A GPA or a Grade Point Average is the cumulative score that is given to a student at the end of his or her term that covers every subject that they have studied during the year. In essence, it is a grade or mark that sums up exactly how well he or she has being doing across the board throughout the course of the year. Having a good GPA is extremely important for a number of reasons.
Firstly, any student should always take pride in having a good GPA and secondly pretty much every college will always look at your GPA as a firm indicator of your academic qualities. Therefore if you want to succeed in life and get into a good quality college then a good GPA is important. The calculation of the GPA is relatively simple.
Each grade that you receive during the course of the year is given a number of points. An A is given four points, a B is given three points, a C is given two points, a D is given one point and an F is given zero points. At the end of the term or year your total number of points will be added together and then divided by the number of grades that you have actually been given.
For example if you have been given 100 grades throughout the term and your total points are 400 then you will have a four point grade point average, the best that you can have. This is a system that accurately calculates your annual academic performance and allows you to complete the year with a good score even if you make the odd error during the course of the term.