International Baccalaureate (IB) and British-Style Exams found around the world:

Official transcript from International Baccalaureate. Must complete IB school graduation requirements and submit final IB school transcript.

General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE). Must have completed at least 5 core subjects with a grade of “C” or higher. Core subjects include Math, Science, English, Social Science, and Foreign Language. These results must be submitted directly from the awarding body.

AS and A levels certificates must be sent directly from the awarding body to be considered for advanced standing.

Academic Requirements by Country


Algeria

Baccalauréat de ľEnseignement Secondaire (Secondary Education Baccalaureate)

Grading Scale
Grade Description Translation Suggested U.S. Equivalent
16-20 Très bien Very Good A
14015 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 Algeria. 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 “condoned pass.”


Argentina

Bachiller

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

Secondary Grading Scale (since 1992)
Grade Description Suggested U.S. Equivalent
10 Sobresaliente/Outstanding A
8-9 Muy Bueno/Very Good A
7 Bueno/Good B
6 Aprobado/Pass C
1-5 Reprobado/Fail F

Australia

ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Senior Secondary Certificate (since 2015)
ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Year 12 Certificate (prior to 2015)

NSW (New South Wales) Higher School Certificate
Northern Territory Certificate of Education
Queensland Senior Certificate
South Australian Certificate of Education
Tasmanian Certificate of Education
Victorian Certificate of Education
Western Australian Certificate of Education

Secondary

Australian Capital Territory
Grade Description Suggested U.S. Equivalent
A Very High Achievement A
B High Achievement B
C Clearly Satisfactory/Sound Achievement C
D Limited Achievement/Allowed to continue D
F Very Limited/Few skills mastered F

New South Wales

Grade Description Suggested U.S. Equivalent
Band 6 90 HSC Marks A
Band 5 80 HSC Marks B
Band 4 HSC Marks B
Band 3 60 HSC Marks C
Band 2 50 HSC Marks C
Band 1 Less than 50 HSC Marks F

Northern Territory

Grade Numeric Score Description Suggested U.S. Equivalent
A 20 Outstanding A
A 17-19 Very High A
B 14-16 High B
C 11-13 Competent C
D 8-10 Marginal D
E 0-7 Low F
Queensland
Grade Description Suggested U.S. Equivalent
VH Very High Achievement A
HA High Achievement B
SA Sound Achievement C
LA Limited Achievement/Allowed to continue D
VLA Very Low Achievement F
South Australia
Grade Numeric Score Description Suggested U.S. Equivalent
A 20 Outstanding Achievement A
A 17-19 Very High Achievement A
B 14-16 High Achievement B
C 11-13 Competent Achievement C
D 8-11 Marginal Achievement D
E 3-7 Low Achievement D
E 0-2 Requirements Not Met/No Grade F
SA   Satisfactory Achievement Pass
RA   Recorded Achievement Pass
RNM   Requirement Not Met Fail
Tasmania
Grade Numeric Score Description Suggested U.S. Equivalent
OA 17-20 Outstanding Achievement A
HA 9-16 High Achievement B
SA 1-8 Satisfactory Achievement C
Western Australia
Grade Ranking Description Suggested U.S. Equivalent
A Top 20% Excellent Achievement A
B Next 20% High Achievement B
C Next 30% Sound Achievement C
D Next 20% Limited Achievement D
F Next 10% Inadequate Achievement F

Austria

Reifezeugnis (Maturity Certificate)

Secondary and Postsecondary

Number Description English Suggested U.S. Equivalent
1 Sehr Gut Very Good A
2 Gut Good B
3 Befriedigend Satisfactory C+
4 Genügend Sufficient C
5 Nicht Genügend Insufficient F

Bangladesh

Higher Secondary Certificate

Secondary
Indigenous Scale Suggested U.S. Equivalent
60-100% First Division A
45-59% Second Division B
33-44% Third (Pass) Division C
0-32%   F

Belize

General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE “O” levels). Must have completed at least 5 core subjects with a grade of “C” or higher. Core subjects include Math, Science, English, Social Science, and Foreign Language. 

