How to Calculate GPA

If you fear you're off to summer school, ease the stress of uncertainty with some simple math and know when to seek help with your grades.


  • Step 1: Find a grading scale Find a four-point grading scale that assigns a point value from four to zero for every possible grade.
  • TIP: Most schools in the United States use a four-point scale, where A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, and E=0. If you're unsure ask your teacher or an administrator.
  • Step 2: Collect recent grades Collect the most recent grades you can by asking your teacher or an office administrator.
  • Step 3: Record the point value for each grade Write down the correct point value next to each grade using the four-point scale.
  • Step 4: Add the points together Add up all the points and write down the total.
  • Step 5: Calculate the average Calculate the average by dividing the total by the number of grades you added together. This is your GPA.
  • FACT: A recent poll found that 53 percent of parents said they are relieved when summer vacation is over and their kids head back to school.

You Will Need

  • A four point grading scale
  • Recent grades
  • A pen and paper
  • A calculator

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