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Internation Grading Scales

AFGHANISTAN

Score Description Suggested U.S. Equivalent
86 - 100 Alaa A
66 - 85 Aali B
40 - 65 Khoob C

40 percent is the minimum pass mark for individual subjects; the minimum average is 55 percent overall.

ALBANIA

Grading Scales

All levels of education use the same grading scale. Prior to 1970, a five point scale was used, with 5 being excellent. Currently a 10 point scale is used, with 10 as excellent and 5 as the lowest passing grade. Failing grades do not appear on grade reports.

Prior to 1970
Score Description Suggested US Equivalent
5 excellent A
4 good B
3 fair C
1 - 2 fail F

 

 

 

 

 

Description Suggested US Equivalent
10 dhjete A
9 nente A
8 tete B
7 shtate B
6 gjashte C
5 pese C

 

 

 

 

 

Since 1970:

Albania uses a semester system. There are two semesters per academic year: the first semester starts in September through and ends in late December. The second semester begins in mid-January and ends in June for elementary and secondary education, and in May for higher education.

ALGERIA

Scale U.S. Grade Equiv.
13-20       (Tres bien) A
12-12.9   (bien) B+
11-11.9  (assez bien) B
10-10.9  (passable) C
9-9.9 C-
8-8.9     (mediocre) D
0-7.9    (faible/tres faible, nul) F

ANGOLA

Scale U.S. Grade Equiv.
13-20       (Tres bien) A
12-12.9   (bien) B+
11-11.9  (assez bien) B
10-10.9  (passable) C
9-9.9 C-
8-8.9     (mediocre) D
0-7.9    (faible/tres faible, nul) F

 

ARGENTINA

Common grading scale: 0 to 10 or 1 to 10 points (with 10 as maximum).

TERTIARY GRADING SCALE
Grade Description Suggested US Equivalent
9 - 10 Sobresaliente / Outstanding A
7 - 8 Distinguido / Distinguished A
5 - 6 Bueno / Good B
4 - 4.9 Aprobado / Pass C
2 - 3 Insuficiente / Insufficient D / F
0 - 1 Reprobado / Fail F
 

Variations in interpretation of the 10-point scale exist from department to department within the same institution and among institutions. In general, however, from 5 to 6 represents average work and an 8 or higher reflects high achievement. A grade of 10 is rarely awarded. For courses where a grade of Insuficiente is earned, a retake examination is usually required, and, as shown below, may mean Fail. The US grade of F should apply in such cases. A grade of D may apply for a subject where no retake was required. The academic record should reflect retake examinations. When examinations are failed and retaken, both the failing grade and subsequent passing grade are factored into the grade average.

Other Interpretations Of The 10-point Scale:

TERTIARY GRADING SCALE
(Example: Universidad de Belgrano)
Grade Description Suggested US Equivalent
10 Sobresaliente / Outstanding A
8 - 9 Distinguido / Distinguished A
6 - 7 Bueno / Good B
4 - 5 Aprobado / Pass C
1 - 3 Insuficiente / Insufficient (Fail) F
TERTIARY GRADING SCALE
(Example: Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires)
Grade Description Suggested US Equivalent
10 Sobresaliente / Outstanding A
8 - 9 Distinguido / Distinguished A
6 - 7 Bueno / Good B
4 - 5 Aprobado / Pass C
2 - 3 No Satisfactorio / Unsatisfactory F
1 Aplazado / Fail F
0 Reprobado / Fail F

ARMENIA

Number Armenian Russian Translation Suggested US Equivalent
5 Gerazants Отличо Excellent A
4 Lav Хорошо Good B
3 Bavarar Удовлетворителъно Satisfactory C
2 Anbavarar Неудовлетворителъно Unsatisfactory F
1 Tapalats --- Fail F

The minimum passing grade on this scale is 3. Grades of 1 and 2 are rarely shown on transcripts. The grade of Stugvats is awarded when an examination was not taken, but all other requirements were met.

Number Suggested US Equivalent
19 - 20 A
15 - 18 B
8 - 14 C
1 - 7 F

The minimum passing grade on this scale is 8. 

AUSTRALIA

Two grading systems are used for Bachelor degrees: grading for individual units or subjects, and classifications for Honours degrees. Institutions use variations of several main types of subject grades. Usually the grading system is indicated on the transcript.

Grade Description Ranking Suggested U.S. Equivalency
7 High Distinction 85% - 100% 80% - 100% A
6 Distinction 75% - 84% 70% - 79% A
5 Credit 65% - 74% 60% - 69% B
4 Pass           50% - 64% 50% - 59% C
3 Conceded Pass   D
1 - 2 Failure     F
S Satisfactory      
U        

AUSTRIA

Secondary and Postsecondary
Number Description English Suggested US Equivalent
1 Sehr Gut Very Good A
2 Gut Good B
3 Befriedigend Satisfactory C+
4 Genügend Sufficient C
5 Nicht Genügend Insufficient F

Matura / Reifeprüfung
Indigenous scale Translation Suggested US Equivalent
mit ausgezeichnetem Erfolg with high distinction A
mit gutem Erfolg with distinction B
bestanden passed C
nicht bestanden failed F

