Academic grading in Italy

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There are two grading systems used in Italy:

To someone familiar with both the Italian and the U.S. college systems, Italian grades are best translated into American grades (and vice versa) according to the following table:

"Scuola primaria, scuola secondaria di primo e secondo grado"[edit]

ECTS grading Scale
ECTS Grade  % of successful students Corresponding Italian grades
A 90%-100% 9-10
B 80%-89% 8-9
C 70%-79% 7-8
D 60%-69% 6-7
F 0%-50% 1-5

University[edit]

For ordinary exams, universities in Italy use a 30-point scale simply divided in two: non passing (0 to 17), and passing grades (18 to 30 cum laude). For the final rating a 110-point scale is used, which is divided in two as well, with 66 being the minimum for passing. The 110-point scale incorporates scores on both exams and the final thesis. For outstanding results, the Lode "praise" is added to the maximum grade.

U.S. Grade Definition Corresponding Italian grades
A-, A, A+ Excellent 27-30 con Lode
B-, B, B+ Good 24-26
C-, C, C+ Satisfactory 21-23
D-, D, D+ Barely passing 18-20
E or F Fail 0-17
ECTS grading Scale
ECTS Grade Definition  % of successful students Corresponding Italian grades
A Excellent 10% 27-30 con Lode
B Very Good 25% 24-26
C Good 30% 21-23
D Satisfactory 25% 19-20
E Sufficient 10% 18
FX Fail 14-17
F Fail 0-13

To someone familiar with both the Italian and the U.S. college systems, Italian grades are best translated into American grades (and vice versa) according to the following table:

U.S. Grade Definition Corresponding Italian grades
A-, A, A+ Excellent 27-30 con Lode
B-, B, B+ Good 24-26
C-, C, C+ Satisfactory 21-23
D-, D, D+ Barely passing 18-20
E or F Fail 0-17

References[edit]

"Grading System in Italy". ClassBase. Retrieved 22 February 2014.