Prior to discussing how to calculate weighted GPA, let us define it. A weighted GPA is scaled based on the difficulty level of a course, with more challenging courses being worth more.

The scale for calculating weighted GPA can range between 0 and 5.0.

The addition of a weighted class can boost your 4.0 average to a 4.25. You will, in effect, be rewarded with a higher GPA for taking a harder class. Higher GPAs ultimately lead to higher class rankings and better college options.

Most Ivy League universities lie Harvard take into account a weighted GPA over an unweighted one.

### Formula to Calculate Weighted GPA.

- Find out what scale your school uses for GPA
- Determine your grade from each class
- Add the scale number for each class grade
- Divide by the number of classes.

**Example:**

If AP and college-level courses are weighted 1 point higher, and honors courses are weighted .5 points higher. Calculate the weighted GPA of a student whose performance is as follows.

Class | Grad | Weight | Unweighted GPA | Weighted GPA |

1 | A | Honors | 4.0 | 4.5 |

2 | A- | AP | 3.7 | 4.7 |

3 | B+ | Honors | 3.3 | 3.8 |

4 | A- | AP | 3.7 | 4.7 |

**=** ( **4.5 + 4.7 + 3.8 + 4.7 )** **รท 4**

**= 4.425**

Therefore, the student’s GPA is 4.425.