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About the GPA

 

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Applicants to the UWA JD must have a UWA bachelor’s degree, or equivalent bachelor’s degree as recognised by the Faculty, and a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.5 (out of 7.0), or equivalent, across all completed tertiary courses. 

A GPA is not allocated for PhD applicants, see below. The calculation of the GPA for JD selection, called the ‘selection GPA’, may be a complex task.  Here are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about the selection GPA.

What is a GPA?

The GPA is 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?

In most cases the GPA on your academic transcript will be the same as your selection GPA.  However, your selection GPA may be different if you have received credit to your degree for units undertaken at another university either as ‘advanced standing’ or through a cross-institutional enrolment.  Your selection GPA may also be different if you have completed more than one degree.

Are results from advanced standing units or units completed cross-institutionally taken into account in calculating my selection GPA?

Yes - as noted above, results from advanced standing units or units completed cross-institutionally are taken into account in the selection GPA.  If you are not a UWA graduate, you will need to provide official academic transcripts for any credit received from other institutions.

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?

Yes, 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.

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.

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.

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.

How is my selection GPA calculated if I have a PhD?

If you have a PhD a selection GPA is not allocated, rather PhD applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis.