Grading systems by country
This is a list of grading systems used by countries of the world, first organized by continent, with links to specifics in many entries.
Most universities follow a model based on the British system. Thus, at the University of Cape Town and the University of South Africa (UNISA), the percentages are calibrated as follows: a 1st class pass is given for75% and above, a second (division one) for 70 - 74%, a second (division two) for 60%-69%, and a third for 50 - 59%. Any lower than 50% is a fail. The University of the Witwatersrand considers an A to be 75% and above.
|70-79%||B Very good|
Different countries in Asia have a variety of grading scales. Grading scales for some countries in that part of the world are described in this article.
Below are the percentages and their grade and GPA equivalents
Grading in universities
- Maximum Marks:100
- Minimum Marks: 0
- Minimum Marks Required for Passing: 40 or 30 (Depending on University)
|70% and above||Distinction / Outstanding|
|60% and above but below 70%||First class|
|50% and above but below 60%||Second Class|
|40% (or 35%)* and above but below 50%||Pass Class|
|Below 40% (or 35%)*||Fail|
* At selected India institutions, a lower percentage may be considered passing.
The eight-point GPA introduced by University of Mumbai from Academic year 2012–13 is categorized as follows:
|Letter Grade||Marks||Grade Point|
|F (Fail)||39.99 and below||1|
The 10-point GPA followed by Indian Institutes of Technology is categorized as follows:
|Letter Grade||Grade Points||in Words|
|S||9–10||Excellent (top students)|
|E||3–4||Not Sufficient (not passed)|
|U||0||Unfair Behavior (cheating)|
Some universities follow weighted average pattern to calculate percentage: 1st and 2nd Semester – 40% of the aggregate marks, 3rd and 4th Semester – 60% of the aggregate marks, 5th and 6th Semester – 80% of the aggregate marks, 7th and 8th Semester – 100% of the aggregate marks.
International Grade Conversion by World Education Services for Percentages scored in Indian Universities.
|Percentage||Grade Point||U.S. Grade Equiv||Classification/ Division|
|60–100||3.5–4.0||A or (O)||First class/ Distinction / Outstanding|
* At selected institutions, a lower grade may be considered passing.
|By Division||U.S. Grade Equiv|
|I (First Division)||A|
|II (Second Division)||B/B+|
|II (Third Division)||C/C+|
Grading in High School
Until high school, an averaged percentage is provided. A percentage over 90 is considered excellent; between 70-89 is considered to be 'first division'; between 50-69 is considered to be 'second division', between 40-49 is considered to be pass; though these terminologies and classifications depend on the 'board of education'.
|Range||Grade Letter||Grade Point||Description|
Another Good Institution Grading System:
|Range||Grade Letter||Grade Point||Description|
The highest score receivable at schools and universities is 100. Depending on the school and the grade of study, a good mark varies, but in most occasions 75 or higher is considered to be a good one.
|Grade||Scale 1||Scale 2||Description|
In schools, grades are based on 20. Depending on the school and the grade of study, a good mark varies, but in most occasions 16 or higher is considered to be a good one.
|Grade||Scale 1||Scale 2||Description|
|10–11.99||D||1||Acceptable (10 = Pass)|
Most of the primary, middle and high schools in Iraq grade out of 100 percent with a passing grade of 50 percent, So the grade-point average is out of 100. Most of the post-secondary institutions (universities, colleges, technical colleges ... etc.) uses the "word" grading system described below:
The 100-point grading scale is as follows:
|9||85–94||טוב מאוד (very good)|
|7||65–74||כמעט טוב (almost good)|
|5||45–54||מספיק בקושי (barely sufficient/usually means failed)|
|<4||<44||בלתי מספיק/נכשל (insufficient/failed)|
Other higher education institutions give grades on a scale from 0–100 or a few universities apply letter grades. While for years an "A" grade range was from 80 to 100 points, some schools (for example, at Kurume University) have started to give the 90 to 100 point range a special grade to indicate excellence. A failing grade is generally called an "E", though some institutions use "F".
|90–100||Excellent (AA, or T)|
|0–59||Fail (E or F)|
According to standardized credit system accepted in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the measurements of varying levels of comprehension in the realm of higher education in the Republic of Kazakhstan are the following:
Kuwait employs a four-point grading system and percentages.
|GPA||GPA in percentage||GPA description||Percentage of students that earned this grade in 2009–2010|
|3.80–4.00||97–100||امتياز وتفوق (Excellence and Perfection)||4|
|3.00–3.50||85–89||جيد جدا (Very Good)||18|
|1.80–2.00||49–54||غير كافي ولكن مقبول (Insufficient but Acceptable)||6|
|1.50–1.80||45–49%||راسب لكن يمكن التعويض بالكورس الصيفي (Failure but possible compensation in summer school)||2|
|0.00–1.50||0–45%||راسب و لا يمكن التعويض بالكورس الصيفي (Failure without possible compensation in summer school)||2|
Kyrgyzstan employs a five-point grading system:
|5||Эң жакшы (Excellent)|
|2||Канаатандырарлык эмес (Unsatisfactory)||Not a passing grade|
|1||Эң канаатандырарлык эмес (Most Unsatisfactory)||Uncommon|
The Lebanese schools follow either the French grading system or the American grading system. Most schools use a 0–20 scale where the passing grade is 10 out of 20 (Minimum passing grade may be as low as 7). It depends on the programme the school is offering: if French/Lebanese Baccalaureate the 0-20 scale is used with some exceptions (Some schools offer the Lebanese baccalaureate but instead of the 0-20 scale a 100-point scale is used) IB schools unanimously use a 100-point scale if not an American grading scale (Refer to the American grading system).
In the typical school offering a Lebanese curriculum (to which the outcome is a Lebanese Baccalaureate) getting high grades is very hard because teachers do not use the full scale. For instance the highest score one can earn in essay writing in some schools is 14 out of 20 (with the class averaging 9 or 10). Each subject has a weight and thus contributes differently towards the overall score: the "General Average" (Taken from the French Moyenne Générale). This weight is determined by the credit hours. For instance math (6hours/week) x 20 (the base grade) = 120 (weight) Example: Sample grades: (Maths 13.33/20, English 13.4/20, Biology 8.25/20)
English: 5 credits × 13.4 = 67 out of possible 100
Math: 6 credits × 13.33 = 79.98 out of possible 120
Biology: 2 credits × 8.25 = 16.5 out of possible 40
Total points earned = 163.48 out of possible 260
General Average / Moyenne Générale 12.575 (Considered a good average, a B+ if not A- US Equivalent since the standards are different: Grade 12 in Lebanese Baccalaureate or French Baccalaureate is equivalent to a US College Freshman, moreover all Lebanese programmes include 3 Languages and a total of 18 subjects yearly with summer homework) Students Graduating Lebanese or French Bacc. enter universities as sophomores not freshmen and can complete their degrees in 3 years.
Scale / U.S. Grade Equiv.
14–20 / A+
13–13.9 / A
11–12.9 / B+
10–10.9 / B
9.5–9.9 / B−
9.1–9.4 / C+
9 / C
8–8.9 / C−
6.5–7.9 / D
Below 6 / F
In some universities the American grading system is used. Others use the 0–100 scale where the passing grade is 60 or 70 depending on the course. French system universities use the 0–20 grading scale.
Malaysia has its own educational grading system. Different level and institution of education uses different grading scheme. This is an example of grading system practiced in a university in Malaysia.
|Grade||Meaning||Quality point||Percentage score|
|B+||Very Good||3.3||Above 75%|
|B−||Fairly Good||2.7||Above 65%|
|C||Quite Satisfactory||2.00||Above 55%|
|D−||Very Poor||1.33||Above 40%|
|E||Extremely Poor||1.00||Above 35%|
Until high school, an averaged percentage is provided. A percentage over 80 is considered excellent; between 60 and 80 is considered to be 'first division'; between 40 and 60 is considered to be 'second division' The Percentage System works as : Maximum Marks:100, Minimum Marks: 0, Minimum Marks Required for Passing: 35. 100–91% considered Excellent, 75–90% considered Very Good, 55–64% considered good, 45–55% considered fair, 41–44% considered Pass, 0–40% considered fail. A percentage above 65% is referred as 1st Division and indicates high intellectual level. Some Universities follow weighted average pattern to calculate percentage: 1st and 2nd Semester – 40% of the aggregate marks, 3rd and 4th Semester – 60% of the aggregate marks, 5th and 6th Semester – 80% of the aggregate marks, 7th and 8th Semester – 100% of the aggregate marks. The 10-point GPA is categorized as follows: 10–9.1 (O ( out of standing ) or A+) – Best, 9–8.1 (A) – Excellent, 8–7.1 (B+) – exceptionally good, 7–6.1 (B) – very good, 6–5.1 (C+) – good, 5–4.1 (C) – average, 4–3.1 (D+) – fair, 3.1–2 (D) – Pass, 2–0 (E+–E) – fail. A GPA of over 7 is generally considered to be an indication of a strong grasp of all subjects.
|90 to 100||4.5||O||Outstanding|
|60 to 89||4.0||A or (A+ for >90%)||Distinction / First class**|
|50 to 59||3.5||B+||Second Class|
|40 to 49||3.0||B||Pass Class|
|A+||85 and above||Excellent|
|F||40 and Below|
In the old grading system consisting of "Division Scheme", the range of percentage of marks is as follows:
|Percentage of Marks||Division|
Nowadays most universities of Engineering and Technology follow following grading system .
|A||90 and above||4.00|
|F||50 and below||00.00|
Schools have grades from 1–100 starting from the 4th grade on. In Universities both numerical and alphabetical grade systems can be found, it is up to the teacher.
