Understanding and calculating your GPA

If you graduated before 2020, your transcript will reflect a Grade Point Average (GPA) instead of Weighted Average Mark (WAM). The GPA is a calculation that reflects the overall grade of a student for the course that they are admitted into.

The GPA is a calculation which reflects the overall grades of a student in a coursework program. It is calculated on the basis of the units completed (passed and failed) within a degree at Macquarie University and does not take into account credit points granted through recognised prior learning (RPL) or non-award study.

The GPA is printed on all academic records prior to 2020. It was used in academic advising in the following areas:

  • unit prerequisites
  • admission to Bachelor honours programs
  • transfer from one degree program to another
  • admission to restricted areas of study.

GPA scales

Based on when you graduated, there is a separate scale to calculate your GPA

Grades obtained from 2016 to 2019 (7 point scale)

GPA = (7V + 6W + 5X + 4Y + 0F) divided by E

  • V: number of credit points gained at HD
  • W: number of credit points gained at D
  • X: number of credit points gained at Cr
  • Y: number of credit points gained at P
  • E: total number of credit points for which a student is effectively enrolled (excluding units with W or S)
  • F: number of credit points gained with an F grade

Grades obtained from 2011 to 2015 (4 point scale)

GPA = (4W + 3X + 2Y + 0F) divided by E

  • W: number of credit points gained at HD and D
  • X: number of credit points gained at Cr
  • Y: number of credit points gained at P
  • E: total number of credit points for which a student is effectively enrolled (excluding units with W or S)
  • F: number of credit points gained with an F grade

Grades obtained from 2001 to 2010

GPA = (4W + 3X + 2Y + 1Z + 0F) divided by E

  • W: number of credit points gained at HD and D
  • X: number of credit points gained at Cr
  • Y: number of credit points gained at P
  • Z: number of credit points gained at PC
  • E: total number of credit points for which a student is effectively enrolled (excluding units with W or S)
  • F: number of credit points gained with an F grade

Grades obtained prior to 2001

GPA = (4A + 3B + 2C+ 1CQ+ 0F) divided by E

  • A: number of credit points gained at A grade
  • B: number of credit points gained at B
  • C: number of credit points gained at C
  • CQ: number of credit points gained at CQ
  • E: total number of credit points for which a student is effectively enrolled (excluding units with W or P)
  • F: number of credit points gained with an F grade

The grade point average of an applicant of a student who has been enrolled in any combined or double degree program will be calculated on the basis of the entire program.

Calculate your GPA

To verify your GPA, use the calculator below.

You must enter all units within your current admitted course that have been passed or failed, excluding W grades, S grades and units listed as Specified Credit on your internal transcript:

  1. Enter the total number of credit points of HD, D, Cr, P, F, FA, FH and FW in each of the relevant boxes
  2. Enter 0 in the boxes where you did not obtain any credit points in that grade
  3. Click calculate and your GPA will be displayed

Note: There are two scales by which Macquarie University calculates GPA.

7-point scale calculator

Your GPA will be calculated on a seven point scale if you:

  • commenced at Macquarie University from 1 January 2017; or
  • course transferred into a program of study which commences after 1 January 2017; or
  • returned to your studies following a period of absence after 1 January 2017
7 POINT CALCULATOR Number of Credit Points
HD grade
D grade
Cr grade
P grade
F, FA, FH and FW grades
Please place a '0' in grades where you did not obtain any credit points in

Your GPA is

You can also download the 7-point scale calculator in Excel format [XLS 13KB].

4-point scale calculator

For students who commenced their current program of study between 2011 to 31 December 2016, your GPA will be calculated on a 4-point scale.

4 POINT CALCULATOR Number of Credit Points
HD or D grades
Cr grade
P grade
PC grade
F, FA, FH and FW grades
Please place a '0' in grades where you did not obtain any credit points in

Your GPA is

You can also download the 4-point scale calculator in Excel format [XLS 35KB].

MUIC GPA calculator

If you’d like to calculate your GPA based on units completed at the Macquarie University International College, visit the MUIC GPA calculator page.

WAM calculator

From 2020 onwards, the Weighted Average Mark (WAM) will be used to calculate students' overall grades. For those students wanting to calculate their WAM, visit our WAM page to use the WAM estimator tool.