## What is a GPA?

A simple numerical index summarising your academic performance in a course in:

• a single teaching period or
• over a year or
• for the duration of your enrolment in a course.

It’s based on the relative size of units, measured by:

• student contact hours (for vocational education students, diploma and above)
• credit points (for higher education students).

GPA is not used in units with competency-based grading or grades that do not have marks.

## What’s it used for?

A GPA can be among criteria for a study offer, for identifying candidates for academic prizes or as a measure when applying for a job or another university place.

The two main GPA scales are the 4-point and 7-point scale, which differ by the grade points allocated but share the same calculation method.

Swinburne has used the 4-point scale since 2014. If you have one, your GPA is displayed with your results and also appears on your academic transcript.

## How your GPA is calculated

For higher education, the GPA is calculated using the following formula:

Total grade points divided by the total credit points = Grade Point Average.

GPA = 175/100 = 1.75 (4 point scale)

### Example 1: Higher education

UnitCredit points
(CP)
ResultGPA value
(4-point scale)
(CP x GPA value)
AAA001 12.5 HD 4 50
ABC201 12.5 D 3 37.5
BBB105 25 P 1 25
CCC415 12.5 P 1 12.5
XXX501 12.5 N 0 0
DDD110 25 C 2 50
TOTAL 100 175

Total grade points divided by the total student contact hours = Grade Point Average

GPA = 625/245 = 2.55 (4-point scale)

### Example 2: Vocational education

UnitStudent contact
hours (SCH)
ResultGPA value
(4-point scale)