Whether you are applying for admission into a university or qualifying for a **scholarship grant** or a graduate study, GWA (General Weighted Average) is always part of the qualification process.

However, not every institution provides a comprehensive presentation of your GWA and you need to work with the calculation to derive it. Let this article be your guide on how to compute GWA in the Philippines.

## Table of Contents

- Simple Online GWA Calculator (Free)
- Expanded GWA Calculator in Excel (Free)
- What Is GWA?
- Are GWA and GPA the Same?
- Computing Your GWA: A Step-by-Step Guide
- How To Compute Your GWA if You Are a High School Student
- How To Compute Your GWA if You Are a College Student
- Computing Your GWA for a Certain Semester
- Computing Your GWA for an Entire Academic Year

- How To Compute Your GWA if You Are an Alumnus

- GWA Computation Guide for Specific Universities
- 1. University of the Philippines (UP)
- 2. Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)
- 3. Far Eastern University (FEU)
- 4. University of Santo Tomas (UST)
- 5. University of the East (UE)

- Tips and Warnings
- Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. I obtained a letter mark on some of my subjects (such as “P” for Pass). How can I compute my GWA?
- 2. How can I compute my GWA if I dropped a class?
- 3. I took some classes twice. How can I compute my GWA?
- 4. Is NSTP included in the GWA?
- 5. What is the GWA needed to pass UPCAT, PUPCET, and other entrance exams?
- 6. What is the GWA needed to qualify for Latin honors?
- 7. Will my school include the GWA I obtained during online classes in my overall GWA to determine whether I qualify for honors?
- 8. What is the GWA I need to aim for if I want to shift to another degree program?
- 9. I transferred to another degree program. Will the grades I have incurred on my previous degree program be included in the computation of my GWA?

- References

## Simple Online GWA Calculator (Free)

Do you want a quick way to compute your GWA? We’ve got you covered!

This free GWA calculator enables you to input all the classes or subjects you’ve completed in a particular semester, the grades you’ve earned for each subject, and their corresponding number of units.

Simply click **Compute** and our free GWA calculator will automatically calculate your General Weighted Average. No need to use a bulky calculator or perform extra multiple steps to obtain your GWA.

Take note that **the simple GWA calculator below is an original design and is based on the Excel calculator we created previously**. If you prefer an expanded version of this calculator where you can compute your GWA for multiple semesters or school years, please download our other free GWA calculator in Excel format in the next section.

## GWA Calculator

This free online calculator is the intellectual property andcopyright of Edustone WebContent Publishing (FilipiKnow). You may not copy, reproduce, distribute or publish this calculatorwithout the prior written permission of the owner. This is intended for general information andeducational purposes only, and should not be considered as a substitute for professional or legaladvice.

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## Expanded GWA Calculator in Excel (Free)

Do you want an expanded version of the calculator above? No problem!

We’ve also developed a free GWA calculator in Excel that allows you to compute, record, and view your General Weighted Average for each semester and academic year completed.

To compute the GWA for a specific semester, all you have to do is enter the required values and get the results right away.

**Click here to download the free Excel GWA calculator** including instructions on how to use it. For a detailed discussion of GWA and its computation, please continue reading the article below.

## What Is GWA?

GWA (General Weighted Average) represents your overall academic performance for a semester or an academic year. It is based on the grades that you have obtained from your classes and the corresponding number of units of each class.

## Are GWA and GPA the Same?

GWA and GPA both represent academic performance for a certain period. However, Grade Point Average (GPA) is based on the “letter-grade” system where each letter has corresponding points (e.g., A = 4 points, B+ = 3 points, and so on) while GWA works with the numerical grades. Some universities abroad such as the University of Arizona use GPA to gauge student’s performance.

Colleges in the Philippines use GWA as a determinant of students’ academic performance. However, there are also universities here that use GPA to determine students’ overall academic performance such as Far Eastern University.

## Computing Your GWA: A Step-by-Step Guide

You can compute your GWA whether you are a high school student, a college student, or an alumnus applying for a graduate study through this comprehensive guide.

### How To Compute Your GWA if You Are a High School Student

General Average is used for computing the overall academic performance of Junior and Senior High School students since there are no corresponding weights for each of their subjects.

If you are a high school student, you can compute your GWA through these steps:

- Determine your final grades for each subject which is shown on your report card. The final grade is the average of your grades on a subject for the entire school year.
- Divide the sum of the final grades by the total number of subjects. The resulting number is your General Average for that school year.

### How To Compute Your GWA if You Are a College Student

If you are a college student, you may compute your GWA for a certain semester or for an entire academic year.

#### Computing Your GWA for a Certain Semester

- Determine the semester in which you want to compute your GWA.
- Determine your grades for each class in that semester.
- Multiply each grade by the respective number of units of that class (e.g., if you have a grade of 1.5 for a certain class which is 3 units credit, you multiply 3 by 1.5 and obtain 4.5).
- Add the resulting numbers you have obtained for all classes.
- Lastly, divide the sum that you have obtained by the total number of units you have for the entire semester. The resulting number is your GWA for that semester.

