Often students planning for higher studies abroad worry about their CGPA and whether or not will it make the ‘cut’. And agreeably, whether or not your GPA will be sufficient for admission is an important question. Your academics do play a crucial role in your final selection, as well as for scholarships. So, you must have a fair idea of how the CGPA conversion process occurs so that you are able to choose colleges wisely. Also, your CGPA determines the level of colleges you can apply to, therefore it will help you in filtering colleges as well.
CGPA conversion process:
Most colleges in USA use the 4 point GPA scale which ranges from 0-4. The assigned grades are converted to respective grade points using:
Most colleges in India use either a 10 point scale known as CGPA, or simply the percentage grading system. The 10 point scale can be either relative grading or absolute grading.
How to convert?
Most schools ask you to state your CGPA/Percentage without conversion, and indicate the scale that is used by your college. The colleges will care about your relative marks and how well you scored among your college peers. The reason being that converting from an Indian GPA to a US equivalent is tedious. Since, you have to take care of factors such as quality of college, grading schemes, university marking schemes etc. Therefore, they would much rather change them according to their scales and only require your scores without any conversion.
Some schools provide their own conversion table, such as this one for example. Its from the school of Columbia:
If you are applying to a college that specifically asks you to convert your score, but doesn’t specify any sort of scale/ conversion chart, you can use the following table, which is generally applicable so its a little generic, but will work fine mostly:
|Percentage||10 Point CGPA||Equivalent GPA||US grade equivalent||Classification|
You can convert and send your scores with the help of various official services such as:
Conversion chart provided by WES:
|Scale||Equivalent GPA||US Grade Equivalent|
- World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
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Tel: 1 + (212) 966-6311
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- Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
PO Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
Notarized Document Translation Services:
- Columbia Tutoring and Translating Agency 2960 Broadway, Mail Code 5727
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- HSA Translation (Harvard Student Agencies)
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Phone: +1 (617) 495-3033
Fax: +1 (617) 496-8015
There you go. Using the following tables and steps, you can check how good your chances of selection are. Keep in mind that the grad schools do not keep GPA as their only criterion for selection. Many a times, even with a low GPA, they may consider your application if you can show them a good overall profile and a well built application package. Such as if you have a good GRE score, TOEFL score etc., then you still hold a prospect to gain an admission.