Grading System Followed in France
The French grading system is based mostly on a 20-point grading scale. It is used in secondary schools and universities.
French High School Diploma
The French high school diploma baccalaureate uses the 20-point scale.
Following mentions or honours are awarded:
- 18-20:Congratulations (félicitations du jury not an official grade)
- 16-17:very good (très bien- TB)
- 14-15:good (bien- B)
- 12-13:satisfactory (assez bien- AB)
- 10-11:correct (correcte not an official grade)
- 8-10:pass ("passable") as long as the overall average of grades remains above 10 - not an official grade
- 0-8:Fail (insuffisant)
Higher Education Institutions
The Grading System awards a zero score for the lowest on the grading scale and a score of 20 for the highest on the grading scale.
Main grading system used by higher education institutions:
- Full Score:20
- 10-12 Passable
- 12-14 Assez-Bien
- 14-16 Bien
- 16-20 Très Bien
- Highest on scale:20
- Pass/fail level:10
- Lowest on scale:0
The French grading system ranges from 0 to 20. A score 20 signifies perfection and is virtually never given. Score of 19 and 18 are equally rarely given. Depending on the subject and level, a 16 is an excellent grade. In yet other circumstances, a 12 may also be considered as an excellent grade.
If a student obtains an average grade of 12/20, s/he will receive the French baccalauréat with honors "Mention Assez Bien".
If a student obtains an average of 14/20, s/he will receive the French baccalauréat with high honors "Mention Bien".
If a student obtains an average grade of 16/20, s/he will receive the French baccalauréat with highest honors "Mention Très Bien".