OR

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC)

CXC Certificate of Secondary Education Six-Point Grading Scheme (May/June 1998 to present)
Overall Grade Profile Grade Profile Description
I A Candidate shows a comprehensive grasp of the key concepts, knowledge, skills and competencies required by the syllabus
II B Candidate shows a good grasp of the key concepts, knowledge, skills and competencies required by the syllabus
III C Candidate shows a fairly good grasp of the key concepts, knowledge, skills and competencies required by the syllabus
IV D Candidate shows a moderate grasp of the key concepts, knowledge, skills and competencies required by the syllabus
V E Candidate shows a limited grasp of the key concepts, knowledge, skills and competencies required by the syllabus
VI F Candidate shows a very limited grasp of the key concepts, knowledge, skills and competencies required by the syllabus

Bolivia

Bachiller or Bachiller en Humanidades

100-point scale with minimum passing grade of 51 (effective 2013)
Grade Description Translation Suggested U.S. Equivalent
90-100 Sobresaliente Outstanding A
77-89 Distinguido Distinguished A- or B+
64-76 Bueno Good B
51-63 Suficienter Adequate (Pass) C
0-50 Reprobado Fail F
7-point scale
Grade Description translation Suggested U.S. Equivalent
7 Excelente Excellent A
6 Muy Bueno Very Good A
5 Bueno Good B
3.7-4 Regular Average C
3-3.6 Deficiente Deficient D or F
2 Malo Poor F
1 Pesimo Very Poor (fail) F
5-point scale (1969-1972 only)
Grade Description translation Suggested U.S. Equivalent
5 Excelente Excellent A
4 Muy Bueno Very Good B
3 Regular Average C
2 Deficiente Deficient D or F
1 Malo Poor Fail

Brazil

Diploma / Certificado de Ensino Médio

Most common grade scales and recommended conversions:
Indigenous Grade Suggested U.S. Equivalent
9.0-10 or 90-100 A
7.0-8.9 or 70-89 B
5.0-6.9 or 50-69 C
Below 5.0/50 F

Canada

Completion of senior secondary school—General or Advanced High School Diploma (Ontario Secondary School Diploma, Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma, etc.)

Different grading scales across provinces. See Edge for more information.

Chile

Licencia de Educación Media

All Levels of Education
Numeric Description Translation Suggested U.S. Equivalent
6-7 Muy Bueno Very Good A
5-5.9 Bueno Good B
4-4.9 Suficiente Sufficient C
0-3.9 Insuficiente Insufficient F

The grade of seven is rarely awarded in higher education and even more rarely in areas such as medicine and engineering.

China

Upper Middle School Graduation Certificate with official English language translation. Must have original ink seal of the school.

The A-F scale with five grades with 60 as the minimum passing score is mostly used unless otherwise indicated on the transcript. Always refer to the transcript.

A-F with D Grade Suggested U.s. Equivalent
Letter Number Description Grade Points
A 90-100 Excellent 4.00 A
B 80-89 Good 3.00 B
C 70-79 Average/Fair 2.00 C
D 60-69 Satisfactory/Pass 1.00 D
F 0-59 Fail 0.00 F
A-F without D Grade Suggested U.s. Equivalent
letter Number Description Grade Points
A 85-100 Excellent 4.00 A
B 75-84 Good 3.00 B
C 60-74 Average/Fair 2.00 C
F 0-59 Fail 0.00 F

Republic of the Congo

Baccalauréat (Baccalaureate)

Grading Scale
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 Republic of the Congo. 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 “condoned pass.”

Diplôme ďEtat ďEtudes Secondaires du Cycle Long (State Diploma of Long Cycle Secondary Studies)

Grading Scale
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 Democratic Republic of the Congo. 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 “condoned pass.”

Grade Description Translation Suggested U.S. Equivalent
90-100% La plus grande distinction With highest distinction A
80-89% Grande distinction High distinction B+
70-79% Distinction Distinction B
50-69% Satisfaction Satisfactory C
0-49%     F

50% is the minimum passing grade.

