Glossary of Education
- Grade Point Average (GPA)
- The grade point average is an average of all the grades a student received in school, standardized on a 4.00-point scale, although some institutions do use a 3 or a 5 point scale. Usually, on a 4.00 scale, an A is a 4.00, a B is a 3.00, a C is a 2.00, a D is a 1.00, and an F is a 0.00. The GPA represents the average number of grade points a student earns for each graded high school course. Dividing a student's total grade points earned by the total course credits attempted determines a student's GPA. Courses in which a student does not receive a grade, such as pass/fail and audited courses, do not factor into the GPA calculation. The grade point average is an important piece of a student's college and employment applications.