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Calculating Your PSYCAS GPAs

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Overview 

During Verification, PSYCAS uses the information you entered in the Transcript Entry section to calculate several GPAs. To calculate these GPAs, each A-F or 0-100 grade you entered in the Grade field is first converted to a PSYCAS 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. 

PSYCAS 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.

 

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)

GPA Types

PSYCAS calculates several GPA types, including:

Year-Level GPAs

Using Quality Points, PSYCAS 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
Course Subject Category GPA

Course Subject Category GPAs are based on your overall GPA in each course subject category, regardless of academic year. During Verification, PSYCAS ensures course subjects are placed in the correct categories so that GPAs reflect the appropriate coursework. Refer to PSYCAS Course Subjects for more information on course subjects.

Non-Graded Credits

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.). 

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