Most of the universities and colleges and schools in Saudi Arabia are very similar to United States except the way the grades are said.
Arabic: جيد جداً
In other universities in Saudi Arabia such as Imam University, King Saud University, King Abdulaziz University, King Khalid University, Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University and King Faisal University, the following method is used:
Arabic: جيد جداً
Secondary School (13–16 years old)
The grades for tertiary education are from 0.0 to 4.0 (as inclusive).
Middle School (7–9th grade)
Points are the student's raw score in midterms and finals (out of 100).
High School (10–12th grade)
Percentage is the students' relative position among other students taking same subject (100% is the highest, 0% is the lowest).
|96–100||1등급 / Grade 1|
|89–96||2등급 / Grade 2|
|77–89||3등급 / Grade 3|
|60–77||4등급 / Grade 4|
|40–60||5등급 / Grade 5|
|23–40||6등급 / Grade 6|
|11–23||7등급 / Grade 7|
|4–11||8등급 / Grade 8|
|0–4||9등급 / Grade 9|
Most high school programs in Thailand use the following 8 point grading system
For graduate and post-graduate studies, universities sometimes use a 10-point grading system (see below)
United Arab Emirates
Primary education is free at government run schools. The grading is managed by the Ministry of Education (MOE). However, there are also many schools run by expatriates that are equally successful with their own grading system, or an accepted grading system of the country where the schools are affiliated to or share common standards with. At most universities and colleges, the United Arab Emirates' grading system is very similar to the United States' system.
The grade scale in Vietnam is from 10 to 1 where 10 is the highest
10 - Excellent 9 - Very good 8 - Good 7 - Acceptable 6 - Satisfactory 5 - Satisfactory 4 - Insufficient 3 - Insufficient 2 - Insufficient 1 - Fail
Schools and universities in Vietnam use a 10-point grading scale, with 10 being the highest and 0 being the lowest. Often, 5 is the lowest passing grade. The grading may vary from school to school. It depends on the difficulty of each.
The distribution of grades differs from standards in western countries and strongly depends on the university. In Vietnamese universities, a ten or nine is near impossible. Students hardly get more than 8.0 for the final results.
Grading system in Panama is different from Universities than Schools.
Universities use 0–100 point grade scaling similar to the United States grading. 71 is required to pass or the same as a C. While schools use the 1–5 point system. meaning if a student has a 4.5 that is the equivalent of an A- or somewhere around the 95 point range.
When it comes to the GPA Scale though, Panama uses 0–3 point scale to determine the student's GPA. So if a student has a 2.5 that is roughly the same as a U.S. student having a 3.0–3.5.
In Albania, grades from 4 to 10 are used, with some schools allowing decimals (up to the hundredth digit) and some others only allowing whole numbers.
Most universities evaluate classes with two mid exams and a final. The final exam encompasses the whole course syllabus, whereas the mid exams usually review half. In some schools, if the average grade of the two mid exams is equal to or higher than 7.00, the student is able to pass the class without the need to take a final exam (since there are only two exams, some teachers also pass students who average 6.50; others weigh in the decision based on the student's performance in class). An average of less than 4.00 is failing; students who score such an average are not allowed to take the final exam.
In high schools, the year is divided into three trimesters and classes are usually yearlong. Students need an average of 6.00 or higher in the three trimestral exams to avoid having to take a final to pass the class. In the event of a student scoring less than 6.00 in the third trimester, he or she would have to take a final exam, regardless of average. This is considered controversial, since the last trimestral exam is not more important than the first two, but the rule stands to prevent students who have already reached the minimum average (e.g., two 10.00 in the first two give a student the lowest possible average of 6.33) from not making an effort during the last three months of the year.
In Austria, grades from 1 to 5 are used.
|1 (Sehr gut)||100–90||Excellent|
|5 (Nicht genügend)||50–0||Insufficient|
The formalized overall grade in Austria is "pass with distinction" (mit ausgezeichnetem Erfolg bestanden), which is given for excellent performance (average of 1.5 and better, no grade below 3) and "pass" (Bestanden, no grade below 4).
If someone is given a "pass with distinction" in his Matura, Diploma and PhD, all curricula absolved in the regular duration time he can have a 'promotio sub auspiciis presidentis rei publicae', (literally "under the auspices of the President of the Republic", meaning that the Federal President will personally attend the graduation ceremony), which is the highest honor in Austria only achieved by 1 out of 2500 graduates (.04%) yearly.
Generally speaking, a cumulative Grade Point Average does not exist in the Austrian educational system and therefore has little relevance in the local job market.
In Belgian Universities a scale from 0 to 20 is used on a per subject basis, a weighted average is then computed on scale from 0 to 20, with 10 being the passing grade per subject. A total average of 14 (70%) gets you a distinction grade (cum laude), 16 (80%) means high distinction (magna cum laude) and an average of 18 (90%) yields the highest distinction (summa/maxima cum laude).
Belgian secondary schools use a scale from 0 to 100 or even above for exams (50 usually being the passing grade). On report cards, certain schools also give grades on a percentage scale (0 to 100) while others use a 0–10 scale. Those total scores are weighted averages of exams and tests. In Belgian secondary schools, there are 6 years. In the first three years, students have to do exams every term. The scores are usually given in percentages. On the end of the school year, a total average score is given.
"Colleges" (other form of higher education, not comparable with American colleges) use the same scale from 0 to 20 as Belgian Universities, although homework and presence may influence sometimes up to 50% or even more of these 20 points (situation as of February 2011). It is more common to have a final exam counting for 100% of the grade if the course does not require laboratory work. Obtaining a grade higher than 16/20 is considered as a very good grade and a 19 or 20/20 is very rare.
Scaling varies significantly depending on the university or college.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, grades from 5 to 1 are used in primary and secondary education, while grades from 10 to 5 are used at universities.
Primary and secondary education grading:
|5||Odličan||Excellent – Best possible grade (A)|
|4||Vrlo dobar||Very Good –Next highest grade - Above average (B)|
|3||Dobar||Good – Average performance (C)|
|2||Dovoljan||Sufficient – Lowest passing grade (D)|
|1||Nedovoljan||Insufficient – Failing grade (E/F)|
|6||51–60||Sufficient – Lowest passing grade|
|5||1–50||Insufficient – Failing grade|
In Bulgaria, the following grade scale is used in schools:
|6||Отличен (Excellent)||The best possible grade 92–100% A|
|5||Много добър (Very good)||Next highest 75–91% B|
|4||Добър (Good)||Indicates average performance 59–74% C|
|3||Среден (Average)||Lowest passing grade 50–58% D|
|2||Слаб (Weak)||Failing grade 0–49% F|
|1||Лош (Bad)||Unfair Behavior (cheating) U|
For examinations and tests, exact grading is often used and is represented by two positions after the decimal point:
|5.50–6.00||Отличен (Excellent)||Best possible grade 92–100% A|
|4.50–5.49||Много добър (Very Good)||Next highest 75–91% B|
|3.50–4.49||Добър (Good)||Indicates average performance 59–74% C|
|3.00–3.49||Среден (Average)||Lowest passing grade 50–58% D|
|2.00–2.99||Слаб (Weak)||Failing grade 0–49% F|
Grades as, e.g., Good (3.50), or Excellent (5.75), are common. Every passing grade at or above the .50 mark is prefixed with the term of the higher grade. The minimum is 2.00; grades below 3.00 are failing grades, and the maximum is 6.00. Grades like "Very Good" (5-) and "Average" (3+) are also possible - these are ignored in calculations.
Roughly, the Bulgarian grade system can be equated to the American one as the following: 6=A, 5=B, 4=C, 3=D, and 2=F. Also, in accordance with the Australian system, 6=HD, 5=D, 4=Cr, 3=P, and 2=F.
