Have you ever wondered “How much will my GPA change if I get B instead of A,” With this GPA Calculator spreadsheet, you can do that type of what-if scenario as well as keep a running record of your grades and cumulative GPA.
The GPA Calculator lets you track grades from semester to semester, calculating both a semester GPA and your overall cumulative GPA.
You can edit the Grade Scale to define the points associate with letter grades, according to the specific school policy. Then, when you enter grades into the spreadsheet, the points are automatically total and weight base on the number of credit hours for each course.
Using the GPA Calculator
The CGPA Calculator spreadsheet should be quiet intuitive, and some instructions are include at the top of worksheet.
Adding Semesters: In the Course History worksheet, you can include additional semesters by copying the set of rows for one of semesters and inserting/pasting the set of rows at the bottom. The formulas in spreadsheet are designed specifically for making this process simple.
Inserting Rows: If you need to insert rows to add more classes for particular semester, then make sure to insert new rows above the last row or below the first row in semester block. This will help ensure that the reference in the summation formulas stretch to include the new row. You also need to copy the formula for the Points when you add the new rows.
How to Calculate GPA
GPA stands for Grade Point Average, but most of the time, to calculate GPA it requires using a weighted average. For example, if you earned an A in a 3-credit course and a B in a 2-credit course, your GPA will not simply the average of an A and B. Instead, grades are weighted based on the number of credit hours in the course. That can seem complicated, but it’s not really that bad.
Below are the steps you can use to calculate your GPA if happen to be caught without a computer.
Step 1 – Convert Letter Grades to Points
To the right is a typical 4.0 GPA Scale, showing grade points and the letter grade equivalent. The first step in calculating your GPA is to convert letter grades to points.
Step 2 – Multiply the Points by the Number of Credit Hours
If I got an A- in a 3-credit class, the points for that class would be 3.7 times 3 credits equals 11.1 points.
Step 3 – Add the Total Points then Divide by the Total Credit Hours
To calculate your GPA, add up the total grade points and total credit hours and then divide total grade points by the total credit hours. If you include only points and hours for a single semester, this will calculate your GPA for the semester. If you include all points and hours for every semester, this will calculate your overall cumulative GPA.