On the GPA & Scores Report, it is possible for the same student to have different grade point averages (GPAs) and percent scores for the same academic term. The reason this possible is because **Gradelink calculates GPA and Scores differently depending on which academic terms you select** when generating the report.

Let's look at an example.

This is the report card of a fictitious student that is enrolled in eight classes at a school where the academic year is divided into five terms. In Gradelink, that would look like this:

When generating a GPA & Scores Report, if you only select the Parent Term ("School Year 2018-2019" in the image above) then Gradelink will calculate GPA by **first averaging class grades together** and then **converting those averages into a GPA**. Using this method, the student would have a GPA of **3.05**.

If you select all five of the 'Child Terms' instead of the Parent Term ("Term 1 2018-2019", "Term 2 2018-2019", etc.), then Gradelink will **first calculate the GPA for each term** and then **average them together**. Using this method, the student would have a GPA of **3.00**.

In addition to the use of slightly different methods when calculating GPA, there are other reasons why the scores might differ slightly. Consider this example:

Let's assume that "Student A" has an A+ in a class worth 5 units/credits and a B+ in a class worth 1 unit/credit. Let's also assume that "Student B" has a B+ in the same 5 unit class and an A+ in the same 1 unit class. If we assume that an A+ has a GPA value of 4.0 and a B+ has a GPA value of 3.0, then despite each student averaging a score of 90%, "Student A" will have a GPA of 3.83 and "Student B" will have a GPA of 3.16.