An FEU student’s final grade for a course generally comes in the form of a letter (A, B+, B, C+, C, D, D+, F), which is a summary of his or her performance in the formative and summative assessments. That final grade is reflected in the student’s transcript of records.
So that student performance across courses can be summarized in one measure, the letter grades that a student receives in his or her courses are assigned numerical values called quality points: A is given a value of 4, B+ 3.5, B 3, C+ 2.5, C 2, D+ 1.5, D 1, and F 0.
The Quality Point Average or QPA is the summary measure that is used to reflect a student’s performance over a given reference period, e.g., a semester, an academic year, or throughout a student’s entire stay in FEU. It is the weighted mean of the quality points that a student receives in all courses that he or she in enrolled in for credit during the reference period, where the weights are the proportion of the units of each course to total units taken.
The QPA is calculated at the end of every semester (to determine deans listers), every year (to determine promotion to the next year level), and at the completion of a degree program (to determine Latin Honors).
Here is a sample computation of a semestral QPA (using the second formula above):