What is GWA (General Weighted Average) and How its Calculated

Have you ever examined your result card and wondered how these were calculated? That’s where the GWA or General Weighted Average comes in. In the Philippines, Colleges and Universities use GWA to measure the student academic record.

Calculating your grade is essential as we all know but every grading system is calculated differently and understanding them is crucial. This is the reason why I am here to solve all the queries related to GWA.

Let’s jump into the guide.

Meaning Of GWA?

GWA or General Weighted Average is used to calculate the grade or academic performance of students in College or Universities of Philippines. It’s actually the average grade of all subjects whether it’s passed or not.These grades evaluate the overall progress of individual students throughout the academic year or semester.

Unlike other grading systems, GWA is calculated in scale 5.0. It means the grades are evaluated from a grade scale of 1.0 to 5.0 whereas the 1.0 is highest marks, 1.0 is lowest and the 3.0 is accepted as passing marks. 

Following is the table of different ranges of GWA, GWA in Percentage and their remarks

Grade Point EquivalenceGrade Letter EquivalenceEquivalenceDescription
1A+99–100%Excellent
1.25A96–98%Very Good
1.5A-93–95%Very Good
1.75B+90–92%Good
2.0B87–89%Good
2.25B-84–86%Satisfactory
2.5C+81–83%Satisfactory
2.75C78–80%Pass
3.0C-75.00–77.74%Pass
4.0Conditional
5.0FBelow 60%Fail
INCIncomplete

How GWA is Calculated

To calculate the GWA or General Weighted Average, collect all the subject details including subject, subject grade and credit hours or units.

Now multiply each subject grade with its corresponding unitl. Once, you perform for all the subjects, sum all the subject weights and divide it with all the credit hours.

For example, we have 3 subjects(English, Mathematics and History) to calculate the General Weighted Average or GWA.

Course NameCourse unitsCourse grade
English32.00
Mathematics41.25
History21.50

Multiplying the subject grade with its unit for weight:

For English: 3(Units) * 2.00(Course Grade) = 6.00

For Mathematics: 4(Units) * 1.25(Course Grade) = 5.00

For History: 2(Units) * 1.50(Course Grade) = 3.00

Now adding all the weightage of subjects:


6.00(English) + 5.00(Mathematics) + 3.00(History) = 14.00

Finally, dividing the total weightage with number of units:

14.00/(3+4+2) = 14.00/9 = 1.5

GWA is 1.5

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Key Differences Between GWA and Other Averages

FeatureGWA (General Weighted Average)GPA (Grade Point Average)CWA (Cumulative Weighted Average)
ScopeRepresents the overall average grade across all courses taken, with emphasis on more difficult or higher-credit courses.Represents the average grade for a specific term or semester.Represents the overall average grade across all terms or semesters.
CalculationConsider course difficulty/credit hours along with earned grades.Typically uses a simple numerical scale (e.g., A = 4, B = 3, etc.) without additional weighting.Averages individual GPA calculations over multiple terms or semesters.
UsageCommon in countries like the PhilippinesCommon in the United States, Canada, and many other countries.Often used to track overall academic progress across an entire educational program.

Conclusion:

In nutshell, GWA or General Weighted Average is used in Philippines Colleges and Universities to compute the overall student academic performance. The GWA is calculated through Subject grade and its credit hours or units.

FAQs

GWA stands for General Weighted Average used as a grading system in Philippines Institution.

No, GPA (Grade Point Average) and GWA (General Weighted Average) are not the same, although they are similar in that they both represent averages of academic performance. GPA typically refers to the average of grades obtained in all courses during a specific period.On the other hand, GWA is a more general term that refers to the average of a set of values, with each value being assigned a specific weight

The formula to calculate the weighted average by multiplying the subject grade by its corresponding units then adding all these subject weightage and then divide by the number of all subject units.