**Grade Calculator, Helping Students Keep Track of their Academic Standing**

If you have set your eye on a high GPA score, then you need to be vigilant of every quizzes and assignments that you submit, no matter how unimportant they may seem. A 10 points quiz or a 5 sentence paragraph may seem insignificant, but if you add them up, it could very well raise your grade or pull it down. For a particularly difficult subject like Molecular Biology, you may want to determine or even anticipate your final grade. In truth, a good number of students are experiencing anxiety and agitation just waiting for their final mark. You can avoid the stress of anticipation by predicting or forecasting your final mark for every class you attend. This is what a grade calculator will do for you.

**Computing your final grade**

A grade calculator enables you to compute your final grade. Moreover, you can also avoid the stress of waiting for your teacher to give you the verdict whether you did well or not.

*How a grade calculator works*

In using the grade calculator, you need to know the academic requirements for every class. Most teachers compute grades by giving percentage value to tests, quizzes and even oral recitation.

Here is an example of the class requirements that you need to complete, which also serves as the basis of your final grade.

When you use a grade calculator, you need to input the mark you got and their corresponding percentage value. For instance, your first quarter exam worth 30% of the total grade may have earned a B+ or the equivalent of 89% in the percentage grading system. Put in all the other marks to compute your final grade.

Here would be another example of computing the final grade.

note: the weighted mark is computed by multiplying the current mark with the percentage value. Hence, .3 (30%) multiplied by 89 is 29.7.

Your weighted average grade is then 89.4, which is also your final grade for the class.

**Determining which classes need more work**

However, a grade calculator can do more than just computing your final grade. This handy tool can even help you know what marks you need to earn to get the grade you want. You will be able to identify which classes need more work. By knowing your current standing in class, you can make the necessary adjustments like asking for extra work to raise your grade.

Let us consider for example that you have only completed the first and second quarter exams. From our earlier example, you have earned 89 and 91%, which comprise only 60% of your total grade. The grade calculator will then compute what marks you need to earn to attain an A in your final grade, if this is what you are realistically aiming for.

The grade calculator will compute your current grade based on what you have completed thus far.

*note: To get the current grade of 90%, add the weighted marks for the two exams, 29.7 + 27.3 = 54. Divide by the completed percentage value, that is 60%. Then you will have 54/60 multiplied by 100 to get 90%.*

Now, you may want to know what marks you need to get for your 3rd quarter exams as well as the quizzes and assignments to get 93. To do this follow this formula:

*note: wp = the weighed percentage value earned; fg = the weighting of your final; cwa = current weighted average; fm = final mark; and dg = desired grade*

Using the examples we have above, let us input the figures in the formula.

This is how you compute for the final grade using the formula:

In order to get the desired grade of 93, you will need to score 152.15. This is highly improbable because the highest possible score is only 100. This means that you can never have an A given the marks you already have so you better aim for a lower grade, which is more doable. From this example, it is wise to use the grade calculator earlier on so that you can aim for a higher grade, not when it is somewhat late.

A grade calculator is very handy to help you achieve your goal of a high GPA. However, the key to getting good grades is still hard work in attending your classes and poring over your books.

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