How do I convert my marks or CPI to GPA ?


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I have done graduation from India and my college has reported the mark as CPI. When looking at admission requirements , I see that universities in US have mentioned GPA. I am not familiar with this. How do I convert my CPI to GPA ?

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There are useful tools such as this one: http://www.foreigncredits.com/Resources/GPA-Calculator/ that you could easily find by Google search. I tested conversion from Vietnam to US, it’s quite accurate. Or if you want a quick and easy technique, this is a good resource: http://www.wes.org/gradeconversionguide/

Alternatively, when I applied I didn’t convert my grades at all. I left them as is. Instead, I justified the grading system in Vietnam, which is out of 10. For each transcript, I added legends such as 9-10: Outstanding, 8-8.9: Excellent, 7-7.99: Good, etc. Chances are universities are familiar with Indian, Chinese, systems.

Another example to not convert is if you look at the UK grading system, especially in a Master’s program, you either get an A or you pass. An A means 70/100 or above I believe. That being said, if you convert, your US GPA will seem way too low, even though that could mean you’re a genius.

Reason I did that was avoid misleading and misinterpretation. For grade point average (GPA), it’s really the average of all your classes. I would rather do it grade-by-grade, or class-by-class. The advantage is you are able to count transfer classes (or credits). And if there’s a class that you flunk, you can always justify your lower GPA. GPA in the US is calculated funny as well. You can always take an extra credit to boost up because number of credit determines weight of the class. Therefore if you convert, your GPA may appear lower than other domestic students and you lose your competitive advantage. I would advise my fellows not to convert.

 

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Generally, international students applying to US Universities misunderstand various methods of translating their percentage scale into GPA.Percentage in Common Method for Indian.

Few schools in India will use the academic assessment system CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average).

CGPA is the education evaluation system used by some Indian education institutions. Students in CGPA system may need to enter their GPA in the US University Application. CGPA to GPA converter to calculate your GPA based on your Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).

CGPA to GPA Conversion Table

 

CGPA GPA
> 8.5 4
8.0 – 8.4 3.7
7.5 – 7.9 3.3
7.0 – 7.4 3
6.5 – 6.9 2.7
6.0 – 6.4 2.3
5.5 – 5.9 2
5.0 – 5.4 1.7
4.5 – 4.9 1.3
4.0 – 4.4 1
0 – 3.9 0
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