I literally had no idea about the grading system in Australian schools until recently and we have been in Oz now for going on 5 years. To be honest, I had a partial idea from what my kids have told me, but never did any research on the topic. I am just not the type of parent to be overly obsessed with their grades. As long as they receive good reports from their teachers, they are passing and they seem happy – I’m good with that. Lately, I’ve had my kids coming home and telling me that the 84 they received as a test result, was at least “still an A”, was absolutely driving me mad. How the heck is 84 an A? I’m like “was that out of a possible 85 points?” “No, out of 100.” Huh?
Here’s the academic grading system I grew up with, which completely makes sense to me.
|A+||97–100 %||4.33 or 4.00|
Here is what it looks like in Australia:
|Australian Grade||Grade Name||Percentage (%)||GPA Scale||US Equivalent||UK Equivalent|
|HD||High Distinction||83 to 100||7||A+||First Class|
|D||Distinction||73 to 82.99||6 to 6.99||A||Second Class – Upper Division|
|C||Credit||63 to 72.99||5 to 5.99||B||Second Class – Lower Division|
|P||Pass||50 to 62.99||4 to 4.99||C||Third Class|
|N||Fail||0 to 49.99||0 to 3.99||F||Fail|
So a B is somehow 63 -72…that looks like failing to me. haha! Welcome to the upside down place. Life in Australia is always surprising me. Whilst writing this I am messaging with a Singaporean friend…they also use the same grading as Oz. It must be a commonwealth country thing. I suppose it’s time for me to stop teasing my children about making up their grades. haha!
* I also meant to share that GPA in Oz is between 0-10. Also mind boggling to hear my kids talk about an 8 or 9 GPA – say what!?