The most common formula used in Bulgarian schools is currently Grade=(6* number of correct answers)/ total number of questions. That way if a student has answered 7 out of 10 questions correctly, their mark should be: (6*7)/10=4.20, which is graded as Good 4 or an average performance.
In Croatia, the following grade scale is used in schools:
|5||Odličan or Izvrstan||Excellent, best possible grade A|
|4||Vrlo dobar||Very Good, next highest B|
|3||Dobar||Good, indicates average performance C|
|2||Dovoljan||Sufficient, lowest passing grade D|
|1||Nedovoljan||Insufficient, failing grade F|
At the end of each semester the grades are averaged to form a Grade Point Average (prosječna ocjena), according to this scale:
|5.00–4.50||Odličan or Izvrstan||Excellent, best possible grade A|
|4.49–3.50||Vrlo dobar||Very Good, next highest B|
|3.49–2.50||Dobar||Good, indicates average performance C|
|2.49–1.50||Dovoljan||Sufficient, lowest passing grade D|
|1.49–1.0||Nedovoljan||Insufficient, failing grade F|
In colloquial Croatian, grades are referred to be their numerical values: jedinica, dvojka, trojka, četvorka, petica. Students with failing grades (1 or F) are allowed to carry those grades throughout the school year, but are required to improve them to passing grades (2 or better) in order to finish the year. Failure to pass one class results in the student being held back a year.
In Czech Republic, a five-point grading scale is used in both primary and secondary schools:
|1||Výborný||Excellent||The best grade achievable. U.S. 'A' equivalent.|
|2||Chvalitebný||Commendable||U.S. 'B' equivalent.|
|3||Dobrý||Good||U.S. 'C' equivalent.|
|4||Dostatečný||Sufficient||U.S. 'D' equivalent.|
|5||Nedostatečný||Insufficient||Failing grade. U.S. 'E/F' equivalent.|
Plus and minus signs are often used to further differentiate marks. For example, "2+" corresponds to the U.S. 'B+'. Half-intervals may also be used, such as "2–3", a grade halfway between 2 and 3.
At the university level, only grades 1, 2 and 3 are passing; anything worse than 3 is automatically a failing grade. Some universities use a six-point scale, with 'A' corresponding to "1", 'B' to "1–2", etc.
The current scale, syv-trins-skalaen ("The 7-step-scale"), was introduced in 2007, replacing the old 13-skala ("13-scale"). The new scale is designed to be compatible with the ECTS-scale.
Syv-trins-skalaen consists of seven different grades, ranging from 12 to −3, with 12 being the highest. This new scale remains an "absolute" scale, meaning that, proportions are not taken into consideration.
Tallinn University of Technology uses numerical grades from 5 (the highest) to 0 (the lowest) with the same percentages.
Several systems are in use in different educational institutions in Finland. The "school grade" system has historically been a scale of 0 to 10, but all grades lower than 4 have been discarded. Thus, it is now divided between 4, the failing grade, and 5–10, the succeeding grades. Upper secondary school has same grades for courses and course exams as comprehensive school but matriculation examination grades are in Latin. Universities and vocational institutions use a scale of 0 (fail) and 1–5 (pass), or fail/pass. Some schools e.g. Savon Ammatti- ja Aikuisopisto, uses grading from 0 (fail) and 1-3 (pass). The professor selects which grading scheme is used; short, optional courses typically have pass/fail grades.
In France, schools grades typically range from either 0 (worst) to 20 (best) or, sometimes, from 0 (worst) to 10 (best). A mark below the average (10 out of 20 or 5 out of 10, depending on the scale) is usually a fail. For the French National High School Level (baccalauréat), a grade of 8–10 typically gives the right to take an additional oral exam in order to try to improve that average to 10 and pass. A grade between 10 and 12 is a simple pass (without grade) ; between 12 and 14 (more rarely 13–14) the grade is called "assez bien" (rather good) ; 14–16 is called "bien" (good) ; above 16 is "très bien" (very good). An exams jury can award the "Félicitations du Jury" for any mark, though they usually reserve it to a candidate who has achieved 18/20 or more. Grade equivalence between France and the U.S. Grading Scale Scale U.S. Grade Equiv. 16–20 = A+; 14–16 = A ; 12–13.9 = B+; 11–11.9 = B; 10.5–10.9 = B−; 10.1–10.4 = C+; 10 = C; 9–9.9 = C−; 8–8.9 = D; 0–7.9 = E;
French "Prepa" are considered as two years of college in the U.S. and the grades given to the students are very low in order to always make them work harder. In some courses, a 10/20 can be considered as excellent and the class average can be 3 or 4/20.
Primary and secondary education:
|5||одличен (odličen)||Excellent – Best possible grade (A)|
|4||многу добар (mnogu dobar)||Very Good – Next highest grade - Above average (B)|
|3||добар (dobar)||Good – Average performance (C)|
|2||доволен (dovolen)||Sufficient – Lowest passing grade (D)|
|1||недоволен (nedovolen)||Insufficient – Failing grade (E/F)|
|10||91 - 100||Exceptional|
|9||81 - 90||Excellent|
|8||71 - 80||Very good|
|7||61 - 70||Good|
|6||51 - 60||Sufficient - Lowest passing grade|
|5||1 - 50||Insufficient - Failing grade|
In Germany, school grades vary from 1 (very good, sehr gut) to 6 (insufficient, ungenügend). In the final classes of German Gymnasium schools that prepare for university studies, a point system is used with 15 points being the best grade and 0 points the worst. The percentage causes the grade can vary from teacher to teacher. The percentages shown in the table are the ones used in the "Oberstufe" (final classes).
|German Grade System|
|Percentage||Grades by education||Descriptor||Approximate Conversion|
|(varies with school/subject)|| primary & 1st secondary
|2nd secondary (Gymnasium, 11–12/13th grade)||tertiary (Fachhochschule & Universität)||(to the U.S. system*)|
|90–100||1||15 points||1.0||"sehr gut" (very good: an outstanding achievement)||A+ or A|
|80–90||2+||12 points||1.7||"gut" (good: an achievement which lies substantially above average requirements)||A or A-|
|65–80||3+||9 points||2.7||"befriedigend" (satisfactory: an achievement which corresponds to average requirements)||B+|
|50–65||4+||6 points||3.7||"ausreichend" (sufficient: an achievement which still meets the requirements)||C+|
|0–50||4−||4 points||5.0||"mangelhaft" / "nicht ausreichend" (below the requirements but some rudimentary knowledge can be recognised)||C-|
|6||0 points||"ungenügend" (insufficient / failed: an achievement which does not meet the requirements. Not even rudimentary knowledge can be recognised)||F|
*This conversion scheme is intended as a guideline, as exact conversions may differ.
- Scale: 0.00–10.00 (0–100%)
- Pass (module): 5.00 (50%)
|Greece (0.00–10.00)||ECTS||US (0.0–4.0 or 5.0)||UK (0–100%)|
|Ἀριστα (Excellent) (8.50–10.00)||ECTS A||A, A+||First-Class Honours* (First or 1st) (70–100%)|
|Λίαν Καλώς (Very Good) (6.50–8.50)||ECTS B||B, B+, A−||Upper Second-Class Honours (2:1) (60%–69%)|
|Καλώς (Good) (5.00–6.49)||ECTS C||C, C+, B−||Lower Second-Class Honours (2:2) (50–59%)|
|No assessment/award at the end of 4th or 5th year, until all modules, from all years, are passed successfully. Years are extended.||C−, D||Third-Class Honours (Third or 3rd) (40–49%)|
|Withdrawal||F|| Ordinary degree(Pass) (without Honours) (35–39%)[a]|
For the National Technical University of Athens (polytehnio) the above grades are different: 9–10 is "excellent", 7–9 is "very good", 5–7 is "good", 0–4.9 is "fail".
In Hungary, a five-point scale has been used since 1950. There is one failing grade: 1 – elégtelen (insufficient). In general, the lowest passing mark is either 50% or 60%, or one mark (point) higher. Passing grades are 2 – elégséges (sufficient or pass), 3 – közepes (mediocre or satisfactory), 4 – jó (good) and 5 – jeles (excellent).
The bare five-point scale is used almost exclusively for final grades at all educational levels (elementary school, high school, university). During the academic year, however, teachers may use various modifiers, especially in elementary school. A comma (,) after the grade has a minus effect ("alá", below), and an apostrophe (’) after the grade has a plus effect ("fölé", above); a grade halfway between two integers is indicated by the lower and higher one separated by a solidus: 3/4 ("háromnegyed") is equivalent to 3.5, and 4/5 is between 4 and 5, etc. Sometimes "5*", five starred ("csillagos ötös") is used to indicate outstanding performance throughout the semester.
|Grade||Meaning (Hungarian)||English translation|| Percentage
|5||Jeles / Ötös||Excellent||91–100||90–100|
|4||Jó / Négyes||Good||81–90||80–89|
|3||Közepes / Hármas||Satisfactory or Mediocre||66–80||70–79|
|2||Elégséges / Kettes||Pass or Sufficient||51–65||60–69|
|1||Elégtelen / Egyes||Fail or Insufficient||0–50||0–59|
In Iceland grades were recently changed from 0-10 into the following
|Grade||Percentage Range||Description||Advanced Description|
|A||94+||Excellent||The student shows outstanding ability in the field as a reference field of study described .
