Schools use a student's GPA score to numerically represent academic performance quality, according to Penn State University.

In fact, GPA, also known as grade-point average, can determine whether a student makes the Dean's List, sufficiently passes a class, and if she is eligible for advanced courses and desired extracurricular activities.

High school students can take their grade percentages and convert them to GPA for use in high school transcripts. postulates there is no way to convert the grade percentage to GPA with 100 percent accuracy, but one can use a formula to calculate the closest match.

1. Use the Formula

Plug your grade percentage into the place of "p" in the following formula: 4 x p/85. The "p" stands for "percentage."

2. Divide

Divide the percentage by 85.

For example:

For an 80 percent grade, divide 80 by 85. The result is 0.94.

3. Multiply

Multiply the result by 4.

For example:

4 x 0.94 means the resulting GPA is 3.76.

Tip cautions that these scores are only rough equivalents, so exact GPA might vary with other factors, such as how many semester credits a class is worth or if the classes are weighted.

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