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The Grading Process

As outlined in the upcoming launch of the Online Course eBook

Most universities that provide their curriculum online continue the same form of marking their students. Grades are standardized measurements of varying levels of comprehension in a particular subject matter. This can vary from country to country and can be assigned in letters (for example, A, B, C, D or F), or as a range (for example 4.0 – 1.0), or as descriptors (for example excellent, great, satisfactory, needs improvement), in percentages or as is common in some institutions in some countires as a grade point average (GPA). Like Australia for example exam results are usually marked with ‘Distinction’ or ‘High Distinction’ for good performances.

What are the marking styles around the world

Australia

  • HD – High Distinction (85% and above)
  • D – Destination (75-84%)
  • Cr – Credit Pass (65-74%)
  • P – Pass (50-64%)
  • F1 – Fail level 1 (45-49%)
  • F2 – Fail Level 2 (0-44%)

United States

  • A – 90-100% (3.5 – 4.0 GPA)
  • B – 80-89% (2.5 – 3.49 GPA)
  • C – 70-79% (1.5 – 2.49 GPA)
  • D – 60-69% (1 – 1.49 GPA)
  • E/F – 0-69% (0 – .99GPA)

UK (Advanced Level)

  • A – 480 UMS Points
  • B – 420 UMS Points
  • C – 360 UMS Points
  • D – 300 UMS Points
  • E – 240 UMS Points

Africa
Schools typically grade from 0 (worst) to 20 (best), or 0-10. Anything mid level (5 out of 10) or (10 out of 20) is considered a fail.

China
The grading system is divided into 5 categories

  • A (excellent) 85-100%
  • B (good) 75-84%
  • C (satisfactory) 65-74%
  • D (pass) 60-64%
  • E (fail) 0-59%

 

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