Grade Point Average (GPA)

Students receive a GPA for their academic career.  Your GPA will be published on your academic transcript.

Students who are enrolled in more than one program - or who change programs - will receive one GPA based on all units completed in their academic career.  Students will only receive more than one GPA where they have completed units in more than one academic career, for example, if a student completed an undergraduate program and postgraduate coursework program.

There are some exceptions to the methodology for calculating your GPA.

  • Students enrolled in a research program will not receive a GPA;
  • Courses that are graded on a pass/fail basis are not included in calculating the GPA;
  • Courses with a KU grade will be included in the formula when the grade is a part of a series of courses, once the final course is awarded a final grade;
  • Courses with an IP grade will be included in the formula when the IP grade is a part of a series of courses, once the final course is awarded a final grade.

GPA is not calculated for the following programs: Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD), Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.

What is a GPA?

A GPA is an internationally recognised method of assigning a numerical index on a scale; it provides a summary of academic performance. 

At ANU, the GPA is calculated on a 7 point scale.

Calculating your GPA

Before calculating your GPA, course results must be converted into a numeric value.

Grade

Description

Grade Point  Value

HD

High distinction

7

D

Distinction

6

CR

Credit pass

5

P

Pass

4

PS

Pass at a supplementary exam

4

N

Fail

0

NCN

Not completed/Fail

0

WN

Withdrawn with failure

0

H1*

First Class Honours

7

H2A*

Second Class Honours Division A

6

H2B*

Second Class Honours Division B

5

H3*

Third Class Honours

4

Courses with the following grades will not be included in the calculation of a GPA.

WD

Withdrawn without failure

WL

Withdrawn late without failure

CRS

Course requirement satisfied

HLP

Higher level pass

DA

Deferred assessment

PX

Offered supplementary assessment

RP

Result pending

WA

Withheld for administrative reasons

WF

Withheld for fees reasons

EE

Enrolled elsewhere

STI

Status Internal (Internal Credit)

STE

Status External

Pre-1994 grades are not included in the calculation of a GPA.

Formula

GPA = ∑ (grade point value x units) / ∑ units

Methodology

  1. multiply the 'units' load value by the 'grade point value' to determine the 'weighted grade point score' for a course
  2. sum the 'weighted grade point score' for each course within an academic career
  3. sum the total 'units' undertaken within an academic career
  4. divide the total of the 'weighted grade point score' by the total of the 'units' within an academic career
  5. calculate to three decimal points

Example

 

Course

Numeric 

Grade       

Letter 

Grade    

GP 

Value   

Units 

Value    

Units Value  

x GP Value  

Weighted grade

point score    

BUSN0001 63 CR 5 6 6 x 5         =30
PSYC0001 72 D 6 6 6 x 6         =36
SCNC0001 54 P 4 6 6 x 4         =24
COMP0001 50 PS 4 6 6 x 4         =24
BUSN0002 38 N 0 12 12 x 0       =0
PHYS0002   CRS N/A N/A N/A N/A
JPNS0003   DA N/A N/A N/A N/A
PSYC0002 69 CR 5 12 12 x 5       =60
SCNC0002 81 HD 7 18 18 x 7       =126
COMP0002 0 NCN 0 6 6 x 0         =0
Total:       72   300

                                                           GPA = 300/72

                                                            GPA = 4.167