On admission to a college student has the ability to work on the second phase of the study stage
|B+||82-93||Very Good||The student has achieved all learning outcomes with a score of A. Upon entry into the college student has the ability to work on the second phase of the study stage .|
|B||65-81||Good||The student shows good ability in the field as a reference field of study described . On admission to a college student has the ability to work on 2.þrepi the subject area, but you may need to go to the extra phase in Icelandic, mathematics and English .|
|C+||50-64||Bad||The student has achieved all learning outcomes C and partly to the criteria of the rating of B. Upon entry into the college student has the ability to work on the first phase of the study stage .|
|C||35-49||Very Bad||The student shows that he has, to some extent, but not all reach the competence criteria describing learning division . On admission to a college student has the ability to work on the first phase of the study stage .|
The student has not reached the competence assessment criteria describe the subject area . On admission to a college student has the ability to work on the first phase of the study stage and may need individualized . A student who gets D in two of the three main subjects to apply for a preparatory study - also applies to those who are marked * rating .
|O||0||Unworthy of Marking|
The two government regulated educational qualifications are the Junior Certificate (usually taken at 15/16) and the Leaving Certificate (usually taken at between the ages of 17 and 19).
|NG||0||Unworthy of Marking|
Passing or failing the Junior Cert (or any exams in Irish secondary schools), has no bearing on whether or not students can graduate or continue on.
For the Leaving Certificate, a points system is used. A maximum of 6 subjects are counted, with a possible 100 points in each subject. In practice, most students take 7 or 8 subjects and their best 6 results are counted. Each subject has 2 or 3 levels: higher, ordinary and foundation. The points are:
|Grade||Percentage Range||Higher Level Points||Ordinary Level Points||Foundation Level Points|
A candidate can get 20 points for an A1 in foundation level subjects. If he or she achieves any grade less than a B2, which is five points, he or she will receive no points.
The points system allocates all university places in Ireland for Irish applicants.
Irish universities vary in their grading systems. For example, UCD (University College Dublin) awards letter grades and corresponding GPA values similar to the United States system, but 1, 2.1, 2.2 etc. for degrees, while TCD (Trinity College Dublin) awards all grades as 1, 2.1, 2.2 etc.
In Italy, Primary and Mid School grades may vary from 10 (excellent) to 1 (impossible to assess), with passing being 6.
In High Schools (Licei), however, grades often vary within a more limited range, between 3 and 9, each professor applying his/her own criteria, even though the total theoretical range is supposed to be 1 to 10. When a professor wants to apply a more precise scale and ranking for students assessments, instead of using the full 1–10 scale (which would make the scale inconsistent with that of other professors), s/he may sometimes have recourse to a plethora of symbols and decimals: the range between 5 and 6 is then expressed, in ascending order, by 5+, 5½, 6−−, and 6−. Minimum passing is 6. As these symbols (except ½) have no clear mathematical value, calculating end-year averages can be somewhat arbitrary and inconsistent; therefore, there has been a push since 2008 with the Gelmini reform to uniform the system to the 1–10 scale.
Before this reform, primary and secondary school grades used a different grading scale that expressed an assessment of the pupil's progress:
- Ottimo: "Excellent"
- Distinto: "Very Good"
- Buono: "Good"
- Discreto: "Discrete"
- Sufficiente: "Sufficient"
- Insufficiente: "Fail"
A recent school reform provides for the average grade of a student to include the grade for behavior; as in academic subjects, acceptable ratings range from 6 to 10. In universities a point system is used for exams, with 30 points being the best grade and 18 the minimum passing grade. This stems from the practice that exams were traditionally given by 3 examiners. Each had to rate the student's examination performance on a 1–10 scale, and the final grade was the sum of the three ratings. On a 1–10 scale, passing is 6, so on a 1–30 scale the minimum passing grade is 3*6 = 18. Nowadays the form of each examination is decided by the professor (number of examiners, whether written, oral, or both, etc.), but the traditional grading system remained.
Degrees have an analogous point system, in which however the highest grade can be 110, 100 or even 70, depending on faculty regulations. A cum laude notation (e lode in Italian) is used to augment the highest grade for both exams and degrees, in all its levels, to reflect truly outstanding performance.
The academic grading system in Latvia has recently been changed to a ten-point scale, where "10" (Latvian: desmit) is the highest achievable grade, and "1" (Latvian: viens) is awarded for extremely poor performance. The minimal passing grade is "4" (Latvian: četri) to get the "4", you must acquire at least 50% correct on the work you hand in. Though some universities have a minimum passing grade of "5" (Latvian: pieci).
The absence of any kind of performance is indicated by "nv" (Latvian: nav vērtējuma 'no assessment possible'); in the past, the mark for absence of work was "0" (Latvian: nulle). Teachers in lower classes and for minor assignments in higher classes are encouraged to award one of two grades: "i" (Latvian: ieskaitīts 'counted') for a passing grade, and "ni" (Latvian: neieskaitīts 'not counted') for a failing grade. The grade of 10 is reserved for exceptional achievements. 9 is most commonly used for a United States equivalent of an A.
In Lithuania, the grading system was changed to a 10-point scale in 1995. Prior to that, Soviet Lithuania had a five-point grading scale. 10 is the highest achievable grade for an excellent performance and 1 is the lowest. Usually, 1 is given when there is no work submitted at all (called kuolas in the academic jargon, meaning 'stake'); otherwise, most teachers keep 2 the lowest grade and rarely mark work as 1.
The lowest grade for passing a subject in school is usually 4.
The same system is used for evaluating students' work in universities. However, the minimal grade to pass is usually 5.
Moldova uses a 10-point scale system, 5 being the minimum grade for passing:
- 10 (excellent)
- 9 (very good)
- 8 (good)
- 6–7 (satisfactory)
- 5 (sufficient)
- 1–4 (unsatisfactory)
In the Netherlands, grades from 1.0 up to 10.0 are used, with 1 being worst and 10 being best. This system can correspond to a percentage system (1 means 0–5% correct and 10 means 95–100% correct) but sometimes points are deducted for number of faults on a test (typically, on vocabulary or topographical tests with more than 10 questions, each fault will nonetheless lead to a reduction in score of one. So 2 faults on a 50 question vocabulary test would constitute an 8) . The grades 9 and 10 are hardly ever given on large examinations (on average, a 9 is awarded in only 1.5%, and a 10 in 0.5% of the cases). Generally, either one or two decimal places are predominantly used in secondary and higher education. In primary education, fractions of grades are identified with a + or −, which signifies a quarter (converted to either 0.8 or 0.3 if only one decimal place is used). Thus, a grade of 6.75 (or 6.8) could be written as 7−, whereas a grade of 7+ would count for 7.25 or 7.3.
A 5.5 constitutes a pass, whereas 5.4 and below constitute a fail. If no decimal places are used, 6 and up is a pass and 5 and below is a fail; however, in this case of grading in full numbers there exists sometimes "6-", which would officially translate to 5.75, but can be interpreted here as "barely, but just good enough". Roughly, a student scores a 5.5 (pass) when 2/3 (67%) of an exam is correct. If the grade would be a 5.49 and one decimal is used, the 5.49 will be a 5.5, but if no decimals are used (usually at the end of the year) the 5.49 will end up as a 5 which indicates a fail.
Depending on the specific university, some students who finish their studies with an average of 8.0 or higher, could get the nomination cum laude (which is comparable with summa cum laude as awarded in Germany and the United States).
The grade scale with its labels:
In primary school (Barneskole, from age 6 to 13) no official grades are given. However, the teachers write an individual comment or analysis on tests and in the end of every term.
Lower secondary school (Ungdomsskole; age 13–16) and upper secondary school (Videregående skole; age 16–19) use a scale running from 1 through 6, with 6 being the highest and 2 the lowest passing grade. It is not possible to fail a grade in Lower Secondary School, even 1 is a passing grade. For non-final tests and mid-term evaluations the grades are often post fixed with + or − (except 6+ and 1−). It is also common to use grades such as 5/6 or 4/3 indicating borderline grades. However, the grades students get on their diploma (Vitnemål), are single-digit grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6. The student's non-weighted grade point average is also given on the Vitnemål.
