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Calculating Your AACPMAS GPAs

Overview

During Verification, AACPMAS uses the information you entered in the Transcript Entry section to calculate several GPAs, including GPAs for each institution you attended. To calculate these GPAs, each A-F or 0-100 grade you entered in the Grade field is first converted to a AACPMAS numeric grade value, then multiplied by the attempted credits. The resulting product is Quality Points. 

Your total Quality Points are then divided by your Attempted Credits to determine your GPA. 

Non-graded credits are not included in your GPAs. Non-graded credits are earned credits for which you did not receive actual letter grades (e.g., advanced placement credits, "pass" or "satisfactory" credits, college board AP exams, etc.).

AACPMAS calculates all GPAs in semester hours. Courses that were completed in quarter hours are converted to semester hours. The conversion ratio is 1.0 quarter hour = 0.667 semester hours.

Use the GPA Calculator to see how AACPMAS will calculate your GPA.

 

Example:

Course Transcript Grade Converted Numeric Grade Value Attempted Credits  Calculation Quality Points
MATH 1100 A 4 4 4 x 4 16
ENGL 1310 B 3 3 3 x 3 9
GEOL 1610 C 2 4 2 x 4 8
PHED 1000 D 1 3 1 x 3 3
PSCI 1040 F 0 3 0 x 3 0
Total     17   36
GPA Calculation: 36 (Quality Points) / 17 (Attempted Credits) = 2.12 (GPA)

AACPMAS GPA Types

AACPMAS calculates several GPA types, including:

1. Year-Level GPAs

Using Quality Points, AACPMAS calculates a GPA for each academic year. GPAs from your Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior academic years are subsequently:

  1. Combined with any post-baccalaureate coursework to create a cumulative undergraduate GPA, and
  2. Combined with any post-baccalaureate coursework plus any graduate coursework to create an overall GPA. 

 

Year-Level GPA Example:

Year Credits Quality Points GPA
Freshman 66 166.2 2.52
Sophomore 48 119.4 2.49
Junior 66 223.2 3.38
Senior 60 169.2 2.82
Total 240 678 2.83
Post-Baccalaureate 28 112 4.0
Cumulative Undergraduate 268 790 2.95
Graduate 66 245.4 3.72
Overall 334 1035.4 3.10

2. Course Subject Category GPAs

Course Subject Category GPAs are based on your overall GPA in each course subject category, regardless of academic year. During Verification, AACPMAS ensures course subjects are placed in the correct categories so that GPAs reflect the appropriate coursework. To view which course subject GPAs are calculated by AACPMAS, refer to AACPMAS Course Subjects.

 

Course Subject Category GPA Example:

Course Subject Category Graded Credits Quality Points GPA Credits < 2.0 Credits P/CR/AP Total Credits
BCP Totals 102.0 316.4 3.10 3.0 0.0 105.0
Biology 84.0 269.6 3.21 3.0 0.0 84.0
English 12.0 43.8 3.65 0.0 0.0 12.0
Inorganic Chemistry 6.0 15.0 2.50 0.0 0.0 6.0
Mathematics 15.0 40.8 2.72 3.0 0.0 15.0
Organic Chemistry 6.0 18.0 3.00 0.0 0.0 6.0
Other Sciences 3.0 12.0 4.00 0.0 0.0 3.0
Physics 6.0 13.8 2.30 0.0 0.0 6.0
Total 132.0 413.0 3.13 6.0 0.0 138.0

3. Science and Non-Science GPAs

Science and Non-Science GPAs divide each Year-Level GPA into Science, Non-Science, and Total (science plus non-science) sections. To view which Science and Non-Science GPAs are calculated by AACPMAS, refer to AACPMAS Course Subjects.

In the following example, note that the applicant's overall science GPA is 3.08, overall non-science GPA is 3.14, and overall total GPA is 3.10.

 

Science and Non-Science GPA Example:

  Category
  Science Non-Science Total
Year Credits Quality Points GPA Credits Quality Points GPA Credits Quality Points GPA
Freshman 18.0 42.6 2.37 15.0 40.5 2.70 33.0 83.1 2.52
Sophomore 18.0 49.8 2.77 6.0 9.9 1.65 24.0 59.7 2.49
Junior 18.0 60.9 3.38 15.0 50.7 3.38 33.0 111.6 3.38
Senior 30.0 84.6 2.82 0.0 0.0 0.00 30.0 84.6 2.82
Total 84.0 237.9 2.83 36.0 101.1 2.81 120.0 339.0 2.82
Post Baccalaureate 3.0 12.0 4.00 11.0 44.0 4.00 14.0 56.0 4.0
Cumulative Undergraduate 87.0 249.9 2.87 47.0 145.1 3.09 134.0 395.0 2.95
Graduate 30.0 110.7 3.69 3.0 12.0 4.0 33.0 122.7 3.72
Overall 117.0 360.6 3.08 50.0 157.1 3.14 167.0 517.7 3.10
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