Grade Evaluation

Grade Evaluation

According to German law, there are universities and two years associate schools. Universities offer degrees at four levels or stages: associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctorate. All German students have to get the national placement exams ( these exams are provided as 2 stages ) and the placements are done according to exam scores.

There are two different grading systems in Germany :

The first one contains grades from one to six. One means very well, six means very poor. If one achieves only the grade four or worse he or she didn’t pass the exam. This system is mainly used in Germany. It is used in school from the first year till year ten and it is also used at advanced colleges and universities. Smaller steps in the grading system can be shown in decimal numbers.

The Full Translation of Grade is

Numeric Description
01 Very good
02 Good
03 Satisfactory
04 Adequate
05 Poor
06 Very Poor
In the last years of Gymnasium, which means year 11 to year 13 in the old way and year 10 to year 12 after the reform of G8 there is another grading system. This system gives points from 0 to 15 and is used because in the exams of the Abitur there are points to show the final grade. Because it is easier to calculate the final degree the system is introduced earlier. This grading system is also the basic system for the application for university. But the points can also be expressed in grades from the first system.
  • Grade Evaluation
Numeric Description
00 Very Poor
02 Poor
05 Adequate
08 Satisfactory
11 Good
14 Very Good
15 Better than very good

To get the average degree for the Abitur the points of all exams in the last years and the points from the final exams are summarized. The points from the final exams are worth more than the other ones. The solution can then be calculated as average grade.

To apply for a place at university it is necessary for German students to have the number of points. For international students who have a different grading system it is possible to “translate” their grades. The necessary documents can be found on the webpages of the German university.

Percentage Course Grade Coefficient
90-100 AA 4.0
85-89 BA 3.5
80-84 BB 3.0
75-79 CB 2.5
70-74 CC 2.0
65-69 DC 1.5
60-64 DD 1.0
50-59 FD 0.5
49 and below FF 0.0

The student's achievement is measured in the form of a Grade Point Average (GPA). The total credit points for a course are obtained by multiplying the coefficient of the final grade by the credit hours. In order to calculate the GPA for any given semester, the total credit points are divided by the total credit hours.