Academic grading in Greece

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There are four Grading systems (or scales) in Greece – four different GPA – one for higher education, one for secondary education, and two for primary education (grades 3 to 4 and 5 to 6).

Primary School[edit]

In 1st and 2nd grades in Greek primary schools there is only descriptive evaluation, with no grades included. In the 3rd and 4th grade grades are only letters (Α-Δ) and in 5th and 6th grades numbers ranging from 1-10 are used.

Third and Fourth grade[edit]

Letter Grade Verbal grading in English Verbal grading in Greek
Α Excellent Άριστα
Β Very good Πολύ Καλά
Γ Good Καλά
Δ [a] Almost good Σχεδόν Καλά

Fifth and Sixth grade[edit]

Grade Verbal grading in English Verbal grading in Greek
10 Excellent Άριστα
8 Very good Πολύ Καλά
6 Good Καλά
4 [b] Almost good Σχεδόν Καλά

Secondary School[edit]

The grading system's range is widened in secondary school and ranges from 1 to 20.

Gymnasium[edit]

Grade Verbal grading in English Verbal grading in Greek
20 Excellent Άριστα
18 6/14 Very good Πολύ Καλά
15 6/14 Good Καλά
12 6/14 Fair Μέτρια
9 13/14 Isufficiently Ανεπαρκώς

Lyceum[edit]

Grade Verbal grading in English Verbal grading in Greek
20 Excellent Άριστα
18 Very good Πολύ Καλά
16 Good Καλά
13 Fair Σχεδόν Καλά
9,4 Fair Μέτρια
5 Isufficiently Ανεπαρκώς

Universities and Polytechnics[edit]

The table below depicts the Greek Grading system while illustrates approximately how the Grades are compared with ECTS, US and UK grades:

Greece (0.00 – 10.00) ECTS US (0.0 – 4.0 or 5.0)[1][2] UK (0% – 100%)[3][4]
Ἀριστα (Excellent) (8.50 – 10.00) ECTS A B,B+,A- A,A+ First-Class Honours* (First or 1st) (70% – 100%)
Λίαν Καλώς (Very Good) (6.5 – 8.49) ECTS B D+,C-,C,C+,B- Upper Second-Class Honours (2:1) (60% – 69%)
Καλώς (Good) (5.00 – 6.49) ECTS C D-, D Lower Second-Class Honours (2:2) (50% – 59%)
No assessment/award at the end of 4th or 5th year, until all modules, from all years, are passed successfully. Years are extended. F Third-Class Honours (Third or 3rd) (40% – 49%)
Withdrawal F Ordinary degree (Pass) (without Honours) (35% – 39%)[c]
Fail (0% – 34%)
Other:
Aegrotat degree
HND (Higher National Diploma) for 2 years completed[d]
HNC (Higher National Certificate) for 1 year completed[d]

For the National Technical University of Athens (polytehnio) the above grades are different: 9-10 is "excellent", 7-9 is "very good", 5-7 is "good", 0-4.9 is "fail".

Most of the degrees can be equivalent to a bachelor's degree with honours BSc(Hons) / BEng(Hons) since all courses are 4 to 5 years and most of them professionally accredited. All modules, from all years, must be passed with a minimum grade of 5.00 (50%) in order for a degree to be assessed/awarded and there is currently no limit in resits. The classification (Ἀριστα, Λίαν Καλὠς, Καλὠς) is derived from the overall credit-weighted average for all modules including the 'diplomatiki' (university/polytechnic) or 'ptichiaki' (TEI). (dissertation/project)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

a. ^ 'Δ' grade is used for students who are experiencing serious learning difficulties. For these students aided teaching programs are implemented.
b. ^ '1-4' grades are used for students who are experiencing serious learning difficulties. For these students aided teaching programs are implemented.
c. ^ varies from institution to institution according to their regulations
d. ^ varies from institution to institution according to their regulations

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