Topic | grading scale – how do you choose?

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  • Tanya

    This next school year is the first time we have to turn in actual letter grades to the state as opposed to Excellent, Satisfactory, Needs Improvement, etc.

    There are several grading scales available: 

    1. 90-100% is an A, 80-89% is a B, etc.

    2. 97-100% is an A+, 93-96 is an A, 90-92 is an A-, 87-89 is a B+, etc.

    3.  93-100% is an A, 90-92 is an A-, 83-89 is a B, etc.

    and the list goes on…

    How do you choose which grading scale to use?  Each scale has pros and cons, each scale translates differently for GPA…so what do you do?  I’m in CA if that makes a difference (but it doesn’t seem to as different schools seem to have different grading scales).

    Thoughts and advice?



    Totally do not stress about this.  No one cares.  Colleges get kids from schools doing all kinds of scales.  Pick what you like best.  I went for simple, myself.  It really does not matter.  If you ever encounter a college that prefers it a certain way, their admissions office just changes everything to their basic format.  No worries.


    Okay – thanks!  Wasn’t sure if it really mattered or not.  Glad to hear that it doesn’t!


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