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what is a GPA?

GPA, which stands for Grade Point Average, is a stand way of measuring your academic achievement in the United States. It calculates your letter grades (if you are learning from an American curriculum) and transfers them to a scale of 0 to 4.0 (sometimes 5.0). A GPA of zero means you’ve failed, while anything above a 3.0 is considered average or above average. Every quarter or semester in school, you will receive a GPA illustrating your grade performance in school. Your cumulative GPA is calculated to provide a cumulative grade during your entire time in high school.

Your GPA is used in colleges to determine your academic performance in high school and compares you to all the applicants. Your GPA is important for several reasons. First of all, it calculates your scores in high school and provides eligibility to take Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, which will ultimately go towards your college credit.

Additionally, your GPA indicates your rank in school, can influence your scholarships and financial aid programs. Different universities require different grade point averages. If you have a low GPA, do not be discouraged as there are opportunities to increase your GPA, and there are other factors that go into your college admissions. In most American universities, you will be graded on 4.0 or 5.0 scale.