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Complete Guide: University Grading System in Australia

Complete Guide: University Grading System in Australia
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Created By: Ola ElWassifyon 20 February, 2020

Each country has its own academic grading system. In Australia, you may not be able to decipher their Australian grading scale on the spot, since it's a bit heavy to comprehend at first. Just like what we mentioned in breaking down the Australian academic year blog, the system changes from one state to another and every university or institute might use a different system. 

To guide you through the Australian university grading systems, we are introducing each state with its scaling table.

Australian Undergraduate Degree Grading (New South Wales & Queensland)

AUS Grades

Grade Name

Percentage (%)

GPA

US Equivalent

HD

High Distinction

83-100

A+

First Class

D

Distinction

73-82.99

A

Second Class - Upper Division

C

Credit

63-72.99

B

Second Class - Lower Division

P

Pass

50-62.99

C

Third Class

F

Fail

0-49.99

D

Fail


South Australia has the same grading scale, except that it has extra entries.

South Australia Grades

Grade Name

Percentage (%)

HD

High Distinction

85-100

D

Distinction

75-84.99

C

Credit

65-74.99

P1

Pass Level 1

55-64.99

P2

Pass Level 2

50-54.99

F2

Fail Level 1

40-49.99

F2

Fail Level 2

30 to 39.99

The state of Victoria is well known for its renowned education system worldwide and hosting leading universities, like Monash University, Deakin University, Swinburne University of Technology, the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University.

Take a look at the below table to see what’s the grading system followed by the educational institutions of Victoria:

Grade

Grade Name

A


B


C


D


E

The lowest grade needed to pass

F

Fail

The state of Western Australia has numerous universities, like the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, and Murdoch University. 

The grading scale followed by the educational institutions of Western Australia is as follows:

Grade

Grade Name

Grade Scale

HD

High Distinction

80-100

A

Excellent Achievement

80-100

B

High Achievement

70-79.99

C

Sound Achievement

60-69.99

D

Limited Achievement (lowest grade needed to pass)

50-59.99

E

Fail

0-49.99

Sometimes, Australian institutions and universities use other forms for rating unusual grades, like NGP (Non-Graded Pass) or (Non-Graded Fail), for passing/failing with quantity instead of quality, meaning that it's important to have a quality grade, not quantitative. F1 (Pass Conceded), for grades between 53 and 55%.

How to Calculate the Australian Grade Point Averages - GPA?

The most common formula for an Australian GPA is the sum of grade points x course unit values /the total number of credit points endeavoured. The grades then get converted into numbers like this: 

High Distinction = 7. 

Distinction = 6. 

Credit = 5

Pass = 4 

Fail level 1 = 1 

Fail level 2 = 0 

The grading systems used in Australia are both letter-based, but you’ll find that the most common one is the HD.


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