Colombia

Título de Bachiller Academico/Bachiller/Bachillerato

Secondary
Grade Suggested U.S. Equivalent
9.5-10.0 A+
8.5-9.4 A
7.5-8.4 B
6.0-7.4 C
1.0-5.9 F

Costa Rica

Diploma de conclusion de estudios de educacion diversificada or Bachillerato

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

Cyprus

Lise Diplomasi

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

Northern Cyprus

Secondary
Number Suggested U.S. Equivalent
9-10 A
7-8 B
5-6 C
0-4 F

Denmark

Bevis for højere forberedelseeksamen (Higher Preparatory Certificate)

Studentereksamen (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

System used in all of Danish education 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 B
4 For a fair performance displaying some command of the relevant material but also some major weaknesses. DD 7 C
02 For a performance meeting only the minimum requirements for acceptance. EE 6 C-
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

Ecuador

Bachiller

Common grading scale: 0 to 10 points (with 10 as maximum; 7 minimum pass).

Secondary Grading Scale
Grade Description Suggested U.S. Equivalent
10 Sobresaliente/Excellent A
9 Muy Bueno/Very Good A
8 Bueno/Good B
7 Regular/Average C
0-6 Arrastre/Fail F

A grade of 10 is rarely awarded, and may be used to indicate the first-place student. A grade of 9 is considered very high achievement. A grade of 7 may indicate above average achievement.

Egypt

Thanaweya a’ Amma (General Secondary Education Certificate)

Secondary
Percent Description Suggested U.S. Equivalent
90-100 Excellent A
80-89 Very Good B+
65-79 Good B
50-64 Pass C
0-49 Fail F

France

Baccalauréat de ľEnseignement de Second Degré/ Baccalauréat Général
Grade Description Translation Suggested U.S. Equivalent
16-20 Très bien Very Good A
14-15 Bien Good B+
12-13 Assez bien Fairly Good 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 France. However, 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 “condoned pass.”

Gabon

Baccalauréat (Baccalaureate)
Grade Description Translation Suggested U.S. Equivalent
16-20 Très bien Very Good A
14-15 Bien  Good B+
12-13 Assez bien Fairly Good 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 Gabon. 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 “condoned pass.”

Georgia

Secondary Education (2 possible scales)
Indigenous Scale Suggested U.S. Equivalent
10, priadi (excellent) A
9, dzalian kargi (very good) B+
8, kargi (good) B
7, damakmakopilebeli (satisfactory) C+
6, sakmarisi (sufficient) C
5, chaabara (pass) D
4, chaabara [pirobitad] (conditional pass)* F*
3 (failure) F
*Student must retake the subject for a better grade
Score Description
7 Excellent
6 Very Good
5 Good
4 Satisfactory
3 Sufficient
2 Conditional Pass
1 Failed

Germany

Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Certificate of General Maturity for Higher Education)/Abitur
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

Honduras

Bachillerato

This percentage based grading scale is used primarily in public secondary and public higher education.
Honduran Suggested U.S. Equivalent
90-100% Sobresaliente Excellent A
80-89% Muy Bueno Very Good B
60-79% Bueno Good C
1-59% Reprobado/Aplazado Failed F

*There is a proposal to raise the passing grade to 70 at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (UNAH)

Alternate grading scale used primarily in secondary schools
Honduran Suggested U.S. Equivalent
91-100% Sobresaliente Excellent A
81-90% Muy Bueno Very Good B
61-80% Bueno Good C
1-60% Reprobado/Aplazado Failed F
This scale is used mainly in private higher education institutions
Percentage Grade Points Description
90-100% A 4.0 Excellent - Excelente
86-89% B+ 3.5 Very Good - Muy Bueno
80-85% B 3.0 Good - Bueno
76-79% C+ 2.5 Average - Regular
70-75% C 2.0 Average - Regular
66-69% D+ 1.5 Passing - Suficiente
60-65% D 1.0 Passing - Suficiente
0-59% F 0 Failing - Insuficiente
Most “carreras” (majors) require at least a C average for graduation.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE)

The HKDSE consists of four Core Subjects (Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics and Liberal Studies) plus two or three Elective Subjects (student’s choice as to both the number and category of subjects). Students choose from three categories of Elective Subjects, as follows: 

Category A, New Senior Secondary Subjects (the four Core subjects are also new): Biology, business, accounting and financial studies, chemistry, Chinese history, Chinese literature, design and applied technology, economics, ethics and religious studies, geography, health management and social care, history, information and communication technology, literature in English, music, physical education, physics, science, technology and living, tourism and hospitality studies, visual arts.