 

AZERBAIJAN

Azerbaijani Grade
Secondary Education Higher Education Description Percentage Suggested U.S. Equivalent
5 (ə’la) ə’la excellent 90 - 100% A
4 (yaxsi) yaxsi good 70 - 89% B
3 (kafi) kafi satisfactory 60 - 69% C
  meqbul passed -- P
  qeyri-meqbul not passed -- F

BAHRAIN

Scale U.S. Grade Equiv.
87-100 A            
84-86 B+
80-83 B
77-79 B-
74-76 C+
70-73 C
67-69 C-
60-66 D
0-59 F
Arabian Gulf University
Indigenous Grade Suggested U.S. Grade
4.5-5.0 Excellent A
4.0-4.4 Very Good         B
3.5-3.9 Good C
3.0-3.4 Pass D
Less than 3.0   Fail F
University of Bahrain, Faculty of Engineering
Indigenous Grade Suggested U.S. Grade
87-100              A                        A
77-86 B B
67-76 C C
60-66 D D
0-59 F F

BAHAMAS

College of the Bahamas
Grade Points Range Suggested US Equivalent
4 90-100 A
3.75 85-89 A-
3.5 80-84 B+
3 75-79 B
2.75 70-74 B-
2.5 65-69 C+
2 60-64 C
1.75 55-59 C-
1 50-54 D
0 0-49 F

BANGLADESH

Secondary/Postsecondary
Scale US Grade Equiv.
60-100 (First Division) A
45-59 (Second Division) B
33-44 (Third Division/Pass) C
0-32 F
Polytechnic Diplomas
Scale US Grade Equiv.
60-100 (First Division) A
45-59 (Second Division) B
0-44 F
Postsecondary Engineering
Scale US Grade Equiv.
60-100 (First Division) A
50-59 (Second Division) B
40-49 (Third Division/Pass) C
0-39 F
Alternate Grading scales
Scale US Grade Equiv.
3.5-4.0 A
2.75-3.25 B
2.25 C
2.00 D
0 F
Alternate Grading scales
Scale US Grade Equiv.
3.0 A
2.0 B
1.0 C
0 F

 

BARBADOS

Degree Classifications: US Grade Equiv.:
First Class Honours A
Second Class Honours, Upper Division A-/B+
Second Class Honours, Lower Division B
Pass C
University of the West Indies
Grade: GPA Marks% Description
A+ 4.3 86-100  
A+ 4 70-85  
A- 3.7 67-69 First Class Honours 3.60 and above
B+ 3.3 63-66  
B 3 60-62 Upper Second Class Honours 3.00 - 3.59
B- 2.7 57-59  
C+ 2.3 53-56  
C 2 50-52 Lower Second Class Honours 2.00 - 2.99
C- 1.7 47-49 Third Class Honours 1.50 - 1.99 (BSc only)
D+ 1.3 43-46  
D 1 40-42 Pass (1.00 - 1.49)
F 0 0-39  

BELARUS

Secondary and Post-Secondary
Number Description Translation Suggested U.S. Equivalent
5 Выдатна Excellent A
4 Добра Good B
3 Эдавальнаюча Satisfactory C
Pass Эалик Pass Pass
2 Нездавальнаюча Unsatisfactory F
Grade scale since 2000
Number Description Translation Suggested U.S. Equivalent
9 - 10 Выдатна Excellent A
6 - 8 Добра Good B
3 - 5 Эдавальнаюча Satisfactory C
Pass Эалик Pass Pass
1 - 2 Нездавальнаюча Unsatisfactory F
--- Эалик Complete Pass
Belarusian State University (2004 to present)
Number Description Suggested U.S. Equivalent
10 Excellent A+
9 A
8 Good B+
7 B
6 B-
5 Satisfactory C+
4 C
3 Fail F
2 F
1 F

Grades of 1 - 2 are considered to be failing grades and are rarely seen on transcripts.

The grade of залык (credit tested) is listed on transcripts to indicate that the course requirements were met, but have not been validated by a final examination.

The grade of залик is a passing grade for 1+ semester courses, elective courses, laboratory and practical courses.

BELGIUM

Scale: Pecentage: French/Dutch/English US Grad Equiv:
15-20 80-100% Plus (grande) distinction/
Grootste (Grote) onderscheiding/
great(est) distinction
A
13-14.99 70-79% Distinction/Onderscheiding/Distinction B
11-12.99 60-69% Satisfaction/Voldoening/Satisfactory C
10-10.99     D
0-9.99     F