In higher education, according to the ECTS-system, grades for undergraduate and postgraduate examinations are awarded according to a graded scale from A (highest) to F (lowest), with E as the minimum passing grade. The ECTS system was implemented at Norway's universities and colleges in the early 2000s, with most schools having converted to ECTS by 2003.
Before 2003, the formerly most common system of grades used at university level was based on a scale running from 1.0 (highest) through 6.0 (lowest), with 4.0 being the lowest passing grade. The way the new Bologna system was introduced implies that students, who had started their studies while the old system still was in effect, will graduate with transcripts containing grades from both systems (i.e. both numbers and letters).
An academic year has two semesters, from August to December and from January to June, although exceptions occur. Courses are measured in "studiepoeng" according to the ECTS standard (European Credit Transfer System credits). A normal full-time study progression awards 60 credits (studiepoeng/stp) per year (30 per semester). Most institutions either use a 7.5, 8, 10, 12, 15 or 20 credit block system.
The most commonly used system in Polish grade schools is as follows (with usual corresponding score percentages):
- niedostateczny (unsatisfactory, often abbreviated as ndst) – 1 – 0–34%
- dopuszczający (acceptable, abbreviated dop) – 2 – 35–49%
- dostateczny (satisfactory, abbreviated dst) – 3 – 50–74%
- dobry (good, abbreviated db) – 4 – 75–90%
- bardzo dobry (very good, abbreviated bdb) – 5 – 91–100%
- celujący (excellent, abbreviated cel) – 6 – This grade as a final grade is usually awarded for extracurricular merit. In examinations it is sometimes awarded for a perfect or near-perfect score (98–100% or more, for example by answering extra-credit questions).
'Acceptable' is a passing grade.
Grades (especially expressed numerically) might be suffixed with + (plus) or - (minus). On rare occasions the = (double minus) is used, especially as 2= to express the very lowest passing grade.
Before 1990, grades 1 and 6 were not used. It was the grade 2 that was called "insufficient". 3=, also called trzy na szynach (literally: three on rails) was the very lowest passing grade. The grade 6 might have been issued on very rare occasions (e.g. for "making the teacher speechless").
Post-secondary institutions use a different system, usually consisting of the following grades (with usual corresponding score percentages):
- niedostateczny (unsatisfactory) – 2.0 – 0–50%
- dostateczny (satisfactory) – 3.0 – 51–60%
- dostateczny plus (satisfactory plus) – 3.5 – 61–70%
- dobry (good) – 4.0 – 71–80%
- dobry plus (good plus) – 4.5 – 81–90%
- bardzo dobry (very good) – 5.0 – 91–100%
- zaliczony (passed) – zal.
- niezaliczony (not passed) – nzal.
The scores corresponding to each grade vary greatly from institution to institution and from course to course, but usually a score of 50% or 51% is required to obtain the lowest passing grade (3.0). The notations zal. and nzal. are used when the course only requires attendance and/or is not important (such as sports).
In Portuguese primary and middle schools, up until the 9th grade inclusive, the grading system is as follows:
- 5 (very good or excellent) is the best possible grade (90–100%),
- 4 (good) (70–89%),
- 3 (satisfactory) indicates "average" performance (50–69%),
- 2 (unsatisfactory) (20–49%),
- 1 (poor) is the lowest possible grade (0–19%).
From the 10th grade onwards, including tertiary education, a 20-point grading scale is used, with 10 passing grades and 10 failing grades, with 20 being the highest grade possible and 9.5, rounded upwards to 10, the minimum grade for passing. This 20-point system is used both for test scores and grades.
The used system in Romanian primary schools is as follows:
- Foarte Bine (FB, very good)
- Bine (B, good)
- Sufficient/Satisfăcător (S, pass)
- Insufficient/Nesatisfăcător (I, fail)
In secondary schools, high schools, and academic institutions, a 10-point scale is used, 5 being the minimum grade for passing:
- 10 (excellent)
- 9 (very good)
- 8 (good)
- 6–7 (satisfactory)
- 5 (sufficient)
- 1–4 (unsatisfactory)
There is no 0. If a student scores 86%, he will be given a grade of 8.60, which will be rounded to a 9. Further, for a score of 94%, a grade of 9.40 is given that is rounded down to 9. The average of grades are not rounded, thus a student can earn an average grade of e.g. 9.55.
Most Russian educational institutions use a five-point grading scale:
|Grade||Long name||Short name (ru)||Long name (pronunciation)||Short name (pronunciation)||Translation of name||Description||Percent|
|5||Отлично||отл||Otlìčno||otl||Very good or Excellent||best possible grade||90% and above|
|3||Удовлетворительно||уд||Udovletvorìtelno||ud||Satisfactory, sometimes translated into English as Fair||passing grade||60-76%|
Qualifiers + and − are often used to add some degree of differentiation between the grades: e.g., 4+ is better than 4, but not quite as good as 5−. Grading varies greatly from school to school, university to university, and even teacher to teacher, even for courses that lend themselves to objective marking, such as mathematics and applied sciences. Even though the grades technically range from 1 to 5, 1 is not common and is rarely given for academic reasons—in many cases, a 1 is given as a result of failure to show up for or to complete an exam. A 2 grade usually means that the student showed no or little knowledge in a subject.
It may be worth mentioning that 1 is a fairly exotic grade in Russian schools, but it does officially exist. The generally used grades are 2 to 5. Plus (+) and minus (−) modifiers follow the same tendency; they are rarely used in middle school and almost never in colleges or universities. Some institutions and teachers, dissatisfied with the five-point scale, work with various larger ones, but these grading systems are not recognized by the state and require conversion for official use.
A considerably more complex grading system has been implemented for the recently introduced Unified state examinations. In this system, a "primary grade" is the sum of points for completed tasks, with each of the tasks having a maximum number of points allocated to it. The maximum total primary grade varies by subject, so that one might obtain a primary grade of 23 out of 37 in mathematics and a primary grade of 43 out of 80 in French. The primary grades are then converted into final or "test grades" by means of a sophisticated statistical calculation, which takes into account the distribution of primary grades among the examinees. This system has been criticized for its lack of transparency.
At universities some subjects are graded "Pass/No pass" or "Credit/No Credit" (зачёт/незачёт, pronounced "zachòt/nyezachòt"); the rest are typically graded on the five-point scale. The "Pass/No Pass" grades do not have any official numeric representation. When zachòt – (credit- or pass-) type subjects are graded as "Pass/No pass", this represents a student's knowledge of a subject. Each university applies its own standards with respect to the knowledge a student must have in order to pass a subject. Zachòt equival to pass with mark of minimum 77% to maximum 100%. Students in Russia must pass all prescribed courses in order to graduate.
Since the word zachòt can be translated variously into English (e.g. as "credit" or "pass"), this notation can create problems for Russian students applying to Western universities. Such grades may confuse Western universities and complicate accurate calculation of students' GPAs in Western systems. For Western system "Pass" calculation recommended to perform based on averages. Western universities and equivalency organizations usually disregard zachòt, despite the fact that this notation is typically used for about half of a student's course results. Consequently, most western GPA conversions of Russian degrees reflect only part of a candidate's coursework.
It should be noted that all course examinations and zachot tests must be passed at the time each is given, as there are no repeats, resits or grade appeals. Hence only those who satisfy all the requirements during the allotted examination period for each semester graduate, leaving a huge number of students behind who in the West would have a chance to resit examinations and even get their grades reconsidered. Furthermore, grades in Russia are determined not only by examination results but also by other criteria such as attendance at lectures, participation in class, term papers and projects, in-class and homework assignments, laboratory reports, presentations, and sometimes even grooming and behavior. All these must be passed during the semester before a 'final examination mark' and final zachot is awarded.
Russian degrees do not have composite classifications such as in the British system of First Class, Upper/Lower Second Class, Third Class, Pass, etc. This is because each course is examined independently, students must pass all of them, and they do not add up or contribute to an average grade or 'class'. Another reason is that during the Russian Revolution, social stratification and classification were supposedly abolished in the interest of promoting social equality. Accordingly, all students would be expected to perform at or above the minimum level required to qualify and graduate. Calculation of an aggregate mark or GPA is not considered fair or even possible, as it would be felt to disregard much of a candidate's academic work. The zachòt notation would complicate such calculation, and the final thesis qualifying mark is usually considered as the final result. Students who have shown exceptional academic talent by getting 5's in most of their courses are awarded a 'degree with excellence', which comes in a special red cover.
- 5 (одлично, odlično, excellent, A)
- 4 (врло добро, vrlo dobro, very good, B)
- 3 (добро, dobro, good, C)
- 2 (довољно, dovoljno, sufficient, C-) is the lowest passing grade.
