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What's an Unweighted GPA? How to Calculate It

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 11, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Many high schools record your academic performance using unweighted GPA. But what does your unweighted GPA mean in the eyes of colleges? And how can you calculate it yourself? In this article, I’ll tell you what an unweighted GPA is, how to interpret it, and how to calculate it based on your letter grades.

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What's a Weighted GPA? How to Calculate It

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 9, 2018 10:45:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Your weighted GPA in high school tells colleges a lot about your ability to take on academic challenges. In this article, I’ll go through a basic description of what a weighted GPA is, why it matters for you, and how you can calculate your own weighted GPA if your school uses this type of scale.

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How GPA Conversion Works, With Charts

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Jun 5, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Because final class grades are usually given either as letters (A-, B+, etc.) or as percentiles (87, 92, and so on), you might be a little stuck on how to convert them into the decimals used to calculate GPA. No worries - this article is here to help! Keep reading to see how to translate all your grades into GPA-ready numbers.

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What Is a High School Equivalency Diploma? How to Get Yours

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 2, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

If you dropped out of high school or are considering dropping out, there are other ways to earn credentials that are considered equal to a high school diploma. A High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) is one option that you might consider as an alternative to a GED or traditional high school diploma.

I'll give you the details on what a High School Equivalency Diploma is, how you can get one, and how to decide if it's the right choice for your situation. 

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What Does a Rigorous High School Course Load Look Like?

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Jun 1, 2018 8:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Chances are, you've heard the phrase "rigorous course load" before. You probably even know that this is something colleges really look for in applications for admission.

So how can you ensure that your high school course load is rigorous or challenging enough? How do you balance this with getting a good GPA? How do you balance the need for rigor with your limitations, extracurricular interests, family and friends, and desire to not overwhelm yourself?

Read on for our advice on choosing between harder classes and more classes, and harder classes and better grades. We also go over how many AP classes and electives you should take.

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What Is a GPA Scale? The 4.0 Scale

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 1, 2018 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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The Best Colleges With Low GPA Requirements

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | May 17, 2018 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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Do Colleges Use Weighted or Unweighted GPA?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 17, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

High schools may record students' GPAs as weighted or unweighted. But which type of GPA is taken more seriously in the college admissions process?

In this article, I’ll provide an overview of the differences between weighted and unweighted GPAs and tell you which type is more important.

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How Many AP Classes Do You Need for Ivy League Schools?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 10, 2018 6:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

At many high schools, AP courses are the toughest classes you can take. Extremely competitive colleges are looking for students who are willing to challenge themselves, so they're more likely to admit students who have taken at least a few APs.

In this article, I'll go over how many AP classes Ivy League schools expect you to take and how these expectations can change based on the conditions at your high school. 

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How to Prepare for Pre-Med in High School

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Are you a high school student with dreams of studying pre-med in college and becoming a doctor? Maybe you’ve heard how difficult it can be to get into med school and are trying to plan ahead in order to raise your chances of acceptance? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

This guide will go over everything you can do in high school to make yourself more prepared to begin a pre-med program in college. I’ll go over the classes you should be taking, the extracurriculars you should be participating in, and what you need to be thinking about as a high school student.

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How Do You Calculate Your GPA? Step by Step Instructions

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | May 3, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

 

How exactly do you take a document as complicated as your transcript and shrink it all down to one number? If you are wondering how to take all the final grades you've gotten in high school and figure out your GPA, then this article will show you exactly how to make that calculation. I'll take you through step by step.

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Should You Drop A Class? Does It Look Bad? Why?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 1, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Are you struggling in a class or simply not enjoying it and wondering if you should drop it? Are you worried about how this might look to colleges and future employers? Should you drop a class?

Read this guide to learn about the benefits and drawbacks to dropping and how to decide whether or not you should drop a class.

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GPA Chart: Conversion to 4.0 Scale

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Apr 26, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Are you looking for an easy way to understand just how your final class grades become GPA decimals? If so, then you've come to the right article. In just two simple charts, I'll show you how this conversion works for both a weighted and unweighted GPA.

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What Is a Good GPA? What's a Bad GPA for College?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 13, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

If you’re starting to think about your plans for college, you might be wondering what is considered a good high school GPA or a bad high school GPA in the eyes of admissions officers. This is a complicated question, and it depends on several factors that colleges will take into consideration.

In this article, I’ll give you some perspective on what a good GPA and a bad GPA are based on national statistics and your individual circumstances. I’ll also provide advice on the best ways to improve your GPA.

Your coursework and GPA are one of the most important pieces to your college application - some colleges consider it your MOST important factor - so make sure you do your research and know where you fit in.

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Taking Community College Classes in High School: A Guide

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 12, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Are you a high school student who is interested in taking classes at a community college? Community college classes can be a great way for high school students to take more challenging courses and prepare for college.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about community college classes for high school students: the benefits of taking community college classes in high school, when to take them, and how you can start getting enrolled.

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