6 Things to Know About Australian Grading System

Introduction

When you first come to know about the Australian grading system, it’s super different from what you are used to having in the UK or USA.  The Australian grading system is undeniably one of the ‘may or may not be weird’ grading system. But is it really weird or is it not weird? Here’s 6 things to know about the Australian grading system.

Number 1: High school Grading System

Even though every state and territory has their own grading system, in high school most of the grades fall between A to F. 

Grade Score

Grade Description

Grade 

85-100

Excellent

A

75-84

Good

B

51-69

Satisfactory

C

31-50

Limited

D

26-30

Very Low

E

0-25

Fail

F

Number 2: Diverse University Grading System

Now comes the university grading system in different cities. Even though there’s a common grading system in universities in Australia, universities in different cities follow different different grading systems like schools do.

Australian Capital Territory

Top Universities: University of Canberra, Australian National University, Charles Sturt University, UNSW Canberra, Australian Catholic University 

Grade Score

Grade Description

Grade 

85-100

Extremely High Standard of Achievement

A

75-84

High Standard of Achievement

B

50-69

Acceptable Standard of Achievement

C

25-49

Limited Standard of Achievement

D

0-24

Very Limited Performance

E

New South Wales

Top Universities: The east coast state, New South Wales, houses the University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, University of Newcastle, Macquarie University and La Trobe University.  

Grades

Grade Description

Grade Scale (%)

HD

High Distinction

85-100

D

Distinction

75-84

C

Credit

65-74

P

Pass

50-64

F

Fail

0-49

Northern Territory

Top Universities: Charles Darwin University and Flinders University.

Scale 2

Scale1

Grade 

17-20

5

A

14-16.99

4-4.99

B

11-13.99

3-3.99

C

8-10.99

2-2.99

D

0-7.99

1-1.99

E

Queensland

Top Universities: University of Queensland, Bond University, Griffith University and James Cook University.

Grades

Grade Description

GPA

HD

High Distinction

7.00

D

Distinction

6.00-6.99

C

Credit

5.00-5.99

P

Pass

4.00-4.99

F

Fail

1.00-3.99

South Australia

Top Universities: University of South Australia, University of Adelaide, Torrens University.

Grade

Grade Name

Grade Scale

HD

High Distinction

85-100

D

Distinction

75-84

C

Credit

66-74

P1

Pass Level 1

55-64

P2

Pass Level 2

50-54

F1

Fail Level 1

40-49

F2

Fail Level 2

30-39

Number 3: The Honors grading system

Honors degree comes with its very own grading system. Honors degree in Australia is generally a one year qualification taken after an undergraduate degree and involves further study in a particular discipline area.

Grades

Grade Description

Grade Scale (%)

GPA

UK Equivalent

US Equivalent

HD

High Distinction

85-100

7.00

First Class

A+

D

Distinction

75-84

6.00-6.99

Second Class- Upper Division

A

C

Credit

65-74

5.00-5.99

Second Class- Lower Division

B

P

Pass

50-64

4.00-4.99

Third Class

C

F

Fail

0-49

0.00-3.99

Fail

F

Number 4: GPA- ATAR Story

 Universities in Australia don’t even commonly use GPA [sum of (grade point x credit point)÷ sum of credit points] except for in medicine and law stream subjects . Instead they use ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks). ATAR is more of a ranking system than a grading system. 

Number 5: UK-US Comparison

Despite its totally different grading system it’s not much difficult to decode it in the UK or US grading system.

Grades

Grade Description

Grade Scale (%)

GPA

UK Equivalent

US Equivalent

H1

First Class Honor

80-100

7.00

First Class

A+

H2A

Second Class Honor(Division A)

75-79

6.00-6.99

Second Class- Upper Division

A

H2B

Second Class Honor(Division B)

70-74

5.00-5.99

Second Class- Lower Division

B

H3

Third Class Honor

65-69

4.00-4.99

Third Class

C

P

Pass

50-64

   

F

Fail

0-49

0.00-3.99

Fail

F

      

Number 6: Top 5 University

  • University of Melbourne ( follows grading system of Victoria)
  • Monash University ( follows grading system of Victoria)
  • University of Sydney ( follows grading system of North South Wales)
  • The University of Queensland ( follows grading system of Queensland)
  • University of North South Wales ( follows grading system of North South Wales)

 Some cities do follow the European grading system but it is their own grading system that has set them apart. It might be a little heavy to comprehend at first but you get the hang of it in no time.

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