- 1 (недовољно, nedovoljno, insufficient, F) is the lowest possible grade, and the failing one.
At the university the grade scale used is as follows:
- 10 (одлично, odlično, excellent, A)
- 9 (врло добро, vrlo dobro, very good, B+/A-)
- 8 (добро, dobro, good, B)
- 7 (довољно, dovoljno, sufficient, C)
- 6 (довољно, dovoljno, sufficient, C-) is the lowest passing grade.
- 5 (недовољно, nedovoljno, insufficient, F) is the lowest possible grade, and the failing one.
In Slovakia, a five-point grading scale is used in primary and secondary schools:
|1||Výborný (excellent) – best possible grade||A|
|2||Chválitebny (more than good)|
|5||Nedostatočný (insufficient) – failing grade||F|
- 10 : Honors (Matrícula de honor) – It is the highest possible mark and typically only given to a reduced number of students who proved an exceptional performance. The student gets a discount in the following year's enrollment fee.
- 9 : Outstanding (Sobresaliente) – Very good performance
- 7–8: Mention (Notable) – Medium-high performance
- 5–6: Pass (Aprobado) – Medium performance (in pre-university education, this tier is divided as 5 – Suficiente/Sufficient, Enough and 6 – Bien/Good)
- 0–4: Fail (Insuficiente) – The student did not succeed in passing the exam
Since the autumn of 2012, grades in Sweden have been given to students in the 6th grade and above. Previously, grades were given from the 8th grade. Students below the 6th grade receive an estimation of their knowledge in each subject from their teachers.The current Swedish national grade scale has been used since 2011 and contains six grades which translates to a number of points, as show below.
|Current scale||Old Scale||Points|
|A||MVG (Pass with Special Distinction)||20|
|C||VG (Pass with Distinction)||15|
The grades A to E are passing grades while F is Failed. Grades A, C and E all have different requirements and the requirements for A are, naturally, the hardest to reach. The grades B and D are given when a student has met all the requirements for the grade below (E or C) and a majority of the requirements for the grade above (C or A).
In the end of the Swedish nine-year-school and Upper Secondary School their 17 best grades and points are turned into a qualification value (max 340 points) which they use to apply for their next level of education.
Switzerland has a grading scheme from 1 to 6. 6 is the highest and 4 the minimum pass mark. It is used in schools, high schools and universities.
|1.5||Almost no performance|
|0||Absence without good cause, cheating or attempt to cheat|
A way to calculate a grade is: ( acquired points / total points ) × 5 + 1 = grade.
The new system provides grades that lie between 1 and 12 and are matched with the five-point grade system that was used previously, as presented in the table below. 12 is the equivalent of an honors/AP course "A+" in the U.S. and is usually given only for outstanding achievement or exceptionally creative work. Hence 11 is the grade that would ordinarily correspond to A in the United States.
|New system||Old system|
- Grading in Universities
A degree may be awarded with or without honours, with the class of an honours degree usually based on a weighted average mark of the assessed work a candidate has completed. The degree classifications are:
- First class honours (1st)
- Second class honours, upper division (2:1)
- Second class honours, lower division (2:2)
- Third class honours (3rd)
- Ordinary degree (pass)
In Turkey, exam grades are from 0 to 100. But final grades are from 1 to 5.
|5||85–100%||Pekiyi (Very Good)|
European academic grading
With the exception of Liechtenstein, which uses the Swiss grading system, and Moldova, which uses the Romanian grading system, the majority of European countries create their own academic grading standards. Most involve combinations of the key elements of grading, and all are used to evaluate students' performance on a scale of passing to failing (or comprehending to not comprehending material).
Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Mexican schools use a scale from 0 to 10 to measure students' scores. Since decimal scores are common, a scale from 0 to 100 is often used to remove the decimal point.
In some Universities, students who fail a subject have the option of taking an extraordinary test (examen extraordinario, often shortened to extra) that evaluates the contents of the entire period. Once the test is finished and the score is assessed, this score becomes the entire subject's score, thus giving failing students a chance to pass their subjects. Those who fail the extraordinary test have two more chances to take it; if the last test is failed, the subject is marked as failed and pending, and depending on the school, the student may fail the entire year.
Some private schools (particularly in higher levels of education) require a 70 to pass instead of the regular 60.
Grades are often absolute and not class-specific. It may be the case that the top of the class gets a final grade of 79. Curve-adjustment is rare. Grad-level students are usually expected to have grades of 80 or above to graduate. Students in the honor roll are usually those with an overall GPA of 90 or higher upon graduation, and some private universities will award them a "With Honors" diploma. Additionally, in some private universities, the pass scores is higher or lower depending from the kind of studies that are related with (for example, in some universities, in the case of Engineering, the minimum score is 7.3 and for Art Sciences is 8.8) and lower than this score is not acceptable.
Conversions from percentage marks to letter grades, by province:
In Senior High Schools:
|A||85–100||Standard of excellence||Final course grades in this range are annotated with Honors Standing in the Alberta Senior High School.|
|B||71–84||Exceeds acceptable standard|
|D||49–60||Below Acceptable standard, marginal pass, may not be sufficient to take course at a higher level.|
|F||0–48||Failing grade, no credits awarded toward Alberta High School Diploma.|
In Alberta Post-Secondary Colleges, Technical Institutes, or Universities, the actual percentage associated with letter grade is up to the individual institution or professor teaching the course.
|Letter grade||Grade points||Notes|
|A+||4.3 (4.0 at University of Alberta, SAIT Polytechnic, MacEwan University University of Calgary)|
|A−||3.7||Student may be awarded an Honours designation on a parchment if semester and cumulative grade point average of 3.7 is achieved on the first attempt of courses required towards graduation of major. In addition, students will need to complete graduation requirements within specific time restrictions.|
|D||1.0||Minimum general passing letter grade to receive credit for a course. Certain faculties may require higher grades to receive course credit.|
There is no universal percentage grade associated with any letter grade in the Province of Alberta and such associations are made by professors or a bell curve.
Some universities in Alberta have used a nine-point stanine grading scale: 9=A+, 8=A/A–, 7=B+/B, 6=B–/C+, 5=C, 4=D, 0 to 3=F. See also the University of Alberta Office of the Registrar.
In British Columbia universities: F is a failing grade. The following table is only an approximation; faculties within universities sometimes follow a different system for converting percentage marks to letter grades.
Grade F is the sole failing mark.
The University of Manitoba uses a GPA system.
|GPA||Description||Letter grade equivalent|
GPA is Calculated taking total "points" and divided by school credit hours.
Newfoundland and Labrador
In Newfoundland and Labrador Universities:
Grade F is the sole failing mark.
In most Nova Scotia universities:
Grade F is the sole failing mark.
|Grade points for 1.0 credits||Percentage equivalency|
|F or R||0–49|
The University of Ottawa uses a grade point average system with numbers ranging from 0 to 10 despite many schools using the 12 point system.
Official grading system at the University of Ottawa: Letter grade, numerical value, and percentage equivalency
|Letter Grade||Numerical Value||Percentage|
Quebec, New Brunswick
In Quebec and New Brunswick universities:
This scale is used by at least UQTR. The Université de Montréal scale is similar but goes from A+ to F. Université Laval uses a similar 4.33 scale. UQAM, Concordia University and Université de Sherbrooke uses a 4.3 scale. This scale is much alike many other scales used in Canada.
The percent equivalent of each grade and the passing mark can vary. The passing mark in high school and college is 60%.
|Percent||Letter grade equivalent||Descriptors|
|90–100||A+||An exceptional / outstanding performance.|
|80–89||A||An excellent / very good performance.|
|70–79||B||A good / above average performance.|
|60–69||C||A generally satisfactory, intellectually adequate performance.|
|50–59||D||A barely acceptable performance.|
|0–49||F||An unacceptable performance.|
The most popular and commonly used grading system in the United States uses discrete evaluation in the form of letter grades. Many schools use a GPA (grade-point average) system in combination with letter grades. There are also many other systems in place. Some schools use a scale of 100 instead of letter grades. Others, including many Montessori schools, eschew discrete evaluation in favor of pure discursive evaluation. There is no standardized system of grading in the United States. As such, those issues are left up to individual universities, schools and the regulatory authority of the individual states.
At most schools, colleges and universities in the United States, letter grades follow a five-point system, using the letters A, B, C, D and E/F, with A indicating excellent, C indicating average and F indicating failing. Additionally, most schools calculate a student's grade point average (GPA) by assigning each letter grade a number and averaging those numerical values. Generally, American schools equate an A with a numerical value of 4.0. Most graduate schools require a 3.0 (B) average to take a degree, with C or C− being the lowest grade for course credit. Most undergraduate schools require a 2.0, or C average to obtain a degree with a minimum of D or D− to pass a course. For most secondary schools, the minimum overall and course passes are both D or D−. Some districts, such as Mount Olive Township School District in New Jersey, have eliminated D as a passing grade for their students due to a high failure rate.
