How Do AP Courses Affect Your GPA
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Boost your GPA and Stand Out to Colleges with a Weighted GPA
AP Courses are a great way to challenge yourself academically, earn college credit and make yourself stand out when applying to universities. Many high schools recognize that AP courses involve more commitment, longer hours and greater effort to do well, and as a result, they are graded on a weighted scale to reward dedicated students who do well, as well as avoiding punishing students who are more challenged by the tougher classes.
How Does the AP GPA Scale Work?
Unlike a traditional 4.0 scale, AP courses are graded on a weighted scale that goes up to 5.0. On a traditional scale, a 4.0 is an A, 3.0 a B and so on. On the AP weighted grading scale, a 5.0 is an A, 4.0 a B and so on.
How do AP Classes Affect GPA?
Because AP courses are graded on a five-point scale, excellent students can achieve a GPA higher than a 4.0. An excellent student could even achieve a 5.0-grade point average on their weighted GPA. The 5.0 scale is meant to reward students who excel in AP courses, as well as avoid penalizing students who want to challenge themselves with more difficult courses. It’s possible to get a B in an AP course while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
When applying to college, admissions officials will look at both the weighted and unweighted GPAs of applicants. In many cases, an unweighted GPA is the standard measure of a student’s academic performance, but a weighted GPA is also viewed as an indication of how rigorous a student’s course load was. Certain careers require high GPAs at the high school level because of how competitive they are. For example, anesthesiologists should have a high GPA in high school to stand out when it's time to apply for college and med-school.
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