Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 343 A variety of methods are used to calculate GPAs. Regardless of the methodused,thehigherthegrades,thehighertheGPA. Andthehigher a student’s GPA, the greater the college opportunities. Some high schools have “weighted grades” for honors, AP (Advanced Place- ment), or IB (International Baccalaureate) courses. If a school has weighted grades, then a grade in a weighted course is worth more than it is in a non- weighted course. For example, an A in an honors course might be worth 5 points instead of the usual 4 points. Class Rank Approximately half of the high schools in the U.S. rank their students. Class rank shows where a student stands academically in relation to the other members of his/her graduating class. The student with the highest GPA is number one, the student with the second highest GPA is number two, etc. While class rank is sometimes expressed as a percentile, it is most often written as two numbers (e.g., 35/295). The first number represents the stu- dent’s place in the class; the second number represents the total number of students in the class. Because GPAs are used to calculate class rank, a student must have a high GPA in order to have an impressive class rank. Class rank is one of several factors colleges use in the admissions process. High School Transcript A transcript is a document detailing a student’s aca- demicachievement. Althoughtheinformationincluded on a transcript varies from school to school, high school transcripts often include the following information: u Courses, grades, and credits for each semester completed, beginning with grade 9 (high school courses taken in middle school are sometimes included) u Current cumulative GPA and class rank u Anticipated graduation date u College test scores (PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, ACT) u State graduation test scores