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(Updated Guide) Weighted GPA Calculator

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Feb 17, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Most likely, during high school you've taken a mix of classes: some honors, some standard, and some APs. The weighted GPA reflects that those classes have different difficulty levels. So what's the easiest way to figure out what your weighted GPA is? We have two great methods to calculate it!

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What Is a GED? Should You Get One?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Feb 13, 2021 11:00:00 AM

Other High School, Coursework/GPA

If you don't have a traditional high school diploma, you can still earn an equivalent credential by getting your GED. But what is a GED? What does GED stand for? Basically, a GED is a credential that can substitute for a high school diploma. Since most employers (and all colleges) will require you to have graduated from high school, it's usually a good idea to get a GED if you don't complete high school. Doing so helps to ensure that you'll have access to more opportunities later in life.

In this article, I'll go through the GED meaning, the advantages this credential can give you, and how to get your GED.

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What Is GPA? What Does GPA Mean?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Feb 9, 2021 6:32:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Many students get very hung up on GPA in high school - is it high enough? Will it pass muster in college admissions? What does your GPA even mean?

In this article, I’ll go through what GPA is, what GPA means, and how it can help or hurt you in the college admissions process.

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The Best Colleges With Low GPA Requirements

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Nov 3, 2020 9:22:00 PM

College Admissions, Coursework/GPA

Do you have a low GPA? Are you wondering what colleges you can get into despite your low GPA?

Out of all the schools in the country, we've compiled a complete list of colleges with low GPA requirements and ranked the best ones. Even if you have a low GPA, that doesn't mean a great education is out of reach for you. Keep reading to figure out what your options are for higher education.

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AICE Diploma: What Is It? Should You Get One?

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Oct 19, 2020 10:05:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

There are several options for students who wish to accelerate to college-level learning during their high school years. Besides AP classes and the IB program, there's the AICE Diploma.

If you're not very familiar with the AICE program, never fear—this article will bring you up to speed. Here, we'll cover what the diploma is and how you can get it as well as the benefits of pursuing this program (including scholarships and college credit).

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College GPA Requirements: What Do You Need to Get In?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Sep 2, 2020 2:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

As a high school student, you may be wondering if your GPA is high enough to meet the admission standards at your college of choice. Not every college has specific GPA requirements, but it's possible to estimate a cutoff for admission based on statistics from previous classes. In this article, I'll explain how GPA requirements for colleges work and give you the tools to figure out exactly how high your GPA should be to apply successfully to your dream college.

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What Is the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE)?

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Aug 20, 2020 11:11:00 AM

Other High School, Coursework/GPA

For students looking for a more challenging high school experience or for a chance to earn college credit, many high schools offer advanced college-level programs. The newest one of these is the Cambridge AICE, an international diploma program created via the University of Cambridge in England.

Curious about whether this program is right for you? In this article, I'll explain the AICE approach, the coursework necessary to get the diploma, and how it compares to AP and IB classes.

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Which High School Classes Do Ivy League Schools Require?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 18, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions, Coursework/GPA

College admissions can seem like a giant puzzle, especially if you're hoping to attend an Ivy League or other extremely selective school. Planning your high school schedule carefully is definitely important, but these schools' expectations aren't as inflexible as you might think they are.

In this article, I'll provide a concise overview of what Ivy League admission requirements are for high school transcripts and give you some tips on how to map out your classes so you have an excellent shot at being accepted.

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Which High School Electives Should You Take?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 12, 2020 7:18:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Electives are some of the coolest classes you can take in high school. They can cover almost any topic, from pottery to poetry to Portuguese, but just like any other course you take in high school, colleges will be looking at your electives to see which classes you chose and the grades you got in them.

So which high school electives should you take, exactly?

In this guide we'll cover how to choose electives that you both enjoy and can use as a way to strengthen your college applications.

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What Is High School Honors? Societies and Classes

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Apr 12, 2020 7:12:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

High school honors can mean a lot of different things. Sometimes it refers to honors courses in your school. Other times it refers to specific honors societies that you can join, like the National Honor Society.

Most high schools offer classes at three different levels: standard, honors, and AP. Standard will set you up with the basics, and AP is clearly connected to the AP exam—but what exactly does it mean when a class is honors level? And are honors classes connected to the various academic honors societies?

If you are having trouble figuring out which is the right fit for you, or deciding which one would do more for your college application, or trying to make sense of the many honors organizations out there, read on for our explanation.

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College Classes in High School: Is AP or Community College Better?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Mar 21, 2020 10:40:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP), Coursework/GPA

If your high school has AP classes, you probably know a bit about which ones are offered and what they're like. AP classes are designed to be the equivalent of introductory-level college courses.

However, you may also have the opportunity to take a real college class at your local community college as a high school student. Which option should you choose?

Both community college classes and APs can be valuable additions to your transcript, but you might decide that one or the other is a better fit depending on your needs. I'll go through the advantages of each and give you the information you need to decide between them.

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How Do You Calculate Your GPA? Step-by-Step Instructions

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Feb 29, 2020 2:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

How exactly do you take a document that's as complicated as your transcript and shrink it all down to a single number? If you're wondering how to use the final grades you've gotten in high school to determine your GPA, then you've come to the right place. This article will show you how to make this calculation, step by step. But first, what exactly is a GPA?

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The High School Science Classes You Should Take

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 14, 2020 6:24:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Which science classes are you required to take in high school, and what will you learn in them? Which science subjects will colleges expect you to have studied, and how can you impress them by exceeding these expectations?

Read this guide to learn about the standard science curriculum, what kinds of AP and IB science courses there are, college expectations, and how you can exceed colleges' expectations and use your high school science classes to ultimately strengthen your transcript.

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What's the Average College GPA? By Major?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Feb 13, 2020 5:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

If you're still in high school, you might be curious about how college GPAs work and what you can expect for grades given your major of choice. Just like high schools, colleges vary in how they calculate GPA. Grade inflation also significantly affects college GPA at most schools, causing many students to end up with higher GPAs in college than they had in high school.

In this article, I'll give you the facts about average GPAs at different types of colleges and within a variety of college majors.

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What Is a GPA Scale? The 4.0 Scale

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Feb 4, 2020 3:30:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

GPA is a measurement of your academic success in high school that colleges will consider very strongly in the admissions process. But what is a GPA scale?

Different high schools may use different GPA scales, and it's important to know how these scales work so that you get a better idea of where you stand. In this article, I'll tell you what a GPA scale is and the types of scales you might see used at your high school.

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