GPA Conversion – What you Need to Know

  1. teresa levy says:

    I have recently moved from Europe to the U.S.
    In Europe I was a college professor and I have a Ph.D. in Marketing and a Master’s in Architecture from a private University.
    My degrees are recognized in the European Community and U.K.
    How do I calculate my GPA rate?
    We don’t have rates from A-B-C….we use %,I guess 90% is A….and so on.
    I have been having a hard time filling in documents to get a job here and I always find this question.
    According to your explanation and all the calculations of hours attended and finnishing courses I would have on a scale from 1 to 5…4!
    I don´t know if this is ok,
    Thanks for your help,
    Teresa Levy

  2. Brett says:

    Hi Teresa,

    A GPA of 90% would be a U.S. GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

    For more information on your issue, visit naces.org

    Hope that helps!

  3. Mark says:

    Brett, not sure that’s what she was asking.

  4. Jenny Gyapay says:

    Hi,
    I am trying to compute my quarter credits with my semester credits. I am an old timer, who continues to take college classes, and I would like to know how to combine the two types of credits. Thanks, Jenny

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