Category B, Applied Learning Subjects: Thirty-one subjects under 15 headings such as media arts, business studies, legal studies, hospitality services and medical science and health care. Each Category B subject represents 180 contact hours spread over two years.

Category C, Other Language Subjects: French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish, Urdu. 

The grading scales for Core Subjects and each category of Elective Subject are as follows:

Core & Category A Subject Grades Suggested U.S. Equivalent
5** A+
5* A+
5 A+
4 B
3 C+
2 C
1 C-
Category B Subject Grades Suggested U.S. Equivalent
Attained with Distinction A
Attained C
Category C Subject Grades Suggested U.S. Equivalent
AS Level Grades* Suggested U.S. Equivalence
A A
B B
C B
D C
E C

Grades which fail to meet the minimum passing grade in each category are not listed on the certificate. They are deemed Unclassified (for Core and Category A subjects), Unattained (for Category B subjects) and Ungraded (for Category C subjects).

Hungary

Érettségi Bizonyítvány

5-Point Scale
Score Description Translation Suggested U.S. Equivalent
5 jeles / kiváló Excellent A
4 Good B
3 közepes Average C
2 elégséges Satisfactory C
1 elégtelen Unsatisfactory (failing) F
3-Point Scale
Score Description Translation Suggested U.S. Equivalent
3 Kivaloan Megfelelt Excellent A
2 Megfelelt Satisfactory C
1 Nem Felelt Meg Fail F
Qualitative grading system
Grade Description
Kiválóan megfelelt Pass with credit
Megfelelt Pass
Nem felelt meg Fail

Iceland

Stúdentspróf
Iceland Suggested U.S. Equivalent
10 A+
9 A
8 B+/B
7 C+/C
6 C-
5 D
0-4 F

 India

Higher Secondary Certificate/Higher Secondary School Certificate

Official year XII exam results
Indigenous Grade Suggested U.S. Equivalent
60-100% First Class A
50-59% Second Class B
35-49% Pass Class C

Students taking Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) and Council for Indian School Certificate (CISCE) tests are graded differently even though they do get marks in percentages.
CBSE places all passed students in rank order and awards grades in each subject as follows:

CBSE CISCE U.S. Grade
A1: Top 1/8 1 Pass with Credit A+
A2: Next 1/8 2 Pass with Credit A
B1: Next 1/8 3 Pass with Credit B+
B2: Next 1/8 4 Pass with Credit B
C1: Next 1/8 5 Pass with Credit B-
C2: Next 1/8 6 Pass with Credit C
D1: Next 1/8 7 Pass C-
D2: Next 1/8 8 Pass D
E: Fail 9 Fail F

Indonesia

Surat Tanda Tanat Belajar (STTB)
Grade U.S. Equivalent
9.00 - 10.00 A
7.00 - 8.00 B
5.00 - 6.00 C
0.00 - 4.00 F

International Baccalaureate and British-Style Exams:

Official transcript from International Baccalaureate. Must complete IB school graduation requirements and submit final IB school transcript.

General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE). Must have completed at least 5 core subjects with a grade of “C” or higher. Core subjects include Math, Science, English, Social Science, and Foreign Language. These results must be submitted directly from the awarding body.

AS and A levels certificates must be sent directly from the awarding body to be considered for advanced standing.

Iran

Peesh-daneshgahii

Secondary
Iranian Grade Suggested U.S. Equivalent
16.0 - 20.0 A = 4.0
14.0 - 15.9 B = 3.0
12.0 - 13.9 C = 2.0
10.0 - 11.9 D = 1.0
Below 10.0 F = 0.0

 Italy

Diploma di Maturita or Diploma di Esame di Stato

The secondary school grading scale is 0-10, with a minimum passing grade of 6 (60%). Please note that while this scale is used by secondary schools, the national secondary school examination, Diploma di Maturita (Maturity Diploma, below) grading scale is 0-100. Grading is very strict in both instances. The following conversion is recommended for the secondary school grading scale:

Score Description Suggested U.S. Equivalent
10 Excellent (rarely awarded) A
8-9 Very good B
6-7 Average C
0-5 Failing F

