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HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA) On A 4.0 Scale
Irrespective of how your reported your GPA to the ASU Graduate College, all GPAs MUST be reported to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry using a 4.0 scale. Here we provide simple instructions to convert your GPA for both Institutions that use a credit hour system, i.e. most CHINESE Institutions, and for Institutions that do NOT use a credit hour system, i.e. most INDIAN Institutions. Instructions for determining your GPA using the credit hour system are given immediately below. Instructions for students that do NOT use the credit hour system are given further down this page
CHINESE Students and OTHERS In Institutions That Use Credit Hours
You will need to convert your grade in each course to the 4.0 scale. Convert the letter grade that you received (A, B, C etc.) to the 4.0 scale using the method provided by your Institution. If you receive a numerical score, again, use the method provided by your institution to convert to a letter grade and/or a 4.0 scale. If your Institution does not provide any such conversion methods, then convert your score in each class to a percentage, and then convert using the Table below. If your Institution uses a +/- system for letter grades, round to the nearest whole grade, for example, for A+ use A, for A- use A, for B+ use B etc.
Determine Course Grade On The 4.0 Scale
Numerical Score as Percent of Maximum Letter Grade Scaled Grade
90 - 100% A 4.0
80 - 89% B 3.0
70 - 79% C 2.0
60 - 69% D 1.0
<59% F 0
Do not worry about whether we will compare your grades to those of students from other Institutions with different standards. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at ASU uses your G.P.A. only for comparison within the same Institution.

Next, calculate your overall GPA. Multiply each course grade by the number of credit hours and sum. Divide this sum by the sum of the credit hours. A simplified example that illustrates the process is shown below. Include ALL of your courses when calculating Overall GPA

Calculate Overall GPA On A 4.0 Scale
Course Grade   Credit Hours   Grade Points
CHM 101 4 X 3 = 12
CHM 102 3 X 3 = 9
PHY 117 4 X 3 = 12
PHY 118 3 X 3 = 9
BIO 234 3 X 3 = 9
BIO 235 2 X 3 = 6
BIO 236 2 X 1 = 2
CHM 310 4 X 3 = 12
CHM 311 3 X 1 = 3
      Total = 23   Total = 74
GPA Reported to ASU Chemistry/Biochemistry = 74 / 23 = 3.22
INDIAN Students and OTHERS In Institutions That DO NOT use Credit Hours

Use the scores from ALL of your courses when reporting your GPA. For most Indian students this will be simply given by your Cumulative Grade/Mark Average (cpga). Then, simply scale your cpga to 4.0. For example, if your Institution uses a 1000 point scale, then divide the numerical value of your cgpa by one thousand and multiply by four. If your Institution uses an 800 point scale, then divide your cgpa by eight hundred and multiply by four. Round to the nearest tenth decimal place.

Do not worry about whether we will compare your grades to those of students from other Institutions with different standards. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at ASU uses your G.P.A. only for comparison within the same Institution.

Example for a 1000 point scale:
cpga = 685
Normalized = (685 / 1000) * 4 = 2.74
GPA Reported to ASU Chemistry/Biochemistry = 2.7


Example for an 800 point scale:
cpga = 681
Normalized = (681 / 800) * 4 = 3.405
GPA Reported to ASU Chemistry/Biochemistry = 3.4


Example for a 100% scale:
cpga = 66%
Normalized = (66 / 100) * 4 = 2.64
GPA Reported to ASU Chemistry/Biochemistry = 2.6