Grade Point Average Explained

What is a Grade Point Average? 

Grade Point Average (GPA) is an average of the grade point values that you have earned for the credit courses you have taken while a student at Emily Carr.

GPA Types

Semester Grade Point Average
This is the average of the grade point values that you have earned for all courses you have attempted in a semester.

Cumulative Grade Point Average
This is the average of the grade point values for all of the credit courses you have attempted while at Emily Carr, including repeated courses.

How do I calculate my Grade Point Average?

Grade point values range from 0.00 (F grade) to 4.33 (A+ grade). Each letter grade has a corresponding value. The chart below will give you those values.

Letter Grade

Grade Point Value Per Credit

Percentage

Description

A+

4.33

95 - 100

Distinguished Achievement

A

4.00

90 - 94

Outstanding Achievement

A-

3.67

85 - 89

Excellent Achievement

B+

3.33

80 - 84

Very Good Achievement

B

3.00

75 - 79

Commendable Achievement

B-

2.67

70 -74

Good

C+

2.33

65 - 69

Competent

C

2.00

60 - 64

Satisfactory

C-

1.67

55 - 59

Pass

D

1.00

50 - 54

Marginal Pass

F

0

0 - 49

Fail

P/F

0

 (grade neutral)

Pass/Fail

W

0

 (grade neutral)

Withdrawal

 

In order to calculate your GPA, you take the total amount of the grade point value you have been assigned for your grades and divide that by the number of credits. Examples follow:

Example One

Course

Grade Received

Credits Attempted

 

Grade Value

(from table above)

 

Total Grade Point Value

AHIS102

B+

3

x

3.33

=

9.99

FNDT160

C

6

x

2.00

=

12.00

FNDT108

A-

3

x

3.67

=

11.01

 

 

Total         12

 

 

 

Total                        33.00

Take the Total Grade Point Value (33.00) and divide by the number of credits (12). 

33.00 ÷ 12 = 2.75

In Example One, the student’s Grade Point Average is 2.75 which means this student has an overall average between a B and a B- grade (per the value table).

Example Two

Course

Grade Received

Credits Attempted

 

Grade Value

(from table above)

 

Total Grade Point Value

AHIS102

B+

3

x

3.33

=

9.99

FNDT160

C

6

x

2.00

=

12.00

FNDT108

A-

3

x

3.67

=

11.01

ENGL100

F

3

x

0.00

=

0.00

 

 

Total         15

 

 

 

Total                        33.00

Take the Total Grade Point Value (33.00) and divide by the number of credits (15). 

33.00 ÷ 15 = 2.20.

In Example Two, the student’s Grade Point Average is 2.20 which means this student has an overall average between a C+ and a C grade (per the value table).

Transfer Credit

When you transfer credit from another post-secondary institution into your degree at Emily Carr, the grades are not transferred with the credit. Any transfer credit you receive will be grade neutral, meaning that it will not impact your grade point average either positively or negatively.  More information for transfer courses can be found here:
http://www.ecuad.ca/admissions/application-info/undergraduate-applications/transfer-students

Repeating Courses

When you repeat a course for which you received an F grade, the F from your first attempt at the course will stay on your transcript even if you re-take the course and receive a passing grade. Both the F and the new letter grade will be used in the calculation of your cumulative Grade Point Average.

Where can I find my grades and my GPA?

Final grades for all courses you have completed are available for you to view by logging in to myEC.  On the Student Menu, under the Academic Profile heading, click on Transcript to obtain your cumulative GPA. You can obtain your semester GPA by clicking on Grade Point Average by Term in the same section.