Since 1998-99, the Diploma di Maturita (Maturity Diploma), official name Diploma dell’ Esame di Stato conclusivo dei Corsi di Istruzione Secondaria Superiore (Diploma of the State Examination concluding the Upper Secondary Course of Instruction, or Diploma of State Examination (Diploma dell’ Esame di Stato) for short), the grading scale is 0-100, with a minimum passing grade of 60. The following conversion is recommended for the Diploma di Maturita grading scale:

Score Description Suggested U.S. Equivalent
98-100 Excellent (rarely awarded) A+
91-97 Very good A
76-90 Good B
60-75 Average C
0-59 Failing F

 Jamaica

Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC)/O Levels

Caribbean Examinations Council, Secondary Education Certificate

Subjects may be taken at three different levels of proficiency—basic, general and technical. Effective June 1998, candidates attaining general or technical proficiency grades I – III have reached an acceptable standard for matriculation purposes.  Prior to 1998 there was a five-point grading scheme and grades I and II only were identified as having attained an acceptable standard.

Indigenous Scale Suggested U.S. Equivalent
Grade I A
Grade II B
Grade III C
Grade IV D
Grade V D
Grade VI F

 Japan

Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shosho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

Elementary and Secondary
Grade Suggested U.S. Equivalent
5 A
4 B
3 C
2 D
1 (Failure) F

 Jordan

Tawjhi
Grade Description
90-100 Excellent
80-89 Very Good
70-79 Good
60-69 Acceptable
50-59 Poor
< 50 Fail

Kenya

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)

The Kenya Certificate Primary Education and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education use the same grading system.. Each subject is graded on the basis of a 12-point scale. 12 points is the highest and 1 point the lowest score. These points are accompanied by an expanded grading system of A, A-, B+ … E. This system takes into account the level of performance as a major criterion for determining the quality of candidates to be considered for further education. Institutions offering further education and training for secondary school leavers are required to use these grades and points to select suitable candidates for their training programs.

Kenya Grade Grade Points Suggested U.S. Equivalent
A 12 A
A- 11 A
B+ 10 A
B 9 B+
B- 8 B
C+ 7 C
C 6 C
C- 5 C
D+ 4 D
D 3 D
D- 2 D
E 1 F

There is an average grade based on performance in the eight subjects. Where a candidate sits for more than eight subjects, the average grade is based on the best eight subjects. Selection is based on the best eight and performance in the individual subjects. (The University of Nairobi requires for admission an aggregate minimum C+ from at least 7 approved subjects obtained at the same sitting.)

Kuwait

Secondary School Diploma (Shahadat Al-Thanawiya-Al-A'ama)

Secondary Schools
Letter Grade Percentage Description
A 90-100% Excellent
B 80-89% Very Good
C 70-79% Good
D 60-69% Pass
F 0-59% Fail

Libya

Secondary Education Certificate

Individual subjects possess minimum and maximum marks with 50% the minimum passing percentage. Literary subjects carry a maximum of 260 and science subjects contain a maximum of 330.

Literary Subjects
Grade Suggested U.S. Equivalent
221-260 A
195-220 B
169-194 C
130-168 D
0-129 F
Science Subjects
Grade Suggested U.S. Equivalent
280-330 A
247-279 B
214-246 C
165-213 D
0-164 F

Macau

HKCE/O levels/Senior Secondary Certificate

Malaysia

Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)/Sijil Tinggi Pelarajan Malaysia (STPM)
The SPM represents grade 11 and meets our benchmark qualification to be considered for admission.

SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia/ Certificate of Education)
Grade Points Remark Suggested U.S. Equivalent
A+ 18 Cemerlang (Distinction) A
A 16 Cemerlang (Distinction) A
A- 14 Cemerlang (Distinction) A
B+ 12 Kepujian (Credit) B
B 10 Kepujian (Credit) B
C+ 8 Kepujian (Credit) C
C 6 Kepujian (Credit) C
D 4 Lulus (Pass) C
E 2 Lulus (Pass) D
G 0 Gegal (Fail) F
STPM (Sijil Tinggi Perekolahan Malaysia/ Malaysia Higher School Certificate)
Grade Grade Value Suggested U.S. Equivalent
A 4.00 A
A- 3.67 A
B+ 3.33 B
B 3.00 B
B- 2.67 B
C+ 2.33 C
C 2.00 C
C- 1.67 C
D+ 1.33 D
D 1.00 D
F 0.00 F

Marshall Islands

U.S. Based

Mexico

Certificado de Bachillerato (Baccalaureate Certificate), Certificado de Bachillerato Tecnológico (Technological Baccalaureat Certificate), Título de Bachiller (Title of Baccalaureate), Certificado de Preparatoria.

