What Is the Most Common Scale Used to Grade Students?


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In the United States, the most commonly used grading scale is the 4.0 scale. It is used at most all high schools as well as at colleges and universities.

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In the 4.0 grading scale, a 4.0 corresponds to an A. A 3.0 corresponds to a B, a 2.0 corresponds to a C, and a 1.0 corresponds to a D. Failing grades receive no points. In the 4.0 scale, a student’s grade point average or GPA is calculated by determining the average of all of the student’s grades. For instance, if a student earns one A and one B, her GPA is a 3.5. At some high schools, more challenging classes, such as honors courses, are weighted out of 5.0. At such schools it is possible to earn a GPA higher than a 4.0.

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