BELIZE

Belize Adventist Junior College
Grade Qualitative Equivalent Description
A 4.00 Excellent
A- 3.75 Very Good
B+ 3.50 Good
B 3.00 Outstanding
C+ 2.50 Average
C 2.00 Satisfactory
D 1.00 Pass
F 0.00 Failure
I 0.00 Incomplete
Galen University
Number Letter Quality Points
93 - 100 A 4.0
90 - 92 A- 3.7
87 - 89 B+ 3.3
83 - 86 B 3.0
80 - 82 B- 2.7
77 - 79 C+ 2.3
73 - 76 C 2.0
70 - 72 C- 1.7
67 - 69 D+ 1.3
63 - 66 D 1.0
60 - 62 D- 0.7
0 - 59 F 0.0
Muffles Junior College
Grade Quality Points Description
A 4.0 Excellent
B+ 3.5 Very Good
B 3.0 Above Average
C+ 2.5 Average
C 2.0 Satisfactory
D 1.0 Below Average
F 0.0 Failure
I 0.0 Incomplete
Sacred Heart Junior College
Grade Number
A 90 - 99
B+ 85 - 89
B 80 - 84
C+ 75 - 79
C 70 - 74
D 60 - 69
F 0 - 59

BHUTAN

Scale: Class: US Grade Equiv.:
60-100% First A
50-59% Second B
40-49% Third C
0-39%   F

 

BOLIVIA

Scale Grade Description U.S. Grade Equiv.
90-100 Sobresaliente (Outstanding) A
77-89 Distinguido (Distinguished) A
64-76 Bueno (Good) B
51-63 Suficiente (Sufficient) C
0-50 Reprobado (Fail) F

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Note: Failed subjects and grades are not shown on official grade records.

Higher Education  
10 A
9 B+
8 B
7 B-
6 (lowest passing grade) C
5 (fail) F

 

BOTSWANA:

 

Grade

Class

Suggested
US Equivalent

A First Class A
B Second Class, First Division B
C Second Class, Second Division C
D Pass D
E, F Fail F

The Botswana GCSE uses grades of A-G.

 

 

 

 

BRAZIL:

Most common grade scales and recommended conversions:

Indigenous Grade Suggested U.S.
Equivalent
9.0 / 90 to 10 / 100 A
7.0 / 70 to 8.9 / 89 B
5.0 / 50 to 6.9 / 69 C
below 5.0 / 50 F

Grading scales vary. Please refer to grading scale on transcript.

 

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM:

Scale:

US Grade Equiv.:

First Class Honours

A

Second Class Honours

B

Third Class Honours/Pass

C

Fail

F

 

 

BULGARIA:

Secondary and Postsecondary


Numeric Value

Description

Transliteration

Translation

US equivalency

Points

6

ОТЛИЧЕ?

Otlichen

Excellent

A

4.00

5

М?ОГОДОБЪР

Mnogo dobur

Very Good

A

4.00

4

ДОБЪР

Dobur

Good

B

3.00

3

СРЕДЕ?

Sreden

Satisfactory

C

2.00

2

СЛ

Slab

Poor/Fail

F

0.00

 

З?ЧИТ?СЕ/ ВЗЕЛ

Zachita se/ Vzel

Credited/Taken

 

 

An examination evaluated with the grade average (3) is considered successfully passed.

 

 

BURKINA FASO:

  

Scale U.S. Grade Equiv.
14-20             Très bien/Very Good A
12-13.9         Bien/Good B+
11-11.9        Assez bien/Good Enough B
10.5-10.9 B-
10.1-10.4    Passable/Passing C+
10 C
9-9.9 C-
8-8.9 D
0-7.9            Ajourné/Fail F


BURUNDI:

  

Scale U.S. Grade Equiv.
14-20           (Tres bien) A
12-13.9        (bien) B+
11-11.9        (assez bien) B
10.5-10.9     B-
10.1-10.4     (passable) C+
10 C
9-9.9 C-
8-8.9              (mediocre) D
0-7.9             (faible/tres faible, nul) F

ALTERNATIVE SCALE:

 

Grade

Description

Translation

Suggested U.S.
Equivalent

90 - 100% Excellent Excellent A
80 - 89% La Plus Grande Distinction Highest distinction B+
70 - 79% Grande Distinction High distinction B
60 - 69% Distinction Distinction C+
50 - 59% Satisfaction Satisfactory C
0 - 49% Ajourné Fail F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAMBODIA:

Secondary

 

 Scale:

US Grade Equiv.:

10

A

8-9

B

6-7

C

5

D

0-4

F

Post-Secondary

 

Scale:

US Grade Equiv.:

8.5-10

A

7.0-8.4

B

6-7

C

5

D

0-4

F

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAMEROON:

 

Scale U.S. Grade Equiv.
14-20             Très bien/Very Good A
12-13.9         Bien/Good B+
11-11.9        Assez bien/Good Enough B
10.5-10.9 B-
10.1-10.4    Passable/Passing C+
10 C
9-9.9 C-
8-8.9 D
0-7.9            Ajourné/Fail F

 

 

 

 

Classification

Translation

Suggested
US Equivalent

Très Honorable avec
Félicitations du Jury
Very Good with Congratulations
from the Committee
A
Très Honorable Very Good B
Honorable Good C

 

 

 

 

 

Bachelor's and Master's degrees

 

 University of Buea 


Letter

Number

Percentage

Suggested
US Equivalent

4.0 80 - 100%
B+ 3.5 70 - 79% B+
3.0 60 - 69%
C+ 2.5 55 - 59% C+
2.0 50 - 54%
D+ 1.5 45 - 49% D+
1.0 40 - 44%
0.0 0 - 39%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CANADA:
(Grading scales vary. Please refer to grading scale on transcript.)