Secondary
Mexico Suggested U.S. Equivalent
10 A+
9 A
8 B
6-7 C
0-5 F

Netherlands

Hoger Algemeen Voortgezet Onderwijs (HAVO)/Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)

Grading Scale: Secondary and Tertiary Education
Numeric Description Translation Suggested U.S. Equivalent
10 Uitmuntend  Excellent A
9 Zeer Goed  Very Good A
8 Goed Good A
7 Ruim Voldoende  Amply Satisfactory B
6 Voldoende Satisfactory C
5 Bijna Voldoende  Almost Satisfactory D
4 Onvoldoende Insufficient F
3 Gering Low F
2 Slecht Bad F
1 Zeer Slecht Very Bad F

 New Zealand

NCEA Level 3
NCEA NCEA Grade Suggested U.S. Equivalent
Achievement with Excellence E A
Achievement with Merit M B
Achievement A C

Nigeria

West African Examinations Council Senior School Certificate and copy of WAEC scratch card.

Secondary Grading Scale
Indigenous Grade Suggested U.S. Equivalent
Grade 1 Excellent A
Grade 2 Very Good B+
Grade 3 Good B
Grade 4, 5, 6 Credit C+
Grade 7,8 Pass C
Grade 9 Fail F

 Norway

Vitnemål Fra Videregående Skole

Secondary School
Numeric % of Students Norwegian English Suggested U.S. Equivalent
6 (seks) 2.1 særdeles tilfredsstillende (s.tf.) Excellent A
5 (fem) 13.6 meget tilfredsstillende (m.tf.) Very Good B
4 (fire) 24.3 tilfredsstillende (tf.) Satisfactory C+
3 (tre) 27.3 noenlunde tilfredsstillende (ng.tf.) Pass C
2 (to) 20.2 måtelig (måt.) Barely Passing D
1 (ett) 9.6 ikke tilfredsstillende (ik.tf.) Failure F
0 (null) 2.9 - - F
    deltatt (delt.) Participated NG

2 is the minimum passing grade

Pakistan

Higher Secondary School Certificate or Intermediate Certifcate
At the higher secondary and Intermediate level the general grading system:
60% and above A (first class)
50-59% B (second class)
35-49% C (third or pass class)
0-34% F (fail)

Panama

Diploma de Educación Media / Diploma de Bachiller (Upper Secondary School Diploma / Baccalaureate)

Secondary Education
Letter Grade Performance Equivalent Percentage Grade Points
A Outstanding 91-100 5
B Good 81-90 4
C Average 71-80 3
D Minimum to Pass 61-70 2
F Fail 0-60 1

Source: IAU, World Higher Education Database (WHED), from the Ministry of Education, Panama 2006.

Peru

Bachillerato Académic (Academic Baccalaureate)/ Certificado de Educación Secundaria Común Completa (Certificate of Completion of General Secondary Education)

Number Description Translation Suggested U.S. Equivalent
15.0 - 20.0 Excelente Excellent A
13.0 - 14.9 Muy bueno Very Good B+
12.0 - 12.9 Bueno Good B
11.0 - 11.9 Aprobado Passing C
0.0 - 10.9 Reprobado Failure F

Poland

Secondary after Fall 1991
Polish English Grade Suggested U.S. Equivalent
Celujacy Excellent 6 A
Bardzo Dobry Very Good 5 A
Dobry Good 4 B
Dostatecsny Satisfactory 3 C
Mierny Poor 2 D
Niedostateczny Unsatisfactory 1 F

Saudi Arabia

General Secondary Education Certificate (Shahadat Al-Marhalat Al-Thanawiyyat)