Whereas most American graduate schools use four-point grading (A, B, C, and E/F), several—mostly in the west, especially in California—do award D grades but still require a B average for degree qualification. Some American graduate schools use nine- or ten-point grading scales, formerly including the Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan, where 9.0 = A+, 8.0 = A, 7.0 = A−, and so on. (Rackham switched to a more conventional four-point scale in August 2013.)
In a handful of states, GPA scales can go above 4.0.
The percentage needed in any given course to achieve a certain grade and the assignment of GPA point values varies from school to school, and sometimes between instructors within a given school. The most common grading scales for normal courses and honors/Advanced Placement courses are as follows:
|"Normal" courses||Honors/AP courses|
|E / F||0–64||0.0–0.99||0–69||0.0–1.99|
Some states may use an alternate grading scale such as the following which is commonly used.
Whether a school uses E or F to indicate a failing grade typically depends on time and geography. Around the time of World War II, several states began to use E, while the majority of the country continued to use the F, which traces to the days of Pass/Fail grading (P and F). In recent years, some schools have begun using an N for failing grades, presumably to represent "No Credit". Another letter used to represent a failing grade is U, representing "unsatisfactory."
Chromatic variants ("+" and " − ") are used. In most 100-point grading systems, the letter grade without variants is centered around a value ending in five. The "plus" variant is then assigned the values near the nine digit and the "minus" variant is assigned the values near zero. Any decimal values are usually rounded. Thus, a score of 80 to 82 is a B−, a score 83 to 87 is a B and a score of 87 to 89 is a B+. The four-point GPA scale, the letter grade without variants is assigned to the integer. The "plus" and "minus" variants are then assigned to .3 above the integer and .3 below the integer, respectively. Thus, a B is equal to 3.0, a B+ is equal to 3.3, and a B− is equal to 2.7.
The A range is often treated as a special case. In most American schools, a 4.00 is regarded as perfect and the highest GPA one can achieve. Thus, an A, being the prime grade, achieves the mark of a 4.00; for the A+ mark, most schools still assign a value of 4.00, equivalent to the A mark, to prevent deviation from the standard 4.00 GPA system. However, the A+ mark, then, becomes a mark of distinction that has no impact on the student's GPA. A few schools, however, do assign grade values of 4.33 or 4.30; but the scale is still called "4.0", because grading scales (or "quality indices") take their numerical names from the highest whole number.
In many American high schools, students may also score above 4.0 if taking advanced, honors, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate classes (for example, a "regular" A would be worth four points, but an A earned in an advanced class might be worth 4.5 or 5 points towards the GPA.). This is called a weighted GPA and is designed to reward students for taking more advanced courses. Although weighting GPAs is a widespread practice in the United States, there is little research into whether weighted GPAs are better than unweighted GPAs. In one study, weighted GPAs were not suitable for predicting any college outcomes, but unweighted GPA were strong predictors of college GPA. However, standardized test scores were better predictors than either type of GPA.
There has been dispute over how colleges should look at grades from previous schools and high schools because one grade in one part of the country might not be the equivalent of a grade in another part of the country. In other words, an "A" might be 90–100 somewhere, and a 94–100 somewhere else. In middle and high schools that do not use a system based on academic credit, the grade point average is computed by taking the mean of all grades. In colleges and universities that use discrete evaluation, the grade-point average is calculated by multiplying the quantitative values by the credit value of the correlative course, and then dividing the total by the sum of all credits.
|Speech 101||3||A||3 × 4.0 = 12.0|
|Biology 102||4||B+||4 × 3.3 = 13.2|
|History 157||3||B−||3 × 2.7 = 8.1|
|Physical Education 104||1||C||1 × 2.0 = 2.0|
- Total Credits: 11
- Total Grade Points: 35.3
- Grade Point Average: 35.3 / 11 = 3.209 or slightly below B+
In a standards-based grading system, a performance standard is set by a committee based on ranking anchor papers and grading rubrics, which demonstrate performance which is below, meeting, or exceeding the "standard.". This standard is intended to be a high, world-class level of performance, which must be met by every student regardless of ability or class, although they are actually set by a committee with no reference to any other national standard Levels are generally assigned numbers between zero and four. Writing papers may be graded separately on content (discussion) and conventions (spelling and grammar). Since grading is not based on a curve distribution, it is entirely possible to achieve a grading distribution in which all students pass and meet the standard. While such grading is generally used only for assessments, they have been proposed for alignment with classroom grading. However, in practice, grading can be much more severe than traditional letter grades. Even after ten years, some states, such as Washington, continue to evaluate over half of their students as "below standard" on the state mathematics assessment.
Here is another example of a commonly used grading scale, currently in place at Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minnesota. The Grade Point Average is not the traditional four-point scale, but uses the 12-point scale for unweighted classes and the 15-point scale for weighted classes:
The 12-point GPA scale works as follows. Students receive 12 points for an A or A+, 11 points for an A−, 10 points for a B+, etc. for each grading period. Once a grading period is complete, the student's total grade points are divided by the total number of credits and a GPA is generated.
For example, here is one term of grades and a grade point average from a student whose school uses the 86-minute block schedule (such as Wayzata High School):
|Math 4X (1 credit)||95.06/A = 12 Grade Points|
|Chemistry X (1 credit)||87.39/B+ = 10 Grade Points|
|Symphonic Band (1 credit)||99.76/A+ = 12 Grade Points|
|AP United States History (1 credit)||92.57/A− = 11 Grade Points|
|Total||45 Grade Points/4 Credits = 11.25 GPA (Slightly better than A−, equivalent to 3.75)|
Standards-based grading is a well-known practice of assessment. It provides students with learning expectations and an in depth way of evaluation students. It is not the most common assessment method but it provides students with developmental feedback. Researchers have determined that students who were previously exposed to standards-based grading reflected higher performance.
Alternative grading methods
Alternative grading methods over a diverse way of assessing student progress. Recent studies reveal that alternative grading methods may lead to more applicable growth opportunities for students' overtime. These methods can include portfolios, narrative evaluations, contract grading, developmental meetings and verbal feedback. These methods provide insight to evaluation methods and emphasize student progress and improvement. Some alternative grading methods include contract grading, the Waldorf assessment style, and narrative evaluation.
Contract grading emphasizes learning behaviors. Most students are accepting of contract grading; however, the data shows that less than half of students noted they found it helpful and less stressful than letter grades. Most students that dislike this method were advanced students and found the process to be repetitive.
The Waldorf assessment style consists of developmental meetings and an evaluation letter. Waldorf grading methods focused more on what they were learning rather than how well each student applied it. It emphasizes positive feedback and progress. Some people may label it as unstructured, others may describe it as a personalized and relaxed style of learning and assessment. Waldorf philosophy strongly reiterates the growth and improvement of the students.
Narrative evaluation can be defined as detailed written feedback. Studies show that over half of students really like narrative evaluation. It focuses on improvement and provides personal detail of how students have grown. It allows for more personalized feedback and eliminates the competitive nature of students to compare themselves to their classmates.
|90–100 Marks||Band 6/Exemplary|
The majority of Australian tertiary institutions use the following grading structure:
|HD||85% and above (High Distinction)|
|F||49% and under (Fail)|
Some other Australian universities have a marking system similar to the Honours system used by British Universities:
|H1||80% and above (First Class Honours)|
|H2A||75–79% (Second Class Honours (A Division))|
|H2B||70–74% (Second Class Honours (B Division))|
|H3||65–69% (Third Class Honours)|
|N||below 50% (Fail)|
Many courses also have Non-Graded Pass (NGP) and Non-Graded Fail (NGF), in which it is considered more appropriate to have qualitative than quantitative assessment. However, in some universities, an F1 category may be given a 'Pass Conceded' if the student's Weighted Average is greater than a nominated threshold. (More often than not, this is around the 53–55 range.)
Grade-point averages are not generally used in Australia below a tertiary level, but are important for selection into graduate entry courses such as Medicine and Law. They are calculated according to more complicated formula than some other nations, and may be customised for the particular course application when used as entry criteria into graduate entry degrees:
Grade Point Average (GPA) = Sum of (grade points × course unit values) / total number of credit points attempted, in which grade points are as follows:
- High Distinction = 7
- Distinction = 6
- Credit = 5
- Pass = 4
- Fail level 1 = 1
- Fail level 2 = 0
At some universities, among them Macquarie University, University of Technology, Sydney, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and Monash University in Melbourne, a GPA is calculated, with 4.0 being a High Distinction; 3.0 a Distinction, 2.0 a Credit, and 1.0 a pass. In certain faculties, such as law, it is therefore possible to graduate with "honours" with a GPA of less than 2.5. Whenever a course result is a Non-Graded Pass, the result will normally be disregarded in GPA calculations.
