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Calculating Your PostBacCAS GPAs

Overview

During verification, PostBacCAS 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 PostBacCAS 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.).

PostBacCAS 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 PostBacCAS 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)

GPA Types

PostBacCAS calculates several GPA types, including:

Year-level GPAs

Using Quality Points, PostBacCAS 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 GPAs

Course Subject Category GPAs are based on your overall GPA in each course subject category, regardless of academic year. During Verification, PostBacCAS 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 PostBacCAS, refer to PostBacCAS Course Subjects.

 

Course Subject Category GPA Example:

Course Subject Category Graded Credits Quality Points GPA
Biology/Chemistry/Physics 84.0 270 3.21
English 6.0 15.0 2.50
Mathematics 6.0 18.0 3.00
Other Science 34.0 90.1 2.65

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 PostBacCAS, refer to PostBacCAS 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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