Short for Grade Point Average, it is a number that indicates how highly a student scores in their courses on average. It is used as one of the criteria for college admissions.

Traditionally, GPA is calculated on an unweighted scale, from 0 to 4.0. This means it does not take into account the difficulty of a student’s coursework. For example, a score of A in a specific subject will give a GPA of 4.0, regardless of the type of class it was earned in -- an honors class, AP class, or lower-level class.

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