 

 

 

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC:

Grade

Description

Translation

Suggested U.S.
Equivalent

16 - 20 Très bien Very good A
14 - 15 Bien Good B+
12 - 13 Assez bien Good enough B
10 - 11 Passable Passing C
0 - 9 Ajourné Fail F

 
NOTES: Grades of 18 - 20 are rarely given. There is no grade of D in the Central African Republic. However, as with most countries that are patterned after the French educational system, grades of 8 and 9, which are normally failing grades, may be accepted as a “condoned pass” (U.S. grade of D) provided the overall grade average for the year(moyenne general) is 10.0 / 20, or higher. This is at the discretion of the institution's administrators, and, at the post-secondary level, students may be required to re-take, in a future term, the course for which they received a 

 

 

 

CHAD:

 

Scale U.S. Grade Equiv.
14-20             Très bien/Very Good A
12-13.9         Bien/Good B+
11-11.9        Assez bien/Good Enough B
10.5-10.9 B-
10.1-10.4    Passable/Passing C+
10 C
9-9.9 C-
8-8.9 D
0-7.9            Ajourné/Fail F

CHILE:

 

Scale Grade Description U.S. Grade Equiv.
6.0-7 Muy Bueno (Very Good) A
5.0-5.9 Bueno (Good) B
4.0-4.9 Suficiente (Sufficient) C
0-3.9 Insuficiente (Insufficient) F

 

 

CHINA:

Scale:

US Grade Equiv.:

85-100

A

75-84

B

60-74

C

0-59

F

 

Alternate Option:

 

Scale:

US Grade Equiv.:

5 (Excellent)

A

4 (Good)

B

3 (Average/Fair)

C

0-2 (Fail)

F

 

 

Hong Kong:


Degree Classification:
US Grade Equiv.:

First Class Honours/Second Class Honours, Upper Division

A

Second Class Honors, Lower Division/Third Class Honours

B

Pass

C

Fail

F

 

 

COLOMBIA:

 

Scale U.S. Grade Equiv.
4.0-5.0 A
3.5-3.9 B
3.0-3.49 C
0.0-2.9 F

Universidad Pedagógica Nacional

Grade Suggested
US Equivalent
46 - 50% A
40 - 45% B
35 - 39% C
30 - 34% D
0 - 29% F


Escuela de Administración de Negocios

Grade Description Suggested
US Equivalent
A Excelente A
B Bueno B
C Aceptable C
D Deficiente D
E Malo F
F Nulo F

 

 

CONGO, THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF:

 

Grade

Description

Translation

Suggested U.S.
Equivalent

90 - 100% Excellent Excellent A
80 - 89% La Plus Grande Distinction Highest distinction B+
70 - 79% Grande Distinction High distinction B
60 - 69% Distinction Distinction C+
50 - 59% Satisfaction Satisfactory C
0 - 49% Ajourné Fail F

 

 

 

 

 


CONGO:

 

Scale U.S. Grade Equiv.
14-20           (Tres bien) A
12-13.9        (bien) B+
11-11.9        (assez bien) B
10.5-10.9     B-
10.1-10.4     (passable) C+
10 C
9-9.9 C-
8-8.9              (mediocre) D
0-7.9             (faible/tres faible, nul) F

 

 

COSTA RICA:

Indigenous Scale Suggested U.S. Grade
9-10             90-100 A
8                   80-89 B
7                   70-79 C
0-6                0-69 F

 

 

 

CROATIA:

Croatia:

US Grade Equiv.:

 5

Odlican 

 Excellent

A+

4.0

4

Vrlo Dobar

Very Good

A

4.0

3

Dobar

Good

B

3.0

2

Dovoljan

Satisfactory

C

2.0

1

Nedovoljan

Unsatisfactory

F

0.0

 

 

CUBA:

Grade Description Translation Suggested U.S.
Equivalent
90 - 100 Sobresaliente Excellent A
80 - 89 Aprovechado Average B
70 - 79 Aprobado Pass C
0 - 69 Suspenso, Desaprobado Fail F

 

 

 

 

 

Grade Description Translation Suggested U.S.
Equivalent
90 - 100 Excelente Excellent A
80 - 89 Bien Good B
70 - 79 Regular Average C+
60 - 69 Aprobado Pass C
0 - 50 Mal, Desaprobado Bad, Fail F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade Description Translation Suggested U.S.
Equivalent
90 - 100 Sobresaliente Excellent A
80 - 89 Notable Very Good B
70 - 79 Aprovechado Average C+
60 - 69 Aprobado Pass C
0 - 59 Suspenso, Desaprobado Fail F

 

 

 

 

Grade Description Translation Suggested U.S.
Equivalent
5 Sobresaliente Excellent A
4 Aprovechado Good B
3 Aprobado Pass C
0 - 2 Suspenso, Desaprobado Fail F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CYPRUS:

Southern Cyprus

Secondary:

Number

Description

Suggested
U.S. Equivalent

19 - 20 Excellent A
16 - 18 Very Good B
13 - 15 Average C
10 - 12 Below Average D
0 - 9 Fail F

Post - Secondary: Higher Technical Institute:


Percentage

Letter

Description

Suggested
U.S. Equivalent

       
       
85 - 100% A Distinction
75 - 84 B Credit
65 - 74 C Credit C+
55 - 64 D Pass C-
50 - 54 E Pass
0 - 49 F Fail

Post - Secondary: University of Cyprus:


Number

Description

Suggested
U.S. Equivalent

8.5 - 10 Excellent A
6.5 - 8.4 Very Good B
5.0 - 6.4 Good C

 

 

 

 

Northern Cyprus

Secondary:

Number

Suggested
U.S. Equivalent

9 - 10 A
7 - 8 B
5 - 6 C
0 - 4 F

Grades of 3 are considered passing if the overall average is 5 or more.
Post-Secondary: Eastern Mediterranean University and Cyprus International University


Grade

Value

Suggested
U.S. Equivalent

A 4.00
A- 3.70 A-
B+ 3.30 B+
B 3.00
B- 2.70 B-
C+ 2.30 C+
C 2.00
C- 1.70 C-
D+ 1.30 D+
D 1.00
D- 0.70 D-
F 0.00

Post-Secondary: Middle East Technical University Cyprus Campus


Percentage

Course
Grade

Coefficient

Suggested
U.S. Equivalent

90 - 100 AA 4.0
85 - 89 BA 3.5 B+
80 - 84 BB 3.0
75 - 79 CB 2.5 C+
70 - 74 CC 2.0
65 - 69 DC 1.5 D+
60 - 64 DD 1.0
50 - 59 FD 0.5 D-
0 - 49 FF 0.0

 

CZECH REPUBLIC:

 

Score Description Translation Suggested U.S.
Equivalent
1 vyborne excellent A
2 velmi dobre very good B
3 dobre good C
4 - 5 nevyhovel unsatisfactory / fail F
  Zapocitane Credit or Pass Credit

 

DENMARK:
Grading Scale-Prior to 2007


Danish
Grade

U.S.
Grade

Description

10 - 13 A Very Good
7 - 9 B Good
6 C Passing
5 D* Less Satisfactory
4 - 0 F Less Satisfactory

* May be considered passing in individual subjects.
Minimum passing mark is a 6.
Marks of 0 and 13 are both exceptional grades used very infrequently.

Grading Scale-Effective August 2007


Grade

Description

ECTS

Old System
(00-13)

Suggested U.S.
Equivalent

12 For an excellent performance displaying a high level of command of all aspects of the relevant material, with no or only a few minor weaknesses. AA 13 - 11 A
10 For a very good performance displaying a high level of command of most aspects of the relevant material, with only minor weaknesses. BBB 10 B
7 For a good performance displaying good command of the relevant material but also some weaknesses. CC 9 - 8 C
4 For a fair performance displaying some command of the relevant material but also some major weaknesses. DD 7 D
02 For a performance meeting only the minimum requirements for acceptance. EE 6 D-
00 For a performance which does not meet the minimum requirements for acceptance. FFx 5 - 3 F
-3 For a performance which is unacceptable in all respects. FF 00 F

Alternate Scale:

Bestået Pass
Ikke bestået Fail

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:

There is no uniform or consistent grading system among Dominican Republic universities, but all use alphabetical and numerical schemes familiar in and roughly equivalent to those in the U.S. 

 

Highest on scale: 100%
Pass/fail level: 70%
Lowest on scale: 0%

Some schools use a standard letter/numerical scale:


A = 4                          

A

B = 3                          

B

C = 2              

C

D = 1              

D

F =0                          

F

 

 

 

 

ECUADOR:

 

Most common grading scale is 0-40 (with 24 as the minimum passing grade), but other scales may be used, such as 0-30 (with 18 as the minimum passing grade), and 0-20 (with 12 as the minimum passing grade). The minimum passing percentage is the same (60%) on all three scales and the descriptive words remain the same as follows:

 

TERTIARY GRADING SCALE

 

GRADE

 

DESCRIPTION

SUGGESTED US EQUIVALENT

40

SOBRESALIENTE/EXCELLENT

A

35-39

MUY BUENO/VERY GOOD

A

30-34

BUENO/GOOD

B

24-29

REGULAR/AVERAGE

C

0-23

ARRASTRE/FAIL

F

 

TERTIARY GRADING SCALE

 

GRADE

 

DESCRIPTION

SUGGESTED US EQUIVALENT

30

SOBRESALIENTE/EXCELLENT

A

27-29

MUY BUENO/VERY GOOD

A

23-26

BUENO/GOOD

B

18-22

REGULAR/AVERAGE

C

0-17

ARRASTRE/FAIL

F

TERTIARY GRADING SCALE

 

GRADE

 

DESCRIPTION

SUGGESTED US EQUIVALENT

20

SOBRESALIENTE/EXCELLENT

A

18-19

MUY BUENO/VERY GOOD

A

15-17

BUENO/GOOD

B

12-14

REGULAR/AVERAGE

C

0-11

ARRASTRE/FAIL

F

 

