How Do AP Courses Affect Your GPA

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.

Do online AP classes affect GPA?

Yes! Online AP classes outside a traditional classroom setting are real classes for high school credit, and your grade will affect your GPA. Our online AP classes are accredited by the College Board and taught by certified Wisconsin teachers with years of experience.

Your grade in any online AP class through eAchieve will count towards your high school GPA whether you are enrolled with us full-time or just taking one or two online classes as a part-time online student.

Does the AP exam affect GPA?

No, the AP exam does not impact your grade for the class or your cumulative GPA. Only your final grade in the AP class will affect your GPA. However, if you do well enough on the AP exam you may be awarded a class credit for the corresponding intro-level class in college. Colleges have differing standards for what they consider a passing score on the AP exam. At most schools, a 4 will qualify you for a college academic credit, although some schools only require a 3 and elite level schools may require a 5.

Do Pre-AP classes help your GPA?

No, Pre-AP classes won’t help your GPA because they are not weighted in the way AP classes are (i.e. a “B” in a Pre-AP class doesn’t count as an “A”).

Pre-AP classes are intended to prepare high school students to take AP classes. They’re usually taken by high school freshman, although some Pre-AP classes are for sophomores, too.

Wisconsin high school students are eligible for FREE online AP classes

Students in any Wisconsin school district have the option of enrolling at eAchieve Academy. You can even stay at your current school and take advantage of our free online AP courses to boost your GPA.