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A = 4
B = 3
C = 2
D = 1
F = 0
To calculate your grade point average, multiply the letter grade points by the number of units in the class. For example, if you received an "A" in English 101, a "C" in Math 150, and an "F" in History 101, you would have:
|English 101||A||4||x 4=|
|Math 150||C||2||x 4=|
|History 101||F||0||x 3=|
Divide the total number of grade points (24) by the total number of units attempted (11) and that gives you your Grade Point Average = 2.1 GPA.
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A unit is the amount of credit you receive for successfully completing a class.
Units also give you a clue about the approximate number of hours the class meets each week. For example, a 1-unit class will meet about one hour per week for the semester, while a 4-unit class will meet about 4 hours per week for the semester.
Units also are an indicator about the level of difficulty of the class. The more difficult the course, the more units you receive for successfully completing that class. For example, you would receive 1 unit for completing a swimming or aerobics class, while you would receive 4 units for completing an English or math class.
The number of units you should take per session depends on what other commitments you have in your life, such as work, parenting, etc. It will help you in planning your schedule if you have an idea about how much time you need to dedicate to your classes, so here is a good rule of thumb:
- For taking classes in a semester, multiply the number of units you will be taking times 3. That will tell you how many hours you will need each week between going to class and doing homework outside of class. For example, if you are planning on enrolling in 12 units in a semester, you will need 36 hours (12 x 3) each week to dedicate to school - which is almost a full-time job!
- Remember, it is not the number of classes that will determine how busy you will be - it is the number of units you enroll in. Taking three classes that total 7 units is very different from taking three classes that total 11 units.
The general guidelines for the number of units you should take in a semester are as follows (the maximum allowed is 18 + 1-unit PE):
- 40 hours of commitment per week (work, parenting, etc.) - take 3 to 6 units
- 30 hours per week - 3 to 6 units
- 20 hours per week - 6 to 9 units
- 10 hours per week - 9 to 12 units
- Fewer than 10 hours per week - 12 to 18 units
A student shall be placed on academic probation if the student has earned a cumulative grade-point average below (2.0). A student shall be placed on progress probation if the student has enrolled in a total of at least 12 semester units and the percentage of all units in which the student has enrolled, for which entries of "W," "I," "NC," and "NP" were recorded reaches or exceeds 50 percent.
A student shall be placed on progress probation if the student has enrolled in a total of at least 12 semester units and the percentage of all units in which the student has enrolled, for which entries of "W," "I," "NC," and "NP" were recorded reaches or exceeds 50 percent. A student shall be removed from academic probation when the student's cumulative grade point average reaches or exceeds 2.0. A student shall be removed from progress probation when the percentage of units of "W," "I," "NC," and "NP" drops below 50 percent.
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