What is a Grade Point Average?
Western Sydney University uses a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) to measure the academic performance of individual students in order to acknowledge excellence and determine recipients of Excellence Awards. For more information and the formula used by Western Sydney University to calculate the GPA, go to the Graduation policy.
The cumulative GPA will be calculated over the duration of a student’s enrolment in a course.
What is a GPA Calculator?
A GPA calculator can help determine if you are eligible for scholarships, programs such as Honours, or admission to other universities.
It can also be used to check your current GPA or determine your future GPA if you were to achieve certain grades.
For example, your grades might be a pass, credit, distinction or high distinction and so on. All grades, including fail grades, are given a numerical value and then those values are averaged which gives your GPA.
Your Western Sydney University GPA is calculated on a seven point grading scale where 7 is the highest and 0 is the lowest achievement.
Instructions for using the GPA Calculator
1. Enter the Total Number of Credit Points studied
Enter the ‘Total Number of Credit Points Studied’ in the box provided. The credit points per unit are listed in the Handbook.
Please note: The following grades will not be counted in the calculation of a GPA:
- a grade of Satisfactory (S);
- Withdrawn Without Academic Penalty (W);
- Advanced Standing - Specified (K) and Unspecified (L); and
- Aegrotat Pass (Z).
Where a student has repeated a unit, both grades will be counted towards the GPA, and both results will remain on the official academic transcript.
2. Enter the total units for each grade and click on 'Calculate'
Determine how many credit points you have completed for each Grade, enter in the appropriate boxes, and then click 'Calculate'. Make sure you include Failed credit points as well.
Your GPA will be calculated in the ‘Your Grade Point Average (GPA)’ box.
Please note: The credit points entered into each box must add up to the Total Number of Credit Points studied, otherwise, there will be no calculation.
This calculation should be used as a guide only and is an estimate of your GPA.
Example of a GPA Calculation
You studied 4 units; 3 units were 10 credit points, and 1 unit was 40 credit points, so the total number of credit points studied is 70.
You received the following grades for your results:
- Unit 1 (10 credit points) - High Distinction
- Unit 2 (10 credit points) - Distinction
- Unit 3 (10 credit points) - Fail
- Unit 4 (40 credit points) - High Distinction
The GPA is worked out as follows:
[(10x7) + (10x6) + (10x0)) + (40x7)] / (10 + 10 + 10 + 40) = 5.857
This is how you would complete the GPA Calculator:
Your GPA is calculated as 5.857.