 

EGYPT:

 

WES GRADING SCALE:

Scale Grade Description U.S. Grade Equiv.
75-100 Distinguished Excellent Very Good A
65-74 Good B
50-64 Pass C
0-49 Fail/weak F

 

 

 

 

 

Post-Secondary

Undergraduate scale used in the university faculties of arts, language, Islamic studies, archaeology, commerce, economics, political science, law, mass communication and at the Open University, the Sadat Academy, and tourism institutes:


Percent

Description

Suggested
U.S. Equivalent

90 - 100 Excellent A
80 - 89 Very Good B
65 - 79 Good C
50 - 64 Pass C-
35 - 49 Weak D
0 - 34 Fail F


 

 

 

 

 

 

 Undergraduate scale used in health science faculties:


Percent

Description

Suggested
U.S. Equivalent

85 - 100 Excellent A
75 - 84 Very Good B
65 - 74 Good C
60 - 64 Pass C-
30 - 59 Weak D
0 - 29 Fail F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Undergraduate scale used in faculties of education, engineering, fine arts, technology, social services, urban planning, and veterinary medicine:


Percent

Description

Suggested
U.S. Equivalent

85 - 100 Excellent A
75 - 84 Very Good B
65 - 74 Good C
50 - 64 Pass C-
35 - 49 Weak D
0 - 34 Fail F

 

 

 


 

 

 

Grading scale for graduate programs. Faculties of Law and Faculties of Arts have a minimum passing grade of 70:


Percent

Description

Suggested
U.S. Equivalent

90 - 100 Excellent A
80 - 89 Very Good B
70 - 79 Good C
60 - 69 Pass D
0 - 59 Weak F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credit Hour Grading Scale


Undergraduate

Graduate

Remark

Suggested
U.S. Equivalent

3.20 - 4.00 3.60 - 4.00 Excellent A
2.40 - 3.19 2.70 - 3.59 Very Good B
1.60 - 2.39 1.80 - 2.69 Good C
1.00 - 1.59 1.00 - 1.79 Pass D
0.00 - 0.99 0.00 - 0.99 Fail F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EL SALVADOR:

Number Description Translation Suggested
US Equivalent
9 - 10 Sobresaliente Excellent A
7 - 8.9 Bien Good B
6 - 6.9 Aprobado Pass C
0 - 5.9 Suspenso Fail F

 

 

 

 

 

ERITREA:


Grade

Description

Suggested U.S.
Equivalent

A (4) Excellent A
B (3) Very good B
C (2) Good C
D (1) Unsatisfactory D
F (0) Failure F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESTONIA:

In 2000 all universities and professional higher education institutions began using a unified 6-point marking scale, with the minimum passing level in examinations at 51%.

Indigenous scale

Translation

Suggested US
Equivalent

5 or A

suurepärane / excellent 91 – 100%

A

4 or B

väga hea / very good 81 – 90

B

3 or C

hea / good 71 – 80

B

2 or D

rahuldav / satisfactory 61 – 70

C

1 or E

kasin / sufficient 51 – 60

D

0 or F

puudulik / insufficient 0 – 50

F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ETHIOPIA:

SECONDARY GRADING SCALE

Scale Grade Description U.S. Grade Equiv.
90-100 Excellent A
80-89 Good B
70-79 Average C
60-69 Pass D
0-59 Failure F

  

 

Ethiopia

Suggested
U.S. Equivalent

A A
B B
C F
D F
E F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post-Secondary (Undergraduate):                                   Post-Secondary (Graduate):


Ethiopia

Suggested
U.S. Equivalent

A A
B B
C C
D F
F F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 FIJI:

Scale U.S. Grade Equiv.
80-100 A
65-79 B
50-64 C
0-49 F

   

 

 

FINLAND:
Primary, Lower Secondary, Upper Secondary


Number

Finnish

Swedish

English

Suggested U.S.
Equivalency

10 Erinomainen Utmärkta Excellent A
9 Kiitettävä Berömliga Praiseworthy B+
8 Hyvä Goda Good B
7 Tyydytävä Nöjaktiga Satisfactory C+
6 Kohtalainen Försvarliga Moderate C
5 Välttävä Hjälpliga Adequate C-
4 Hylätty Icke godkand Failure F
0 - 3       F

Vocational Education


Number

Finnish

Swedish

English

Suggested U.S.
Equivalency

5 Kiitettävä Berömliga Excellent A
4 Erittäin hyvä Mycket goda insikter Very Good B+
3 Hyvä Goda insikter Good B
2 Erittäin Tyydytävä Mycket Very Satisfactory C+
1 Tyydytävä Nöjaktigt Satisfactory C-
0       F

Universities


Number

Finnish

Swedish

English

Suggested U.S.
Equivalency

3 Erinomaiset Tiedot (ET) Utmärkta insikter Excellent A
2 Hyvät Tiedot (HT) God insikter Good B
1 Tyydyttävät Tiedot (TT) Nöjaktiga insikter Satisfactory C
0 Hylätty Icke godkand Failure F

