Academic grading in Kenya

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In Kenya, the grading system varies according to overall performance of candidates in the national exam called Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).

For example, in 2006, a mean grade of A corresponded with 76 and upwards percentage points, while in 2007 it changed to 81 and upwards points. However, generally, the grading system is as follows:

Percent Grade Points
80-100% A 12
75-79% A- 11
70-74% B+ 10
65-69% B 9
60-64% B- 8
55-59% C+ 7
50-54% C 6
45-49% C- 5
40-44 D+ 4
35-39 D 3
30-34 D- 2
0-29% E 1

Examinees are awarded an overall grade for the subjects examined. Students seat for 7, 8, or 9 subjects, but the overall grade and points are calculated from 7 subjects, as follows:

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