Grading System in New Zealand Universities

university of auckland students grading systemStudents at the University of Auckland, Image courtesy: www.auckland.ac.nz

The grading system in New Zealand's universities vary from each other but A (or A+ and A-) are considered as the highest grades and F as the lowest. D and anything below D is generally considered as having failed (with variations like D+ = marginal fail and D- = poor fail.)

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The pattern of grades continue on a lower scale and follows the patterns of:

  • A, A, A-, B , B, B-, C , C all are passing grades, with C being the lowest passing grade and equivalent to 50% or slightly above
  • D, E and F are failing grades for students who have failed to meet compulsory course requirements
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New Zealand universities' marking system is different from the ones used in Indian or US universities. This might lead to confusion for Indian/ international students planning to study abroad in New Zealand. In Indian universities, scoring more than 65 - 70% earns you a "distinction", while the same amount of marks are graded a B or B+ by New Zealand universities. Let's look at the grading criteria and corresponding marks for the top 3 universities of New Zealand and see how they differ. Also keep in mind that sometimes, departments within the same universities can have slightly different grading scales. These grades can be easily converted into Grade Point Average (GPA) as well.

Grades

University of Auckland

University of Otago

University of Canterbury

A+

90-100%

 

90 - 100

A

85-89%

 

85 - 89.99

A

80-84%

 

80 - 84.99

B+

75-79%

 

75 - 79.99

B

70-74%

 

70 - 74.99

B

65-69%

 

65 - 69.99

C+

60-64%

60-64%

60 - 64.99

C

55-59%

55-59%

55 - 59.99

C-

50-54%

50-54%

50 - 54.99 (50 marks & above is pass)

D+

45-49%

 

 

D

40-44%

40-49% (Fail)

40 - 49.99

D-

0-39%

 

 

E

 

 

0 - 39.99

Standard pass/fail grades (from Trimester One, 2014)

Grade    Normal mark range    Midpoint    Indicative Characterisation
A+    90-100    95    Outstanding performance
A    85-89    87    Excellent performance
A-    80-84    82    Excellent performance in most respects
B+    75-79    77    Very good performance
B    70-74    72    Good performance
B-    65-69    67    Good performance overall, but some weaknesses
C+    60-64    62    Satisfactory to good performance
C    55-59    57    Satisfactory performance
C-    50-54    52    Adequate evidence of learning
D    40-49    45    Poor performance overall, some evidence of learning. Fail.
E    0-39    20    Well below the required standard. Fail.
Other pass grades

H = Pass (for some Practicum courses)
M = Overall Pass with Merit (used only for Teacher Education courses)
P = Overall Pass (for a course classified as Pass/Fail)
G = Aegrotat Pass
J = Pass in recognition of prior learning
L = Compensation Pass
Z = Special Pass



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