 

 

Post-secondary


Number

Finnish

Swedish

English

Suggested U.S.
Equivalency

5 Kiitettävä Berömligt Excellent A
4 Erittäin hyvä Mycket goda Very good B+
3 Hyvä Goda insikter Good B
2 Erittäin Tyydytävä Mycket Very satisfactory C+
1 Tyydytävä Nöjaktigt Satisfactory C
0 Hylätty Icke godkand Failure F

FRANCE:


Numeric

Description

Suggested
U.S. Equivalent

14 - 20 Très bien A
10.5-13.9 Bien  B+
9-10.4 Assez bien C
8-8.9 Passable D
0 – 7.9 Ajourné F

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRENCH POLYNESIA:

Scale U.S. Grade Equiv.
14-20 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 F

 

(Grading scales vary. Please refer to grading scale on transcript.)

GABON:

Scale U.S. Grade Equiv.
14-20           (Tres bien) A
12-13.9        (bien) B+
11-11.9        (assez bien) B
10.5-10.9     B-
10.1-10.4     (passable) C+
10 C
9-9.9 C-
8-8.9              (mediocre) D
0-7.9             (faible/tres faible, nul) F

 

 

GAMBIA:

Grading Scales

 West African Examinations Council

Letter Points Description
A 1 Passing
B 2 Passing
C 3 Passing
D 4 Passing
E 5 Passing
F 6 Failing

 

 

 

 

 

 

University of the Gambia

Grade Points Rating
A+ 4.3  
A 4.0 Excellent
A- 3.7  
B+ 3.3  
B 3.0 Good
B- 2.7  
C+ 2.3  
C 2.0 Satisfactory
C- 1.7  
D 1.0 Marginal Pass
F 0.0 Fail or withdrawal after deadline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEORGIA:
Traditional (pre-2007):

Score Description
5 Excellent
4 Good
3 Satisfactory
chatvia complete

Some institutions used 100% scale.
ECTS Grading System (beginning 2007):

Score Description Percentage Suggested U.S.
Equivalent
A Excellent 91 - 100% A
B Very good 81 - 90% B+
C Good 71 - 80% B
D Satisfactory 61 - 70% C+
E Sufficient 51 - 60% C
FX Not passed 41 - 50%, with opportunity to repeat examination F
F Failed Below 40%, with no opportunity to repeat examination F

Students with an average of “excellent” are awarded a Diplomi Tsarchinebit (Diploma with Honor).
GERMANY:

Secondary


Grade

Points

Description

Translation

Suggested U.S.
Equivalent

1 13 - 15 Sehr gut Very good A
2 10 - 12 Gut Good B
3 7 - 9 Befriedigend Satisfactory C+
4 4 - 6 Ausreichend Sufficient C
5 1 - 3 Mangelhaft Deficient D
6 0 Ungenügend Failure F

4 is the minimum passing grade

Post-Secondary


rade

Description

Translation

Suggested U.S.
Equivalent

1 Sehr gut Very good A
2 Gut Good B
3 Befriedigend Satisfactory C+
4 Ausreichend Sufficient C
5 Nicht ausreichend Not sufficient F

4 is the minimum passing grade

 

 

GHANA:

WES GRADING SCALE

Degree Classification U.S. Grade Equiv.
First Class Honours A
Second Class Honours, Upper Division A-/B+
Second Class Honours, Lower Division B
Pass C

 

EDGE GRADING SCALSE:
Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (beginning in 1993):


Letter
Grade

Points

Description

Suggested U.S.
Equivalent

A 1 Excellent A
B 2 Very Good A
C 3 Good B
D 4 Credit C
E 5 Pass D
F - Fail F

 

The SSSCE grading system is more stringent than anything ever witnessed in the United States: 40% of students fail any given academic subject. The mass failures dishearten students and engender national finger-pointing, but both the Ministry of Education and WAEC defend uncompromising grading practices that establish the SSS on a firm, internationally-recognizable footing.
Although SSSCE performance is improving steadily, U.S. admission officers should note that grade inflation is uncommon in Ghana. A's and B's constitute only 10% of the grade distribution in any academic subject. The grading system is so tough that any student with A's and B's on the SSSCE ranks well within the top 1% nationwide. Fewer than one hundred, out of 90,000 graduates each year, score aggregate 6, or 6 A's. The table below summarizes recent SSSCE grades which are typical of examinees over the years:


Subject
Group

# of
Candidates

%
A's

%
A-B's

%
A-B's

English Language

218,154

0.7%

5.9%

57%

Integrated Science

217,604

2.6%

10.6%

61%

Mathematics

217,693

6.1%

14.8%

51%

Elective Sciences

182,972

2.0%

10.8%

58%

Elective Arts

270,007

1.9%

9.7%

58%

 

General Certificate of Education, Ordinary (O-level):


Points

Description

Suggested U.S.
Equivalent

1 Excellent A
2 Very Good A
3 Good B
4 Credit C
5 Credit C
6 Credit C
7 Pass (no credit) D
8 Pass (no credit) D
9 Fail F

 

Students took O-levels in six to ten subjects. Certificates were classified as Division One with Distinction (grades of 1-6 in six academic subjects including English, Math, a science and an 'arts' subject, with the sum of grades not more than 12); Division One (sum of grades between 13-24); Division Two (sum of grades not more than 36); Division Three (all others). Subjects in which the student failed do not appear on the certificate. Admission to Sixth Form, the A-level program, required Division One (and in the more competitive schools, individual subject grades of 1-2), while admission to post-secondary training schools required Division Two.

