Applying to U.S. Universities require you to enter GPA. But if transcripts have grades in percentage, so students try to percentage to GPA converison.
- Percentage Scale : o to 100. ( Like 88%)
- GPA SCale : 0 to 4.0 in USA ( like GPA of 3.67)
I was in the same situation and few years back searching for different ways to use the GPA Calculator for converting my academic percentage of 80% to GPA.
So, it there a universal formula to convert percentage to GPA.
Percentage to GPA conversion
If you are looking for some table that will map your percentage score to GPA like this one
|81 to 100||4.0|
|61 to 80||3.50|
|51 to 60||3.00|
|41 to 50||2.50|
I can very well say, you are making a huge mistake.
If you want to know why above table will not work, you need to first understand what is GPA and how GPA is calculated. Many students even after reading this article ask the question – How to calculate GPA from their academic score.
Hope you can read the article atleast twice before you ask the same question.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
Percentage Score (1 to 100) is used various countries, but in U.S. Schools use GPA system is used for grading students.
GPA Vs Percentage
Both GPA and % assigns grades to students, they are essentially calculated in different ways. They are not the same or its not possible to equate or compare.
How GPA is Calculated
Grades will be assigned to student for each course ( A = 4.0; B = 3.0; C = 2.0 ; D = 1.0; F = 0; )
And each course has Credit Hours. Usually Graduate level courses will have 3 Credit Hours per course.
Lets’ say at end of the semester, professor assigns grade of B to Course Database, Grade A to Course Networks and Grade A to course Software Testing. GPA is calculated as follows
- Total Grades = Sum of (Grade * Credit Hours)= B*3 + A*3 + A*3 = 3*3+4*3+4*3 =33
- Total Credit Hours = 3+3+3 = 9
- GPA = Total Grades/Total Credit Hours = 33/9 = 3.66
Universities will have some some form of evaluation to convert percentage to GPA and that varies with each University. They have their own GPA calculator.
So, you really can’t convert academic percentage or CPGA to GPA. So, it would be better to write percentage in the college admission application. Colleges will know what to do with your percentage score. You can write like 79/100 or 79%. that is more than enough.