The term course unit values is used to distinguish between courses which have different weightings e.g. between a full year course and a single semester course.
The grading of secondary school graduates varies from state to state, but in most states the ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) system determines which students are offered positions in tertiary courses. Government Supported Positions are offered to applicants for a course who are ranked above a particular ATAR threshold, which commonly varies from course to course, institution to institution, and year to year. (An example of this is an ATAR of 85 for Civil Engineering at the University of New South Wales.) A student's ATAR signifies that student's rank relative to their year 7 cohort, including students that did not complete year 12. A student with an ATAR of 80.00, for example, has performed, in their final year of secondary schooling, better than 80 percent of that student's year 7 cohort, had all those year 7 students completed year 12 and been eligible for an ATAR.
On the other hand, graduating Year 12 students in Queensland are given an Overall Position (OP) from 1 to 25, with 1 being the highest band. OPs are calculated from a student's grades in their year 12 (and in some cases, year 11) courses, and also from Student Achievement Indicators (SAIs) which are allocated by the student's teachers.
Most New Zealand secondary schools use the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) marking schedule, even in pre-NCEA years for commonality. There are four grades, from lowest to highest, Not Achieved (N), Achieved (A), Merit (M), and Excellence (E). The minority of schools using other secondary school qualifications (usually CIE or IB) have different grades. Grading at tertiary institutions generally centers around a letter scale, with a corresponding nine-point GPA scale (C−=1, A+=9).
In Argentina the GPA is calculated quarterly, each semester, or annually. Grades usually range from 1 to 10. The passing mark is typically 60%, which in secondary school is represented by a grade of 4.
Depending on the university, admittance may require:
- Completion of secondary school.
- A common basic year to all degrees.
- Students may need to pass an entrance exam for some of the more popular degree programs. This may also apply to all degrees in private universities.
In the past, some universities admitted people over 25 years old even if they couldn't complete high school, but they must pass an entrance exam. University grades are also on a scale of 1 to 10, but 4 is passing and usually corresponds to a mark of 75%.
In Brazil the GPA – known as Coeficiente de Rendimento, or Índice de Rendimento Acadêmico – is calculated per semester or per year or both. The High School GPA is almost never used for college entrance evaluation in public universities (state funded and free of charge). To enter state colleges, Brazilian students must attend to entrance exams called vestibulares. The most famous ones are FUVEST, the entrance exam for University of São Paulo, and ENEM, a national exam that ranks high school students to be accepted by federal funded colleges. The private colleges system also apply entrance exams, but some might use the GPA as an evaluation method. During college, the GPA is calculated as a weighted average of grade and course hours and have a bigger importance than in the high school as it determines priority in receiving scholarships, for example.
The majority of schools adopt a 0,00 (worst) to 10,00 (best) scale for grading, and some of the Brazilian schools adopt the following grading system:
|B (Very Good)||8.00–8.90|
A grade below 5,0 is surely a fail, although some schools have passing criteria of 6.0 to 7.0, as 60% to 70%.
Some schools adopt a system without the E mark, like this:
In this system a grade below 65% is a fail, but the people having C and D grades can attend ERP - Estudos de Recuperação Paralela, when the grade is not the final grade, and ERF - Estudos de Recuperação Final - when the grade is the final grade, so they can have a better grade: A or B. In ERP, if person continues having C or D, he/ she will attend ERF. If the person has C or D in ERF, he/ she will "repeat the year" - that's how people say in Brazil.
Grades are assigned with a numeric scale from 1.0 to 7.0, including at least one decimal, with 4.0 as the lowest passing grade (equivalent to 50%). Everything under a 4.0 is considered a "red mark," which equates to failing. For the PSU, Prueba de Selección Universitaria (UST, University Selection Test), the scale goes from 150 to 850 points. The points follows a normal distribution, being 500 the average result. Depending on the university and the major, the student will need a minimum score to get accepted. The final score will depend on the points obtained in each test: Mathematics and Linguistics (both mandatory); Natural Sciences and History (only one of them mandatory) and the NEM score, Notas de Enseñanza Media (High School Grades which is the same as GPA) converted into the PSU Scale.
The most used grading systems are the numerical from 0 to 5 or from 0 to 10 and is approved with 3 or 6, respectively. And the letter system which consist of S, A, Bs, Ap, Bj or E, S, A, I, D. The letter system is based on the numerical, meaning that the numerical system guides the letter one. While the universities only use the numerical system and one approve with a grade of 3.0, because it is more complex and students have more difficulty in approving a course.
Numerical system from 0 to 5:
|Numerical system||Letter system||US Letter grades|
|5.0–4.5||Desempeño Superior (S)||A+|
|4.4–4.0||Desempeño Alto (A)||A|
|3.9–3.5||Desempeño Básico (Bs)||B|
|3.4–3.0||Desempeño Aceptable (Ap)||C, D|
|2.9–0.0||Desempeño Bajo (Bj)||F|
Numerical system from 0 to 10:
|Numerical system||Letter system||US Letter grades|
|8.9–8.0||Muy bien (MB)||B|
|7.9–6.0||Aceptable (A)||C, D|
It is noteworthy that most schools no longer implement the Deficiente (D) for represent a null performance and therefore cause low self-esteem in students.
In Ecuador, the rating system is 10 out of 10, including two decimal places in both primary, secondary and university, the highest score is 10 and the lowest is 1, to meet the minimum grade to pass this year is 7, depending on how schools are organized since 2012 enjoy complete autonomy in Ecuador, so that some establishments maintain supplementary examination for those with less than 7, and other approved intensive recovery, but if the grade obtained is low of 5 are automatically disqualified and disciplinary same behavior is described as follows: A (excellent), B (outstanding), C (very good), D (Good), E (Regular) and F (failure), and students they got 10 out of 10 in 90% of subjects in the first school year quimestre is promoted to a senior year, but making an entrance examination. Notes and academic qualifications and groups them reasoning thus:
- 10–9.5 = Rated Excellent
- 9.4–9.0 = Rated Outstanding
- 8.9–8.0 = very good credit rating
- 7.9–6.5 = Rating Sufficient or Good Sufficient
- 6.4–5.1 = Fail failing grade with Recovery option or supplementary examination
- 5.0–1.0 = Fail automatically
The grades vary from 1 to 5, where 5 is the maximum grade achievable and 1 the lowest. The minimum for pass is 2.
- 5: Excellent
- 4: Very Good
- 3: Good
- 2: Acceptable
- 1: Fail
Grades range from 0 to 20, in an almost unique grading table. The passing grade is 11 in most schools and universities. In some preschool facilities, grades usually range from F to A+, following the American system, and in a few colleges, the passing grade is 10.
From 2017, Peru will adopt a new evaluation system. AD (Excellent), A (Very good), B (Good), C (Fair), D (Fail).
In Uruguay high grades are very hard to achieve. In elementary school, grades range in this order:
- S (Sobresaliente) – Outstanding, highest grade
- SMB (Sobresaliente Muy Bueno) – Excellent
- MBS (Muy Bueno Sobresaliente) – Very good, almost excellent
- MB (Muy Bueno) – Very good
- MBB (Muy Bueno Bueno) – Good, almost very good
- BMB (Bueno Muy Bueno) – Good
- B (Bueno) – Approved
- BR (Bueno Regular) – Not approved
- RB (Regular Bueno) – Requires much more work
- R (Regular) – Very bad job, lowest grade
In high school, grades range from 1 to 12. 1 is the lowest and 12 is the highest. Passing an exam or course requires 6 out of 12 in high school or at a private university, and 3 out of 12 at a public university. In high school a 6 corresponds to 50% on an exam or in a course while in a public university, a 3 corresponds to a 60% in a course or exam. Grades of 10, 11, and 12 are considered excellent. Some private universities grade their students on a percentage basis, 60% or 70% being the passing grade.
Because of the acronym of the word "Sobresaliente" (Ste.) it is usual to pronounce it as "Sote".
Grades in Venezuela may vary according to the education level, but normally the grading system is numerical, and ranges from 00 to 20, 00 being the lowest and 20 being the highest, and 10 being the pass mark, equivalent to a "D" in the United States. This system is not required, however, and several schools in Venezuela deviate from it by following a letter-grade system similar or identical to those in the United States.
Shown here is the Venezuelan grading system in probable comparison with the United States grading system:
|Venezuelan grade||American letter grade||American percentage (%)|
|20–18||A (excellent, highest mark)||90–100%|
|17–14||B (good, second to highest mark)||80–89%|
|11–10||D (lowest passable mark)||60–69%|
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