General Certificate of Education, Advanced (A-level):


Letter
Grade

Points

Description

Suggested U.S.
Equivalent

A 1 Pass A
B 2 Pass A
  3 Pass B
D 4 Pass C
E 5 Pass C
SUBS   Subsidiary Pass (equivalent to an O-level pass) D with no transfer credit.
FAIL   Fail F

Students took A-levels in three (occasionally four) subjects plus the required General Paper (general knowledge, current events, civics, Ghanaian history and culture). The minimum standard for university admission was a pass in the General Paper (always classified as a Subsidiary Pass regardless of the grade) plus passes in three academic subjects, one of which must be at least a D. Admissions competition, especially to the more popular fields of study, raised the minimum entrance grade. It was common to see students retaking their A-levels until they attained the requisite grades for university admission.

University
Transcripts from secondary schools, training colleges, polytechnics and universities in Ghana will always contain an interpretation of the grading system, which varies from one institution to another. Generally:


Letter
Grade

Percentage

Suggested U.S.
Equivalent

A 80 - 100% A
B 70 - 80% B
C 60 - 70% C
D 50 - 60% C
E 40 - 50% D
F 0 - 39% [Fail] F

 

However, at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST), the scale is:

Letter
Grade

Percentage

Description

Suggested U.S.
Equivalent

A 70 - 100% First Class A
A- 60 - 69% Second Class Upper Division A
B 50 - 59% Second Class Lower Division B
C 45 - 49% Pass C
F 0 - 45% Fail F

Degrees and diplomas are awarded with "honours" somewhat analogous to the American "cum laude" classifications. The grade point averages designating such honors will appear on the transcript, as in the case of the University of Ghana:


Honours Category

GPA

Suggested U.S.
Equivalent

First Class 3.60 - 4.00 A
Second Class Upper Division 3.25 - 3.59 B
Second Class Lower Division 2.50 - 3.24 C
Third Class 2.00 - 2.49 C
Pass 1.50 - 1.99 D
Fail (no degree awarded) 0.00 - 1.49 F

 

 

 

GREECE:

Scale U.S. Grade Equiv.
8.0-10.0 A
6.0-7.9 B
5.0-5.9 C
0.0-4.9 F

 

 

GREENLAND:
(see Denmark)

 

GUADELOUPE:

(See France)

 

GUAM:

(Grading scales vary. Please refer to grading scale on transcript.)

 

GUATEMALA:
At the secondary level, 51% is the minimum passing grade at government (public) schools and 61% is the minimum passing grade at private schools.

Percentage Description Translation Suggested
U.S. Equivalent
91 - 100% Excelente Excellent A
81 - 90% Muy Bueno Very Good B
71 - 80% Bueno Good C
61 - 70% Minimo Minimum D
0 - 60% Reprobado Fail F


 

Percentage Description Translation Suggested
U.S. Equivalent
80 - 100% Excelente Excellent A
70 - 79% Muy Bueno Very Good B
60 - 69% Bueno Good C
51 - 59% Minimo Minimum D
0 - 50% Reprobado Fail F

 

Percentage Description Translation Suggested
U.S. Equivalent
91 - 100% Excelente Excellent A
80 - 90% Muy Bueno Very Good B+
73 - 79% Bueno Good B
67 - 72% Bueno Good C+
60 - 66% Bueno Good C
51 - 59% Minimo Acceptable Minimum Acceptable D
0 - 50% Reprobado Fail F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Universidad Rafael Landivar

Percentage Description Suggested
U.S. Equivalent
86 - 100% Excellent A
71 - 85% Good B
61 - 70% Passing C
0 - 60% Fail F

 

 

Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala

Percentage Suggested
U.S. Equivalent
91 - 100% A
80 - 90% B+
70 - 79% B
60 - 69% C
51 - 59% D
0 - 50% F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GUINEA:

 

WES GRADING SCALE:

Scale U.S. Grade Equiv.
14-20             Très bien/Very Good A
12-13.9         Bien/Good B+
11-11.9        Assez bien/Good Enough B
10.5-10.9 B-
10.1-10.4    Passable/Passing C+
10 C
9-9.9 C-
8-8.9 D
0-7.9            Ajourné/Fail F

GUYANA:

University of Guyana Degree Programs

Scale Grade Description U.S. Grade Equiv.
A Distinction A
B Good B
C Satisfactory C
D Minimal Pass D
F Fail F

Guyana School of Agriculture

Description Grade Suggested U.S.
Equivalent
Distinction 80 - 100% A
Credit 70 - 79% B
Pass 50 - 69% C
Fail 0 - 49% F