A B- is the sixth highest grade on the U.S. high school and college grading scale ranging from A+ to F. A letter B- means good or above average performance in a class. The '-' further refines the student's work as slightly lower than a B but better than a C+. A B- is a worse grade than a B.
The percent value for a B- is 80-82. This means that the student answered 80-82 percent of the questions correctly on tests or earned 80-82 percent of points on assignments. The B letter grade range (B+/B/B-) extends from 89% to 80%, so a B- is at the lower end of the B scale.
A B- is a pretty good grade. For the most part, you've shown that you understand what you were taught in class but missed a fair amount of test questions. A B- GPA (2.7) is a bit lower than the average for most high school students. The average high school GPA in the U.S. is around 3.0 (B).
The GPA scale value for a B- is a 2.7 grade average. 2.7 grade points are assigned to classes when calculating GPA's using the unweighted 4.0 scale. Any GPA higher than 2.7 and lower than 3.0 is considered a B- average.
You can earn a B- average by getting B-'s in every class, or offsetting a lower grade with more than one B's or B+'s. For example, if you got an B-, B-, C, B and B+, the B and B+ will cancel out the C and you will have a 2.74 GPA (B-). In summary, you need to earn more B's or B+'s than C+'s or C's. The math can be tricky, so it's easier to try a example using a GPA calculator.
To achieve a B- average, you will need to go to all classes and participate. Pay attention to your teacher, study for tests, and turn in assignments on time. You should concentrate on scoring 80 or above on all of your assignments and tests.
Consider these 81 selective four year colleges where the average high school grades for incoming freshman is in the B- range (average GPA 2.7 +/- .2). These are a good match and you have a very competitive chance getting into all of these. Popular colleges include Virginia State University, Savannah State University, Albany State University, Georgia Gwinnett College.
There are 321 reach colleges where you may get in with a B- average. Acceptance may be tougher because your grades are a bit lower or competition for acceptance is high.
Additionally, you may want to consider these 389 safety schools where the average GPA is lower than a B- or the colleges have open admission policies (100% acceptance). You are likely to get into these colleges.
Reference table of the letter grade scale with grade points and percent equivalents. This grading is used my most U.S. high schools and colleges using an unweighted 4.0 scale. Use this table to convert a letter grade to a GPA or percentage.
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