QPA Worksheet

1. By hand, calculate the QPA for Bill O'Reilly's first semester Junior year:

Course and grade Course quality points
Comparative Animal Physiology: 3 credits, earned grade of B+  3(3.33) = 9.99
Biochemistry I: 4 credits, earned grade of C- (You do the rest)
Integrated Physiology Lab: 1 credit, earned grade of A  
Asian Civilization to 1500: 3 credits, earned grade of C-  
Ecology: 3 credits, earned grade of A  
Spanish I: 3 credits, earned grade of B  
   
 Total Number of Credits =  
Total Points Earned =  
QPA =  

2. Calculate what would have happened if Bill had earned a B in Chemistry.

3. What is the difference in QPA?

4. Now calculate Bill's QPA for the next semester:

Course and grade Course quality points
Cell Biology: 4 credits, earned grade of B+  
Organic Chemistry I: 4 credits, earned grade of B  
Intro Physics I: 4 credits, earned grade of C  
Writing in Biology: 3 credits, earned grade of C  
Public Speaking: 3 credits, earned grade of A-  
   
Total Number of Credits =  
Total Points Earned =  
QPA =  

5. What would happen if Bill had received a D in Cell Bio instead of the B+?

6. What is the difference in QPA?

7. Calculate Bill's cumulative QPA for the year first with the B+ in Cell Bio and second with the D in Cell bio.

8. What is the difference in cumulative QPA?

9. Describe the effects of getting a poor grade in one course on overall QPA?

10. Rush, Bill's friend, has somehow made it to senior year.  Rush and his fiancÚ plan on having a happy 3-year engagement during graduate school with a wedding the same day as commencement.  All the plans for a beautiful next three years are in place.  However, Rush has only one concern.  He has a cumulative QPA of 2.00 with 93 credits. Rush must get his grade to at least 2.5 to get into the same graduate school as his fiancÚ.  He is very determined and over the course of the following year, he takes 27 credits and, incredibly, earns a 4.0 in all his courses!  What is his cumulative QPA at the end of his senior year (120 credits)?  Will Rush get into the graduate school of his choice and live a beautiful well-planned next three years or will all of Rush's plans tank in a state of total, flaming despair?

11. What is the effect of a great year on an overall poor QPA late in one's career?

 

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