The greatest misnomer is to think students’ GPA is indicative of their intelligence. Nothing is farther from the truth.
Some of the smartest people I know scored poorly on tests, not because these students weren’t smart, but because they were lazy and refused to study. Hence their grades were also low in keeping with their laziness and lack of focus.
Your GPA points to your focus and ability to stay on target, on point with your academic curriculum. Many intelligent people enjoy the challenge of an SAT, ACT or college entrance exam. These same intelligent students however often find school terribly boring and monotonous. This explains their high standardized test scores and low GPA.
You don’t always have to study to score high on a standardized test if you somewhat listen daily and attend class. Yet to earn a high GPA you have to turn in daily classwork, do your homework, and study for exams. These demands are rigorous and require ongoing focus, something many intelligent people don’t have.
Therefore your GPA reveals your level of focus, consistency, and intensity academically.
Paul F. Davis – worldwide speaker & life-changing author of 18 books including “Academic Success Secrets – Mental Strategies for Better Grades” and “New Teacher Success & Survival Secrets”
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