Help > Explanation of GPA (Grade Point Average)

General

If your school provides you with a cumulative grade-point average on the 4.0 scale, use it without modification.

For high school or equivalent or for ungraded courses, enter 0 for GPA.

If the school does not use a 4.0 scale or a scale similar to one of the columns in the grading system conversion table shown below, you may make a reasonable and conservative approximation of what your GPA would be or contact the school for the appropriate conversion. Note that if your school uses a simpler version of the 4.0 scale, where any A = 4, any B = 3, any C = 2, and any D = 1, it is acceptable and does not need to be converted.

As an example, if your institution grades on an HH, H, P, LP, F scale (four passing grades), then HH=4.0, H=3.3, P=2.3, LP=1.3, and F=0.

For foreign schools, check the Country GPA Equivalents chart in the next section.

4.0 Scale A - F 100 - 0 1 - 5 Four Passing Grades Three Passing Grades
4.0 A+ 90 - 100 1 highest passing grade highest passing grade
4.0 A
3.7 A-
3.3 B+ 80 -89 2 second highest passing grade middle passing grade
3.0 B
2.7 B-
2.3 C+ 70 -79 3 third highest passing grade lowest passing grade
2.0 C
1.7 C-
1.3 D+ 60 - 69 4 lowest passing grade ---
1.0 D
0.7 D-
0.0 F below 60 5 failing grade failing grade

Country GPA Equivalents

Country and its GPA Equivalent to a U.S. "B" (grade received / scale used)
Country GPA Equivalent
Brazil 7/10, 75/100, 4.0/5.0
Chile 70/100, 5/7, 4.0/5.0
China (Mainland) 80/100, 4.0/5.0, 12/20, 60%
Columbia 3.8/5.0
France 2.5/4.0, 12/20, 60%
India 60% and/or First Class
Japan 4.0/5.0 required when 40% = c 4.25/5.0 required when 50% = c 4.5/5.0 required when 60% = c
Jordan 80/100
Korea 4.0/5.0, 3.0/4.5, 3.0/4.3, 80%
Mexico 8/10, 80/100
People’s Republic of China 80/100, 4.0/5.0, "Good"
Saudi Arabia 80/100, 3.0/4.0, 4.0/5.0, "Very Good"
Taiwan 79/100, 4.5/5.0
United Kingdom 60% and/or a degree award of Second Class Upper Division
West Germany 2.5/1.0 (inverted scale where 5 = failing)