#### Computing Your GWA for an Entire Academic Year

- Multiply each grade that you have obtained for every subject by their respective number of units.
- Add the resulting numbers you have obtained for all subjects.
- Lastly, divide the sum you have obtained by the total number of units you have taken for the entire academic year. The resulting number is your GWA for that academic year.

### How To Compute Your GWA if You Are an Alumnus

To compute your GWA, you may look at your Transcript of Records (TOR) or through the online platform that your university used to show your grades for each class.

Here are the following steps to compute your GWA:

- Determine your grades for every class that you have taken as shown in your Transcript of Records.
- Multiply each grade of your class by the unit credits of that class. For example, if you obtained a 1.50 grade for one of your major classes with a unit credit of 4 units, you have 1.50 x 4 = 6.
- Add the resulting numbers that you have obtained from the previous step.
- Divide the sum you have obtained on step 3 by the total number of units you have obtained during your stay in the university. So, if you took 133 units during your stay in the university, you should divide the sum you have obtained by 133. The resulting number is your GWA.

## GWA Computation Guide for Specific Universities

### 1. University of the Philippines (UP)

If you are from UP, you may compute your GWA by using the same method mentioned above on computing GWA for college students.Grades from the previous program are included in the computation if you shifted to another program. Also, grades on classes that are outside of the program’s curriculum are also included in the computation.

### 2. Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)

PUP also uses the GWA system in determining students’ overall academic performance. If you are from PUP, you may refer to the section *“How To Compute Your GWA if You Are a College Student” *of this article.

### 3. Far Eastern University (FEU)

FEU uses Letter Grade with corresponding Quality Points for the computation of General Point Average. To compute for the GPA:

- Determine the Quality Point equivalent for each of your Letter Grade (e.g., A is 4.0, B+ is 3.5, and so on). You may refer to this site to determine the Quality Point equivalent of each Letter Grade.
- Determine the product of the corresponding Quality Point and the credit units of each subject.
- Add all the products you have obtained.
- Divide the sum by the total number of units you have taken. The resulting number is your GPA.

Note that **FEU uses the term QPA (Quality Point Average) most often instead of GPA**. Nonetheless, these two terms are just the same.

### 4. University of Santo Tomas (UST)

Same as with UP and PUP, the GWA for UST students is computed in the same manner as stated in the section *“How To Compute Your GWA if You Are a College Student”* of this article.Also, UST created an app that students may use to compute their GWA. You can access it here (Apple) or here (Android).

### 5. University of the East (UE)

If you are from UE, you may compute your GWA using the method presented in the *“How To Compute Your GWA if You Are a College Student”* section of this article. However, according to their website, UE also uses Grade Point Average (GPA) for their retention policy. On the other hand, they use GWA for qualification for Latin honors.

## Tips and Warnings

- There are some apps that can compute your GWA quickly. Examples are
*GWA Calculator Philippines Ed.*and*Weighted Average Grades Calculator*available in Google Playstore. You can also use spreadsheet templates which can help you determine your GWA. - Make sure that every value necessary for the computation of GWA (i.e., number of units, weight for each subject, grades per subject) is accurate as much as possible to provide a truthful value of your GWA.
- Usually, grades enclosed in a parenthesis that is presented in your records are excluded in the computation of your GWA.
- Some universities publish their students’ GWA every semester on their respective online platforms.
- It is also important to always be updated on possible changes in the grading policy of your university which might affect the way your GWA will be computed.
- There are also other grade averages that universities use for different purposes. For example, UP has Curriculum Weighted Average (CWA) which is used to determine if a student is qualified for graduation. Take note that these grade averages might be computed in a different manner.

## Frequently Asked Questions

### 1. I obtained a letter mark on some of my subjects (such as “P” for Pass). How can I compute my GWA?

Computing GWA when there is an involved letter mark depends on the policy of the university or institution.For instance, during the height of ECQ in various places in the Philippines. UP imposed a policy on providing “P” marks during the second semester of that academic year which may be given by professors for their students. The corresponding units of that class with “P” marks are disregarded in the computation of the GWA and only numerical grades were considered. Nevertheless, GWA for that semester will be excluded from the student’s overall GWA.

### 2. How can I compute my GWA if I dropped a class?

It depends on the policy of the university where you belong but usually, classes that you have dropped are not included in the computation of your GWA. Hence, you should disregard the class that you dropped when calculating your GWA.

### 3. I took some classes twice. How can I compute my GWA?

Determine the average of the grades you have obtained for that class (e.g., if you have obtained a 4 in the first semester of that class and a 2 in the second semester of that same class: 4 + 2 = 6/2 = 3). The average will be the one that is considered in the computation of your GWA.

### 4. Is NSTP included in the GWA?

It depends on your school but most universities (including UP, PUP, and UST) exclude NSTP in the computation of GWA.

