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GPA FAQ'S 

What is a GPA?

GPA refers to 'Grade Point Average', a simple numerical index which summarises academic performance in a course.  Further details regarding the GPA may be found at the following link: http://ipoint.uwa.edu.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/348/~/your-grade-point-average-explained

I have completed a degree from UWA, is the GPA on my academic transcript the same as my selection GPA?

The GPA on your transcript reflects the final GPA for that degree.  Your selection GPA may be different if:

- is is an advantage to you as the applicant to remove the lowest four results from your undegraguate studies from the GPA calculation.  For this to be done there must be a minimyum of 16 units used for the final calculation.

- you have received credit to your degree for units undertaken at another University, either as advanced standing or through cross-institutional enrolment.

- you have completed more than one degree.  In this instance a GPA will be calculated using the results of all completed tertiary studies, 

Are results from units completed on exchange taken into account in calculating my selection GPA?

No - units studied on exchange and credited to your degree are not taken into account in the selection GPA. 

Are units that I have failed taken into account in calculating my selection GPA?

A failed unit is given a zero value in calculating the selection GPA.  See http://ipoint.uwa.edu.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/348/~/your-grade-point-average-explained

If you have received advanced standing for a unit you had previously failed then the failed result will also be included in calculating the selection GPA.

As noted above, your lowest four units may be removed from your undergraduate degree when calculating your selection GPA. 

How is my selection GPA calculated if I have unspecified or general credit from another degree course?

If the credit is unspecified then the GPA for the other degree course will be used on a pro rata basis.

Are all my completed tertiary degrees weighted equally in calculating my selection GPA?

Not necessarily. The GPA is weighted according to the credit point value of each unit.  In calculating the selection GPA, a 1 year degree would have fewer units and therefore less weighting than a 3 year degree.  For a simple illustration, a 3 year UWA bachelor’s degree (credit points 144) with a GPA of 5.5 and a one year UWA post-graduate degree (credit points 48) with a GPA of 6 would give a selection GPA of 5.625, which is rounded to 5.63. 
Calculation - 5.5 x 144 points (3 years) is 792.  6 x 48 points (1 year) year is 288.  Add 792 with 288 = 1080 and divide by 192, the total points (4 years), gives the selection GPA of 5.625, rounded to 5.63.

How many decimal places are calculated in the selection GPA?

The selection GPA is calculated to two decimal places.  As the minimum selection GPA is 5.50, applicants with a GPA of 5.49 or less are ineligible for selection.

How is my selection GPA calculated if I have completed my degree at another Australian university?

Grades from your official academic transcript are converted to a UWA equivalent GPA (on a scale of 7 points) using UWA approved guidelines. 

How is my selection GPA calculated if I have overseas qualifications?

Your official academic transcript from the overseas institution is initially assessed for comparability to an Australian degree. Your grades are then converted to the equivalent UWA GPA (on a scale of 7 points) using UWA approved guidelines.

 

WAM FAQ'S  

What is a WAM?

WAM, or 'Weighted Average Mark', is a numerical value which is calculated based on the result your receive in each unit.   

I have completed a degree from UWA, is the WAM on my academic transcript the same as my selection WAM?

The WAM on your transcript reflects your results for that degree.  If you have completed more than one degree, a WAM will be calculated using the results of all completed tertiary studies.

Are results from units completed on exchange taken into account in calculating my selection WAM?

No - units studied on exchange and credited to your degree are not taken into account in the selection GPA. 

Are units that I have failed taken into account in calculating my selection WAM?

All units are taken into account when calculating your WAM.

How is my selection WAM calculated if I have unspecified or general credit from another degree course?

If the credit is unspecified then the WAM for the other degree course will be used on a pro rata basis.

Are all my completed tertiary degrees weighted equally in calculating my selection WAM?

Yes, all degrees are considered equally when calculating WAM.

How is my selection WAM calculated if I have completed my degree at another Australian university?

As WAM is a calculation based on your numerical result, it does not differ between institutions.

How is my selection WAM calculated if I have overseas qualifications?

Your official academic transcript from the overseas institution is initially assessed for comparability to an Australian degree. Your grades are then converted to the equivalent UWA WAM  using UWA approved guidelines. 

Does ‘completed tertiary studies’ refer to completed tertiary degree courses or completed units at a tertiary level?

‘Completed tertiary studies’ refers only to completed tertiary degrees and not to units completed at a tertiary level.  Applicants are required to provide all their academic history as part of their online application. 

What if I have a PhD?

PhD applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis.