Many students often worry whether they will pass the course after they fail one or more exams. Failing a course can result in lowering your overall GPA. However, if you know how to calculate your grade and GPA, the chances are you will know to decide whether you have to drop the course or not before it is too late.

Calculate your grade

Example 1

Grading scheme:

  • Two term tests 20%
  • Online assignment 4%
  • Paper assignment 6%
  • Final exam 20%
  • Lab report 10%
  • Lab quiz 5%
  • Lab mid term 5%
  • Final lab exam 20%


    What You got:

  • Term test (1) 43 = 4.30%

  • Term test (2) 42.5 = 4.25%
  • Online assignment with total mark 194 out of 201 (195:201)x(100) which equals to 96.5 = 3.86%
  • Paper assignment 75 = 4.5%
  • 10 lab reports total mark 116.5 out of 135 (116.5:135)x(100) which equals to 86 = 8.6%
  • 5 quizzes with total mark 57 out of 65 (57:65)x(100) which equals to 87.7 = 4.4%
  • Lab mid term with mark 36 out of 40 (36:40)x(100) which equals to 90 = 4.5%
    Total: 34.41 %

  • Final exam unknown

  • Final lab exam unknown

  • Let’s say you are sure that you can get 60% in the lab exam and in the final exam, which means:

  • Final exam 12% and Final lab exam 12%
  • Total: 24%
  • Overall total 34.41% + 24% = 58.41% which means you will likely get D+

Depending on which college or university you are attending, D+ can be considered “pass,” but it will lower your GPA. It is advised that you drop the course before it is too late. If you think the chances are more likely to get above 90% on both of your final exams, then you will likely get B which is still better on your GPA.

Calculate your GPA

Example 2

Grade Point Values

A+ = 9
A = 8
B+ = 7
B = 6
C+ = 5
C = 4
D+ = 3
D = 2
E = 1
F= 0

What you got (Winter 2015)

Bio 101 = B+ (credits 6)
Chem 101 = A+ (credits 6)
Eng 101 = B (credits 3)
Math 101 = A+ (credits 6)
PHY 101 = C (credits 3)

Total credits = 6(3)+2(3)= 24
Points you got (based on grade point values) x (credits)
Bio 101 = 7 x 6 = 42
Chem 101 = 9 x 6 = 54
Eng 101 = 6 x 3 = 18
Math = 9 x 6 = 54
PHY 101 = 4 x 3 = 12
Total= 180 : 24 = 7.5 (GPA)

Calculate your GPA using online calculator

Grade Point Averages (GPA) is an average of the grade point values that you have earned for the credit courses.
Here are few online calculators you can use to calculate your GPA.

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