Is there a gpa
with this type of testing? And how do transfer credits work?
Letter grades are awarded for
many exams (at the discretion of the receiving college) from which a GPA may
be derived, Two of the Big Three assessment institutions featured in BA in
4 Weeks, award grades other than a simple pass.
GPA is “conveyed” in the
transcript since it is implicit in the “course” grades enumerated therein.
When quoting GPA it is important to detail the kind and quantity of banded
credit from which it is derived.
For example, normally, in respect
of qualifying for entry into graduate programs, U.S. admissions officers
look for a minimum GPA of 3.0 based on the last 60 hours (20 courses) of
earned, graded, credit. This makes sense when you think of it, to place
emphasis on the quality of the work completed in the last two years of
college (junior and senior years). However, some may deem it necessary or
appropriate to use some other method of calculation.
Truth is that a GPA can be
calculated on the basis of any amount of letter or numerically graded
credit (“pass” credit is disregarded). The issue of the validity and
*relevance* of the derived GPA is a matter for those assessing the candidate,
and her degree. This is likely the reason neither Charter Oak or Excelsior
College include a GPA number in the degree transcripts.
How GPA is derived at the
EXCELSIOR FORMULA FOR CALCULATING
This is of a standard form used
pretty much everywhere.
. Grades are assigned numeric
values A=4; B=3; C=2; D=1; a pass grade = 0 and is ignored
. Individual numerical course
grades are multiplied by the number of semester hours applicable to that
. The products of these calculations
are added together
. The cumulative total of the
products is divided by the total number of semester hours yielding the GPA
Titus Flavius Vespasianus has
completed three 3-credit courses with grade A, two 3-credit courses grade
B, one 6-credit course grade C, and four 6-credit courses at pass grade.
What is his GPA?
EXCELSIOR REQUIRED GPA FOR HONORS
Summa Cum Laude ... >= 3.90
Magna Cum Laude .... >= 3.75
Cum Laude ...............>=
3.50 < 3.75
In calculating GPA, Excelsior
requires that at least 30 hours of the total of the degree credit hours be
letter graded, if honors are to be awarded.
For information on the mechanics
of credit transfer, read the text of BA in 4 Weeks, the issue is covered
there in depth.