### 5. What is the GWA needed to pass UPCAT, PUPCET, and other entrance exams?

There is no specific value of GWA stated that is required to pass the UPCAT, PUPCET, and other entrance exams. However, most universities consider the grades you have obtained during high school in their qualification process.

**Related: How to Compute UPG in UPCAT: A Complete Guide**

### 6. What is the GWA needed to qualify for Latin honors?

It depends on the policy of your university but usually for undergraduate courses, the following grade requirements are followed:

- 1.0000 – 1.2000 (Summa Cum laude)
- 1.2001 – 1.4500 (Magna Cum laude)
- 1.4501 – 1.7500 (Cum laude)

UP, UST, and UE are some of the schools that follow the scale above.

Meanwhile, PUP uses this scale:

- 1.0000 – 1. 1500 (Summa Cum laude)
- 1.1501 – 1.3500 (Magna Cum laude)
- 1.3501 – 1.6000 (Cum laude)

However, some universities may have different grade requirements to determine whether a student qualifies for Latin honors. You may refer to your university’s handbook or primer to determine the GWA required to qualify for Latin honors.

### 7. Will my school include the GWA I obtained during online classes in my overall GWA to determine whether I qualify for honors?

Most universities include the GWA that you obtained during online classes. However, it’s still helpful to review your university’s policy regarding the grades you have obtained during online classes.

### 8. What is the GWA I need to aim for if I want to shift to another degree program?

Each college or department sets its own grade requirements for shifting. You may contact the respective department or refer to their primer regarding shifting.

### 9. I transferred to another degree program. Will the grades I have incurred on my previous degree program be included in the computation of my GWA?

Yes, the grades that you have incurred in your previous degree program will also be included in the computation of your GWA. However, it might not be included for other grade averages such as CWA used by some universities like UP.

## References

## FAQs

### How is average grade calculated in the Philippines? ›

The General Average is computed by **dividing the sum of all final grades by the total number of learning areas**. Each learning area has equal weight. The Final Grade in each learning area and the General Average are reported as whole numbers.

### How do you calculate your average grade in college? ›

**How to Calculate G.P.A.**

- Multiply the point value of the letter grade by the number of credit hours. The result is the quality points earned.
- Total the credit hours for the term.
- Total the quality points for the term.
- Divide the total quality points by the total credit hours.
- The result is the G.P.A. for the term.

### How do you calculate GWA in Excel? ›

How to Calculate GPA Using MS Excel - YouTube

### How do I calculate my final grade? ›

**Divide your total points by the total points possible**

**For percentages, divide the sum by the number of entries**. For example, if you have percentage grades for 30 tasks, divide the sum by 30. The quotient represents your final percentage grade.

### How is Gwa calculated for college examples? ›

How can I compute my GWA? Determine the average of the grades you have obtained for that class (e.g., if you have obtained a 4 in the first semester of that class and a 2 in the second semester of that same class: 4 + 2 = 6/2 = 3). The average will be the one that is considered in the computation of your GWA.

### What is a 95% grade? ›

Thus, **an A** is a 95, halfway between 90 and 100. An A- is a 91.25, halfway between 90 and 92.5. Etc. Grades between these are averages.

### How do I calculate my grade with percentages? ›

**Take the number of points you have earned on every assignment and add them together.** **Then divide this number by the number of possible points in the entire course**. So if, for instance, you have earned 850 points total in a class where there were 1,000 possible points, your grade percentage in that class is 85.

### How do you calculate a weighted average grade? ›

**Calculating a WAM is a three-step process:**

- Add up all credits for subjects where you have gained a result. This includes failing scores.
- For each subject completed, multiply the subject's credits by the final result score. a. ...
- Divide the total reached in 2a by the total credits. This will give you your WAM.

### How do I calculate my grade with weighted percentages? ›

A weighted grade is usually calculated by the following formula: Weighted grade = (g1×w1+ g2×w2+ g3×w3+...)/(w1+w2+w3...) For example: On a syllabus, the percentage of each assignments and exam is given as follow: Homework: 10%, Quizzes: 20%, Essays: 20%, Midterm: 25%, Final: 25%.

### How is Gwa calculated for college examples? ›

How can I compute my GWA? Determine the average of the grades you have obtained for that class (e.g., if you have obtained a 4 in the first semester of that class and a 2 in the second semester of that same class: 4 + 2 = 6/2 = 3). The average will be the one that is considered in the computation of your GWA.

### How do you find general average? ›

Average equals the sum of a set of numbers divided by the count which is the number of the values being added. For example, say you want the average of 13, 54, 88, 27 and 104. Find the sum of the numbers: 13 + 54 + 88+ 27 + 104 = 286. There are five numbers in our data set, so divide 286 by 5 to get 57.2.

### How do you convert grades into GPA? ›

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Letter Grade | Percent Grade | 4.0 Scale |
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A | 93-96 | 4.0 |

A- | 90-92 | 3.7 |

B+ | 87-89 | 3.3 |

B | 83-86 | 3.0 |