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How will "B" in marking period affect admission outlook?

Question: I have always had a 4.0 GPA and I have never had a B before in my life. But now in 10th grade I got a B in the second quarter of my pre-calculus class. I got an A in the first quarter and an A on my midterm exam so I will have an A for my semester grade. However the GPA for my second quarter report grade won’t be a 4.0. I was wondering how this will effect my transcript for college. Is the GPA the colleges look at the semester grades or the quarter grades? Please help

Relax!  For starters, colleges only care about your final grade in a class and not your quarter or even semester grade. Your high school will also use your final grade when computing your GPA.

Secondly, even if you were to get a B in pre-calc as your final grade, this will not torpedo your college admission chances. While it’s admirable to aim for top grades, many of the most successful (and happiest) people on the planet were not straight-A students. So keep up the good work, but don’t be too hard on yourself if it’s not always perfect work.