Secondary School
Percent Remark Suggested U.S. Equivalent
85-100 Excellent A
75-84 Very Good B
65-74 Good C
50-64 Fair D
0-49 Fail F
Alternate Secondary School
Percent Remark U.S. Equivalent
90-100 Excellent A
75-89 Very Good B
60-74 Good C
50-59 Pass D
0-49 Fail F

Singapore

Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary 'O' Level Examination

The General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level Examinations (GCE O-levels)
Numerical Letter Grade Suggested U.S. Equivalent
1-2 A A
3-4 B B
5-6 C C
7 D D
8 E D
9 Ungraded (not recorded on certificate) F

South Korea

High School Certificate

Secondary Grading Scale
Score Description Suggested U.S. Equivalent
90-100 Su A
80-89 Wu B
70-79 Mi C
60-69 Yang D
59 or below Ga F

Secondary School Rank
Rank represents the student’s level of standing on a scale of 1 to 9 with 1=the highest, 9=the lowest.

Rank % of Students Grade
1 4% A+
2 7% A
3 12% B+
4 17% B
5 20% C+
6 17% C
7 12% D+
8 7% D
9 4% F

Spain

Título de Bachiller/ Bachillerato
Spanish Abbreviation Translation Numeric Suggested U.S. Equivalent
Sobresaliente SB Outstanding 9-10 A
Notable NT Very Good 7-8.99 B+
Bien B Good 6-6.99 B
Aprobado AP Passing 5-5.99 C
Suspenso S/I Failed 0-4.99 F

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education Advanced Level
Percentage Letter Description Suggested U.S. Equivalent
75-100% A Distinction A
65-74 B Very Good Pass B+
55-64 C Credit B
40-54 S Ordinary Pass C
0-39 F Fail F

40% is the minimum passing grade

Sudan

Sudan Secondary School Certificate
Indigenous Scale Suggested U.S. Grade
80-100% A
70-79% B
60-69% C
50-59% D
0-49% F

Sweden

Avgångsbetyg från Gymnasieskole or Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskole

Högskoleförberedande Examen
Number Description Suggested U.S. Equivalent
5 Highest A
4 Above Average B
3 Average C
2 Below Average D
1 Lowest Passing D
From 2011
Sweden U.S.
A A
B A
C B
D C
E D
F F

Syria

Al-Shahâda Al Thânawiyya-Al'Amma

Undergraduate Grading Scales
Indigenous Scale Description Suggested U.S. Equivalent
90-100 Honors A
80-89 Distinction A
70-79 Very Good A
60-69 Good B
50-59 Passing C
0-49 Fail F
Indigenous Scale Suggested U.S. Equivalent
75-100 A
60-74 B
50-59 C
0-49 F

Taiwan

Senior High School Diploma
Secondary
A 80-100
B 70-79
C 60-69
D 50-59
E 0-49

Uganda

Uganda Certificate of Education
Uganda Suggested U.S. Equivalent
A 1-2 A
B 3-6 B
C 7-8 C
D 9 D

United Kingdom

General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE). Must have completed at least 5 core subjects with a grade of “C” or higher. Core subjects include Math, Science, English, Social Science, and Foreign Language. These results must be submitted directly from the awarding body.

AS and A levels certificates must be sent directly from the awarding body to be considered for advanced standing.

General Certificate of Secondary Education
GCSE Grades Suggested U.S. Equivalent
A A
B B
C C
D D
E D
F,G D
H or Ungraded F
General Certificate of Education Advanced Level
GCE A/AS Level Grades Suggested U.S. equivalent
A A
B B
C B
D C
E C
O F

Vietnam

 Bằng Tốt Nghiệp Trung Học Phổ Thông

Grade Remarks Suggested U.S. Equivalent
10 Excellent Achievement (Xuất Sắc) A+
9 High Achievement (Xuất Sắc) A
8 Very Good (Giỏi) B+
7 Good (Khá) B
6 Average (Trung bình) C
5 Minimum passing (Ɖạt/Trung Bình) C
4 Failure (Trượt/Kém) F
3 Failure (Trượt/Kém) F
2 Failure (Trượt/Kém) F
1 Bad failure (Trượt/Yếu) F